Hawkesbury River

LOCATION:
Hawkesbury River, NSW

TARGET SPECIES:
Bream
Australian Salmon

COOKING METHOD:
Fish Fingers

OTHER ACTIVITIES:
Houseboats - Holidays Afloat

 
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Fishing The Hawkesbury River
Chasing bream in the fast run: you'll need a simple rig, I start with a ball sinker number five or maybe bigger if needed and then add a swivel to that, add a trace of Schneider Fluro 4kg about 1.2metre long and a number one hook. I have found this rig great for targeting Bream in the fast run while anchored, best baits are nippers, blood worms, prawns and small tuna cubes and chicken gut. Anchor in 3 to 5metres for best results on both tides.
 
Fishing around structure on the anchor with burley will produce great fishing at times, I will normally pick a spot that I can anchor in 5metres and fish back into 10metres or 10metres and fish back into 20metres. There is no real secrete to it but structure is the key. Once anchored start a fine burley trail of bread, pellets and chopped pilchards. A nice light outfit like a Shimano Bait runner spooled with 6kg mono is perfect. Add a small ball sinker that sits right on top of a number one hook allowing your bait to just drift along the burley trail, too easy and great fishing.


Spinning with small metals is a summer time event in and around Sydney as small bait fish turn up as early as October and can be found right through until late April. Light gear like the Shimano 2 to 4kg rod with a 2500 spinning reel is ideal spooled with 6kg Schneider Braid and a fluro mono trace for best results, follow the feeding sea birds and watch the surface for action, long cast and fast retrieves work well.

Surface fish on metals can be great fun

Surface fish on metals can be great fun

Check out Paul's Fish Finger recipe

Check out Paul's Fish Finger recipe