IN THE WAKE OF..... (Rock Fishing)\
Trekking the foreshores and capes of Sydney's headland has become a movement I have been embarking on of late. Rock Fishing sometimes pushes the boundaries for location, as most rock anglers will vouch that the entrances and routes to some of these fishing regions can be a mission, But active LBG angling was pioneered an age ago and the more and more times I find myself out on the stones have had me realize that the weather, conditions and elements are not my friend. When it comes down to rock fishing, the forecast can sometimes predict large swells and winds, don't risk it go Flathead fishing in a bay, but when conditions play in your favor the fishing can be bounteous.
|Mark Miller with an above average Drummer.|
|Using bigger baits can result in some quality Snapper off the rocks.|
|Groper really are a steam train of power.|
Showcasing some of Sydney's accessible, and not so accessible species to target from the stones is something I've been doing lately, back to basics using various baits I have been finding new approaches and different styles of fishing that I haven't embarked to much on in which has had me kind of..... left me out of my comfort zone. Being a lure angler for a long time now I have been learning a lot of things along the way of bait fishing. Land based rock fishing is somewhat of a hit or miss game, I have been quite lucky to fish with good friend and Sydney veteran rock angler Mark Miller in recent times. Miller is packed with experience and knowledge and I find myself sponging up all the information along the way and forming a healthy respect for the way rock fishing operates.
|Although there is an abundance of Large Hoodlum Kingfish in Sydney this summer I am yet to land one.|
|Autumn months see an influx in small Mac Tuna's flooding the coastline of Sydney.|
With many aspects to consider in rock fishing, there is some exiting and very effective forms to target relatively common prolific species. Winter fishing here in Sydney off the stones provides a huge amount of sport fishing, with the run of Pelagic's like Australian Salmon, Large Bonito, Tailor and juvenile Mac Tuna. Lets not forget the reef species like Drummer, Luderick, Leather Jackets, Silver Trevally, Snapper, Bream and The infamous Blue Groper.
|When all else fails.... You can always rely on Leather Jackets for a feed|
The Blue Groper. Horse teethed, huge, hard pulling power of a train. These fish will have you grip your rod with might, targeting this species involves the gathering of rock crabs, now my fellow mate Mark Miller is somewhat crazy when he grabs these crabs from the rocks with bare hands.... for me I stick to a crab spike. Rig up a size 4.0-8.0 (Depending on the size of the crab) Suicide hook, 40-50 pound monofiliament line with a small pea sinker. The red and green crabs are best, but the black crabs also do the job. Now pickers will tend to eat your bait so be prepared much like Drummer fishing. A good tip I got was to burley your spot with crushed crab for better results, find where the wash is and cast just beyond it amongst the hidden rocks. A rising tide accompanied with the run out tide is usually better. The moment a Blue Groper hits your bait, you will know about it. Run a fair amount of drag to stop these fish fast!..... Hold on because they will pull and pull to retreat back into the rock hideaway. I find the Groper's to be a fairly bland tasting fish, but many others I know relish in their taste, I tend to release them but they are a great sport fish for the cooler months and will be sure to stretch your arms.
|Mark Miller with a beautiful female Blue Groper|
|Hoodlums roam amongst legal and rat Kings.... but can sometimes be very tricky to tempt.|
|Some seriously large Australian Salmon roam during the cooler months.|
|Adam Bond showcasing one of his larger Bonito from the stones.|
|Jake Coxon on a light Bream outft catching Australian Salmon|