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Offshore pelagics hot
  |  First Published: February 2013



In recent weeks there have been terrific results for most anglers along the Northern Beaches.

Plenty of quality fish can be had outside with a wide range of pelagics including kingfish, mahi mahi, several species of marlin and even a few albacore and yellowfin tuna.

The wider grounds including the Twelve Mile, Bait Station and Browns Mountain have provided exciting results for game fishers with several blue and striped marlin being taken on the larger skirted lures.

The closer grounds have provided small yellowfin and albacore of 5kg-15kg. Again, skirted lures were successful with the Black Pete 7” and 9” and Williamson 9” pushers getting the best results.

Several quality mahi mahi have been taken around the FADs, Broken Bay Wide and the 600’ contour, mostly on slow-trolled Rapala Magnum or Halco Laser Pro deep divers in red and white.

Plenty of smaller to medium mahi mahi have fallen to live yellowtail and slimy mackerel.

Broken Bay Wide has also provided plenty of action for mackerel tuna, bonito and striped tuna in good numbers. The trick is to use small feather lures, red and white Christmas trees or Halco Smith’s jigs.

There have been several good catches of bottom fish on the closer grounds, especially North Narrabeen, Mona Vale Reef, Boultons Reef and Esmerelda.

All these reefs are holding good-sized snapper, tailor, morwong and plenty of bonito.

We have had several reports of jewfish around East Reef, several of the close grounds around Long Reef, the Dee Why wreck and the Whale.

Some of our regular customers have shown us jewies around 10kg-12kg taken at night on large strip baits or live yellowtail. Use plenty of WA pilchards for berley.

Pittwater, Barrenjoey and Lion Island are firing at the moment for plenty of quality salmon, bonito and kingfish in good schools. All these are responding well to a variety of live and fresh bait and lures such as Halco Redheads and Rapala Magnums or CD 11s.

BEACHES

The beaches are fishing well and there is an abundance of bream, whiting and, for the dedicated night angler, jewfish up to 15kg. The next few months are the prime time for large jewies along the Northern Beaches, with Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Dee Why all recognised spots to land that fish of a lifetime.

At Narrabeen Bait and Tackle we have weighed several large jewfish over the past few weeks, with one going almost 20kg. This fish was taken from the mouth of the lagoon at North Narrabeen.

Several others around 10kg have been accounted for at Newport and Dee Why. To catch these great fish you must use only the freshest of bait, with recommended one being local green-eye (calamari) squid.

Some quality whiting and bream are responding well to live and fresh worms and it is common to see bags of 10-12 fish to 40cm being taken from Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Avalon and Palm Beach.

THE LAKE

Narrabeen Lake doesn’t get better than it is at the moment, with a great variety of fish on offer. There are plenty of quality whiting around the Ocean Street bridge and the Wakehurst Parkway.

There are excellent bream around the boatshed and Jamieson Park. The trick is to use live worms or fresh Hawkesbury prawns for best results.

Several locals have been knocking over some good-sized jewfish in the lake, with the best recently a quality 7kg fish taken near the Narrabeen bridge.

Most are being taken in the evening on whole Hawkesbury prawns, live worms or poddy mullet.

For the lure fisher the lake is a bonanza. All kinds of soft plastics are working with bloodworm Squidgy Wrigglers and Gulp 3” minnows the most successful.

Facts

TOP SPOTS

Broken Bay Wide mahi mahi
Long Reef and Newport Reef good mixed bags
Ocean Street Bridge, Narrabeen Lake big whiting

BEST BAIT

Green-eye squid jewfish
Live beach worms or wriggler worms whiting
Hawkesbury prawns flathead, whiting, bream

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