This is a great month to get out on the water. The days are longer, mornings are not as chilly and daylight saving even allows an after-work session.
You may not have time to drag out the boat, but you could always go for a shore-based session or launch the canoe or kayak. Mate Carl Dubois works in the city and quite often rings me while I am on the way to work to tell me he has just got back from a couple of hours fishing the Georges River.
To make these short sessions easier, have a couple of outfits already rigged up, a small tackle box with a selection of lures and plastics at the ready and a plan of where you are going to go.
Bait fishers should have a small tackle box loaded with terminal tackle, rods at the ready, a bucket of chicken pellets and a packet of frozen Hawkesbury River prawns.
This month you should target trevally, bream, flathead, bass, whiting, tailor, salmon and leatherjackets.
Here are a few places where I go for a quick session.
The beaches from North Cronulla to Elouera are always worth a shot for bream, whiting and trevally. Use the car park at the northern end of Wanda Beach, walk about 150m to the top of the sand dunes and have a look for the most inviting gutter.
On the northern side of Botany Bay, try the southern end of Maroubra Beach or the northern end of Coogee Beach. Last year a huge school of salmon made a pit stop at Bondi, so I suggest you have a rod and a small selection of metal lures at the ready in case they visit again somewhere close.
On the south side of the Royal National Park, try Garie, Stanwell and Coledale beaches. I like these beaches for a quick flick because there is a car park within 50m of each beach.
In Port Hacking, the baths at Gymea, Lilli Pilli, Yowie and Gunnamatta bays all are about 50m from where you can park. You could also try at the ramp at Swallow Rock Drive and the weir at Audley.
Brighton-le Sands Beach has plenty of parking. If after 30 minutes or so you haven’t have any luck, you can get back in your car and move to the next car park and try again.
I also have had many early morning and late afternoon sessions around the Captain Cook, Tom Uglys and Como bridges. Further upstream you could try the bridge near Salt Pan Creek, the M5 or at Milperra.
On the northern side of Botany Bay you could try the rock breakwall in Yarra Bay.
The Woronora River is another place that has a number of spots where you can go for a quickie.
Try the boat ramp or the park at Bonnet Bay, the base of the old Woronora Bridge, Prince Edward Park and at the base of the nearby pedestrian bridge.Reads: 2661