Can you start to feel the warm rays of the sun on your back? In another couple of months we will be wiping the sweat from our brows and the chills of Winter will be a distant memory.
At the end of this month that fantastic, incredible sport fish, the yellowtail kingfish, will start to occupy the close reefs, giving our tackle a good workout again.
I’m going to use that old fashioned method of jigging with big heavy lures. This is a system where you drop a big metal slice to the bottom then bring it up in a fast, ripping action. The hits, when they happen are awesome.
Fish sometimes hit the lure as it flutters down, scaring the pants off me occasionally.
Hopefully snapper will be back at Boultons, Reggies, East and West Reefs as well as off Newport Reef. I have already got my berley mix together as these bigger reds need a bit of appetiser to get them on the chew.
Strong westerly winds have been shutting down the wide grounds recently. Inshore, although calm, has been gin-clear, making fish very spooky.
Tucked into the shelter of Barrenjoey, Reg Harding nailed a bag of big slimy mackerel for bait. He did pin one and send it back down but it was unmolested after a two-hour session.
Chopper tailor have greeted those who sheltered from the wind near The Hole in the Wall at Avalon.
Line-chewing chinaman leatherjackets are still driving everyone stir-crazy. It will only be a good dose of warmer water which will get them well offshore.
The drummer boys love the flat seas so they can practise their art on the lower ledges. That prized bait, cunjevoi, can be harvested and used on the day with the remainder frozen for another session.
Sad to report the beaches are still very quiet for this time of the year. Even salmon and tailor, which prowl right on the high tide, have been noted by their absence.
Beach worms seem to be the prized bait at the moment, outstripping bloodworms for table species. Winter whiting are still there and if you can get among them, they are big.
Water temperatures are still down so we need to wait for a warmer current to lick our shores before anything happens.
Fishing the northern end of Gunyah Beach at the mouth of the Hawkesbury, Jack Harcroft and wife, Penny, scored heaps of small mulloway. Only two were keepers but jew were schooling like yellowtail, Jack said. Fresh green prawns was their most successful bait, used, outstripping pilchards and squid.
Reports from Pittwater have been very scant this month. I have seen more than a few out wetting a line but nothing has filtered through about what’s been pulled in.
Although the mouth of Narrabeen Lagoon is still open, the weather and the icy winds have shut down this shallow waterway. When the cooling westerlies die down and a bit of sun is back on the water, things might improve slightly.
If you are desperate for a chuck, might I suggest the flats at the mouth of Deep Creek or the weed beds off the Scout hut near Jamison Park. These are two usually productive areas for bream and flathead.
I did score a couple of big bream on lures off the big rock on the Wakehurst Parkway a few weeks ago. I had more than a few casts before I could get a fish to follow.
A month or so ago I was invited to the official opening of the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol’s new home at Rowland Reserve at Bayview.
This new facility will keep a watchful eye on all those boaties who use Pittwater and Broken Bay.
When next at the ramp, park the boat and call in to say hi to the folks on duty. You can even log in when you are there. This puts a face to the person you speak to on the radio.
• Monthly tip: When fishing with overheads and baitcasters, I use my thumb on the spool as fine drag when fish are on the run. This saves fiddling with star drags or adjusting lever drags.
After only a short time, ‘thumb drag’ becomes second nature and instantly adjusts to the pull of a rampaging fish.Reads: 474