At last the big jewfish are on the beaches with terrific catches of fish up to 20kg and even bigger.
Most of the beaches are turning up jewies but the pick of the spots seem to be North Narrabeen, Mona Vale on the south side and Dee Why near the lagoon entrance. Best time is after dark on a run-up tide.
There has been a consistent run of school jewfish at dawn and dusk, but the large specimens seem to be taken at night.
The top bait by far is fresh local squid. This is dynamite to the big predators.
I was lucky enough to land a nice jewie at Newport Beach that tipped the scales to 14.5kg and at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle over recent weeks I have weighed in several well over 20kg.
A number of tailor are starting to show up, along with some big surf bream.
The tailor are up to a kilo and are readily taking pilchards, whitebait and mullet strips. Good numbers have been landed at Collaroy, Dee Why and the northern end of Palm Beach.
There are also good-sized whiting around. Local fisho Ray Hart has been taking fish up to 40cm on live beachworms and pipis at Mona Vale, Avalon and Newport beaches on the early morning tides.
Outside is fishing as well as ever for a large variety of species.
The broken reef areas such as Trawleys, Boultons, the Valiant and Reggies are all turning up plenty of variety including morwong, tarwhine, tailor and squire, with the odd good-sized snapper as well.
The night reef spots, including East Reef, The Whale and Mona Vale Wide, are all providing good jewfish and several teraglin around 4kg to 5kg. Most are being taken on live bait although pilchards and squid strips are working pretty well.
The Sands Fishing Club locals have landed plenty of jewies over 10kg in recent weeks.
Big kings have been holding on the close reefs, including Newport, Maitland and Lion Island Bommie.
Slow trolling or downrigging are proving best with live or fresh squid the preferred baits.
Local fisho Steve Winsor has been having fun with some really big hoodlums and has had several fish he could not even turn, although he has managed to boat a few over 10kg.
Bonito and mackerel tuna remain in good numbers. Best bet is to troll small metal spinners or small Christmas tree lures.
For the flathead fisher, several spots are still firing including Mona Vale hospital drift, Palm Beach in close and off Narrabeen Beach. The flatties are a really good size but the numbers are starting to dwindle.
I have had several reports of good-sized bream taken in numbers around Flint and Steel, West Head and Hungry Beach, with the odd soapie jewfish among them. Try live beachworms or strips of bonito in close to the rocks, or at night on top of the reef.
Narrabeen Lake had a large flush-out a few weeks ago after heavy rain.
Locals are reporting good catches of a wide variety of species with bream being the best around the boatshed, Pipe Clay Point and the ocean bridge. Best baits are live worms, fresh Hawkesbury prawns and the Gulp 3”Minnows or Shrimp.
Poppers, especially 50mm and 35mm sizes in clear or semi-clear, are also taking bream, especially from the shallows and sand flats.
School jewfish up to 4kg have been taken from Wimbledon Avenue and the Narrabeen Caravan Park area, mainly on live poddy mullet or peeled Hawkesbury prawns.
There are plenty of large mullet and garfish in the lake and they’re providing great fun.
Big flathead have been around Jamieson Park. Chris Leslie has taken three flathead over 3kg and has released them all, adding that there are plenty around a kilo in the area.
All in all, things continue to excite us all and hopefully we will get a long season on the lake this year.
Trawleys Reef: Mixed fish
Lion Island Bommie: Large kingfish
North Narrabeen Beach: Bream, jewfish.
Live beachworms: Big surf bream
Live poddy mullet: Lake flathead
Peeled Hawkesbury prawns: Lake school jewfish.