Back to Sydney Reports

Sydney Reports: Sydney Fishing October 2013, by Craig McGill

Sydney Fishing October 2013, by Craig McGill

If the huge influx of baitfish and early pelagic action is anything to go by then we are in for a big season.  Winter seemed to die very abruptly this year jumping straight into a very warm early spring. Out wide there is an unusually warm current but it hasn’t quite touched the coast and water temps on the beaches, bays and rivers are still at their spring norms. 

The promising signs include lots of good sized kings on the close offshore reefs and some headlands, acres of bait fish in the harbour and an early intrusion of salmon and tailor.  We expect salmon at the heads at this time of year but a lot of them have ventures well inside the harbour and can be found anywhere from garden island to goat island .    There is some good tailer working with them on the surface and this is something that we would usually not expect till late October.

This month should see the kingfish and bonito settle into the harbour along with other pelagic. The kings just seem to be getting bigger and better every year and it will be interesting to see what this season brings.

 This is a good time to find smaller kings on the surface and stacked up around the channel markers.  They are usually pretty keen to take a lure with unweighted stick baits and flies being the best choice.  A quick tour of the channel markers with half a dozen casts at each one will usually reveal whether they are on the chew.  If you find kings following your lures but not taking them then at least you have a good idea of where to go back to when you have caught some fresh squid bait.  The bigger kings will be in the deeper water and good spots include shark island, Watsons bay and middle harbour.

Bonito are a’ boom or bust’ fish, they either show up in their millions or not at all. The last few seasons have been ‘boom’ years so hopefully it will continue this year.  They are a sucker for nearly any lure from trolling minnows along the headlands to casting metal slugs at surface feeding schools.  North head, south head and Dobroyd are a good troll if you can’t visually see them on the surface elsewhere.  Washaway beach can go absolutely nuts sometimes if the baitfish have been forced into the shallows.  If you find bonito or any pelagic fish on the chew here it is also well worth while working the bottom with lures for flatties and flounder.   What happens is that the pelagic force the bait into tight concentrations in the shallows which makes them easy pickings for the flatfish.  When this occurs it can be mind-blowing fishing in here with pelagic on tap should you choose to keep winding and abundant flatfish should you choose to let your lure sink to the bottom?


It’s time to get the squid jigs warmed up.   There is no better bait whether you are chasing jewfish or kings and they are great on the plate as well.  Squid at this time of year will be relatively small and will be found in the shallower areas.   Best jig selection is a slow sinking number 1 or 1.5.   Moving slowly along the shores you can often visually spot large concentrations of small squid and sight fish for them.  This presents a good opportunity to test any theories you might have on the use of the various ‘egi’ type scents available for spicing up your jigs.  You can see the squid so you know that they are there – advantage not available when deep water fishing.  Try starting off with no scent on your jig. When the bight slows down douse your jigs in scent and see if it makes any difference.  Reverse the experiment on the next school by starting with a scented jig and then changing to an unscented one.  You are in for some surprising results.

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

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 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 click here