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The ocean’s abundance
  |  First Published: April 2011



The weather and currents have been kind to us over the past month and the excellent results speak for themselves, with an abundance of fish from all the rocks, beaches, deep sea and the estuaries.

Some of the best catches of snapper, kingfish and cobia have been taken in the past few weeks and things are continuing to get even better.

Long Reef is on fire with plenty of quality snapper and big kingies landed. Cobia from 5kg to 12 kg have also been taken in large numbers.

Some real hoodlum kings – around 20kg – have been taken from Long Reef, Broken Bay Wide, Avalon and Newport reefs.

Most of the big kings are looking only at live or fresh squid although snapper are readily taking most fresh baits, as well as large soft plastics such as Gulp 7” Jerk Shads or other soft stickbaits.

The locals are cleaning up on flathead on the drifting grounds off Newport Reef, Mona Vale Hospital and the Narrabeen beachfront areas in around 100’ to 150’ of water. Mixed with the flatties are the odd large morwong and squire.

Trolling around the Whale Beach and Palm Beach area proved really successful for local Chris Matthews. Chris scored several good kingfish and plenty of mack tuna and bonito on small Christmas tree lures and 6” skirted pink lures.

Reggies and Trawleys reef systems are providing mixed bags of tailor, tarwhine, leatherjackets and the odd nice reddie. We hear that the night boys are picking up jewies on East Reef, the Whale and on Dee Why reef,

BEACHES

The Northern Beaches are great at the moment with several spots producing.

North Narrabeen at the Pines and the Loftus Street area is fishing well for big whiting, bream and large salmon.

Mona Vale Beach on the southern side of the pool has good-sized bream, tailor and, again, big salmon.

Dee Why and Curl Curl are both producing bream and the occasional jewfish around 6kg.

Palm Beach up near the lighthouse is the top spot for jewfish at night. At Narrabeen Bait we weighed a 14kg cleaned jewfish caught at Palm Beach.

Narrabeen Lake continues to produce some excellent fishing with several real surprises lately, with a jewfish just over 9kg taken on whitebait by local legend Chris Leslie.

Chris was actually fishing for flathead when he hooked the jewie. He also reports several very large bream from the boatshed are and Pipeclay Point.

There have also been good catches around the Wakehurst Parkway area, including bream, whiting and flounder.

Soft plastics, particularly Gulp in pepper prawn and nuclear chicken, have had great success.

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Facts

HOT SPOTS

• The Wall at Long Reef for kingfish

• Mona Vale Wide for sand flathead

• The Pines at North Narrabeen for whiting and bream

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BAIT TIPS

The fresher, the better! The better the quality, the better the catch.

• Live beachworms for whiting and bream

• Live local squid for kingfish

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