Reds and kings in the trail
  |  First Published: December 2012

Fishing on the Northern Beaches just seems to get better and better each Summer.

Offshore there is an abundance of quality fish including quality snapper, numbers of large kingfish, plenty of tailor and an early showing of quality jewfish on the close reefs and along the beaches.

Some excellent catches of quality kingfish have been taken in recent weeks from a number of reefs including Newport, Long Reef, Dee Why and the Whale. We have weighed in several fish of well over 10kg.

The majority of the kings have been taken on fresh or live squid around the hard reef. The tactic is to berley with plenty of pilchards and send down a live yellowtail or a squid down the trail.

Local fishos have reported good-sized kingies being taken by trolling in close with Rapala CD18s or Halco Crazy Deep lures.

The snapper fishers are having fun with reds up to 4kg taken regularly off Long Reef, Boultons Reef, Trawleys and the Dee Why wreck. Again, most of these fish have been taken on fresh squid drifted down the berley trail.

Patience is a virtue when catching reds. It takes a while to get the trail working but persistence will pay off. Anthony Ball has recently bagged several snapper well over 3kg by being patient and using the right bait.

There has been an early showing of good-sized jewfish on the closer reefs, including East Reef, West Reef, Reggies and Maitland, especially in the evenings. We have weighed in a number of quality jewfish in the 8kg-10kg.

These fish have been taken on the freshest of squid baits and large strips of slimy mackerel or bonito.

Out on the drifting grounds, there are plenty of fine fish to be had including flathead, morwong and tarwhine. It is worth a try off Palm Beach in about 40’-60’. Avalon and Narrabeen beaches in close are providing good mixed bags.


The beaches are really hotting up for whiting with warm water now common. Top spots include North Narrabeen near the lake entrance, Mona Vale on both sides of the rock pool, Avalon in the southern corner and most of Palm Beach, especially up near the lighthouse.

Great eating fish, these whiting are very fussy and live beach worms are proving the best bait by far.

The evening high tide seems to be the most successful time to capture the larger fish.

Mixed with the whiting are quality bream which are also chomping on the live beach worms. Plenty of these bream have been up to a kilo and make great eating.

The night jewfish anglers are scoring the odd fish. Although not in any great numbers, most of those we have seen have been of a good size.

A couple of the locals tell me that the southern corner of Newport Beach is the go at the moment, with some good-size jewfish also being landed at Dee Why Beach near the lagoon entrance.


Narrabeen Lake is providing an abundance of fish and has really hit its straps over the past few weeks.

Quality flathead have been landed around Jamieson Park in the shallows, as well as off Pipe Clay Point and the Wakehurst Parkway. These flathead are now responding well to fresh Hawkesbury River prawns, whitebait and soft plastics, including bloodworm Squidgy Wrigglers, smelt Gulp 3” Minnows and Gulp 3” Shrimp in nuclear chicken.

Good bream are being taken from around the Narrabeen bridge and also from the caravan park near the Ocean Street bridge. These fish are responding to soft plastics and fresh and live bait.

At Narrabeen Bait and Tackle we have weighed in a number of small to medium jewfish but a number of smaller fish have been released, which is great for the future stock in our lake.



Long Reef big kingfish
Narrabeen Lake Beach flathead, school jewfish


Live beach worms whiting, bream
Fresh local squid snapper, kingfish
Hawkesbury prawns lake bream and flathead

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