Something fishy | Hook up and hang on when fishing for a 'kingy'

If there is a better fishing spot than the Nelson Bay Breakwall, I would like to know where it is. There is not much that cannot be caught off this man-made, artificial reef.

Established in the 80s, the rocky breakwall has steadily improved as a prized habitat for kelp, rock crabs, shellfish and oysters which have continued to multiply and thrive.

Seven year old champ Jordan Ridgeway and his thumping kingfish

Seven year old champ Jordan Ridgeway and his thumping kingfish

The rich growth has, in turn, attracted a myriad of small fish which then attract larger fish. Over the past season I have reported a wide variety of fish caught off the rocky wall including bream, luderick, tailor, squire, mulloway, trevally and kingfish.

If you intend targeting kingfish you need to be well prepared as these tearaway fish take off like the last bus to Salt Ash. You will need strong line, a strong back and an octopus strap. When the kingfish strike it is simply a tug o war. When they pull, you pull harder. Just ask young seven-year-old breakwall champion Jordan Ridgeway who somehow managed to win the battle with a marauding "kingy".

Oh, the octopus strap. That is to secure yourself to the biggest rock, otherwise you could end up in Tea Gardens. Kingfish can really pull!

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