Offshore grounds still hot
  |  First Published: October 2011

Considering the weather over recent months, the fish continue to roll in around most locations on the Northern Beaches.

Those brave enough to get out and face the elements have encountered really good bags of fish offshore and from the beaches.

Snapper continue to dominate outside, with some quality specimens landed around Long Reef and Esmerelda in about 90m. The Narrabeen RSL and Sands Fishing Club has weighed in a number of snapper over 5 kg and a couple of these fish have exceeded 6.5kg.

Scattered yellowfin tuna have been taken on some of the wider grounds, including Broken Bay, Esmerelda and the Horseshoe Grounds, with several size fish also being trolled up around the Twelve Mile Reef.

Generally boats are trolling up two to five fish from 8kg to 15kg – great eating fish and fun to catch. Small to medium skirted lures or large Halco Crazy Deep lures are working a treat.

Bottom fishing is proving productive for top-quality flathead, squire and morwong with the odd large kingfish and supersized silver trevally in the mix.

Try Boultons on the north-east corner for squire and trevally, particularly in the mornings. Use plenty of berley and a bag of mixed fish is almost guaranteed.

Try Newport Reef in close for the odd good-sized kingfish and plenty of trevally in 8m to 13m depths.

Drifting off Palm, Avalon and Whale beaches is worth a try for quality flathead and blue morwong.


The beaches should continue to turn up a variety of fish for those who chase ‘Winter’ species such as salmon, tailor, blue-nosed bream and flathead.

Big jewfish are also regular visitors to our beaches through to October. They always seem to be around 10kg to 15kg at this time of year, although some reach 18kg.

This is also a good time to snare a mulloway especially from North Narrabeen or Dee Why at the northern end. Be sure to use fresh squid or local mullet, either whole or in big strips.

Tides don’t matter but fish late afternoons into the early evenings.

Avalon and Mona Vale beaches are producing some decent bream from the surf and they are in top condition, averaging about a kilo.

These are great table fish and are responding well to mullet strips or fresh Hawkesbury prawns. Use light gear.

Thumper salmon have been recorded from Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why and Manly beaches on the early morning shift. WA pilchards or mullet strips have been getting great results for these salmon, as well as tailor.

Narrabeen Lake fished surprisingly well throughout the Winter, seemingly holding more fish than it usually does.

Locals are taking good-sized flathead and flounder in reasonable numbers and size.

There have also been reports of schools of salmon in the lake, especially up around the Ocean Street bridge and the caravan park, with several fishos catching 2kg fish.

Tailor have also been schooling up around the café area at the Ocean Street bridge, all the way to Woolworths carpark.

For some quality bream, try around Wakehurst Parkway or Jamieson Park with peeled Hawkesbury prawns.



Long Reef Wide – Snapper

Newport and Dee Why beaches – Jewfish

Boultons Reef – Mixed species

Collaroy Beach – bream.


Fresh mullet strips – surf bream

Whole local squid – jewfish

Hawkesbury prawns or chicken gut– bream and tailor (lake)

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