Spectacular rock action
  |  First Published: September 2011

The weather has been ordinary but how great are the bags of fish!

Trevally are going nuts. On almost every headland there have been swags of ‘blurters’ to be caught and they’re a reasonable size, from 600g to a kilo.

I reckon those trevs that are under 1.2kg are the superior size for sashimi, pan-frying, grilling, steaming and barbecues. And if you haven’t had them smoked, you’re missing out on something special.

Here are some reliable trevally spots to chase up your own.

Try Bluefish Point at its eastern front, ‘Little Blue’ between Shelly Headland and Bluefish, Mona Vale Headland and ‘the Ovens’ at South Whale Headland. These are the producers but any headland is a safe bet for a few.

Half-pillies, peeled prawns, fillets of mullet and slimy mackerel are just fine. Bread berley is normally required to activate and hold them.

Try some metals from 10g to 25g and also small soft plastics – lures add another dimension to the whole deal.

Snapper have also been great. Rob Ajami and Michael Hamade landed their first snapper off North Newport rocks casting 3oz to 5oz snapper sinkers to the south-east. They bagged 11 snapper from 32cm to 45cm with a couple of token trevs thrown in.

No doubt if a berley trail were set in the wash they could have caught more blurters. The bait was fresh squid strips and salted slimy mackerel, cast out wide.

Rock blackfish and groper have also been in good numbers.

The pigs have been a sure thing when the seas and wind allow. George Nikos had a great outing at The Hat below the Quarantine wall, landing stud pigs to 3.5kg and bream to a kilo.

Pigs over 3kg have been noticeably absent compared with last season.

Luderick can be a challenge in September, varying from one year to the next.

Jacob Rolls had a good luderick session using a left-handed Alvey centrepin for the first time. Hair weed was absolutely necessary for results; the fish were not taking cabbage baits properly so the next option was the hair weed.

Consistent berleying every couple of minutes kept them around the front ledges at Mona Vale pool.

There was just one fish of about a kilo and the rest were from 500g to 750. It seems that luderick around that size are also being taken from Warriewood, Long Reef and Little Bluefish.


The beach whiting didn’t seem to disappear as they normally do by August. Steve Govostivis had a great catch from Manly Beach with 12 whiting to 36cm, three bream to 30cm and a nice flathead, all on tube worms.

Kerry Trolope took a fine catch of 10 whiting from 32 to 39cm, four bream to 32cm and a sand flathead from Bilgola Beachon locally caught beach worms.

Tube, blood or beach worms are a prerequisite for whiting. The next best options are pink nippers, although fresh pipis will catch some fish.

It seems that there have been enough whiting about to even catch a feed on frozen worms.

Spiro Arkoudis has been having a ball on the salmon around Collaroy-Narrabeen using a surf popper/ganged pillie rig with great success. The sambos are from 1.5 to 3kg and Spiro has been smoking the fish.

Tailor can be scarce at this time of the year but you will get a quick run for about 10 minutes from the crack of dawn most fishable mornings.


It seems that some anglers find picking up their own rubbish is belittling. They act like it is beneath them to pick up after themselves.

Normally the anglers that leave crap all over the beaches or the rocks are the incompetent ones that do not take their pastime seriously. Basically it’s a reflection of their personality!

Fortunately a large percentage of anglers pick up all their monofilament, braid, plastic bait bags (which ironically carry a written message to dispose of properly), empty line spools, hook packets and all the rest.

All you need to do is just take a couple of grocery bags to carry your rubbish and pick up after other anglers.

Rubbish saturated with water could be a little unpleasant to carry out because of the thought of the stuff being a bit septic. Perhaps it has been sitting at the bottom of a stagnant pond.

Just put on a pair of disposable gloves on and use some scissors to drain the bag of the excess water. That way it will not leak into your backpack for the journey out. If you carry some antiseptic soap after you are finished there is no excuse if you do not have gloves.

Be humble, don’t be full of yourself and please realise that just one person can make a difference to your little part of the world.

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