Sydney Harbour fishing report 19/4/2019

April 19, 2019 by Stephen Gaynor

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The full moon and school holidays…. if there was ever a combination that could shut down fishing for kingfish in Sydney harbour then this is it. The week leading into the holiday period could again only be described as epic. Every mark produced fish. Maybe not legal kings but more than enough for good sport.

Then came school holiday and waxing gibbous. Amazing fishing had been replaced with hard work and long hours sitting on marks. With schools of ambivulant kings following fly’s, baits and other offerings to no availe.

The good news now is the waxing is now a waning and allot of fisho’s seem to have taken there boats on holidays to try other waters. So there is plenty to look forward to in the coming week.

Saltwater flyfishing this week.

With so many fish still in the harbour although tough we still had some success s over the past week. The stand out flies are heavily weighted bait patterns in dark green and large articulated squid patterns, in orange or darker colours.  Blue and white clousers fished slowly on intermediate lines around sandy drop offs are producing loads of flathead and the occasional soapy.

Most markers and the usual boat hulls are holding fish. The key to success is a long enough cast to entice a bite before seeing the boat. Be systematic and fish the surface first then lower and lower until you get the bite or follow.

On bait.

As always fresh is good live is best, squid were been picky over the last week. I suspect that had more to do with angler pressure than there tastebuds. For kings the first prize for the average rat was live yakka’s. Along with kingfish, large bonito and oversized flathead have been nailing the humble yellow tail.  As always burley burley burley for success.

Catch of the week

Big shout out to Travis from Oz jet boating. After dropping off some clients. Travis was heading back under the harbour bridge when he noticed some debri on the water. Been the environmentally countious guy that he is. He went over to clean it up. Only to notice it dissapear and reappear. Apron closer inspection it was a finds a fishing rod and to his amazement there is a fish on the other end. With out getting into the legalities of fishing under the harbour bridge. He then proceeded to fight and land a nice 60cm+ kingfish. A quick photo for evidence and the lucky fish is released unharmed. It only gets better because not far away he gets speaking to fisherman and is told of a boat who lost a rod. Which is found and returned the rod to it’s astonished owner.

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