Flattie numbers increase
  |  First Published: December 2011

There are now the increasing numbers of flathead in Botany Bay, the lower Georges River and Port Hacking so get out those lures and get out there.

Kingfish numbers are also growing by the day and when these guys come out to play you need to make sure that you drags are smooth, your knots are tied correctly and you have your wits about you.

Try live-baiting, soft plastics or surface poppers.

Downrigging has taken off in recent years and is a great way to increase the numbers of kingfish you catch.

A number of readers have given me feedback about some of the advice I have given in these pages lately. It hasn’t always worked, but for most of the time it seems to have.

Peter Shaw, of Caringbah, has been fishing off the beach in Botany Bay for whiting, bream and flathead from somewhere between the entrance to the Cooks River and Dolls Point.

Peter adapted the fan-casting technique I prescribed for flathead and caught bream and whiting as well. He says he used to walk into the water and then cast out his soft plastic but now stops before he gets to the waters’ edge.

John Brice reports that he picked up a few bream after pumping yabbies at Maianbar. John used the slowly rising tide to help him get the yabbies that were coming up to near the top of their burrows and then when the water was about shin height, he cast out a yabby on a running ball sinker rig and caught three bream to about 500g.

Carl Dubois often takes his son Lachlan, 7, with him on his Hobie Kayak in the Georges River to cast or troll hard and soft lures in Oyster Bay, Sylvania Waters and Towra. Judging by Lachlan’s latest catch-and-release conquests, he is starting to show up his Dad.

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