More of the same, please!
  |  First Published: April 2013

Lets hope for the next couple of months fishing around here stays exactly the way it is.

Outside spots like The Wall off Long Reef, the Dee Why wreck and Palmers Reef have been producing big snapper, teraglin, tailor and mulloway, mostly on large fresh squid and bonito strips.

Several local fishos are cleaning up on the jewies at night on East and Newport reefs with plenty of fish around 6kg and some up to 12kg.

The close reefs, such as Reggies, Newport, The Valiant and Mona Vale, are all delivering quality snapper, tailor up to 2kg and morwong. Reggies and Newport are also turning up good numbers of big bream and tarwhine.

These bream reefs are best fished early morning or just on dusk. Use plenty of berley; you are not in deep water and the berley really does have a great effect on bream. Top baits seem to be Hawkesbury prawns or pilchard pieces.

The trolling scene is also providing good mixed bags. It’s great fun trolling Rapala X-Raps or Halco Laser Pros in close to the washes around Newport Reef, the Ovens at Whale Beach or along Avalon Headland for kingfish, some of which are real brutes going 10kg or more.

The FADs have been rewarding us with mahi mahi and the odd small marlin up to about 70kg has been taken on skirted lures. The mahi mahi have been taken mostly in the early morning on live bait yellowtail or live squid. They’re great fighting fish and great on the dinner plate.


The beaches are continuing to turn up a variety of top table fish, especially thumper whiting, big blue-nose bream and some good-sized mulloway.

The northern corner of Mona Vale Beach and the middle section of Warriewood Beach are proving great for good numbers of large surf bream.

Most parts of North Narrabeen, Dee Why and Whale beaches are holding bream – the trick is to fish light and use peeled Hawkesbury prawns, live worms or nippers.

Whiting are also abundant on the beaches, with the southern corners of most beaches productive. Use live beach worms or nippers for greatest success.

Mulloway have been taken from Dee Why and Newport beaches recently, we have weighed in three nice ones to 13kg at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle. Use fresh squid at night.


Narrabeen Lake is without doubt fishing the best it has in many years. It is clean and healthy and producing a great number of species.

Large whiting have been taken from the channel near the Ocean Street bridge and from the caravan park area near the cafe. Live worms are all they will look at so stock up before you try for these whiting.

There have also been reports of good-sized flathead around the boatshed and Jamieson Park. Several fish have been over 2kg, most of which were released.

There are also a lot of tailor in the lake and reports of small jewfish, with one local junior taking a 4kg jewie on a pepper prawn Gulp lure.

The lake is holding plenty of legal-sized (25cm) bream along the Wakehurst Parkway – use prawns or worms and you are guaranteed a nice catch



Newport Reef, East Reef – kingfish, mulloway

Warriewood Beach – bream

Dee Why Beach north – mulloway


Live beach worms – whiting, bream

Fresh local squid – mulloway, kingfish, snapper

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