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Sport, Health & Fitness Get Out And Wet A Line! by Dan Trotter A


quick intro... I’m Dan Trot- ter, one of the 2Dans from 2Dans Fishing, we make a series of successful, fun and informative fishing DVDs. I’ve been fishing out of Sydney since I can remember. Fishing is my obsession and has become my life. If you’re looking for more detailed info or some- one to help you set up your boat please feel free to write to me at dant@fishermandan.com.au. These monthly fishing reports are more predictions about the month ahead, rather than a look at what others have been catching. Avail- able is a quick run down on what species to target and where to fish. For more info again contact me or get into your local tackle store. Fishing during February off of Sydney is always a pleasure. The warm waters of the East Austra- lian Current are upon us and the current is pulsing southward at full swing, bringing a swathe of pelag- ics to Sydney’s offshore waters. Closer to shore, along the rocky coastline and the coastal beaches and within the estuaries, all the bread and butter species are switched on. The near shore reefs will produce great catches of the


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favourite yellowtail kingfish, plus plate sized snapper, and the ever favourite mulloway (jewfish). • Use heavy tackle, strong hooks and live squid or yellowtail for the kingfish. Look for reefs with substantial vertical rise and either anchor on top of the rise or drift or down-rig around it. It is also worth working the headlands from Terrigal in the north to the Royal National Park in the south. • When fishing for snapper use lightly weighted pilchard or strip baits at anchor in conjunction with a steady supply of burley or cast soft-plastics ahead of the boat on the drift. Look for areas where hard reef meets sand or gravel patches and concentrate your efforts there. • Mulloway are elusive these days so patience, research and prepa- ration are the keys to successfully catching one of the prized table fish. Use fresh dead or live baits, 40-80lb trace, enough sinker weight to get the bait to the bottom and either mid range rod and reel tackle or a strong handline. Con- centrate your efforts around deep gutters adjacent to reefs. Wrecks are also a worthy place to try. Within the harbour there will also


be good numbers of kingfish and regular catches of mulloway. Also worth fishing for during Febru- ary are flathead, bream, garfish, whiting and fan bellied leather- jackets. All of these are reasonable land-based options for the keen beginner. Drop into your local tackle store to get set-up and for a pointer in the right direction. Fishing off the rocks is always a dangerous prospect for all but the experienced angler. Even then many an avid ‘rock-hopper’ loses a life every year on Australia’s rock platforms. So if you’re keen to engage in this type of fishing go with some one in the know. Expect to catch bonito, tailor, kingfish, the occasional tuna, Australian salmon, snapper and jewfish plus the ever present but hard to stop, drummer, blackfish and groper. Beach fishing is a true Australian summer pastime - relaxing, fun and safe (except in thunderstorms) and most Aussie families will have a member who spends at least one day a month wetting a line off one of our glorious beaches. Here in the east, despite the crowds, fishing at dawn and dusk can produce some great catches. Both corners at North and South Bondi hold numbers of whiting and bream during the dawn and dusk hours, whilst Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee and the like will also see flathead, tailor and the occasional snapper and jewfish. Tip: perhaps the most important thing to base a fishing trip around is the tide. Whether there’s a high or low tide depends on the fish you are targeting and the location you wish to fish. Try and have a baited hook in the water for the last hour and first hour of the change of tide. “The Addiction of an Angler Knows No Bounds” - angler anony- mous. Cheers, Dan Trotter.


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