Don’t give up just yet
  |  First Published: August 2012

The temperature is low and the fishing has been a little slow. However, don’t give up just yet – there are still options for the dedicated and spring is just a month away!

Botany Bay has been a little bit slow, but there are still plenty of silver trevally, flounder and tailor about. It is just a matter of anchoring up at places like The Sticks, the end of the Third Runway, The Drum, wide off Towra Point and The Oil Wharf. Start up a steady but small berley trail and start fishing. Remember to try the long leader or have the ball sinker run right down on top of the bait.

Best baits during the winter months seem to be pink nipper, beach, blood or tube worms, strips of mullet, oily tuna, whitebait and half pilchards. In the winter months I like using blades when it comes to chasing most species of fish. They work extremely well on bream, flathead and other winter delights.

One species of fish that really does get my attention during the cooler months of the year is the humble luderick and they are just about everywhere I go in the Georges River, Botany Bay, the Port Hacking and off the rocks. Weed is always the best bait to use especially under a quill float. That being said luderick are known to take prawn baits and sometimes chase a lure.

If you’re struggling to find a fish or two this winter, why not get in contact with some of the chart operators writing in this magazine. Anglers like Scott Lyons, Alex Bellissimo and Dan Selby run exceptional charters and will definitely put you onto some fish. If freshwater is your thing, chase up Steve Williamson, Stuart Hindson or Kevin Gleed.

I would like to thank all those anglers who came along to the talks that I have been giving at BCF stores from Nowra in the south coast to Gosford in the north. It has been great to be able to share some of the knowledge that I have picked up over the years from other anglers.

I will be teaming up with Bruce Schumacher at the Sydney International Boats Show. We will be teaching you how to target bream, flathead and whiting with baits, hard bodied lures, soft plastics and blades. It will take place in early August and we’ll be there for the five days. So if you do get to come along, come over and say hello.

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