Berley hard and wait
  |  First Published: September 2012

The Barrenjoey Peninsula can offer some very productive late Winter fishing, especially over the outside reefs.

This is certainly the case this year with the close reefs, specifically Trawleys, Reggies, Boultons, Newport and Dee Why, all holding extra-large silver trevally.

Mixed with them are a good range of other species, such as leatherjackets, morwong and good-sized tailor, which all provide a good feed and plenty of fun as well.

The trick is to send down plenty of berley and wait for results.

The trevally are also in good numbers at Long Reef in about 140’ as well as at The Wall and The Whale.

Some of the trevally are over 3kg and provide plenty of entertainment on light tackle. Most are being taken on WA pilchards or large peeled prawns.

There have also been several reports of extra-large kingfish being taken from the Long Reef Wide grounds, Bluefish Point and the Northerners Reef area. Live yellowtail and fresh big baits such as green eye squid are accounting for some great fish.

For a nice feed of flathead, the drifting grounds along Narrabeen, Palm Beach and Mona Vale beaches in about 120’-140’ seem to be best, with plenty of locals taking nice bags of quality lizards on pilchards or mullet strips.

Yellowfin and mack tuna are being trolled up around the Twelve Mile marks and at the waverider buoys.

There have been some 8kg-15kg yellowfin being taken up in the Broken Bay Wide area. Use small Black Pete skirted lures or Halco Crazy Deep 120 Laser Pro bibbed lures for best results.

For close reefs try Box Head, Little Box Head or Geoffs Reef for good-sized trevally and snapper up to 2kg. Bilgola in close to the pool is also proving good for 1kg-2kg reds – fresh local squid is the bait to use.


The beaches are holding up well and are producing extra-large salmon, nice bream, plenty of dart and the odd large jewfish. Over recent weeks we have weighed in several good-sized jewfish at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle and shop manager Curly says he has had other reports of jewfish from Dee Why and Newport.

The fish he has weighed have averaged around 10kg, with one exceptional fish of 16kg cleaned caught by Nigel Perry, of Narrabeen. It was taken on a whole mullet just in front of the North Narrabeen Surf Club.

Curl Curl, Queenscliff and Avalon beaches are turning up plenty of big salmon on WA pilchards and prawns.

The odd extra large flathead has also been taken – try Mona Vale beach in the basin and Avalon in the northern corner.

The surf bream have been most prolific at Whale and Palm beaches with some also at North Narrabeen, especially at dusk or early mornings. Use live beach worms or fresh peeled Hawkesbury prawns.

It is also worth trying for tailor at dusk – a few around 2kg have been caught at North Palm Beach, Bilgola and Dee Why beaches.


The lake has shown good form during Winter with reasonable catches of bream, flathead and flounder.

Some good-sized luderick have been taken around the Ocean Street bridge area and alongside the breakwall on the eastern side of the bridge.

A number of salmon have also being taken in this area, especially towards the caravan park.

There have been reports of great catches of flounder around the Wakehurst Parkway area and alongside the shops on Pittwater Road.

Drift for the flounder and use fresh mullet strips. Bream have been found at Jamieson Park and at Pipe Clay Point. Live nippers or fresh Hawkesbury prawns are the best bait by far.



Long Reef close trevally
Northerners Reef squire, trevally, tailor
Newport Beach south end jewfish
Narrabeen Lake bridges luderick


Fresh green-eye squid squire, kingfish
Hawkesbury prawns trevally
Salted WA pilchards sand flathead

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