After picking him up at about 6.45 we shot down to West Head and picked up a tank full of Yakkas (another post to come on that one), then looked around unsuccessfully for squid for about 45 minutes. Oh well... lets go fishing. A 70cm king came up to the back of the boat not long after we pulled up but we couldn't interest him or any of his mates in taking a bait or sluggo.
The weather was so beautiful and the sea so flat we decided to take my little Quinnie well outside and try a spot for which I had a GPS mark. I love GPS. After half an hour traveling we got to the mark and right on the spot the sounder lit up with masses of fish hanging over a wreck. We were decidedly undergunned for some of the fish down there as we proceeded to get busted up twice in quick succession. We managed a 55cm flattie in the instant one of the livies touched the bottom beside the wreck before winding it back up... more importantly Peter, who despite living near and having a holiday house on the water has done little fishing, nailed his first ever king. Just check out the colour of that water.
Eventually the fish went off (except for the inevitable gear stealing Jackets ) so we ran back up to Barrenjoey. There were schools of bait everywhere but lots of trolling with small pushers and livies drew a blank and there was no real sigh of anything feeding on the schools.
Now to Pittwater. We downrigged among the moorings for about 20 minutes when we came by chance on a reef/wreck/car body or something on the sounder (now marked as a waypoint). There were 2 guys in another little boat anchored nearby burlying for yakkas but on our first run over the mark our livie went off and up comes a 50cm tailor.... followed by an 80+cm king .
The little secret reef was lit up like a Christmas tree with fish... a big ball of bait surrounded by big arches. We fished around and around there for an hour and found plenty of kings. The only trouble was that they liked taking livies set deep and then running straight into the reef. We were busted up 5 or 6 times by really good fish but boy, was it fun. While we were doing that, the guys in the other boat had good sized kings zipping continually through their burley trail but couldn't get them to take a bait or lure. Who said there are no Kings in Pittwater!!
Eventually the time got the better of us and with no more bait in the tank we headed home. A fantastic day on the water!
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One less Kingy virgin!
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