Hot bite should continue
  |  First Published: March 2013

The estuaries, beaches and offshore hot spots all have produced an abundance of fish in recent weeks and should do so for some time.

There is a terrific mix of quality fish on most of the close reefs including good-sized snapper, mulloway and tarwhine in good numbers.

Several of the close reefs, such as Reggies, Boultons, the Dee Why Wreck, the Whale and Mona Vale Wide, are holding good numbers of fish.

There is a bonus at the moment of teraglin up to 4kg being taken around Long Reef, Mona Vale and Avalon reefs.

East Reef and West Reef are holding quality mulloway, especially at night. Several fish up to 10kg have been taken lately by experienced local fishos.

The wider reefs, such as Esmeralda, Broken Bay Wide and Jurassic Park, have produced several snapper up to 6kg, mostly early morning or on dusk.

Local gun fisher Lindsay Rainie has weighed several 4kg-8kg reds in recent times. Most of these quality fish have been taken on fresh squid strips, with a great deal of pilchard berley working a treat.

On the closer reefs, berley has been the trick to success for big numbers of bream, tarwhine, squire and tailor.

There have also been reports of quality kingies from Newport Reef and Long Reef in close. Top bait seems to be squid.

For the trollers there has been a good mix of mahi mahi, kingies, mack tuna and several black marlin up to about 40kg.

These little billfish are fantastic fun on light to medium tackle and are responding well to a wide range of 7.5”- 9” skirted lures, with Black Pete and Williamson brands the pick of the bunch.

The FADs are also working really well for mahi mahi and the odd large kingie. Most of these fish are being trolled up on 6”-7.5” Billmark Prowler lures, with live yellowtail or slimy mackerel also working well.

Several of the mahi mahi we have seen lately have been 8kg-10kg.


The beaches continue to supply an abundance of quality table fish, including large whiting and bream, dart, tailor and some bug mulloway.

The pick of the beaches for the whiting are Narrabeen, North Narrabeen and Collaroy. The trick to catch these whiting is to have live or fresh beach worms.

Warriewood and the northern corner of Mona Vale have held good-sized surf bream and tailor, with most bream being taken on live worms or fresh Hawkesbury prawns. The tailor are responding to WA pilchards.

Several mulloway to 15kg have been taken on fresh mullet or squid. The best beaches are Newport, North Narrabeen and Dee Why in front of the lagoon.

Narrabeen Lake is providing some of the best fishing that I have seen over the past few years.

The lake is extremely clean and the water crystal clear, resulting in top catches of whiting, bream, flathead, flounder and some outstanding school jewfish.

Spots providing plenty of fun include the Ocean Street bridge, in front of the caravan park, the Pittwater Road bridge at Narrabeen, the Wakehurst Parkway area and Jamieson Park. You are almost guaranteed of a good bag of fish at any of these spots.

Remember to use only fresh Hawkesbury prawns, local mullet strips or live nippers for best results.

For those using soft plastics, Gulp 3” Shrimp in pepper prawn and Atomic 2” and 3” minnows in pumpkinseed are working extremely well on the bream.

The lake is holding plenty of legal (27cm) whiting and monster flathead, especially around the boatshed area. These fish are mostly being taken at night.

Call in and see us at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle with your stories and photos, which we may use in these reports.



Newport Reef, East Reefkingfish, mulloway
Narrabeen Lake whiting, bream, big flathead.
Dee Why Beach north mulloway


Live beachworms whiting and bream
Fresh local squid mulloway, kingfish, snapper

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