Handy parking, easy walk
  |  First Published: July 2011

I have had a number of emails requesting beach and rock spots to go during Winter that are not hard to get to from nearby parking.

So here are a few that have been productive for me.

North Stanwell Park Beach is fully exposed to southerly swell and wind and can change its formations in a blink of an eye. However, salmon, tailor, bream and the odd dart can be caught there through Winter.

It is best fished around dawn and dusk but can produce some great results after there has been a bit of a sea.

Try whole pilchards and garfish for the tailor and salmon and pink nippers, beach and blood worms, pilchard tails and pieces of mullet and tuna for bream.

It is a beach that will fire one day and then be dead the next so patience is a virtue.

The area to fish is where the sand meets the rocks only a short walk from the southern carpark. Use a ball sinker directly on top of the bait on a rising tide and the first hour of the falling tide, especially at dawn and dusk.


Directly in front of the Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Club there is a small but very productive reef. There will usually be a deeper channel on either side of the reef where you need to direct a long cast.

During the Winter I fish for snapper and bream on a falling tide. To help me get out to the reefy area I tie a small party balloon to the line and let the offshore wind take the bait out.

The southern end of Coalcliff Beach is a great place after there has been a southerly swell and there is plenty of white water foaming up in the corner. Bream, salmon, tailor and drummer will school up under the suds.

Try a paternoster rig and pink nippers, peeled prawns, cunje, abalone or chicken gut. Put in the time during Summer and you can even get a mulloway.

There are plenty of drummer that feed in this area in Winter – cunje and peeled prawns are the gun baits here


Parking here is limited to anglers with boat trailers but you can park up at the back of the railway station or at Tonkin Park.

It is best fished during the hours around the top of the tide and whiting and bream frequent this fairly shallow area. A good cast will get you out into deeper water.

At low tide you will see a small, long and narrow set of oyster-covered rocks. It is there you will need to concentrate your fishing at high tide.


Either side of the ferry wharf is great to catch squid from the shore. Just remember that the ferry has the right of way when coming in or leaving.

Kingfish have been known to bust up the baitfish and squid that hang around this wharf.

You can also catch bream, whiting and flathead from the shore east of the wharf.

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