The deep sea fishing that we do here at Fishing Sydney Tours can be divided into basically three sections:
- Pelagics – Dolphinfish (Mahi mahi) and Marlin.
- Semi pelagics – Kingfish, Salmon, Bonito etc.
- Reef or demersal fish – Snapper, Flathead, Morwong, Cod etc.
The pelagics are a summer time thing, with these generally starting to fire up when the water temp gets to 21degrees or better, usually, depending on prevailing currents, around November/December.
We fish the FAD’s for Dolphinfish, with surface lures and live baits with the bigger fish arriving at the beginning of the run and the smaller fish in numbers as the season progresses. Some spectacular fishing can be had at the FAD’s at this time.
We troll lures for Marlin and keep teasers up short to the boat and switchbait any fish rising on these.
The Marlin can be found quite close inshore as the season progresses and virtually a stone’s throw from the Harbour entrance towards the end of the season.
Fishing Semi Pelegics
Of all the semi pelagics, the Kingfish are the most popular amongst the local anglers and we fish varying methods for these.
The most productive method is downrigging as the fish are usually sitting deeper and this method is used year round.
In the winter time, the fish move offshore and thats when deep jigging and deep live baiting is most effective, also micro jigging and Inchiku style jigs can be very effective when the fish are being picky.
In the summer time when the fish move inshore, they can be had on surface lures (poppers and stickbaits) and some big fun fishing can be had when they are in this mode, along with the standard downrigging approach.
Fishing the Reefs
Of the reef species, the big drawcard is always the Snapper.
These are one of my favourites and will cover a wide area and be found in depths ranging from 8 metres to 100 metres plus.These are best in the winter/spring time with some quality fish moving into shallower water.
We fish soft plastics and baits in the shallower areas and micro jigs, Inchiku style jigs and baits in the deeper areas.
The thrill of a big Red appearing out of the depths is second to none.
The humble Flathead is also a popular one when deep sea fishing, not the most dynamic fighting fish around, but second to none as a table fish and can be caught by anglers of any experience level, requiring no specialised gear or fancy techniques.We drift fish for these using baits or, if the clients prefer, micro jigs and Inchiku style jigs.