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Enormous variety available
  |  First Published: December 2012



The estuary and outside grounds are providing heaps for fun for fishers of all persuasions.

Most of the outside reefs, in close and out wide, are providing a variety of quality fish such as kingfish, snapper, big tailor, morwong, jewfish and the odd teraglin.

There are also an abundance of flathead in 20m-40m off most of the Northern Beaches.

Long Reef is serving up some huge kingfish at spots such as the Wall, White Rock and Palmers Reef.

Plenty have been taken lately and we have weighed in several over 10kg. Downrigging live yellowtail or fresh squid has been a very effective technique.

Quite a number of kingies have been jigged on several of the outer reefs, such as Esmeralda, the Peak and Horseshoe.

Snapper to 5kg have been taken in good numbers around Boultons Reef, Jurassic Park, the Dee Why wreck and Avalon Wide.

The most successful method is to berley heavily with good quality pilchards and then to send fresh local squid or large cut baits down the berley trail.

Quality jewfish have been taken at night on East Reef and Trawleys Reef using the same method, but with fresh squid only as bait.

There are plenty of surface fish around such as bonito and striped tuna as well as some mahi mahi.

These fish have been taken on most of the recognised trolling grounds along the Northern Beaches from the 40m contour out to 80m, using small pink feathers, Christmas trees or Rapala diving minnows in size 11 or 13.

For the mahi mahi, the trick is to use live yellowtail or troll small skirted lures or small deep divers.

There have been consistent reports of striped and black marlin as well as plenty of large albacore. These fish are being taken on the Twelve Mile Reef, the Bait Station and Browns Mountain.

BEACH WHITING

There is a great fun of whiting along most of the beaches, including North Narrabeen, Collaroy, Avalon, Palm Beach and Manly.

These tasty fish 30cm-40cm and are taking live beach worms or peeled prawns. Whiting of this size are great eating and fun to catch on light tackle.

The best tides seem to be early morning or just on dusk, although several catches have been taken on the last of the run-up tide in broad daylight.

The beaches are also turning up some very large jewfish, with two over 10kg taken at Newport Beach and others at the northern end of Palm Beach and at North Narrabeen near the pines.

The next few months are the prime time for beach jewfish.

Remember, there are no short cuts when it comes to catching big jewfish. Lots of preparation and extremely fresh bait are absolute musts for any success.

Narrabeen Lake has plenty of bream, flounder, flathead and whiting willing to take a variety of fresh bait and lures.

Good quality bream have been taken from the Pipeclay Point area, around Narrabeen bridge and the Wakehurst Parkway. Locals say this has been the best run of bream they have seen in the past few years.

For nice-sized flathead and flounder try Jamieson Park area and around the boatshed.

There is also a great run of prawns in the lake, best spots Wimbledon Avenue, the Ocean Street bridge and Wakehurst Parkway near the sailing club.

Facts

TOP SPOTS

Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen Lake prawns
Long Reef, Newport Reef kingfish
Ocean Street Bridge, Narrabeen Lake big whiting
East Reef jewfish

BEST BAITS

Hawkesbury squid kingfish
Live beachworms whiting

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