Season should be a ripper
  |  First Published: November 2005

By now most anglers will have caught their fair share of salmon, with the schools right along the coast over the past few months providing plenty outstanding light-tackle sport fishing.

As I sit in my office to write this column, my mind wanders over the past few months and I think to myself just how good the fishing has been over the cooler months. Sydney anglers are blessed.

This city has four great estuary systems, and with very safe deep-water entrances to the sea. There are no dangerous bars to cross, as there are up and down the coast where you take a risk each time you decide to venture off shore,

The fishing at times around Sydney is world-class. Out wide you have marlin, tuna and sharks while the close reefs provide a great mixture of bottom fish.

On the light-tackle sport-fishing front there are kings, salmon, bonito and many others and the estuaries provide good fishing with plenty on offer.

Many anglers have this idea that you have to venture out of the estuaries to catch bigger fish but I find many of my clients like the idea that they can catch plenty of good fish in flat conditions with out the fear of being seasick.

Botany Bay is one place that has improved over the past few seasons and the fishing is right up there. I think that the season ahead should be a ripper and if the bigger kingfish turn up, the action should be red-hot.


In a new venture this year some of my Botany Bay clients have joined me for seven days fishing in Weipa. We fly from Sydney to Cairns and board a smaller plane to Weipa, on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula, The Tillimay, a 10-metre houseboat, is our home afloat that I run along with Glenn, my cook. There are six beds, a galley and top deck with barbecue and plenty of cool storage.

This provides a great base for a week’s exploring and fishing the vast coastline and many creeks of Albatross Bay. Most days after coffee and a quick feed we head out wide in search of tuna, trevally, queenfish or mackerel,

Last trip all anglers lost more big fish than they landed and Lee said next time he came he would step up his gear in the hope of landing one of the deep-water beasties he hooked. The first morning Phil and Kim both lost big fish and Kim was spooled more than once trolling the headlands south of Weipa.

The morning session is followed by Glenn’s bacon and eggs and we sit and plan the day ahead.

Spinning the coral bommies is a favourite and the variety of species that love soft plastics is mind-blowing. Most action is sight fishing and plenty of fish will belt your lure right at the boat, A good pair of polarised sunglasses is a must.

The afternoons are typically spent exploring the creeks as the wind is stronger and the creeks provide shelter. We drop the mud crab pots and then explore the thousands of snags in search of mangrove jacks, estuary cod and barramundi and plenty of small trevally and queenfish.

Late afternoons are spent kicking back watching the sunset and planning the next day’s fishing over a meal of fresh coral trout and mud crab.

Why not join one of our groups next year? We have a few spots left so be quick as we operate only two or three trips a year limited to six people each.

If you would like more info on our trips away or a day on Botany Bay – or to join my fishing schools at Hunts Marine or Fish and Dive Warehouse, call me. Keep an eye out in coming months for our new web page.

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