Move around, catch fish
  |  First Published: July 2006

Recent weeks have been quite good for those prepared to travel to catch fish and over the next month this will not change.

We have been travelling up to the mouth of Pittwater and around Broken Bay targeting bream, flathead and jewies but I have been surprised at the lack of surface action in these areas.

For this reason we have been doing a lot of berleying for the abovementioned species, which are there and waiting to pounce on a bait on the change of the tide. A prawn on a long-shank hook or dead whitebait with a small suicide hook through the eyes floated down a berley trail will result in a few species coming aboard.

Anchoring anywhere along the shore in Broken Bay seems to be producing bream. We have fished West Head through to Flint and Steel with every spot producing bream and the odd tailor has eaten a jewie bait. Most of the bream seem to be just legal but with patience, larger fish can be caught.

Other productive spots in Broken Bay include Pearl Beach, Lion Island and Barrenjoey Head on the eastern side in 10m of water. This latter area is very dangerous area and we don’t take customers out there. Larger vessels of 6m are really needed to be safe at anchor and a long anchor rope is needed for that so-called freak wave. These waves or sets are, of course, something that happens nearly every hour and a lookout is needed to warn everyone on the boat of the incoming waves.

If you are lucky enough to have a vessel capable of venturing ‘out the front’ then a variety of species can be caught. Kingfish haunt the headland in Winter and although hard to tempt, are not impossible. Landing one is a different matter altogether. Heavy tackle with a variety of baits and a truckload of pillies as berley will put you in with a chance.

Jewfish, tailor, flathead and leatherjackets can be caught at different spots in this area. If you are going to fish there, be prepared to lose a fair amount of tackle if you use heavy sinkers. Floating baits and paternosters are the rigs for this area if you value your tackle.

The jewies, mostly soapies with the odd schoolie, have been spread throughout the Hawkesbury and Broken Bay. Most fish have come on the last of the run-out tide with the soapies eating bream baits and the schoolies taking squid heads. These fish will be heading further upstream over the coming weeks and wouldn’t be surprised if a few larger fish come from Bar Point through to Spencer.

Flathead are coming from the mouth of Pittwater and from Box Head to Lion Island. For larger flathead use bigger baits such as mullet or yellowtail.


There have been two very large kingfish swimming around Pittwater eating whatever they want, whenever they want. These frustrating bruisers were last seen swimming away from our panicking squid and yellowtail at Scotland Island.

We have seen these fish a number of times over the past month but on most occasions they have refused our baits. Both these kingies are over 1m and need a lot of patience to track down and tempt.

For those wanting to catch bream, leatherjackets and the odd flounder and flathead. The Wrecks is a great place to start a day’s fishing, especially on an ebb tide.

A few squid have been caught after chasing up hooked fish from Soldiers Point through to Portuguese Beach, where a heap of baby snapper have also moved in and john dory should start to show in numbers soon.

Pittwater is still fishing well despite the Caulerpa weed infestation. Some quality fish can be caught over the next month and with the salmon and tailor yet to show up properly, I’m excited.

I am also excited with our new downrigger purchase. We have a Walker Strike Vision downrigger that is awesome. It’s great to see fish hit trolled live baits or lures on the video monitor and this new technology will help me over coming months. I am at the start of another steep learning curve when it comes to fish behaviour.

You are invited to bring your own camera so you can walk away with a video of the day and the ability to study attacking fish from the comfort of your lounge room. If you want a chance at catching those big kingies cruising Pittwater or wish to chase bream, jewies or flatties then give us a call on 02 9999 2574 or 0410 633 351. Maybe you just want to come out and watch the Fish Channel? It’s up to you. Either way, an enjoyable day is guaranteed.

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