Kings just around the corner
  |  First Published: October 2006

Kingies are just around the corner, along with more of the warm weather we had a taste of last month, when quite a few warm days sparked plenty of anglers to head out fishing.

Botany Bay has improved quite a bit since the commercial fishing stopped a few years ago and there are now plenty of species worth targeting. Remember that all fish do move up and down the coast and at times that species that you did well on last week may not be around this week.

I have found that many species in Botany Bay and Port Hacking move around with the changing tides each week and over a month you might have to move around quite a bit to find them. This is why you will see my green boat moving around the bay from one spot to another, it’s all about looking for fish and if you are keen to catch more fish each trip or different species, this is what you will have to do.

I prefer a mixed catch each day we head out and by mixing up the different methods of fishing, you will find different species to catch.

Trolling this month you should find tailor and salmon. I find small trolled minnows that swim deep are ideal. Tailor in Botany Bay and Port Hacking tend to feed deep and normally on larger baits like yellow tail and small slimy mackerel at this time of the year so pick a lure around the same size and troll along the deeper edges and drop-offs.

Salmon are feeding on the surface and it’s just a matter of finding them. Normally the schools hold just out along the coast and at times will move into the bays and estuaries to feed.

Once a school is located, try to stay just ahead of it, targeting the leading fish. Small soft plastics and metal slices work fine and long stickbaits like the Squidgy Flick Baits are worth a try.

October can be a tricky month as you’d think that the water is warming up as quickly as the air but the water tends to lag behind. So as far as bait fishing goes this month, trevally are still a main target. They just love the cooler waters and large schools can be located just about every where in from about the middle of Botany Bay to the heads. All you need is a little berley and peeled prawns for bait and you are in business.

The lower end of the Bay will see water temperature rise a little due to the water at the top end of the river starting to warm up as we approach Summer.

We might see an early run of bream around the main channel from the Captain Cook bridge to Towra Point. I would give this a try on a run-out tide with nippers or bloodworms fished at anchor.

As the month rolls along, try a little wider for your bream. The Brighton beachfront may start to produce. This is a top land-based spot for bream, whiting and flathead and at times good schools of tailor will feed along the sandy drop-off so try spinning with small metal lures early mornings or late afternoons.


Many anglers have asked one question: Where the hell are the lizards?

My mate Carl the Kayak King has just started scoring a few up-river so we might see a few moving around. I have found a few over the past few months but just a few – very slim pickings indeed.

Along the rock ledges south of Port Hacking my father and his mate Clive are catching plenty of luderick providing the sea is fishable. This is prime time and most rock platforms will hold schools of luderick and drummer but play it safe and always fish with a mate and only fish when the sea is calm.

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