Great and getting better
  |  First Published: December 2011

Now its time to really get out and get into the fish! Wherever you are on the Northern Beaches, the fishing is proving great and things will only get better over the next few months.

There is a wide variety of species available at the moment. It is incredible to see odd species such as spangled emperor, spotted mackerel and large pearl perch starting to move in with the more familiar species.

The outside action is pumping along nicely and at this time of year it is really worth the effort and the rewards are really satisfying.

There are plenty of quality kingfish off the close reefs.

Over the next month or so, the kingies will get bigger and more abundant, with some thumpers already being taken from areas around Long Reef including White Rock, The Wall, Boultons, East Reef, and on the wide marks such as Jurassic Park.

I have weighed several kingies over 10kg and two over 15kg in the past couple of weeks.

The top bait for these kingies is fresh squid, with live yellowtail also coming up trumps.

The close reefs such as Reggies, the Valiant and Newport Reef are all producing good bags of tarwhine, squire, bream and tailor, all of a good size. Afternoons and early evenings seem to be producing the best results around these close reefs.

Out on the deeper grounds, such as Broken Bay Wide and Esmeralda, good snapper and the odd teraglin are being landed.

These reefs will fire right up over the next months so get your heavy gear ready.

Bonito and striped tuna are responding well to small trolled lures, or feathers, with plenty of mack tuna also getting in on the act.


There are whiting right along the Northern Beaches at present and these fish will get even better throughout the Summer.

Manly fisho Col Price is accounting for some thumper whiting over 40cm, mainly from Queenscliff and Dee Why beaches. To ensure you catch these great whiting, use live beachworms or tubeworms.

Other beaches turning up plenty of whiting include Avalon, Warriewood and North Narrabeen.

Along with the whiting are several other top table fish, such as bream, flathead, mulloway and jewfish.

The jewies have shown up right on time for the Christmas holidays.

Dee Why and Narrabeen beaches have produced some good-sized jewfish up close to the shore at night.

The trick for hooking these big jewfish is to use big baits. I use whole mullet or large squid.

Using the bigger baits eliminates the smaller nuisance fish and crabs taking your baits, leaving a good-sized jewfish to find your bait. If you need any further jewfish advice, call in and see us at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle.

Early morning is proving the best time to land bream and tailor, especially around Palm Beach, Avalon and Mona Vale beaches. Try using fresh Hawkesbury prawns for best results.

Several fishers have reported catching larger tailor, some well over a kilo, on the run out tide in the early morning using WA pilchards or strip baits such as mullet fillets.

Remember that fresh bait will make a huge difference to your bag.


Narrabeen Lake is in full swing, with the dredging of the sandbank near the Ocean Street bridge nearly completed.

With the Christmas holidays around the corner, it is a great time to be fishing with the kids in the lake, which is a safe, and extremely productive waterway.

The Wakehurst Parkway area is producing plenty of good-sized bream and whiting – use fresh Hawkesbury prawns for best results.

Try soft plastics for the flathead up around Jamieson Park and along the back of the boatshed. The lake flatties are responding well to fresh whitebait and frogmouth pilchards.

Drifting between the bridges is producing some quality flounder and flathead. There have also been reports of small jewfish taken around both bridges on the lake.


Top Spots

Ocean St bridge, Narrabeen Lake

The Whale or Broken Bay Wide – Kingfish

North Narrabeen Beach – big whiting

Dee Why Beach – Jewfish

Best Baits

Live squid – kingfish, jewfish

Frogmouth pilchards – flathead

Hawkesbury prawns – bream, flounder

Live beachworms – whiting, bream, flathead

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