Any jewie is a good jewie! They can be darn frustrating, especially if you have targeted them for years for no result.
Soaking baits for just a dog shark result, things were looking inevitable this night for my client, Mason Teddini, who reckoned even a 2kg or 3kg tiddler would do.
That’s the thing with jewie fishing: One second you’re standing there half asleep and the next you’re locked into a hefty fish, with white knuckles gripping the rod.
That first run can be 50m or more and in this case the fish ran parallel to the shore, eventually being landed after about 10 minutes.
That jewie weighed in at 18.6kg and took a butterflied mullet at suburban Narrabeen beach for Mason’s very first jewfish.
Just a few days later, was Robbie Ibrahim caught a 12.7kg jew from mid Palm Beach on a whole fresh squid.
Chasing whiting can be a challenge. Dee Why Beach can be a producer, then it tapers off.
Manly has been a great option, especially the stretch from Queenscliff to the volleyball courts.
South Narrabeen Surf club area is also a reliable option but it is exposed to all onshore winds and swells, so is best fished in a slight sea.
Bream in numbers and the odd flathead are form the by-catch, with bream regular encounters.
John Ashworth, with siblings Elizabeth, Edward, and Eleanor, had a great catch of fish from Manly beach: Eight Whiting to 40cm, three bream to 36cm and one worm-chomping flathead of 40cm.
There were masses of surfers around. Did they deter the fish? Well, only the ability to fish at will.
The fish were in reasonable numbers around the feet of swimmers stirring up the sand. The activity can be a plus, exposing crustaceans and worms for waiting fish.
Salmon numbers have reduced and chopper tailor are in greater numbers from most beaches dawn and dusk. Try either 45g to 65g Sure Catch Knights or ganged pilchards.
From the stones the kings are doing their usual Houdini show, there one day and gone for several following. The offshore anglers seem to be on the kings with greater regularity.
Anyway, small live yellowtail mullet, squid and even pillies fished in the washes for snapper seem to be producing some kings to 72cm.
Dee Why headland, Turrimetta Head and Barrenjoey have been OK a few but you will find that all deep headlands have kings.
There are lots of pelagics about; salmon and tailor are in larger numbers and there are stacks of bonito.
Metals are working great and some of the bonnies are even eating 125g to 200g Knights intended for kings.
There have been great catches of snapper from legal 30cm to 61cm (3.2kg) with 45cm quite frequent. Big endeavour banana prawns or large Hawkesbury prawns, in the 16/20 or 20/30 size, are the ticket.
Only good quality pillies, like Andersons East Coast caught are a natural choice.
One of my regulars, John Halford, had a great outing, managing 11 snapper from 38cm to 61cm.
There were five fish from 44cm to 48cm and John dropped a good fish after a few smoking runs. Often the larger fish are in pairs.
John released a couple of reds and I even managed to coax from his grip some snapper for the table – what a great eating fish they are.
Reliable spots include the eastern front of Bluefish, South Curl Curl and Bangalley Head’s ‘Scissors’ about 150m South of the St Michaels Cave. This spot is aptly named because of the sharp ledge – avoid fishing light!
Tony Davis of Matraville Bait and Tackle says that south of Malabar near the coastal golf course, ‘Julians’ is the local rock platform where they’ve been caning bonito, salmon and kings.
Metre-long kings are making their reconnaissance missions there and destroying those who are not prepared. Live bonito are the gun bait while live yakkas are also producing fish from legal 65vcm to 90cm-plus.
The bream chasers are being terrorised by large trevally up to 2.5kg and some cracker bream to 1. 2kg have been taken from Yellow Rock.
Tony says peeled blue tail prawns and salted pilchard fillets are doing the damage with pillie frames and bread mixed together making a potent berley.
Kings, bonnies and salmon are also there in numbers but remember that Yellow Rock has claimed a lot of lives over the decades so it’s only for the advanced rock angler.
There have been great catches of luderick off Bare Island and back around the south side of Lurline near the point the diehards have been capturing two to three pigs a session on bread or prawns.
The luderick there are good fish around a kilo.
McMahons Pool has regular catches of luderick there but only when there is some wash working. The late season trevally are at the same location; set your float about 1.5m to 1.8m deep.
Coogee Point has had some nice tailor up to 1.3kg at night but you have to be on the ball when they show up. Use ganged pillies under a torpedo float set at about 1m and use a glow stick above or in your float.
Some stud salmon over 4kg can also form part of the catch.
Smaller salmon and bonito are available at the same location throughout the day on metal lures.
South and North Bondi rocks are producing some great bream with up to 10 fish available for those in the know, so persevere. Fish light sinkers and avoid using line over 5kg.
The beach fishing is fickle but you stand a better chance of getting whiting and some big tarwhine if you have beach worms or Botany Bay wrigglers.
North and South Maroubra and Bondi are fishable only in the early evening when the crowds are down to a minimum.
Some nice bream have come from Coogee Beach on worms and fresh fish baits.
Late arvo and early evening near Little Bay boat ramp, there have been some nice whiting on the first two hours of the run-out tide on peeled Hawkesbury prawns.
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