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Fewer anglers, more fish!
  |  First Published: June 2011



One thing I like about fishing in Sydney during the Winter is that there are fewer anglers out and about. The second thing that I like is the type of fish that are still available.

Fish like bream, silver trevally, leatherjackets, luderick, drummer, tailor and salmon come into their own in the cooler season and there are usually plenty of them.

This month I will give you some help on where to go for a fish. For more info on some of these places you can either Google them or look them up in a street directory.

ROCKS, BEACHES

If you don’t mind a bit of a walk you could try fishing the Cobbles, about a 20-minute walk from Jibbon Beach at Bundeena. The boulders stacked up in the back of the cove distinguish the place.

It is best fished in reasonably calm seas for drummer, bream, trevally, tailor and the odd snapper. Scotty Lyons and I have fished this same area from his boat but you do need to know what you are doing or you will end up on the rocks.

Just on the northern side of the cove is a high ledge that you can fish in heavy seas for drummer, bream, and the odd tailor.

At Wattamolla Beach, the southern rocks have so many productive places that you can fish but do take care, over the years there have been a number of anglers and non-anglers who have been washed in and drowned there.

To get to the rocks, park in the Wattamolla carpark (don’t forget to pay the fee) and walk south, where you will find places like Boy Martin Point and Floating Rock.

If you decide to go north from the beach you can fish Providential Head and The Boulders for bream, silver trevally, drummer, luderick and tailor.

To get to Curracurang Bay, walk south from the Wattamolla carpark for about 20 to 30 minutes. You will then need to climb down a few rocks to the lower platform.

Fishing on both side of the bay can be great but when the seas are running it is a good place to stay away from. Whiting and bream can be caught right in the back of the bay while salmon, tailor, kingfish, bream and drummer can be berleyed up on both of the points.

To get to the rocks at the end of North Garie, park (there is a fee) and walk along the beach about 20 minutes. Here you can fish for bream, drummer, luderick, salmon, tailor, kingfish, mulloway and silver trevally.

The rock platform is fairly low to the water so take care of the waves.

Don’t be like many anglers I see fishing down there. They walk up to the water’s edge, get out their gear and set up camp, only to find the next wave that comes in strews their gear all over the rocks.

There are a few areas where you can keep your gear back from the water’s edge – or just carry it with you.

BOTANY BAY

At Yarra Point there is a small and very productive breakwall for shore-based anglers. Squid, whiting, flathead, bream, silver trevally and mullet can be caught on a rising tide but make sure you have a constant berley trail going.

The beach from the Cooks River entrance to Dolls Point has a number of good spots but to get to the fish you will need to put in a decent cast.

Bream, whiting, flathead and blue swimmer crabs can be caught here.

If you are fishing from a boat I suggest you drift and use whitebait or soft plastics and work the edges of the weed.

Many anglers have often asked me where the Middle of the Bay is. Well, it’s not in the actual middle of the Bay. To find this spot, put your boat at the end of the old runway and line up the airport tower and Centrepoint Tower, then travel slowly away from the runway with your sounder going.

Once you find a bit of firm bottom, anchor up-current of it and cast out a couple of baits on long leaders and wait for bream, whiting and trevally to come past.

Bonna Point, at the western end of Kurnell, is an easy drive along from Silver Beach. Park your car and walk to the end of the spit, where you will find a stretch of beach best fished on the run-out tide for flathead, bream and whiting.

As the tide is falling you can cast to the deeper water and work your bait or soft plastic back towards you.

Just remember not to fish in the closed area, clearly shown by a couple of yellow markers in the water.

GEORGES RIVER

Sans Souci Park is just east of the NSW Water Police building and there is plenty of parking. Then it is just a short walk to the sandstone retaining wall that is best fished near the top of the tide.

You can even lean your rod up against the wall but ensure you don’t have your drag done up too tightly. Bream and flathead can be caught here day and night.

At Caravan Point you can drift for flathead, bream, whiting and the odd mulloway. You can also work the boats and pontoons with lures for bream and flathead.

The mid-tide pushes through a fair bit but it is a good place to get out of a southerly wind.

Jewfish Point is best fished when the tide is falling and the water swirls around. Anchor out in deep water and berley back towards the shore for luderick, bream, flathead and the odd mulloway.

The New Brighton Golf Course is worth a shot for bream, flathead and whiting. Anchor close to shore for bream, flathead, mullet and mulloway on a run-up tide and watch out for wayward golf balls.

WORONORA RIVER

Mangrove Island is at the entrance to the Woronora River. Anchor close to the channel edge for bream, flathead and whiting or drift along the edge of the drop-off.

Take care because it is fairly shallow near the island and only shallow-draft boats can get in there at high tide.

Locate Stretton Lane in your street directory and you are well on your way to getting bream, flathead and the odd whiting off the shore at either side of the top of the tide.

This same area can be worked with soft plastics and hardbodies for bream and flathead.

The Old Woronora Bridge is a great place to fish for luderick on a run-up tide. Fresh green weed in a fine, constant stream of berley is the go.

Further upstream there is a small Scout hall. Try from the shore here for bream, mullet, flathead and the odd whiting. I have also seen a couple of black bream caught here.

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