HOUSEBOATING THE HAWKESBURY
GONE FISHIN’ WITH STEVE ‘STARLO’ STARLING
OUR FISHING GUIDE
Peter Le Blang (better known to many as “Pittwater Pete”)
Harbour and Estuary Fishing Charters
Telephone: +61 2 9999 2574
Mobile: +61 410 633 351
In Episode 2, I spent a very comfortable night aboard one of Luxury Afloat’s well-appointed houseboats, exploring the magnificent Hawkesbury River estuary near Brooklyn, just north of Sydney (visit www.luxuryafloat.com for more information).
I caught a bunch of small bream and under-sized mulloway (jewfish), right off the back deck of the houseboat that evening, and next morning I was picked up by Peter Le Blang (better known to many as “Pittwater Pete”) of Harbour & Estuary Fishing Charters (www.estuaryfishingcharters.com.au) for a more serious fishing session, successfully chasing flathead and some slightly larger mulloway.
I mostly used 3000-size Shimano spinning reels spooled with 10-pound PowerPro braid and matched up with light to medium Shimano spin rods. We used baits of pilchard and prawns.
The Hawkesbury is a magnificent system, located right on the doorstep of our biggest city, and there are few better ways to explore and enjoy it than aboard a houseboat. If you haven’t tried this, you’ve got to give it a go!