Variety and numbers
  |  First Published: March 2010

We have again seen some great fishing with plenty of variety and good numbers available along the coast and on Pittwater.

The kingfish run in Pittwater continues and some big fish are coming aboard, mostly on small cuttlefish or squid. Both have been a little tricky to find but, with some persistence, enough for a kingfish sortie can be found.

The kingfish are not holding over any particular area but the better spots to try have been along the western side of the river.

The deeper hole in front of Portuguese Beach has been holding some schools of hungry fish. Longnose Point is also producing decent kings as well as some tailor.

Scotland Island is also showing signs of life with kingfish doing laps and they can often be seen on the calmer days attacking baitfish and squid in the shallows.

The flathead have been a bit disappointing over the past few months but recently they have shown up in decent numbers at the mouth of Pittwater and at the Palm Beach drop-off. If you get the chance to drift The Hill, some of the better fish can be found in this area.


There are still schools of frigate mackerel chasing baitfish on the surface along Pittwater.

Most mornings the schools can be found along our western shore and easily seen chasing small baitfish in the shallows.

Small 5g metal lures are working, as are small fish-profile soft plastics.

Light tackle is the best way to target these speedsters and if the school moves away from the shallows, try downrigging one in the same area for a chance at an oversized kingfish.

Squid are being a little difficult lately but they are easier to catch on the ocean side of Barrenjoey Headland, where there are some bigger models worth taking home to eat.

West Head is another ground that can produce a feed at the moment. This area is normally our baitfish ground but at the moment there are a variety of fish to be caught.

If you anchor and berley on the edge of the reef you can catch, bream, bonito, kingfish, jewfish, tailor, flounder and flathead – you just have to be lucky on the day.

In most of the bays along Pittwater there are a lot of blue swimmer crabs climbing into crab pots and hoop nets. Just remember to keep the traps out of the main channels.

Fresh fish frames always work a treat but if you can’t find any, just tie in a can of cat food tuna and pierce the can a few times to let the contents slowly disperse.


Along the coast we are still chasing and catching decent sized kingfish, mainly on live slimy mackerel or yellowtail.

Most headlands have had populations of king, which make my job a little easier.

Recently we took a group of first-time kingfishers to Long Reef.

Longy was a little tricky on the day but we were lucky enough to have young Frank aboard.

This 10-year-old could show a few people how to fight a kingfish. Frank was on strike when the rod on the starboard downrigger started to howl. Frank calmly removed the rod from the holder and started to expertly play and subdue the fish.

The poor 80cm king never had a chance. The charter continued and over the day, Frank showed great skills at turning fish and easily bringing them back to the waiting cameras.

The offshore reefs are starting to hold kingfish again and soon the jigging season will start again. Areas such as 12 Mile Reef of Sydney and the usual haunts off Terrigal will be worth keeping an eye on.

Each year these areas produce some great fish on jigs and live baits.

There are still some flathead being in about 50m over the sand on pilchards or soft plastics.

The reef fishing is starting to fire up with small snapper, the odd morwong, trevally and leatherjackets.

If you are thinking about coming out and getting amongst some good fish just give us a call on 0410 633 351 or contact us through www.estuaryfishing.com.au.

Peter Le Blang operates Harbour and Estuary Fishing Charters, phone 02 9999 2574 or 0410 633 351, visit www.estuaryfishingcharters.com.au.

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