Feeding frenzy on top
  |  First Published: February 2005

Roll out your pizza base, the harbour is full of anchovies and the water temp has hit 22°, sending the surface fish into a feeding frenzy.

There are kingies feeding on the surface at Obelisk Beach and at the mouth of Rose Bay early in the morning. Later in the day, they retreat under the Harbour’s many channel marker buoys where they take refuge from the overhead sun.

When you see them busting up on the surface, try throwing small stickbaits. Cast fresh squid baits under the marker buoys later on as the sun gets higher.

Anglers aren't the only ones cashing in on this seafood smorgasbord. A big seal has stationed itself on a starboard channel marker off Middle Head and has been sampling them sashimi-style after stealing them off anglers’ lines .

Tailor have been thick in Vaucluse Bay and are an easy catch on trolled or cast Raider lures. You can find them by looking for the seagulls diving on the water or by finding the anchovies on your depth sounder.

There are heaps of flatties in the Blue Hole near the seaplane base in Rose Bay. Drifting with whitebait or casting soft plastic lures along the drop-off will secure a feed.

Balmoral and North Harbour are also producing good flatties. We have been doing extremely well on the new Storm Wild Eye Shad in pink pearl colour. The new Storms have undergone some renovations and now include an extra-strong hook and a moulded scent pocket.

Salmon have been going nuts on trolled minnow lures off Bradleys Head early in the morning. Australian salmon are pretty ordinary to eat but great sport fish so most anglers let them go. If you have them fresh in a curry or, better still, have access to a smoker they do make a reasonable feed.

Despite the warm water there are still a few trevally being taken off the yellow marker at Quarantine Bay. Use lots of berley and thin cuts of Bellissimo salted mackerel for bait.


Big Al Bellissimo tells me that a few bonito have started to show up off the rocks so hopefully by the time you read this they will have moved into the harbour. The past few seasons have been pitiful for bonnies so we are due for a big one.

Big Al has just released his video Sydney Rock and Beach Fishing in which he teams up with pals Louise and Pete to produce a video that is a must for rock and beach fishos. It covers all aspects of rock and beach fishing in the Sydney region but most of the information would certainly be applicable to the entire NSW coast.

Production values are average but this is more than compensated for by a wealth of information. Alex Bellissimo is a legend of the northern beaches and I couldn’t think of anyone better qualified to present this video.

It covers tackle, rigs, bait and locations and all the common species including bream, silver and black drummer, luderick, samson fish, kings and snapper.

The highlights include a triple-hook-up luderick session and a monumental blue groper session in which a 13kg fish is washed up and released.

There’s a lot of hamming it up for the camera which keeps the mood light and it’s obvious that the guys had a lot of fun making this video. This production was not sponsored so you can be sure that the tackle recommendations are genuine.

Having fished with Big Al, I know for sure that the tackle he uses in the video is the very same gear he uses in his everyday fishing. There’s a very comprehensive safety segment at the start and although the temptation is to fast-forward straight to the hot action, I strongly recommend you watch this. Overall, the program is excellent and should suit beginner to intermediate anglers .

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