Pittwater Charter Part 2 (27-Dec-2008)

Went for the 2nd leg of our Pittwater charter (see previous post here). The day started off at about 5am very foggy, so foggy in fact that we could barely see 10 metres in front of us. We had to wait for at least an hour before we could head off shore. The plan was to pick up some yellowtail and head out to Long Reef. Apparently the fishing was that good that live yellowtail was all we needed. While hooking up on the yellowtail, the captain spotted some kingfish lurking around. We threw a couple of plastics and we were on! Hooked up about 3 rat kings at the baiting ground. After the school left, we were armed with about 20 or so live yellowtail. Took these out to Long Reef and live baited on the down rigger. We caught all up about 17 kingfish, about 6 were keepers. Here’s a pic of one at about 80cm:

Kingfish in Long Reef

All in all, a fantastic day out. For the keen fisherperson, I would recommend going out on a charter at least once in your life. Although, remember to take some travel sickness pills, as my girlfriend and I were vomiting for the good part of a few hours while we were out there!

Pittwater Charter (19-Sep-08)

Finally was able to head out on a charter that my girlfriend planned for my birthday way back in February. We headed down Pittwater way, where I have never fished before. Got there nice and early for the start at 5.30am after an hour drive. Met our charter skipper Peter who was keen on hooking us up with some kingfish action. After a bit of setting up, we headed for the shallows to hunt a few squid. They did not seem to be on the bite after visiting a few spots. The last spot we visited started to fire up. Hooked two in quick succession, one small calamari and one smaller arrow squid, perfect kingfish bait. Then on the last few casts, I hooked up on a big one. Took the drag out for a good 10 – 15m and gave a fair bit of a work out on the light gear. After a few minutes, I pulled up this beauty.
 
Squid from Pittwater
 
Squid from Pittwater
 
After getting some squid for bait, we rounded up a few yellowtail and then the captain took over to set everything up to downrig a squid and a yellowtail to try our luck at some kingies.
 
Downrigging at Pittwater
 
After a few hours of downrigging, and trolling around the shipwrecks, we were not able to manage any hits on our fresh bait. The captain has organised a make-up session in a few months time, so I’m looking forward to it.