Still a bit tricky
  |  First Published: October 2010

The days are certainly starting to warm up at long last and the fishing remains rather good in Botany Bay and offshore although it will be a while yet before the water warms up as much as the land.

In the Bay trevally, tailor, salmon and flathead will remain your bread-and-butter species for much of this month.

Offshore, the action out over the wide reefs has been as good as it can be with morwong, snapper, pigfish and good numbers of sand flathead.

The run into Summer can be a tough time for anglers around Sydney because the water temperature is at its lowest and finding fish can be tricky. You may have to spend some time running about the Bay fishing many spots if you are keen on finding fish.


My method at this time of year is to fish a couple of different sections of the Bay to see what’s working and where.

Trevally Alley is a good spot to start as it fishes well all year. On smaller tides you will find the end of the wall, just on the edge of the shipping channel, is best because you will have some tidal flow to distribute your berley trail. On the bigger tides, move down the wall where the tidal flow is less and doesn’t carry your berley away too fast.

Then I head to the Oil Wharf or Watts Reef, both of which are on the opposite side of the Bay and the water may be warmer and hold fish.

Again, anchor and start a berley trail. Rising or falling tides will work; it’s all about finding a school of fish and allowing the berley do its job.

If you do no good, head towards the Third Runway or pick a spot in the middle of the Bay and again anchor up and start a berley trail. I like a falling tide along the Third Runway but the run in will produce as well.


If you’re still unsuccessful, move towards the beach along Brighton and try working plastics for flathead along the drop-off, I have found good numbers along this area this time of year.

Drifting is my preferred method because you can cover a lot of ground and this is the trick in finding flathead in any system. Flathead in cooler water don’t seem to move around much, so try shorter drifts working the edges for best results.

Trolling will produce tailor and salmon along this drop-off at times so work hard, move around and fish different methods and you will be able to find fish most days out on the water – it seems to work for me. Visit www.fishingsydney.com.au for the latest reports.

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