How to catch skippy

 Hi All, Thinking to do some skippy fishing as most other fishing isnt working for me...

Ive never caught a skippy before but seen people get them off the rocks at south mole, ive done some research and seen people mostly use a patersnoster with snelled 2/0 hooks? Am i right?

The thing that troubles me is i seem to alway get snagged going off the rocks with sinkers is there a way to avoid this?

Id like to know what rigs you all use for skippy and bait to get my first one and some general tips!


All info appreciated, Thanks Alex!

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 Hey young fella keep trying

Wed, 2017-12-06 20:49

 Hey young fella keep trying don’t give up

i can’t really offer too much on your subject other than to say it sounds like you’re on the right track but someone on here will surely offer some detail.

dont be discouraged 

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 switch to a metal burley

Wed, 2017-12-06 20:53

 switch to a metal burley cage with two hooks after it, size 10- 1/0 or so denidng on size of skippy. try using squid or blue bait for bait on each hook, and then put burley into ur cage to get them around, this rig also gets herring and stuff too, but the slow sink of the metal burley cage ( plastic works too but a bit slower sink) helps keep time in mid water higher, try casting near the rocks but on the sand, or near sea grass on on the sand too. bits of of your bait cut finely works well for burley too. good luck

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Wed, 2017-12-06 21:01

 Do you thinks scalies will work cut in chunks? because i catch them at eshed often and use as bait instead of paying for mulies and stuff... Im on a loowww budget.

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Yes they will and that's good thinking

Wed, 2017-12-06 22:07

I always look at what I have available for bait in the fridge freezer and you will be surprised at just what fish will take.

What fishing fanatic has said about rig to use is spot on, don't go over board on the burly other wise you will/can find that you have invited the biggest hoard of blowies to join you.

Above all just be a little patient, you will succeed and once you have mastered how to attract them and catch them you will know what works and what doesn't for next time.

Good luck

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 got a feed of skippy (silver

Thu, 2017-12-07 07:13

 got a feed of skippy (silver trevally) last night in the mersey river, prawns on a paternoster rig, can of cat food punctured and sent down to get them stirred up.

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 Hillaries boat harbour

Thu, 2017-12-07 07:54

 Hillaries boat harbour inside near the cafe under the fuelling jetty at night white bait on small gangs 40cm trace swivel then small running sinker incoming tide if possible fish unweighted. You'll get some hooters if you can stop em. Caught em up to 50cm in there. You'll get a whole variety of fish not just skippy. Dont use burley there it will attract blowies, if you start catching blowies move  as they will only get worse.


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