Tailor off the rocks, at night
THESE southerlies and south easterlies are making a mess of the inshore waters. Turgid and with lots of seawood, it’s a challenge. Smart fishos will know that it comes down to using their target fish’s sense of smell. So forget about lures. Think about bait that produces a good scent, such as live bait, prawns or a slab of mullet or garfish. Let the fish come to you. It’s where those fishos who do the best preparation and presentation will catch the most fish. I grew up in the Philippines and migrated to live in Sydney four years ago. We’re up here for a week.
Down in Sydney I like to do night fishing off the headland at Cronulla.
It’s unbelievable – there’s a fisherman on the rock ledge all the way along about one metre apart. It’s like a queue. You don’t want to lose your place, and you have to make sure to cast your line straight!
About two years ago I was fishing off those rocks one night.
They are high up, about 6 metres above the water.
We all knew there was a group of fish coming along because we could see the guy right at the end of the group pulling one in, and then the next guy, and so on.
And then I felt a big strike on my line.
I didn’t know what it was, so I let it play out a little bit. I had very strong line but I was being very careful because I didn’t want that fish to break off.
It kept jumping out of the water.
I was very excited but I knew I had to stay calm and do it right.
After about 10 minutes I had it up on the rocks.
I didn’t know what it was and I had to ask another guy. It was a tailor, a big one.
They can be OK to eat. They have soft flesh so you don’t use it for soups or anything.
It’s best as fish and chips, and that’s what I did.