Follow those mullet
  |  First Published: April 2012

Along the east coast this month the mullet will run the gauntlet and predators like sharks, marlin jewfish, kings and more will be hammering them all the way north.

When they’re resting up in the bays, take advantage of the moving feast by casting big poppers and live baits and hang on for some nasty action.

April, May and June are great months for big kings off our headlands and jewfish from some of the beaches.

Fishing for kings is a test of patience and skill. Being at the right location is a prerequisite, of course, otherwise you’re not in the running.

Alf Moses recently caught his first ever king on a salted sea gar on ganged hooks at the north-east point of South Curl Curl. At the legal 65cm it wasn’t large by any standard but even an undersize fish can be a real thrill on 3kg to 6kg line.

Khalid Ajaj had a case of white-knuckle terror with a king of 20kg plus smashed his gar on the surface within a rod length from the rocks at Bangalley Head and peeled off close to 90m of line on almost 10kg of drag on a 24kg outfit as if it were in free spool. It cut him off at the end of that run – what an introduction to the yellowtail kingfish!

His friend Talal Hamden caught his first king on a 65gm Knight with a green strip while spinning for pelagics on light braid.

There should be some mack tuna, frigates and bonito in reasonable numbers this month.

It might pay to have your rock boots, shorts, spin outfit and a handful of metals permanently in the car so if you see a burst of rampaging pelagics you can possibly have a dozen or three casts, swell permitting, of course.

This month have a crack at some big kings from The Hat near the Quarantine, Bluefish Point, South and North Curl Curl, Bangalley Head, and South and North Whale headlands. Try extra-large sea gars and those pelagics sent back out live.

The shallows off Long reef have produced mixed results.

Regular John Halford had a great outing with 17 bream from 26cm to 40cm. We had to search around for the fish, which they were consistently moving.

We covered at least 1km of the north and south faces and found no fish at some spots, a few at another and a short hot bite at one or two others. The key was to search for the whitewater in knee- to waist-deep water.

We used pillie fillets, halved small pillies and peeled Hawkesbury prawns in a minimal amount of berley – use more and prepare to be inundated by small mullet and tarwhine.

The beaches have some jewfish to 8kg coming from Manly, Dee Why (when the kelp isn’t there), North Narrabeen and Bilgola. Use fresh squid, live and fresh tailor, mullet or yellowtail and fish a few nights in a row to maximise your chances. Patience is paramount.

The whiting have been great and will continue so this month. Catches of five to 10 fish have been common and the occasional dozen or more should be expected this month.

Steve Murdoch and brother Jason caught a nice mixed bag of whiting to 33cm and dart to 35cm in good numbers from South Narrabeen around the surf club.

Rob Marich and I bagged 27 whiting from 28 to 40cm on live beach or tube worms from the middle of Palm Beach, although we had to fish several gutters before finding them.

As I have often mentioned, fish the high tide period regardless of the time of day; if there is a nice gutter and some whitewater, you will catch fish. Obviously it’s not as good as the low-light periods but still an opportunity for a feed of these succulent fish.


The Eastern and Southern rock scene has bean a little patchy but we can expect an increase in activity this month for virtually all species.

The infamous Yellow Rock at South Maroubra headland was producing good bags of luderick at the time of writing.

Expect some nice trevally, especially towards the end of the month, along with quality bream on fish flesh baits such as pilchard, striped tuna and mullet fillet.

Peeled or whole Hawkesbury prawns also will be good. Tony Davis at Matraville Bait and Tackle has these available fresh or frozen and having a bit of variety in the bait can change your day, putting something silver or even red in the creel.

Fish with minimal sinker, light line and a flexible rod during the low-light periods for best results.

The salmon and some bonito are worth spinning for with chrome slices from 25g to 65g or whole ganged pillies.

A few groper and nice bags of luderick are also available. The luderick are not only biting on green weed but also the red weed.

Remember, Yellow Rock can be safe one day but a death trap on others because of its exposure to groundswell.

At McMahons Pool there have been big luderick and some pigs. Generally it is fished in a moderate sea but be aware of the dangers in this area.

Lurline Bay is a safer option and bream and luderick are there in a moderate southerly swell. Fish towards the back of the bay.

Huge black trevally are haunting the luderick anglers. Be cautious of the nasty spines on these fish, their nickname is ‘happy moments’ in some typical Australian irony.

At night at the same location big squid are haunting the area. Cast a lumo jig or a squid prong with a whole fish like a yakka or a pillie suspended about 1m under a float with a glow light on the float.

South Bondi has some good bream and luderick. It’s generally best in a moderate southerly swell when the washes are working.

At North Bondi facing the beach, fish for bream on a rising tide. The beach scene is only sporadic with salmon and some whiting at Cronulla.

Rob Marich with a cracker whiting.

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