Keep a squid jig handy
  |  First Published: October 2012

Squid have been a highlight in Botany Bay, with large models prowling across the weed beds.

Early morning is always the best time to target squid but good ones can be found all day for anglers working jigs.

When working soft plastics for flathead I have found it’s always worth keeping a squid jig handy because sometimes these critters will follow your plastics right to the boat.

Keep the squid keen by flicking your plastic up and down and then ‘bait and switch’ by removing the plastic and dropping in the squid jig. Most of the time the squid will move onto the jig and you will hook it.

Trevally love cold water and are normally in big numbers in the Bay but this year for some reason the schools are tricky to find.

Trevally Alley has been dead with just the odd fish caught and The Drums and many other spots have been the same. I’m not sure why; it could be all the rain we had in late Summer, the water might be cooler than normal, who knows? But that’s fishing.


Offshore fishing over the cooler months has been great.

North from Botany Bay, trolling along the coast early in the morning has been producing a few bonito in small numbers with the odd salmon.

Anchor in 20m off most headlands and put down a consistent berley trail and fish unweighted or light sinkers down the trail and you will find trevally in big numbers, mainly small fish about 28cm-33cm. Remember, the legal length is 30cm.

The trevally seem to be hanging along the coast instead of moving into the Bay for some reason, and it’s the same if we head south.

Pushing wider, Spring is prime time for snapper and morwong. Try north from the Bay in 65m wide of Coogee over broken ground. I’ve been anchoring there and fishing the bottom for morwong and a few reds.

Down south, in 55m around The Humps off Stanwell Park, it seems to be better for snapper with fewer mowies.

I love fishing this area but be warned: it’s a good hour run in great conditions from Port Hacking and if the north-easter comes, up does in Spring, it’s a long way home. I have bashed my way home on many days and it’s not fun.


It about time that we gave some thought to building a reef system a few kilometres south of Port Hacking. It’s all sand bottom and great for flathead and jackets but that’s about it.

This is why we travel so far south to reach that broken reef in 50m that snapper and morwong love. It’s not safe for small boats wishing to fish for snapper if the weather changes.

We need rock piles about 50m long by 10m wide and a few metres high, much like the rock walls along Silver Beach and Brighton Beach in Botany Bay. These reefs need to be in 30m-50m of water and we need quite a few.

This would improve the snapper fishing close to Port Hacking and provide structure for all the fish in this area.

North from the Bay is fine because there is good ground in close and it’s a short run from Botany Bay or Sydney Harbor and rather good for all small boats.

I will raise this idea with Fisheries and see what their response is. Let’s see how much red tape we have to chew through.

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