More of the same, please!
  |  First Published: March 2012

Lets hope things stay exactly as they are for the next couple of months in the fishing world – this season has produced an abundance of fish.

The Sydney area has out-produced many of the less-populated areas in NSW for size and variety of fish.

The offshore scene has been brilliant and the close reefs are really turning on a great mix of species such as snapper, teraglin, tailor and jewfish.

Several local fishos are cleaning up the jewies on East and Newport reefs at night, with most fish 6kg to 10kg range and one ripper just over 18kg.

Other spots that have been firing include the Wall off Long Reef, the Dee Why wreck and Palmers Reef. Most of the fish are responding well to large fresh squid baits and bonito strips.

The bonus at the moment is that there are a number of good-sized teraglin in the mix – great eating fish.

The close reefs, such as Reggies, Newport, the Valiant and Mona Vale, have been delivering snapper, tailor to 2kg and morwong. Reggies and Newport are showing good numbers of big bream and tarwhine.

These reefs are best fished early morning or just on dusk. Use plenty of berley because you are not in deep water and the berley really does have a great effect on the bream. Tops baits seem to be Hawkesbury prawns and pilchard pieces.

The trolling scene has been providing mahi mahi, kingfish and mack tuna on small skirted lures.

Use Rapala X-Raps or Halco Laser Pros in close to the washes around Newport Reef, the Ovens at Whale Beach or along Avalon Headland for some big kingfish. Some of these are real brutes, with a few going 10kg and more.

The FADs are rewarding us with mahi mahi and the odd marlin, mostly around 50kg to 70kg. Billmark Prowlers and Williamson skirted lures have been doing the damage.

Mahi mahi have been taken mostly in the early morning on live yellowtail or live squid. These are great fighting fish and great on the dinner plate as well.


The beaches are continuing to turn up a variety of top table fish, especially thumper whiting, big bluenose bream and some good-sized jewfish.

The northern corner of Mona Vale Beach and the middle section of Warriewood Beach have been great for quality bream. Local fishos, including Chris Leslie, have been taking bags of 10 quality fish in a session.

North Narrabeen, Dee Why and Whale beaches are holding bream in most parts. Fish light and use peeled Hawkesbury prawns, live worms or nippers.

Whiting are also abundant on the beaches, with most southern corners productive using live beach worms or nippers.

We have weighed jewfish to 13kg taken from Dee Why and Newport beaches. Use fresh squid at night.


Narrabeen Lake is without doubt fishing the best it has in many years.

It is clean and healthy and providing a great number of species.

Quality whiting have been taken from the channel near the Ocean Street bridge and from the caravan park area near the café.

Live worms are all they will look at, so stock up before you go.

There have also been good-sized flathead around the boatshed and Jamieson Park with reports of several fish over 2kg, most of which were released.

There also have been a lot of tailor in the lake and reports of small jewfish, with one local junior taking a 4kg jewie on a pepper prawn Gulp Shrimp.

The lake is holding plenty of legal-sized bream (25cm) along the Wakehurst Parkway – use prawns or worms

Don’t forget to call in at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle with your stories and email us some photos for this report.



Newport Reef, East Reef – kingfish, jewfish

Warriewood Beach – bream

Dee Why Beach (north) – jewfish


Live worms – whiting, bream

Fresh local squid – jewfish, kingfish, snapper

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