Fishing report from Hovig of Allie Hunter Charters
August 2006 Offshore Fishing Report
Allie Hunter was out today for two reef fishing trips. With
the weather proving to be yet another glorious day, we headed
off early with a 5.30am pick up, meaning we were able to start
fishing by 6am. Out of the heads and straight up to the northern
reefs, the activity picked up as soon as the lines were dropped
in. Fishing with pilchards and squid, the Snapper and Morwong
were the treats of the reef. The biggest catch for the morning
trip was a 59cm Morwong, weighing in at 2.2kg. With an early
drop off, we left the happy customers at King Street Wharf with
around 35 fish in total.
With a 12.30pm pick up, the afternoon was looking good to start
off with! Straight back out and headed north, we fished the
same reefs as the morning, which proved to be just as successful,
if not more than the mornings efforts. The boys were using pilchards
and squid, catching plenty of great sized Snapper, Morwong and
Flathead. Leatherjackets also managed to make their way aboard
Allie Hunter, surprisingly, without snapping off too many lines!
At 3.15pm, a baby Mako decided to make a surprise appearance
to the surface, just at the back of the boat. We couldn't let
the opportunity pass, so I ran downstairs and grabbed a Tiagra
30 and attached the shark trace. With 4 whole pilchards hooked
onto the trace, we fed the shark, and as we suspected, it was
an offer he could not refuse! Once we were sure the Mako had
taken the bait, we struck on the rod to make sure he was hooked
properly. The shark then started leaping out of the water (as
seen in the pictures) realising the mistake he had made... now
Jaws would be in our jaws for dinner tonight! He tossed and
turned and managed to wrap himself in the trace, making it harder
for us to bring him to the boat. After 20 minutes of heavy fighting,
the baby Mako was brought to the boat, weighing in at 30.85kg.
All in all, the boys who weren't game enough to go game fishing
were ecstatic with their superb catch... a catch they didn't
expect to get on a reef fishing trip. They enjoyed him that
night for dinner, chargrilling the whole fillet of Jaws on the
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July 2006 Offshore Fishing Report
It has sure been a while since we have had the chance to sit
down for a few minutes and put pen to paper. Although it seems
we have been a bit slack with getting our reports in, Allie
Hunter has been busy out there doing its 'thang'! So now the
time has come to get back into gear and start keeping you guys
updated with the buzzing activity that has been happening both
close in on the reefs, as well as out wide.
The game fishing season is now well and truly in full swing,
with numerous sightings of bait activity up on the surface.
Allie Hunter was mainly out on reef trips during the start of
the season, however, it appears the game fishing trips were
booked for the perfect time, especially that of the 29th July.
Out at the decent hour of 7.30am, we headed offshore towards
Brown's Mountain. Once we reached the Continental Shelf, the
lures were dropped in and the trolling began. After just a half
hour of trolling, we were lucky enough to come across alot of
bird and bait activity. Upon nearly reaching Brown's Mountain,
with only 0.15nm to go, the rod went off and we were hooked
up to what looked like a Yellowfin Tuna. After a really long
fight... being 20 minutes later, a 30 kg Yellowfin was landed!
The boys were cheering and couldn't contain themselves for the
next hit. Straight away, we started setting the lures out and
within 5 minutes we were hooked again. Although, we weren't
so lucky when we ended up loosing the fish. All wasn't over
though. We started trolling again and were hooked up within
just 15 minutes. The fight was long and hard, but eventually
one of the boys managed to land a 25kg Yellowfin Tuna. After
all the excitement died down, we decided to try a different
technique to see how our luck went. We started a cube trail
and set out two live Yellowtail, 3 cube baits and one shark
bait. After two hours, we had no success and minimal hits, proving
the fish are preferring the lures to the cubes and live baits.
On the way back in, we set the lures back up and trolled along
the Continental Shelf. Having no joy along the shelf, we cruised
back in to Sydney Harbour, with the boys happy with their exceptional
Close in on the reefs, there has been huge amounts of Snapper,
Morwong and Flatheads, all coming in at a good size. Also making
their grand appearance have been the line snapping pests...
also known as Leather Jackets.
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January 2006 Offshore Fishing Report
So far the new year has been exceptional for fishing. The first
week Allie Hunter was out doing sport and reef fishing trips.
The reef fishing trips have seen great sized Morwong, with catches
reaching up to 2.3kg. Fishing the outer edges of the reef seemed
to produce most of the Morwong and Snapper, with the Snapper
showing up in large numbers.
Finally, the Mahi Mahi have shown up...as they say, better late
than never! The wait was well worth it, with the mass of Dolphin
fish hanging around the FAD's. Over the first two weeks of the
new year, on its sport fishing outings, the average trips catch
of Mahi Mahi has been between 35 -40 fish. Although we haven't
yet caught the larger sized fish we saw around the early months
of last year, the average sized catch is around the 2.5kg mark.
Out on Sunday there were many boats fishing the Wave Rider.
The current appeared to be screaming at 2 knots, which in turn
meant the Dolphin Fish were hanging lower under the FAD. Using
pilchards, we decided to fish down deep behind the FAD, which
produced 36 Dolphin Fish for the morning session. The crew were
extremely happy with their efforts to say the very least! A
great result indeed! With many sport fishing charters booked
for the weeks approaching, we can only hope the results we have
seen stay at such a great level.
Although Allie Hunter hasn't had the chance to get out wide,
there have been reports of Marlin catches in deeper waters.
Over the weekend just gone, fellow members of the Sydney Game
Fishing Club had tagged and released a 130kg Blue Marlin, as
well as smaller Black Marlin. With a game fishing trip planned
for this weekend, we hope we can add Allie Hunter's name to
the clubs tally board.
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November 2005 Offshore Fishing Report
We had an early start to the fishing weekend, beginning on Friday
with a harbour cruise and estuary fishing. The weather was great
as the sun poured down onto Sydney Harbour. We did more cruising
rather than fishing....it appeared the gentlemen on board were
more interested in trying to 'hook up' the topless waitress
aboard Allie Hunter!
Saturday and Sunday saw both days out on the reefs. Much of
the same activity was seen as the past few weeks, with a surprising
catch of another John Dory. Other than the Morwong and Flathead,
a few decent sized Snapper were caught measuring from 40cm -
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October 2005 - Offshore Fishing Report
We had an early start to the week with Wednesday calling for
a morning session of reef fishing. With three of us on board,
we were out for a few social hours out bottom bashing with the
hope to catch something nice for a seafood barbecue that night.
the reefs at 8.30am, all first drops scored hits instantaneously,
pulling up a 1kg flathead, a decent sized Morwong and a large
Sergent Baker. In the first hour, 12 fish were caught, most
of which were Morwong of Flathead. With most of the catches
loving to feed on the pilchards, it was great to see a 30cm
Snapper take the squid. The next few drops landed a 1.8kg Morwong,
and as we moved back up to the gravel beds, a few more decent
sized Flathead were brought to the boat. After 2 and a half
hours out there, 24 fish between three of us, and a killer suntan
all round, it was time to head back home for a swim and a scrumptious
For Saturday, we had both the morning and afternoon sessions
of reef fishing. The morning was off to a quick start with some
great sized Morwong and Nannygai being caught. Around 10am,
we moved back up to the gravel beds in search for some Flathead.
Most of our customers had bites, but had the unfortunate luck
of hooking up the babies! We did however, end up with a two
decent Flatties, however, the morning seemed to produce better
luck with the Morwong and Nannygai. Saturday afternoon was much
the same as the morning, although things seemed to switch around.
We had much better luck with the Flathead, bringing 12 to the
boat. Only 4 Morwong were caught along with 2 Snapper. Not a
bad effort indeed!
Out again on Sunday morning for yet another reef trip, it seemed
we picked up from where we left off on Saturday afternoon. Although
we were only out on the reefs for a few hours, as a few of our
clients tried to hold themselves up against the wind and the
seas, a decent amount of fish were caught with the majority
of those being Flathead. In 3 hours we had 11 Flathead, 2 Morwong,
1 Snapper and 1 Sergent Baker, then all the lines were pulled
up as we headed back home.
Although I haven't been out there myself in the past week, friends
on the water have reported that nothing much has been happening
out wide. Although the water is warming up, we are yet to see
the Marlin and Kingfish.... they just seem to be keeping us
waiting in anticipation!
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October 2005 - Offshore Fishing Report
Out on Saturday for an afternoon reef fishing trip on yet another
one of Sydney's gorgeous afternoons. With the weather looking
promising and the water extremely flat compared to what it had
been like for the past few days, it was interesting to see how
quiet it was out on the reefs. With only one Morwong and three
flatties caught in the half hour we were out there, and with
most of our clients surprisingly seasick, the decision had been
made to head back to shore.
Sunday called for a pick up at the Spit for a days game fishing.
We set out in search of live bait, yet the morning appeared
to be a quiet one, with no bait in sight. Rather than wasting
anymore valuable fishing time, we powered straight out towards
Brown's Mountain. Just before reaching the Continental Shelf,
we laid out a spread of lures and started trolling, as a mass
of bait action was present on the surface.
Within five minutes of trolling, not one, but two rods went
off producing two striped Tuna. Upon approaching Brown's Mountain,
the outrigger went off and the ratchet screamed! I instantly
knew this wasn't another striped Tuna, as just like a Yellowfin
it took off extremely fast. Sure enough, after a twenty minute
fight a 18kg Yellowfin was landed. Soon after, another four
Striped Tuna were brought to the boat. Around 1pm we started
a burley trail on the dumping grounds. We continued this for
two and a half hours, unfortunately nothing was produced.
Although Sunday's game fishing had not been as successful as
our last few trips out, it was great to see so many Striped
Tuna caught. The reason for this is that the warmer currents
are not too far away for the Marlin season to commence.
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October 2005 - Offshore Fishing Report
Out early on Saturday morning, the day began to look like an
exceptionally quiet one out on the reefs. Fishing for two hours
and all we had to show was one Morwong, one Snapper and a Pigfish,
namely due to the lack of drift. Around 9am, it was as if all
the fish had woken from their slumber! After the breeze picked
up a little, we scored a better drift, making the baits work
harder as we covered larger ground. Then for the next three
hours it was all on! Morwong, Snapper, Gurnards and large Flatties
filled the boat as fast as we could put the bait on! Overall,
the clients were extremely happy with the days results, having
shared 41 fish between the seven of them.
The afternoon session of reef fishing also proved to be quite
productive. The great drift we saw in the morning continued
through into the afternoon, producing monster Flathead and Gurnards.
The fish preferred pilchards and squid, but were also biting
on soft plastics.
For the first two hours of fishing there was a repeat of this
mornings catch, with 21 fish brought to the boat between six
people. The later hours of the afternoon proved to be much quieter,
as the drift slowly died off. Although it was quiet, it was
much of a surprise when one client pulled up a 1kg John Dory
...something which we haven't seen of late! However, with the
days results, one can't exactly complain!
Out on Sunday for another reef bash, produced another fairly
reasonable day out. Although a little quieter compared to Saturdays
efforts, the day saw many Morwong & decent sized Flathead.
Once again, the crew were sick, so it was another short day
for us as we headed back inside the harbour.
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October 2005 - Offshore Fishing Report
To begin the weekend knowing we have an extra day off, or in
my case, an extra day to fish, proved to be an exceptional start
to the October long weekend. A morning reef fishing trip on
Saturday scored a great catch with large flatheads, Morwong
and Pink fish on the scene. However, as the fishing progressed
the day sought to be one of those unfortunate occasions without
a Snapper in sight!
morning also proved to be yet another fruitful reef fishing
adventure. Close in on the gravel beds we saw large Flathead
feeding on pilchards, whilst further out on the reefs the squid
were proving quite popular with the decent sized Morwong. We
had much better luck on this trip with the Snapper, compared
with yesterdays efforts. Despite only catching the few we did,
it was great to see the ones that didn't get away holding a
decent size. Once again, the squid are appearing popular with
the saying goes, "third time lucky" came to pass on
our third trip on public holiday Monday. Out bright and early,
for a full days game fishing, on yet another glorious day, not
only was the weather on our side, but we were soon to find out
so were the fish! Arriving just south of Browns Mountain at
around 9.30am, our first drop pulled up a 12kg Blue Eye Cod.
Second drop saw a 17kg Blue Eye. the happy campers who hired
the boat for the day couldn't believe their luck! And once they
saw the third drop bringing up three Gemfish, they thought they
had struck gold! Fourth drop saw us pulling up four Gemfish,
with the fifth drop reeling in a 19kg Blue Eye and another Gemfish.
And like they say, "save the best till last", suddenly,
off went the rod! And after a short yet tiresome fight, a 60kg
Mako shark was slapping like crazy against the back of the boat.
With an exceptional day out wide, our clients were ecstatic
with the days catch, to say the very least! Yet like all good
things, this trip had to come to an end, and back off home we
were as we set sail back to shore.
The front has still been quiet with the Yellow Fin Tuna. However,
with warmer waters fast approaching we are sure to soon set
sight on the Marlin and Dolphin fish. Up north, between Coffs
Harbour and Port Stephens, a few Marlin have been caught, which
only reinforces the fact that they are not far away. Until then,
lets hope for some more great weekends out, even if we don't
get the extra day off!
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2005 Offshore Fishing Report.
month has proved to be great for fishing deep water. Just like
last month, we have had much success with Mako Sharks, Blue
Eye Cod and Gemfish. So far, its proved that the berley trail
is the way to go when targeting Makos, whilst squid and pilchards
have been popular when fishing the bottom of Browns Mountain
for Blue Eye and Gemfish. The average size of Blue Eye has been
between 5-12kg and the Gemfish between 5-9kg. Although the sharks
have been large in numbers as well as size, the Yellowfin Tuna
are still present in smaller groups, with a surprise catch of
a 25kg during the middle of the month. With the current screaming
from the north, we can only hope it brings schools of bait fish
and warmer waters for our Dolphin Fish and Marlin season to
the bottom, the outside reefs have been relatively rewarding
with many large Snapper and Morwong biting on squid and mullet.
Fishing closer in on the gravel beds has been exceptional for
larger Flathead, sizing between 1–3kg.Also, the size of
the Leatherjackets have been outstanding, biting on pilchards
in 40–50 metres of water.
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On the days when it is nice enough to make it out there are
a few nice Mako sharks to be had. Last week a specimen of 120kg
was landed by the crew of Allie Hunter. They laid a berley trail
of pilchards and a fleshy bait of striped tuna and after only
a few hours had landed the Mako. Yellowfin tuna are still about
with catches coming in between 15 and 60kg. Trolled lures are
the go when targeting the tuna, soft headed skirts such as McGoo’s
and xmas trees being the most successful.
fishing on the outside reefs has been relative good with numerous
snapper up to 6kg being taken on flesh baits and squid. Several
jewfish around 7kghave also been taken on the same baits. The
gravel beds have been reliable for flathead on the drifts. Jig
em rigs have been the most successful method for the flatties.
Tuna are one of the most prized fish in the sea. For most people
it's the delectability of the yellowfins firm rich flesh, but
for anglers, its the blistering speed they exert once hooked
up. Well now is the time, and Browns Mountain is the place.
In an area stretching about 10nm around Browns, schools of 30
kilo plus fish have been moving around, herding
baitfish up toward the surface before feeding with vigour. It
is possible to keep these schools around by cubing if the swell
co-operates, and while you drift with the fish you can explore
your options, which could include everything from live baiting
to tossing lures or flies. Slimy mackerel are a great live bait,
but if you cant get hold of any, un-weighted fish pieces floated
down the cube trail can be just as effective. Fly fishing has
also proved successful recently, with blue and silver offshore
deceivers making their mark, though beware, these fish can and
do destroy expensive gear.
Winter fishing is very rewarding the reef fish bite really well
out in 60-70 meters of water and we look very hard to find the
gravel patches with small individual dots about a meter off
the bottom and with a good sounder on the zoom in you can identify
these dots and drift over the mark to catch both mowong and
snapper. A common misconception is people anchoring and fishing
right on top of a reef, this sort of structure will produce
quality fish but also plenty of small crappy fish.
flathead drifts have been very productive and the silstar jigem
rigs which we use on every charter either the squid or the tails
have proved to be a great way to keep the novice fisherman hooked
up all day because they never run out of bait.and although we
do freshen the rigs up with pilly or squid we find they are
just as effective on their own. The duskie flathead have been
a great size upto 75-80cm and the occasional big tiger flathead.
fishing has been hot and cold and the weather has turned us
around so many times in the last month it s hard to warrant
making the game fish bookings. On the days we were able to venture
out we managed some luck on the yellowfin and the albacore and
the mako sharks are always close behind these two fish. On one
particular outing we jigged kings off the 12 mile to 5kgs and
then we trolled out to Browns and just over the shelf we hooked
a nice striped marlin only to have him pull the hooks and 30min
later we hooked something big on the billy bonito and pulled
the hooks on this almost strait away. Our luck changed when
we started our cube trail and the albacore turned up under the
boat and they seemed pretty spooky and after an hour we managed
to get one to the boat and it was a healthy 24kg biggest one
I have heard of in a long while. About an hour later the same
bloke hooked something big and was unable to stop the long runs
and a decision had to made very quickly as to how to stop the
fish because we were running out of line so we attached another
outfit to his outfit and tossed it over the side $1200 sinks
very quickly and not long after the fish busted us off .
king fish should be making a show very soon and then we can
start our sport fishing on the deeper reef and we will have
some specialist jigging tackle on board with prototype jigs
and there is no more exciting fishing than being attached to
a big king on braid.
Previous Report July 2004
Yellow fin tuna are on the bite and they are bigger and better
than our last season three years ago.The average size of the
fish is about 30kgs and there have been fish to 70 kgs boated
over the last few weeks. The weather is the only thing we have
to contend with and the Westerlies always look kind for the
first five miles and then the sea turns into a washing machine
and small boats can find the 20nm run home wet and dangerous
This season the Allie hunter will be doing later runs out to
the shelf instead of the typical charter day early start early
finish. We will be starting our run out to the shelf at about
9am and this will enable us to assess the weather before going
early and having to turn back. Start trolling after the 12 mile
to see if we can locate any fish with a lure pattern and have
cubes ready to go after a hookup because there is no better
place to start the trail. I’m happy to start the trail
as late as 1.30 pm and fish late into the afternoon and we have
found that while other boats are travelling home this is the
peak time between 3-5pm as the sun gets lower the fishing starts
to hot up and we proved this time and time again during the
last tuna run and we were coming home with fish when others
were missing out.
other problem when fishing out wide in winter is the sun late
in the afternoon is at 310 degrees which is the run home and
its almost impossible to see where you are heading. We also
found that the later you leave the better the wind conditions
can be the Westerlies seem to die out at about 4pm..Soon as
the sun hits the deck we head for home and usually with a good
catch of fin and albacore and if we are lucky everyone on bord
has had a chance to fight a mako shark and watch it jump all
over the ocean and test out the drags on the new okuma 30 two
Our reef fishing is starting to change now winter is setting
in and the snapper bite is hot with regular catches of keeper
fish There is still a great mixed bag to come home with and
we have started doing some wider runs out to the 9 mile or the
12 mile and fishing the bottom for big chinnamen leather jackets
upto 70cm and on these drifts we are picking up pinkies and
some good flat head. Last year the king fish turned up about
mid June and we can only hope that this season will be just
season is changing, and so it seems only for the better. The
dolphin fish have been very consistent, the marlin bite is steady
with still good water temps and plenty of bait, and the kings
are patrolling all the in close reefs. The reef fishing has
been producing some great catches of flathead, mowies and the
occasional good snapper. The fish which have been in almost
plague proportions and most of us don’t target is the
chinamen leather jackets and these fish average about 30cm and
up to 70cm and are a great feed. The only problem is that its
all deep water fishing 100m and deeper.
dolphin fish are still very young but as the month goes on,
these fish will grow and I hope they are still here in late
June as they were a couple of seasons ago. On light tackle,
these fish still provide a great fight and all ages and skill
levels can enjoy this type of sport fishing. We have also had
plenty of success targeting marlin around these fads and if
you take the time to drop two big livebaits down deep and do
a couple of circles before disturbing the dollies you will be
very happy at the results all it takes is a little bit of planning
. The waverider off longreef has been the most productive structure
off Sydney for billfish this season.
kings have been great fun although a little late this year,
and the size has also been a nice surprise with most fish coming
over the side being legal and on some days up to 95cm .Anywhere
you catch your livebaits in the harbour, the kings have been
chasing them to the boat and a quick hook through the back and
you're in business. A good tip if you're fishing light in shallow
water is to fish very light drags, don’t force the fish
to run hard and go deep just let them run and tire them out,
and if that fails, pull out the big guns and pull their heads
season will go down as our best marlin season in 6 years and
all this is due to the amazing run of bait. It's not only slimmies
yakkas or stripies but anything that schools up and is the right
size is fair game - like the dozen or so leather jackets we
found in a black marlin earlier this season. (Although I wouldn’t
be game to bridle rig one and troll it around!)
was some interesting catches on the weekend of Easter. With
the weather being so perfect, boats were able to travel out
wide and a couple of boats found some huge yellow fin tuna all
over 60kg, so lets hope this is a good sign for the start of
our tuna season.
fishing is usually one of those experiences all fisherman want
to be able to say they have at least tried. Trolling the deep
ocean drop offs in search of a big fish. Sydney waters have
the ability to be the best fishery in the world for game fish
like marlin tuna or sharks. The past few weeks has proved that
when the bait turns up and holds up on an area as big as Long
reef, then our marlin will be hot on there heals.
first thing I have noticed is that all the fish have been really
solid and 70-80kg striped marlin have been fighting above their
weight class and hunting in packs and it has been common to
have 2-3 fish up in the lure pattern. The black marlin are also
very solid with fish upto 120kg being tagged and released the
interesting thing to note with these fish is they are also hunting
in packs and on one particular Sunday the Allie hunter trolled
in close to the wave rider off long reef and we had four fish
up in the pattern with a double hookup on the riggers and two
other fish on the teasers all blacks and after putting tags
in our double hookup both fish estimated at 80kg we felt like
we had been in a tittle fight because the fish were so aggressive
all the way to the boat. We put the lures back in the water
and 15 min later another black was hooked up, how many fish
are holding in area when the fish are bitting like this maybe
10th of Jan will always stay fresh in my mind as one of the
hottest marlin bites in the last five years. Picture in your
mind 5 boats trolling in an area as big as two football fields
in 77 fathoms of water off long reef . The water was flat no
birds almost spookie it was so quiet. Below the surface in 15
fathoms there was a battle going on with hundreds of marlin
and hugh balls of sauries going nuts, the only commotion was
a free jumping marlin either jumping with glee after throwing
back a few too many sauries or hooked up to an excited angler.
The end result for our boat was two double hookups one triple
and a single in a space of four to five hours . One of the double
hoohups we turned into 2 tagged fish and the other was the single
tagged fish. The other 4 boats each raised at least 8-12 fish
each and went back to port gob smacked at what they had just
big bait schools have moved on and the dolphin fish have started
taking baits and feeding in their normal patterns so the sport
fishing should be hot right through until the end of April.
All our sport fishing trips include trolling for marlin and
then fishing the trap buoys.
Allie hunter has been very busy in the last few weeks and we
have covered everything from whiting to yellow fin outside.
There have only been a few bad weather days which has restricted
our options, the fact the we are prepared to try all styles
of fishing on the same day and work that little bit harder with
attention to detail means more fish at the end of the day for
reef fishing has been very productive with good catches of flathead
and mowong on the drifts out wide and we have a spot off Dee
Why in 60m of water that producers whiting and as quick as they
come up they get nose rigged and sent back to the bottom for
the bigger flathead, remember a live bait is anything they can
fit down there throat. Some of the bigger flathead have been
up over the 65cm mark. The snapper have been a little slow and
now the legal limit is 30cm we seem to catch plenty of 28cm
fish and I maintain the only way to catch bigger snapper in
to sit at anchor and burley up in a know productive area and
try not to fish on the reef it’s a great place to set
the anchor but make sure you hang back and fish the sand or
gravel flats. Another tip is don’t burley for the first
15-20 mins let your baits find the fish and if it doesn’t
work start your trail.
had a few good weather days which allowed us to fish in some
deep water and the combination of burleying for sharks and fishing
the reef with Tuff Line fire wire has produced some nice mako
sharks and off the bottom we had snapper mowong and the chinamen
leather jackets are upto 3 kgs and there are plenty of double
hookups when targeting these great eating fish. The punters
on these charters are always whinging about how exhausted they
are because of the long fight but the results are worth the
have had some great deep water gigging sessions with king fish
to 6kgs and the trevs have been thick and weighing 2-3 kgs which
offer a great fight on the new saltiga rods and reels. The Japanese
clients are very good fisherman and are prepared to travel along
way from home to catch the kings. A big reward for one of these
anglers was catching a 3.5 kg snapper on a jig and believe me
this is a great catch on this new and improved technique of
jigging deep water. We have managed some great days trolling
live baits for the kings and this proves a very productive way
to find the school of fish.
30th Nov was a great game fishing day for most of the fleet
the body of water sitting off Sydney was holding yellow fin
and marlin and the Allie Hunter managed 6 yellow fin to 10kgs
and we had a busy 20 min when all 6 rods went off and only four
anglers to fight the fish, we managed to boat 4 fish and on
returning to the same spot hooked up again. Some very happy
blokes went home with a great feed.
marlin fishing has started very well and we hooked a striped
on the 2nd day of trolling and this was tagged and estimated
at 55kgs. We had an incredible fight with a black which lasted
nearly 2hrs and somewhere in his jumps to get away he was tail
wrapped and this made it impossible to swim him up close to
the boat .The last part of the fight was dragging this dead
fish out of 140m of water and the bloke on the rod will feel
this for weeks to come .We dragged the fish through the marlin
door and got some pictures and estimated the fish at 120kgs.
It’s always a shame to have a fish die.
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both the water and the fish are starting to hot up. Mick Lyons
out on ‘Allie Hunter’ pulled in 6 yellowfin tuna
up to 10 kg on the troll.
The Marlin have started to come on for those who have been trolling
in the last week, with many reports of big fish tagged.
are starting to bite in much larger numbers, co-inciding with
the increased amounts of bait around offshore. ‘The Peak’,
especially around the bombora, has been a great hunting ground
for these kings lately. Fresh squid or live yellowtail are the
best baits, unless of course you can catch yourself some live
Peak’ is also holding plenty of snapper. Make sure you
use a proper snapper rig to avoid getting snagged. Fresh prawn
or fish baits are the best for snapper.
inshore reefs are holding plenty of bait at the moment, which
means the kingfish have moved in and are biting in bigger numbers.
Unfortunately the Dolphin Fish have not turned up at any of
the offshore F.A.D.s. It seems they may be waiting for still
warmer water, but this may be a while coming because of the
is what gets me excited at the beginning of summer the more
concentrations of slimies and stripes the better chance we have
with a greater number of predators turning up. The bait is at
the base of all the rock ledges from bluefish upto Bondi and
a very simple way to find some kings is to sound around and
find the slimies and yakkas in a tight ball on the drop offs.
We have a lot of success bridle rigging the big baits and slow
trolling them around using big bean sinkers so when we stop
the baits descend quickly into the strike zone, you have to
watch your depth so you don’t end up snagging the bottom
and we find you have to be very careful not to troll to close
to the bottom because when you hook up a fish over 5kg even
on 15kg tackle it only takes him a couple of kicks of the tail
and he’s in the rocks .The kings will swim along way to
take a bait and they are on the outside of the bait balls not
in the middle so there is no need to keep splitting the bait
schools with your boat.
salmon schools are starting to thicken up and most of us are
throwing metal jigs at these schools and a quick retrieve on
the surface is hooking some solid 2-3 kg fish. Don’t forget
what’s under these schools trevally, bonito, kings and
the occasional black marlin can also be down deep so remember
your big live baits weighted and cast into these banquets of
bait can produce some memorable fish if your set up correctly.
The most common remark you hear in fishing is I hooked something
really big and I couldn’t stop it. It’s nice to
fight fish on light gear for the sport but fighting big fish
on heavy gear can be very rewarding.
reef fishing in the past few weeks has been excellent on the
flathead big fish to 70cm and plenty of fish around the 45 cm
mark, all the marks I normally fish have been firing really
well from 30m –70m . The mowong and snapper are still
on the bite and as in every charter you would like to see bigger
snapper but that’s seems to be hard work on the drift
so going to anchor and drifting back baits is a good alternative
and its amazing the variety of fish you can pull out of a burley
hunter charters has been very lucky to be offered a full sponsorship
deal with OKUMA and the boat has been fully fitted out with
their rods and reels. I have been using there gear for 12 months
and I now have the opportunity to trial their new game fishing
range. The new range of TITUS reels look the part with their
fully cold forged aluminium body and with a beautiful gold finish
like all good gamefishing reels should look. We will be using
a lot of their new range of plastics the STORM range and they
have some prototype plastic 3 hook squid rigs for reef fishing
and I have been amazed at there success on many species of reef
fish .The company is going to be a big part of the gigging market
which is really taking off on our East coast and we will be
trailing there prototype gigs in a few weeks, ready for the
kingfish season. There will be new rods and reels on board soon
that have been made for gigging only and we will be the first
Sydney charter boat offering this type of sport fishing targeting
big kings on deep reefs. Anyone needing information on any of
the okuma range feel free to give me a ring.
Mahi Mahi have turned up for the start of our sport fishing
season and again with a new range of okuma Coronado CD40 biatrunners
we will be targeting these great fighting fish from now until
the end of April so don’t miss out get a group of 6 together
and let us show you the most exciting light tackle fishing off
Sydney. The first marlin of the season has been tagged last
week and there have been a number of hooked and lost fish all
these fish have been striped marlin some on the shelf and a
few in close near the 12 mile reef. The bait has been thick
out wide with striped tuna slimmies and sauries and this is
a great start to what we hope will be a good game fish season.
The yellow fin tuna are still on the bite and fish upto 20kg
have been caught trolling small skirts. There’s very much
a mixed bag out wide you just have to do the hours.
Winter fishing out of Sydney can be challenging and uneventful
at times and this time of the year can bring a lot of fisherman
undone psychologically but if you can honestly say you have
been amongst some good fish then you are amongst the top 10%
of fisherman who read the signs and fish for what is available,
not what you dreamed about the night before. When I first started
doing fishing charters this was the mistake I made but now I
arrive at the heads with a clear mind and I let the conditions
tell me where to fish.
are the species I would like to target all year round I have
never had a punter say they were sick of catching these speedsters.
The past few months the king fish have been on the rocks and
not around the local reefs and this has been due to the bait
distribution or should I say lack of it. Because these fish
have been spread out we have a very simple recipe; no bait no
kings, and this is the worst year I can remember for the lack
of both. You would think after the king fish traps left our
shores 4 years ago that the kings would be here in huge numbers
but this year has been very lean, lets hope summer is more productive.
drift fishing has been very productive with a variety of flathead
mowong and snapper and using a 2 hook rig with snapper lead
at the bottom to drag the bottom is simple and effective. The
westerly wind has made it difficult to drift the wider grounds
where the bigger fish seem to hang out that 60-70m is a great
depth and the reef formations are not as pronounced and this
gives us more sand and gravel patches, we don’t lose as
much tackle and the species of fish are quality not rubbish.
fishing has been unproductive on the yellowfin for the third
year in a row and I’m still confident this is due to a
cycle our fishing seasons all the pros and the longliners are
doing it tuff and even though these stocks are fished hard I
think the season will turn in our favour. The mako sharks have
been this winters best angling and we have changed our tactics,
fishing on deep water reefs so we can fish the bottom for kings
snapper and big chinamen leather jackets and burley for the
sharks at the same time and the results have been unreal with
some really big sharks to 130kg and they go as hard as any marlin.
water starts to warm up in the next few weeks and this will
start our dolphin fish season this fishery would be our best
sport fishing off Sydney. We fish with livebaits, soft plastics,
gigs, bait or fly; the fish range from 3kgs-15kgs and we regularly
pull striped marlin off these fads. The beauty is being able
to fish with 5 kilo outfits and not get busted off and there
eatability is unreal. We do half day trips from 6.30-1.30 and
this summer we will offer afternoon trips which will finish
after 7pm, this way we can take advantage of our dawn bite,
this could be a very productive tactic.
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