Ticking over quite nicely
  |  First Published: October 2012

Things are ticking over quite nicely on the Northern Beaches with several Spring species readily available.

Outside, there have been some consistent catches of snapper, trevally, the odd large kingfish and plenty of leatherjackets, tailor and tarwhine on the closer reefs.

Some larger snapper have been taken from Long Reef, Avalon, Esmeralda and Broken Bay Wide, with plenty of mixed bags caught around the close reefs such as Reggies, Glasshouse, No 1 Reef, Dee Why and The Valiant.

Local fisho Wayne Thorncroft bagged several good-sized snapper topping 5kg in close at Long Reef on spots such as The Wall and Jurassic Park. Wayne said that plenty of pilchard berley and patience was the trick.

These reds have also being going for fresh squid and big slab baits such as slimy mackerel or bonito fillets.

There are still a few large kingfish around the reefs, especially on Palmer and Newport reefs, with one kingie going just over 11kg cleaned.

There is also a good run of large trevally being taken, with the boys of The Sands Fishing Club cleaning up. We have weighed some trevally of well over 4kg at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle.

These are top fighting fish and are excellent to eat when fresh. Boultons Reef, The Whale, Narrabeen wrecks and Mona Vale Reef are all producing results.

Broken Bay Wide has produced some yellowfin tuna around 10kg for Jim Timmons and crew.

There also have been several small yellowfin being taken on the Twelve Mile Reef off Broken Bay. Most fish are being trolled on small Black Pete lures 6” skirted or Halco Crazy Deep Laser Pro 190s in gold or blue.

Some mack tuna have been taken from the Bait Station area, Esmeralda Reef and from Broken Bay Wide up to Long Reef.


The beaches are a little slower than usual but the run of big salmon is keeping things ticking over. Several taken lately have been the largest I have seen all year.

There are consistent catches from North Narrabeen, Avalon, Palm Beach, Dee Why and Curl Curl.

Mixed with the salmon are tailor and the odd sand flathead. A couple of good clients, Arno and Hennie, have been bagging salmon over 4kg consistently on WA pilchards along with some large bream.

There have been plenty of dart and the odd bream at Freshwater, Warriewood and Mona Vale beaches, generally late afternoon and early evening. Live worms are a must.

Jewies have been scare with only one report of a 10kg fish from up near the lake entrance.

Narrabeen Lake is ticking over with luderick the best around the Ocean St bridge and Narrabeen Road bridge. Narrabeen Bait stocks good local green weed.

Locals have been gagging up to half a dozen fish to a kilo on the run-out tide.

For some bream action, its worth a try at Jamieson Park in the shallows near the car park – try live worms or 2” Gulp Shrimp in pepper prawn.

There have also been numbers of chopper tailor and salmon in the lower lake, especially around the caravan park area and at the cafe on the beach side of the bridge.

The fish are not big but are of a legal size and provide plenty of fun. There have been flathead taken along the Wakehurst Parkway and near the oval, mostly on Hawkesbury prawns or whitebait.

• When fishing the lake, please take your rubbish home with you and pick up any rubbish you may see lying around. We have a beautiful lake to enjoy and we must protect it the wildlife. We all need to do this because there is constant pressure on the fishos by other groups to keep the lake clean – so please all make the effort!


Hot Spots

Long Reef, The Wall – snapper

Esmeralda Reef – kingfish

Newport Reef – large trevally

North Narrabeen Beach – salmon

Best Baits

Fresh slimy mackerel – snapper

Local squid – kingfish

Live beachworms – beach bream, salmon

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