A few hours before sunset, we gave one of our favourite fishing spots for catching blackfish a quick go. Blustery conditions but our floats remained still enough to attract a fish. After not too long a wait, we were on! We fortunately brought a net with us as the fish was around 30cm, and the blackfish get heavy at that size! Only the one for the day.
Continuing on my quest for Blackfish, I headed down to Georges River again. Nearing sunset, I decided to go with dad to pick up some seaweed and head down for a quick half hour fish. Didn’t expect too much action in half an hour. First cast was a down, after striking the fish went ballistic and I could tell it was definitely a keeper. Bringing it up to the surface, I could tell it was well over 30cm and my 6lb line was not going to hold. I decided to beach the fish and up comes a pb Blackfish 36cm for me:
Read some reports of blackfish making an appearance in Georges River. I had a week off between changing jobs so took a Monday to give them a go. Surprisingly, we went down to the spot and there was already someone down there even on a cold and rainy Monday. It was pretty tough going with no bites for a few hours and then the rain became heavier. The others left and we stayed there for a bit longer. 10 minutes later, it heated up and we caught about 10 in the next 10 minutes. Most were undersized with just the one keeper at about 30cm:
As catching blackfish is a different kettle of fish (no pun intended), I will add more information about how to catch them in future posts. Stay tuned!
Been with my old man down to Georges River to catch some blackfish (sorry I have been asked to keep this spot to myself). It is a completely different style of fishing, and requires a bit more finesse. The set up is quite different (I will post some pics in the near future) and just about the only bait that will work is green weed (or cabbage). They like to stick around structures and along weed beds so you can get them quite close to the wharves and pylons. There are some special hooks call “sneck” hooks which are green in colour and fairly small as the blackfish have quite small mouths. A fairly strong leader is required as the fish get quite heavy and alot they do not swim off like other fish, they flap around as you bring them up to the surface and can easily snap you off. Here’s a few pics of some that my brother caught a few weeks back.
And here’s the most recent one I caught. I didn’t have the measuring tape so put my thong down as a reference measure, which was 30cm.