Each year the bigger kingfish come into the river at the start of the season and we were lucky enough to show our customers some really great action this year.
On a charter of king novices arranged by Stan Tan, we found enough squid to start the day in 30 minutes, which was a real blessing.
By 10.30am we had one live squid left and a last, dead monster squid which we cut into large strips and kept the head whole for some more downrigging.
With the last live squid set on the camera downrigger and the big head on the other rigger, we made another pass.
After quite a few close calls we landed both fish, 90cm and 92cm.
The bigger fish are moving from one day to the next so it is really pointless for me to tell you where they have been, so I will tell you where they should go.
The western side of Pittwater and the deeper water on the southern side of the Palm Beach sand flats will be places to start.
On most occasions an early start will be a waste of time because the bite normally revolves around the run-out tide.
The Barrenjoey Headland area is a great place to anchor and berley to catch a variety of fish, but at this time of the year if you don’t put out a live bait for a passing king, move over so someone else can!
The other areas to downrig are Towlers Bay, the Palm Beach moorings, The Basin and, to end the day, a lap of Scotland Island.If you own a larger boat and can travel outside the river then areas such as West Head, Barrenjoey Headland, Hole in the Wall, Lion Island, West Reef and East
The best bait is live slimy mackerel but if they can’t be found, big yellowtail will do.We have also been picking up kingfish between Broken Bay and Long Reef.
Over the next month the snapper should start to bite. Long Reef and Esmereldas are producing some decent fish from 2kg to 5kg on soft plastics but the numbers aren’t huge.
The dreaded leatherjackets are still about so it is wise to ease up on the berley and save yourself a lot of money on lost tackle.