As usual, most anglers about now get that preconceived idea that the fishing is all over until Spring but nothing could be further from the truth.
There will be some reef-grinding kings this month willing to take your offerings.
I caught a tough king of 12.6kg the other day from the often-overlooked Dee Why ledges on a live frigate mackerel of about 700g. The king engulfed it like a jellybean!
I had a client at North Curl Curl hook a big king on a live yellowtail. It stripped line off a fairly heavy drag before cutting him off.
Only an hour before, a local was hammered on 60lb braid by a 20kg-plus king before a monumental cut-off. He said that he had 15kg of drag on that fish – scary stuff, but you’ve got to love it!
First-time rock fisho Jeff Hunt had a great snapper outing, bagging three 40-45cm fish on peeled endeavour prawns and a pillie half. We moved from wash to wash on the eastern front of Bluefish Point, plucking a fish here and there and missing the odd good one.
Other locations faring well for a red include South Curl Curl, Dee Why and South Avalon near the big gutter. Try fresh squid strips, endeavour prawns, fresh mackerel tuna or frigate mackerel and, of course, pillies.
Frank Chieralla fished the shallows at Long Reef for 10 bream to 32cm and three tarwhine to 28cm. Most took peeled prawns although some wanted pilchards.
For consistent bags fussy bream often require a variety of baits. We would move 50-70m from the previous spot that was producing on pillies to find that the next patch of fish would take only prawns.
Narrabeen Headland is producing some good bags of bream; try the shallows on the larger high tides during relatively flat conditions at night. Go out of your way to acquire a few dozen live nippers and results will greatly increase.
Kris Bayne and son Rick had a great outing on luderick to 850g with a bonus 2kg rock blackfish which I caught during a demo drift.
I had the sashimi set with wasabi and soy sauce on hand and it came in handy. Have you ever tried raw rock blackfish? Wow, what a taste sensation!
The luderick were great as well. Little Bluey, between Shelly Headland and Bluefish, was the location.
On the beaches the run of quality whiting continues with Lyn Martin catching her best bag ever of 15 whiting to 36cm, a bream and three good dart on live beach worms. We started near North Steyne Surf Club for a few fish, then moved to the Queenscliff end for the rest.
As I have said on many occasions, moving around is paramount to success. On this day there were the regular zillion surfers but we didn’t let them deter us.
Other beaches that are producing are Curl Curl, the evergreen Narrabeen and there are some nice bags at Avalon. Remember, though, that it is a day-to-day proposition; conditions vary, fish go off the bite. For that reason it pays to be mobile and keen.
I hear a local caught a nice jewfish of 16kg recently from Dee Why Beach on a whole squid. I have not much more info on that but June will continue to produce some good fish for those willing to rug up.
Don’t forget the neoprene boots because the sand gets pretty chilly at this time of year.
We can expect some big tailor to chew through lighter leaders so step it up to 80lb. Use squid strips, whole mullet or yellowtail on 5/0-6/0 gangs, giving the bigger tailor something to chew on.
Tony Davis from Fish Finder Charters and Matraville Bait and Tackle says Cape Banks has great pig action with some good bags of Luderick as well.
There have also been some late-season kings so take the 15-24kg spin outfit with you. It’s worth noting before attempting to fish Cape Banks that it’s very exposed in a southerly swell.
Jolong, near the NSW Golf Course, also has some nice kings, salmon, pigs, luderick and trevally. A client mentioned he had seen a couple of 75cm fish spun up on gars recently.
The Trap, near the golf course, is producing some good pigs and trevally.
At Julians the luderick, pigs have been taking peeled prawns floated through a bread berley while salmon have been hitting 25g Snipers and there have been trevally and squid at night.
Long Bay has nice bream, luderick and squid.
A reliable but very dangerous headland is Malabar’s Yellow Rock, where distance casting salted slimy mackerel, squid strips and large prawns are working well for snapper. One local has been fishing on the safer days for two to four reds to 43cm on most outings.
Yellow Rock should be a productive spot for salmon and kings throughout this month with luderick and pigs on the south-facing point.
The Blessings is producing pigs, luderick and some bream at Little and Big Greenie. The bream are generally best early in the morning or just before dark.
At McMahons Pool at Maroubra there have been luderick in reasonable numbers.
The salmon are on at Maroubra Beach, try a paternoster rig with a surf popper on the top and a ganged pillie on the bottom. Go and see the experts at Tony’s shop, like John Poole, or give me a call.
• Winter rock fishos should have light but warm clothing. A wetsuit is required at some locations for warmth. Don’t ever forget the spray jacket.
• Don’t even bother going near the ocean rocks if you don’t have a pair of cleats or steel spike boots.
• Never turn your back to the water or give in to that urge to fish a dangerous location in seas that you’re not sure of.
• Seek the advice of experts. Remember that we really have the best interests for your safety.