Join a club and learn heaps
  |  First Published: March 2006

How many fishos out there read this mag each month, staring at photos of all the stud fish that have been caught over the month by the authors and their mates?

The pattern seems to repeat itself month after month. the same people holding quality fish. These are the anglers who put in the time to learn their trade.

This can take years because you are always learning new stuff on the water. The fishing game is changing all the time with new methods of targeting fish. A few years ago it was fly fishing, then soft plastics for flathead and now it’s all spinning for bream, which I think might be here for some time yet. It seems to grow as a sport all the time, moving into TV market, which is great for our sport.

Would you like to improve your fishing or learn more about the sport or just learn how to catch a feed each time you venture out onto the water as these anglers seem to month after month?

I started fishing with my Dad before I can even remember and the same goes for my boys – they were fishing from their prams parked on the bank of some river.

For anglers who haven’t had the same fishy lifestyle as I and many others anglers out have had, the fastest way to learn the trade is to join a club. Fishing clubs are a great way to put anglers in touch with each other and it’s a place to learn different styles of fishing.

I joined the Caringbah Anglers close to 20 years ago and from the first comp I fished, I started picking up different methods and learning how and when to target many new species in freshwater and the salt.

Caringbah Anglers and most clubs up and down the coast run different types of outings – deep-sea days, rockhopping outings, beach fishing and estuary trips. Most clubs run to their own programs for the year along with inter-club comps to see which club is stronger.

Weekends away are also part of most club fishing. These may be simply trips to one of the many freshwater impoundments or maybe a rock fishing trip up or down the coast. Some clubs even run week-long trips up north fishing the tropics so if this sounds like you or you feel you need to learn a little more, why not join your local club and see what you have missed out on for so long?

Botany Bay in March will still provide plenty of good fishing.


Kings are always high on most people’s minds and March still offers a great chance of bagging one. Deep water is the key and you will need live baits or squid and some lures to cast around structure.

But bream should be the No 1 fish to target over March. A copy of A Day On the Bay, put together by Gary Brown and me, will show you all you need to target bream and plenty more.

Trevally should start to fire again over the next few months. Berley is needed but not too much, just a slow but steady stream should do the trick. Nippers, peeled prawns and small cubes of pilchards are the best baits.

Fish the same water that you are fishing for kings because trevally love the deeper waters.

Spinning the flats around the Bay for flathead will be worth a shot now that the boat traffic has slowed down a little and the flatties can move back onto the shallow grounds again to feed. Spin first light on a rising tide for best results.

This should give you plenty to think about and plenty of different species to target for March. Join a club and see your sport improve and meet plenty of anglers with the same interests.

I also run a fully structured fishing school once a month at Hunts Marine at Blakehurst. I have a night class for three hours and then follow it up with a full day’s fishing so you can practise what you have learnt and see it working. The stuff I teach is what works for me day after day and most of that comes from what I have learnt over the years as a member of the Caringbah Anglers. Check out my new website at www.fishingsydney.com.au.


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