The kingfish in Botany Bay seem to have gone to ground. Maybe this is because the water temperature has dropped a few degrees but I wouldn’t despair, they will be still around and you may just have to fish further afield for a while.
Botany Bay is, however, producing bream, flathead and whiting at the end of the Third Runway, off Foreshore Drive at Botany, Silver Beach at Kurnell and just wide of Towra Point.
Remember, no run, no fun – there has to be some tide movement for the fish to come on the bite. Try a leader 1m to 2m long to get your bait wafting in the current.
The Drums in the middle of the Bay have been worth a shot for silver trevally on the run-out tide. Scotty Lyons has been getting his customers into fish up to a kilo on peeled prawns and pink nippers. You could also try fillets of pilchards or whole whitebait.
The north-eastern side of the Third Runway is worth a shot for silver trevally and bream on peeled prawns and pillie tails.
The yellow markers off the runway a worthwhile for tailor, salmon and the odd bonito and Rapala CD7s and CD9s have been working for me.
The Sticks or the ‘Goalposts’ (same place) in Botany Bay have been fishing very well for silver trevally, bream, tarwhine and flathead on pink nippers, peeled prawns and small strips of squid.
You could also try fishing the Oil Wharf on a run-out tide for snapper, bream, trevally and the odd tailor. If the wind is from the north try the eastern side of the oil wharf on a run-in tide for the same species.
The odd kingfish has been caught on live bait at Bare Island and around the channel markers. The Drums also holds a few kingfish and mulloway at this time of year; fish heavy and be patient.
The Georges River is still producing luderick, bream and flathead on the run-out tide between the Como Bridge and the Moons. Alfords Point Bridge is worth a shot for mulloway during the night on live yellowtail, squid and mullet.
The Georges River has luderick and bream. The luderick can be caught from Cattle Duffers to Soily Point and from Lugarno to the Captain Cook Bridge.
Many of the fish have been females that are in roe and ready to spawn. Fresh green weed, squirt worms, pink nippers and cabbage have all been producing.
For green weed try places like Kelso Park, Dolls Point, Picnic Point and Kogarah Bay. If you can’t’ find any you could always go along to Tom Uglys Bait and Tackle on the northern side of the bridge.
Flathead have been caught off the shore on either side of the Woronora Bridge and there have been a number of huge mullet schools around, so the mulloway and bigger flathead won’t be far behind.
The entrance to Bonnet Bay is producing whiting to 800g on blood worms and pink nippers on the run-out tide.
The beach from Wanda to Greenhills has been producing salmon, tailor and bream a couple of hours before and after the sun sets.
Robert Benn also fished this stretch of beach for 12 whiting, all caught on camo Berkley 6” sand worms. Apparently some mulloway have been caught off Wanda at night, so it would be worth a shot on a rising tide just before dark.
Jibbon Bombora has a few kingfish and snapper on the southern side.
Luke Peters fished the Balconies for 12 silver trevally, five snapper and two bream on whole or half pilchards.
Port Hacking has plenty of leatherjackets, squid and the odd flathead and mulloway. Tailor are working the deeper bays.
Bate Bay has salmon, tailor, sand flathead and a number of banjo sharks.
You don’t have to have a boat to try for squid, whiting and luderick on the rising tide around Gymea and Gunnamatta Bay baths.
You could also venture over the flats at Maianbar on the run-out tide.
‘Use blood, tube or squirt worms or pink nippers for the sand whiting and green weed for the luderick.
I also got a report of a couple of anglers coming into Gabe’s Bait and Tackle at Gymea and buying up to 10 bait jigs at a time to catch hundreds of pilchards at a time. A good bit of advice to these blokes would be to leave the pilchards alone and take only as many as they need for one session’s fishing, not stock them up for the rest of the year. These pilchards are what the kingfish, salmon, tailor and bonito are feeding on in Port Hacking.
Paul Alexander says there have been huge schools of salmon off Garie and Stanwell Park beaches. Try whole WA pilchards, garfish and 6” to 9” soft plastics.
George Pullous caught six salmon on 15cm surface poppers off the beach and released a number of tailor.
The rock platform at Coalcliff has salmon, tailor, bream and trevally. Cast out wide for snapper and morwong.Reads: 5291