More cobia? Why not?
  |  First Published: April 2013

Retired chef Kolinu Spiteri saved the best until last when he bagged an 85cm cobia at the mouth of the Georges River the day before he was due to fly back to his home in Birzebbuga, Malta.

Kolinu’s nephew, Graeme Campbell, said that three weeks earlier they had lost an expensive rod and reel over the side at the same spot, so this time they had the 30lb braid outfit attached to the boat.

The cobia took a fish strip that had been rubbed in the parmesan chicken mix I wrote about in the February issue. They were also berleying with breadcrumbs.

This month I wouldn’t suggest you target cobia around the Georges River mouth but who’s saying that you wouldn’t catch one? Anchor up, lay out a berley trail, fish with a ball sinker running down to the bait or a long leader and target bream, whiting, trevally, flathead and flounder on the run-out tide. You also might come across a kingfish or even a cobia.

We have been picking up bream, trevally, whiting, flathead, flounder, crabs, kingfish, tailor and salmon and this sort of fishing should continue until the beginning of May. It will depend on whether the warm water stays with us, how much rain we get and how much the Port Botany expansion affects the flow of the water in the bay.

Aaron recently emailed me about catching a number of bream near the entrance to Hen and Chicken Bay on the Parramatta River on a rising tide. He said switching to a long leader and peeling the prawn baits made the difference and he now berleys every time he anchors and fishes with bait.

I have tried fishing this spot on a run-out tide with very limited success. Maybe someone can tell me what I’ve been doing wrong.

This month in Botany Bay you could anchor and berley at The Sticks, the eastern end of Molineaux Point, Henry Head, the end of the Third Runway, the Oil Wharf on a run-out tide and wide off Towra Point. Likely catches include bream, flathead, whiting, flounder, tailor, salmon and the odd kingfish.

If you are land based you could try off the beach from Dolls Point to Brighton-le-Sands, the breakwall at the entrance to the Cooks River on a run-out tide, under the Captain Cooks and Tom Uglys bridges, Bare Island, Silver Beach at Kurnell and Sutherland Point.


John from Fergo’s Tackle World and I had a successful day on bream on Port Hacking. We started from the ramp in Yowie Bay and mainly worked boats and pontoons for a couple of hours, then fished the start of the run-out tide over the flats at the entrance to South West Arm.

Around the boats and pontoons we used camo 2” Gulp Shrimps, bloodworm 100mm Squidgy Pro Wrigglers and copper penny 2.5” Z-Man Grubz on 1/16oz and 1/12oz TT Hidden Weight jig heads.

Over the flats we used the same soft plastics on very light Hidden Weights, and also walking and popping surface lures.

In the Georges and Woronora rivers this month you will see bream, flathead, mulloway, flounder and the odd luderick. Further upstream you will come across bass and estuary perch. Try working around the bridges and rock walls.

If you don’t have a boat, you could try fishing near boat ramps; they are great fish attractors.

What do most anglers do at a boat ramp? Clean their catch. This makes great berley. Just remember when fishing near ramps, don’t get in the way of the boaties.

So keep those emails coming in with suggestions, questions, reports and pictures.

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