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ON THE WATER
with David Lockwood
Rapid Pile Repair Systems
Ph: 0438 566 022 / 1800 JOINLOX
If I had a dollar for every time a budding angler asked – “ where
did you catch that? ” – I could retire a rich man. But catching fish
isn’t just about the hot spot. There is the tried-and-tested tackle,
the tricky techniques and the peak lunar and tide times that need
to be established beforehand.
In reality, there’s an incredible amount of often fishless fieldwork
put in behind the scenes, many hours of discovering and distilling of
key fishing information, to become a real expert. Alas, in the just-add-
water instant gratification world we live in today, there seems to be
more instant web-fishing experts or virtual pundits than real experts.
By its very definition, an expert requires knowledge and experience.
Of course, there is nothing more rewarding than working
something out yourself. The getting of wisdom is a journey all true
fishing experts have completed many times on many levels and
continue to do so every time they put to sea. But it is true that time
and tide wait for no angler today. Thankfully, there is a shortcut to
your fishing success. You just have to pay for it ...
If you want to cut to the chase then book a charter or guide. Sydney
is blessed with some of the very best operators in the country. The
furrows etched deep in their brow are from the fishing school of hard
knocks. These guys have done the hard yards and hard work for you.
By necessity in hard-fished waterways, these largely mid-week
guiding warriors have honed their harbour, Hawkesbury and offshore
fishing skills to virtually guarantee success. You can learn a lot in a
short space of time and its bona fide expertise not the virtual self-
appointed stuff. But wait, it gets better...
Whereas charterboats of yore were akin to live-cattle boats
packing them in, with anglers heaving over the gunwale and wrestling
ungainly tackle, today’s operators offer a personalised, specialised,
targeted and harmonious fishing experience.
So the advice this month is to try a charter. It might be mid-winter
but our top guides know how to find the fish year-round. And the
winter species – the tailor, Aussie salmon, trevally, bream, school
jewfish, hairtail, John dory, especially the luderick, black drummer
and groper – are abundant, fighting fit and in top condition to grace
your dinner table.
On the Central Coast, skipper Scott Thorrington from Haven
Charters is the best in the business for finding big kingfish on the
reefs. Scotty used jigs and live baits, top tackle and more time-
honoured fishing experience than most of us will find in a lifetime.
Hawkesbury guide Ron Osman makes fishing the big river seems
like a snap. About now, he’ll be berleying for that bream and trevally
around Lion Island, looking for luderick around the foreshores up
as far as Brooklyn, and chasing tailor and Aussie salmon in Broken
Bay and Pittwater. He’ll host a hairtail outing if the fish are about
and you’re keen.
Fishabout Tours has the runs on the board in Sydney Harbour.
Winter fishing brings big luderick, delicious John dory and squid,
tailor and salmon, plus the odd kingfish from up the back. Trevally
are abundant. Another option is to try something different. Justin
Duggin, the top guide from Sydney Flyfishing Tours, makes fishing
for winter salmon his ‘off-season’ passion. His live photo uploads
are worth a visit to his website alone.
New Sydney guide Vic Levett from OceanHunter Sportsfishing
is an expert on the local offshore scene. He’s been fishing the reefs
for years and knows where the big kingfish hang. When others are
Fishing guide Craig McGilll
from Fishabout Charters
with a 30kg jewfish.
hauling their fishless boats out at the ramp in winter and lamented
the apparent lack of fish, Vic is boating them without much fuss.
Down south, Scotty Lyons has Botany Bay pretty much worked
out. He’ll be parked on the pick in Trevally Alley, trolling the washes
and working the inshore reef options to the north and south. Even
seasoned anglers can learn a lot from these guides. And with the
knowledge you can save on your fruitless fishing trips and cut to
Oh, and if your heading to the slopes consider some piscatorial
pursuits. Steve Williamson is your man on Lake Jindabyne. I ’ll never
forget pulling his tinnie into the muddy island, casting some $1
grubs out yonder, and cranking in the brown and rainbow trout in
between snow showers.
We found a great restaurant in Thredbo with a willing chef, had
those pink pin-boned trout fillets cooked to perfection, and finished
off the repast with some schnapps as the snow kept falling. We
eventually made it home following the perfectly executed, guided,
off-piste fishing. h
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