Getting even better
  |  First Published: March 2011

This month we will still have kingfish, flathead and a few silver trevally around but the numbers of bream should increase.

The salmon and tailor numbers will also rise and as the water starts to cool down a bit, the great fishing of the past two months should even pick up a notch or two.

In January we had a great run of bonito, plenty of quality trevally and heaps of undersized kingfish, along with a number of larger specimens. The flathead were taking live and dead baits, blades and soft plastics.

In February the numbers of silver trevally and undersize kingfish tapered off a little while larger kings turned up and mack tuna and bonito showed up in numbers.

When going out for a day’s fishing you’ll have to decide whether to use bait or lures.

Yes, you can do both, but I find it is better to concentrate on one or the other.

Many years ago I had the chance to go fly-fishing down in the Snowies with celebrated guide Mike Spry.

On my first meeting he told me I had to leave my spin gear in the car for the week if I wanted to learn how to fly-fish. I did what I was told and I can now put a fly into any of the places that a trout is hiding.

So decide the night before whether you are going use bait or lures.

You will also need to decide what species of fish you are going to target.

If you go fishing for bream with bait I suggest you anchor and berley at places like The Sticks, the middle of the Bay, the end of the Third Runway, Dolls Point, the Como Bridge, Kangaroo Point, Picnic Point and the Milperra Bridge. In Port Hacking you could try South Arm and North West Arm.

To target kingfish try the Oil Wharf, The Drums, Henry Head, Bare Island and Splashy but you will need to catch small yellowtail, squid or slimy mackerel.

Drifting a bait for flathead can be a very productive way of getting a feed. Try drifting from the end of the old runway over to Towra Point, or between the Captain Cook and Tom Ugly bridges and the area called the Moons, up past Lugarno. In Port Hacking try drifting off Bandanna.

If you want to chase bream and flathead with lures try the flats at Towra and Yarra Bay. In Port Hacking head for the entrances to Burraneer and Gunnamatta bays.

For kingfish troll lures from Oak Park Baths to Shark Island and back.

In Botany Bay I would try working those blades and soft plastics around any of the buoys and poles in the bay.


I have just got back from four days’ R & R at Port Stephens, where I arranged a charter with Rohan from Castaway Estuary Charters. Although I have fished the area plenty of times, the plan was for Rohan to show Dave Tosland and me places where we could target bream and duskies with soft plastics and hardbodies.

I was very impressed how Rohan used his Minn Kota iPilot to keep the boat in the prime casting areas so Dave and I could land our poppers and soft plastics right on the mark.

Our morning’s effort produced 12 bream, four flathead to 80cm and a just undersize (30cm) snapper. We also had a pod of dolphins go past. Give Rohan a call and book a trip, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Visit www.castawayfishing.com.au.

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