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Season in full swing
  |  First Published: December 2011



The Northern Beaches season is in full swing, with quality catches on all fronts.

Outside fishing is providing a wide variety of quality fish, with an abundance of kingfish in Pittwater, the reefs including Newport, East, Long Reef Close and Wide and Esmeralda.

Keen anglers have had a huge success rate on these reefs in recent weeks with not only the kingies but snapper, tailor and the odd teraglin.

Long Reef is powering with hoodlums, several of which have been 10kg to a thumping 17kg. Most fish were taken on live squid and live yellowtail, although good fresh squid is proving successful as well.

A number of large kingies have been taken late afternoon from the Newport Reef area on downrigged large fresh Hawkesbury squid.

Plenty of quality bonito and the odd striped tuna are on most trolling grounds – use small pink feathers, Christmas trees or Rapala CD 11 or CD 13 minnows.

The mahi mahi have shown up around the Broken Bay FADs, the Twelve Mile Reef and around The Peak. Plenty of small to medium fish around 5kg are taking small floated baits, such as pilchards, yellowtail and live bait.

Trolled small skirted lures and Rapala deep divers have also been successful.

There are also reports of spotted mackerel being taken in the same areas as the mahi mahi. These fish are fantastic fighters and delicious eating.

Small striped marlin, good-sized yellow fin tuna and plenty of albacore have been landed out wide along the Twelve Mile and even wider at the Bait Station and Browns Mountain. Troll 12” skirts or large Halco Crazy Deep lures and hang on.

For the night fishos, East Reef and Long Reef are providing jewfish averaging around 10kg and big reds, use big slab baits or whole large squid.

BEACH WHITING

A great run of whiting is dominating the beach fishing scene at the moment.

All beaches, including Curl Curl, Narrabeen, Collaroy, Avalon, Palm Beach and North Manly, are firing and several whiting around 40cm have been taken.

Most beach fishers are taking great bags on live beachworms, nippers or peeled prawns. Whiting are tremendous eating and great fun to catch on light tackle.

The beaches are also turning up several jewfish with size jewies being caught around Newport Beach, the north end of Palm Beach and Narrabeen at the pines or near the lake entrance.

It’s time to get that big jewie so use very fresh squid or fresh whole (or large strips) of local mullet.

Remember that jewfish take a lot of preparation to catch and patience is required.

The Northern Beaches is renowned for being one of the most productive areas to catch jewfish on the east coast.

Narrabeen Lake is holding a bevy of species, including flathead, bream garfish, blackfish, flounder and whiting.

The whiting are responding to all kinds of baits and lures – use live worms or try small poppers or Gulp Sandworms for best results. Remember to keep your tackle light for whiting for the most fun.

Bream have been taken from Pipe Clay Point, the Ocean Street Bridge and all along the Wakehurst Parkway areas. Locals tell me this is the best run of bream in the lake for many years.

Some other good news is that the prawns are running in the lake in good numbers and they are a good size. Prawning is great fun and can be very productive.

Facts

TOP SPOTS

Narrabeen Lake at Wakehurst Parkway – prawns

Long Reef, Newport Reef – kingfish

Ocean Street Bridge, Narrabeen Lake – big whiting

East Reef – jewfish

BEST BAITS

Hawkesbury squid – kingfish

Live beachworms – whiting

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