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Sydney Articles: Sydney Harbour Report Winter 2013

Sydney Harbour Report Winter 2013

The last couple of very wet years must have produced favourable conditions for luderick because they are swarming in huge numbers. There's lots of big fish around and if the clouds of juvenile fish around the boat ramps are anything to go by, then we are in for some abundant years ahead.
Luderick are available all year round although they slow up a bit in spring. We tend to chase them in the cooler months giving the impression that they are a ‘winter fish‘ but they are in fact abundant right through summer . The main reason we don't chase them in summer is that there is too much else happening -- namely kings and surface fish.
You can catch them right through the system , even in the brackish reaches, but the big fish are found in the lower reaches where there is some amount of ocean influence. The upstream ones tend to be smaller and marginally less palatable.
There has always been a bit of mystery surrounding blackfish fishing. It has, in the past, been portrayed as an ‘art' worthy of only the most accomplished elderly masters -- held somewhere up there in the realm of fly-fishing , albeit minus the elitism. The truth is, once you have the tackle sorted out, they are one of the most abundant , wide spread , accessible and easy fish to catch. You don't need a boat and it is relatively cheap to set up. Any reputation they have of being a poor table fish comes from fish being left whole and too long in a fish shop window. Filleted, skinned and pan fried after being rolled in some egg and flour, they are up there with some of the best from the harbour.
They are great sport too; the equal of any bream and the anticipation factor enhanced by the float surpasses most other forms of fishing. It is a ‘hands on' style of fishing , so if putting the rod in a holder and reading the paper between bites is your preference then Luderick are not for you .
The hard bits are; control of the relatively long and complex rigs both in and out of the water, control of the ‘belly' in the line between rod tip and float so that you maintain as straight a line as possible and finally, keeping eye contact with the float in poor conditions, when the sun is in your eyes or if you have poor eye sight.
An elderly customer of mine recently told me that he was bringing an equally elderly mate of his on his next charter with me. Being winter I suggested we go black fishing. He wasn't sure how that would go as he explained that his mate's eyesight wasn't good any more. No worries I reassured him, I'll watch the float for old mate and give him the call when to strike. Things didn't go to plan on the day because what he had forgotten to tell me was that his mate was also quite deaf.
Some good spots in the harbour include;
Boat; sow and pigs reef, middle head, the wedding cakes, Clarke Island and Fairlight point
Shore based; bottle and glass point, Clontarf and Balmoral baths, Dobroyd around from reef beach, the spit and grotto point.

There is some good flathead fishing happening now and it should last at least through til the end of July. The flats and drop-offs up the back of the bays have been producing on lures with 4 inch power bait minnows on ¼ or 3/8 heads working the best. As a by catch there are some nice flounder around especially off reef and washaway beaches. Flounder can be caught year round but the cooler months seem to be the best especially for the bigger fish. They will pick up your average flathead lure and they are suckers for whitebait on the drift. If you want to target them specifically go down a bit in lure size to something similar to what you might use for bream. They are like flathead in that they burry in the sand and are ambush hunters so keep in contact with the bottom.

Stuart Reid's 50lb Pending World Record PNG Black Bass

Pending World Record Black Bass

Papuan Black Bass are renowned the world over as the toughest pound for pound freshwater fish in the world, and the place to find the biggest Black Bass is PNG's Gulf province. The current all tackle world record Black Bass of 46lbs, and the fish pictured (caught on 19/6/14, by Stuart Reid, Fishabout) which is the pending world record at 50lbs, were both caught from these rivers.

Once you feel the strike you know that no freshwater fish can come close to the power. Watching 100kg guys get knocked over on the strike, reels give way, rods break in half and 130LB pound braid snap from the pound for pound strongest fighting fresh water fish is a sight to behold. If would like to experience the thrill of targeting PNG Black Bass and Barramundi in remote areas with very low fishing pressure contact us now. *2017-18 spots selling now* ... read more

Kadavu Island - Great Astrolabe Reef

Fiji Macky

The pristine Fiji Islands are home to the South Pacific's finest sport and game fish, including massive GT's, monster dogtooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, spanish mackerel, black marlin, blue marlin and plenty of reef fish. Many of these species are endemic to the Great Astrolabe Reef (one of the largest barrier reefs in the world), which is the reef that encompasses Kadavu Island, Fiji.Fishabout now offer 6 and 8 day fishing packages to explore this marine wonder of the world, which include 3 and 5 days fishing respectively. For more information call us on (02)8922 2651 or click here

Endyalgout Remote Fishing Camp

Sunset at Endyalgout

Fishabout is pleased to now offer remote fishing trips to Endyalgout Island, one of the best fishing locations in Australia. (Nestled on the south east of the Coburg Penninsula).

Situated on a shell grit beach under shady trees, are several permanent tropical friendly safari style tents, raised on wooden platforms.

Looking out past the resident Crocodile you can see miles and miles of enticing mangroves, barely touched creeks, rivers, rock bars and channels, all calling your name.

From monster Baramundi up to 130cm, to big Black Jewfish, Threadfin Salmon, various Trevallies, and some of the biggest Golden Snaper to be found anywhere, Endyalgout Island is truly a dream to fish.

Pricing ranges from $4350 (4 days, 3 anglers per boat) to $6910 (7 days, 2 anglers per boat)

For more information please call us on (02) 8922 2651 or click here