Season of the king
  |  First Published: December 2009

Many Sydney anglers have a desire to catch a big kingfish and lots think that you cannot catch big kings in Botany Bay and Port Hacking. They are wrong.

A number of years ago Scotty Lyons and I were putting together our Botany Bay DVD and were trolling freshly caught squid past Molineaux Point when one of the rods buckled over with a huge hit. I lost that fish, despite fishing with 25kg line and 40kg leader.

Botany Bay and Port Hacking may not have as many big kings as, say, Pittwater or Sydney Harbour, but Scotty Lyons from Southern Sydney Fishing Charters has pulled kings to 12.5kg over the years.

Carl Dubois does a lot of fishing from his Hobie Kayak and his biggest king to date has been an 87cm specimen, which took a soft plastic at the Hot Water Outlet in Botany Bay.

John from Fergo’s Tackle at Taren Point has caught kingfish to 9kg in Port Hacking while at anchor using live bait.

The bigger kingfish are there, all you need to do is put in the time and effort and the rewards will eventually come.

To me, a kingfish is a kingfish and, yes, it’s great to catch a big one, but I don’t mind what size it is, as long as it’s a kingfish.

This month you will be in with a big chance of catching a king in the Bay or Port Hacking.

They can be caught by accident while bait fishing for bream, trevally, snapper and tarwhine.

You could also be chucking out a few soft plastics while drift jigging for flathead or you could come across a feeding school of Australian salmon and tailor and hook up to one.


Over the years I have caught kingfish in the Bay and Port Hacking while casting, or jigging soft plastics, casting or trolling metal or hard-bodied lures and live-baiting.

Most productive places include Molineaux Point, Henry Head, Kurnell Point, the Drums, the end of the Third Runway, The Sticks, Yarra Bay, Dolls Point, the Cooks River breakwall, La Perouse and any of the marker poles and buoys.

In Port Hacking, first locate deep water off Yowie or Gymea bays and troll or anchor over the drop-offs. You could also try the moored boats and pontoons, Bundeena and Lilli Pilli wharfs, the deep water in South West Arm, Jibbon Bombora, Shark Island, Osborne Shoals and Merries Reef.

I use gear like my Pflueger Trion 3kg to 6kg rod with Pflueger Medallist 40 reel spooled with 20lb Fireline. For trolling, I like my Pflueger 8kg to 10kg trolling and live-baiting outfit with 50lb Fireline and a 40kg leader.

I use Gulp Jerk Shads on a variety of Nitro and TT heads for jigging, casting and trolling, Lucky Craft Sammy’s, Bevy Poppers and NW Pencils for topwater action and live and dead baits while anchored up or trolling.

My aim this season it to catch plenty of kingfish in the Bay and Port Hacking. I won’t care if they are not all big.

I would like to catch that 10kg king and it can be done in Botany Bay and Port Hacking but, as I said earlier, a kingfish is a kingfish no matter how big.

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