From the beaches to the deep blue ocean, this month just about all the expected Summer species are providing plenty of action.
I have had many reports of quality kingfish from Pittwater, North Harbour, Middle Harbour, The Spit and the Quarantine area, with several locals scoring kingies of around 10kg.
The most notable capture that I have heard of recently is from Sean Martin, who landed an 8kg kingfish on 6kg line and a whole squid, a great effort on light tackle.
Marc Jnr has accounted for several kingies over 6kg in Pittwater and North Harbour using fresh green-eye squid and live yellowtail.
Try The Spit Bridge area early in the morning around the marina and amongst the moorings. Use really fresh squid or livies for best results.
The big kingies are not only inside – the close reefs and the outer reefs are firing as well. Locals are having a ball at Long Reef, Avalon Wide, East Reef and Newport Reefs trolling large Rapala or Halco Laser Pro lures for good-sized kingfish.
Gerry Valro took two big kings on slow-trolled Halco Crazy Deep lures with one fish weighing 9.3kg cleaned. Downrigging with live yellowtail or fresh local squid is proving excellent as well.
The closer reefs off Narrabeen, Mona Vale Hospital and Reggies all have plenty of mixed fish such as big tarwhine, tailor, squire and some reasonable morwong.
The top spots seem to be fishing well in the afternoons and into the evenings. O’Shanneys at Long Reef is producing the odd jewfish and the Mona Vale Wide reef systems are serving up some good tailor and the odd snapper around 2kg to 3kg. All the reef systems are in good shape and are fishing well.
The flathead drifts are producing plenty – try Palm Beach, the Mona Vale close drift or Narrabeen in close in about 40’ to 60’. Pilchards or bonito are the best flathead baits.
North Narrabeen, Collaroy, Curl Curl and Mona Vale beaches are all producing whiting in reasonable numbers but the size of these golden nuggets has to be seen to be believed.
Most of the top gurus such as Chris Leslie and Colin Price are weighing in fish over 900g. These are monster whiting and have to be rated as some of the best table fish around and they are great fighting fish for their size.
The only baits for whiting are live wrigglers, beach worms or yabbies; they are very fussy and selective when feeding. But use the correct rigs, live bait and light tackle with extra-sharp No 4 or No 6 long-shanked hooks, you should get a great feed.
The locals seem to be catching whiting late afternoons and early evenings at North Narrabeen.
Most beaches are carrying bream and plenty of salmon around 3kg. These are excellent fighters and if cleaned immediately provide a nice meal.
The salmon are around Whale Beach, Palm Beach and the southern end of Warriewood Beach.
Bream are in most gutters and several have been landed from Avalon, Warriewood or at Cooks Terrace near Mona Vale Hospital.
Tailor are around at dawn and dusk with reports of good numbers being taken at Curl Curl, Freshwater and Octavia Street, North Narrabeen. We have been weighing some good-sized Jewfish from these areas as well, some up to 7kg.
Narrabeen Lake is turning on flathead, bream, whiting and long tom, which are really good fun to catch.
Jamieson Park and the Deep Creek and Sports Academy areas are producing large flathead, several of which are being released, which is great.
The flatties are reacting well to soft plastics.
Chris Perry and Geoff Toovey have had great success with bream around a kilo near the Ocean Street Bridge.
• Narrabeen Lake for prawns
• North Narrabeen Beach – jewfish, whiting, bream
• East Reef – jewfish and tailor
• Avalon Beach southern end – bream
• Live wriggler worms for whiting and bream
• Fresh green eye squid for kingies and jewfish
• Fresh WA whitebait for flathead in Narrabeen Lake