I love and hate December – Christmas is a fiasco and then you have New Year’s Eve. It’s a fantastic month for fishing, but can you find the time? There’s an old saying – quality over quantity. Put in the homework and choose the area – ocean rock, ocean beach or estuary? Estuary just means calmer or enclosed salt or brackish waters, like rivers, bay lakes, or harbour fishing. Specify a type.
Then choose a species. Research what you want to catch and go from that. Pick a practical spot, because this will save time for those that are time strapped. Rather than say, “I’m not going fishing because I don’t have six hours to spare,” you could say, “I’m going for a fish, because I have 3-4 hours to spare including travel time and it’s practical to have a productive outing!”
As a full time guide, I offer the shortcuts to success. The kings are at a lot of locations lately, like the ocean rocks from Barrenjoey Head’s south face point area, North and South Whale headland, North Curl Curl, Bluefish Point and the Hat near the old quarantine wall at Manly. They’re being caught on a vast range of baits and lures. Live yellowtail suspended under a float between 2-6m deep, salted sea gars ganged up, Williamson Popper Pro 180 in the red head and silver/white body or the blue/white body are working well. Try the Zerek Zappelin 57g as well.
The tailor numbers are increasing. They’re even around through the day, but obviously in larger numbers on the calmer nights. It’s safe enough to fish. Ganged pillies on a set of three 3/0s, 40g Knights, and 50g Lazer Jigs from SureCatch.