Squid bonanza and a bonus bream (27-Jan-2016)

So we are just taking advantage of it being in season, we managed another good bag of squid. It was again firing and didn’t take too long to get around 15. We also put some fresh strips of squid out in hope for something bigger and we managed to catch a legal bream. This one was near 30cm

Australia Day squid jackpot (26-Jan-2016)

So the place was crowded as most places are on Australia Day but great conditions for fishing. Got a great haul of 12 squid on the day in pretty quick time as well. They make a fantastic bait as they are hard to chew through but also great to eat as well, whether it be salt and pepper or crumbed.

More squid (24-Jan-2016)

Much of the same as the day before. Beautiful conditions but no fishing around. Caught some squid but they were hard work! You can see the suction power of the tentacles in the picture, which is how they go about attacking their prey

Mixed bag of squid (23-Jan-2016)

The warm weather continued on to another fine summer day, but there weren’t any fish about. Some small baitfish eventually came in but no luck on catching anything bigger. I switched over to the squid jig and caught a mix of squid. There were 7 arrow squid and two Southern Calamari. You can tell the calamari apart by the beautiful green eyes. Currently in NSW there is no size limit on squid but a bag limit of 20.

Huge Australian Salmon (17-Jan-2016)

The weather was fantastic and we could see a lot of surface action with the bubbling water suggesting something was chasing the baitfish. We loaded up some live baitfish and waited patiently. There was not much going on for a while until our reel took off! After a short fight and a couple of characteristic jumps, it was obvious that it was a bruiser Australian Salmon. It measured around the 75cm mark.

Some more arrow squid (14-Jan-2016)

Given the success of the previous day. Took the squid jig back out to and scored the bigger sized arrow squid. You can tell they are arrows by the flaps only going up to the middle of the body, hence looking like an arrow. The bigger relative the south calamari have flaps that go up to the head and large green eyes. They are quite hard to come by though.

School of squid and a leather jacket (13-Jan-2016)

So another scorcher in the Sydney summer. The warm weather must have brought about the squid as well! It was firing from the get-go as we managed a school of about 10 squid one after another and a consolation leather jacket! They are delicious pan-fried, but quite cumbersome to prepare. The skin is quite hard to strip and quite rough like leather, hence the name. You generally do not target leather jacket, but if they’re on, they are usually just under your feet!

Big Australian Salmon (01-Dec-2015)

So the start of summer, and still plenty of activity on the surface to suggest some big specimens around. I put in some live bait for most of the day without success. Towards the end of the day, I hooked up to a beast of a fight, but much unlike the typical fight of a kingfish, so my guess was either a salmon or a bonito. After a short fight, I pull up this beast of an Australian Salmon towards the 70cm and 3kg mark!

Monster King (27-Nov-2015)

The weather was starting to warm up for the upcoming summer and the warmer waters were definitely attracting the bigger species. The thrashing of water was a sign of the pelagics chasing the baitfish, most likely Salmon and Bonito. We put in a live yellowtail and after a short 10-20 minute wait, the line started peeling off the reel! I fortunately had a 4000 Daiwa with 20lb braid which was more than enough line to keep it occupied, although I was more worried about the nearby anchors that always seems to prove my undoing.

Rat Kingfish (21-Jan-2015)

Couldn’t quite get our hands on any live bait, so we threw in some cut up bait in hope for some bumper bream. We instead hooked on to a rat king! (slang for the smaller specimens) at the 45-50cm mark. You might be able to make out the circle hook that is still on the corner of its mouth. The brilliant thing about the way circle hooks are designed is that it does least possible damage to the fish yet it doesn’t seem to lessen the strike rate.