The beginning of a new season is always exciting, as it offers the best of the cold water fishing and the start of the good warm water fishing as well.
The new season traditionally starts to get underway from November but don’t put away your rock blackfish (pig) outfits just yet as the end of the season can be the most rewarding for ‘medicine ball’ size pigs.
Traditional methods such as prawn and bread baits work fine but with the evergreen carpet of cabbage weed covering large sections of popular ledges it makes sense to use this prolific source of bait and the big pigs love it too.
Little Bluey, the ledges between Bluefish headland and Shelli headland on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, has been fishing well for pigs. Other spots definitely worth a go are Long Reefs, Mona Vale pool, and Bangalay Heads main platform.
This month the pigs can range from 2-4kg and while they aren’t the most common capture, they do congregate before the water heats up too much.
Distance casting for snapper around the rocks is worth pursuing this month. Fish the sand flats, ledges and gravel patches that are available on our coastal rocks. Cast out 30-100m into water that is around 5m or more deep.
Sometimes you can catch your bag limit of ten snapper, all of which measure between 32cm and 45cm. The locations that are currently producing are the eastern front of Bluefish, South Curl Curls Flat Rock, Dee Why’s northeast face and north Narrabeen Head in front of the pool.
Fishing the beach can be sporadic on some days and on fire on others. Dee Why is producing whiting in good numbers. Fish to 37cm are not the norm but fish between 32cm and 34cm are a common sight in front of the surf club gutters.
Live beachworms and tubeworms are an obvious choice, with pink nippers also scoring plenty of fish.
Other locations producing fish are Narrabeen from the Pines (Octavia St) to the lagoon entrance, and mid to north Palm Beach.
Bream and tarwhine will be a regular part of the catch. The occasional salmon will also pick up the worm baits. Salmon are a regular feature when fishing most of the northern beaches.
The last of the cold water for the season that is around during November can produce some of the largest salmon for the year. Casting around a few metals is a great way to chase these fish. Use the 35g to 65g Snipers with the green strip – they work a treat – and ganged pillies are also very reliable.
The Anderson pillie, which are a Twofold Bay bait, are sensational to use for bait. Finally we can use a pilchard that is caught off our east coast. The oil content is higher than pilchards from the west and southern regions of Australia.
Tony Davis of Fish Finder reports drummer and luderick are being taken from the right hand side at end of Little Bay Point. Yellow Rock at the eastern front is only for the experienced angler.
There is luderick and some good tarwhine being taken on crab segments and the luderick are also taking cabbage weed and small prawns fished under a float.
The bream are increasing in numbers around the washes and snapper are also available out wide. Pigs are at the Blessings, which is the north face of South Maroubra. Lurline Bay towards the end of the point has also been producing bags of pigs within the 1-2kg range.
Best baits for the pigs have been peeled prawns, cabbage weed, and bread, with berley essential for a good session.
Julian Rocks are producing tailor, salmon and some kings. The SX12 Rapala has been one of the gun lures on these species, so give this one a go.
Maroubra and Bondi beaches are producing salmon on surf poppers, which are growing in popularity. Ganged pillies and small metals are also reliable methods.
The number of whiting around seems to be increasing each day, with bags of six or more fish becoming relatively common. The whiting are a similar size to the fish on the north side of Sydney and are available on most beaches.
The transition period this month is an exiting time as the jewfish and kings are also available. But they are patchy, so be prepared to sometimes go fishless, especially for that elusive jew.
You may be fortunate to coincide with a migrating mass of jew and could be in for a really hot bite. Make sure that your bait is first class and the gear is in perfect order.
Overall things on the fishing front can vary from day to day during November, so have your squid, poppers, metals, plastics and assorted quality baits ready at will because when the tides and weather are right you have to be like the fire brigade, ready to hit it.
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