Mixed bags in the Bay
  |  First Published: June 2013

Because the water should have cooled down considerabley by now, trevally, bream, tailor, snapper, salmon and luderick are the main fish to target during June.

You could also catch the odd flathead and whiting.

The trevally will start to school up in Botany Bay in places like Trevally Alley, the Oil Wharf and the Sticks during the run-out tide, and at Henry Head and Sutherland Point during the run in.

You could also try fishing the end of the Third Runway and The Drums. It doesn’t seem to matter which part of the tide there, as long as it is moving.

Best baits will be pink nippers, peeled Hawkesbury prawns and pilchard tails. If the water is flowing strongly I suggest you use a sinker running down to the swivel with a 1m-2m leader to allow the bait to move around in the current.

When the current slows down enough, you should remove the trace and have the ball sinker running down to the hook.

The cockle beds in the middle of the bay will start to produce bream, snapper, trevally and the odd octopus on rising and falling tides. Look for depths of 4m-5m about 500m-700m off Dolls Point to Brighton-le-Sands.

You could either drift here or anchor up. When anchored, up make sure you have a small but steady berley trail going.

If I don’t get any bites within 45 minutes I up anchor, move about 50m and start the process again.

Salmon and tailor tend to move into the bay on the incoming tide so start looking for them at the entrance to the bay, Yarra Bay and between the Oil Wharf and Towra Point.

Keep an eye out for working birds and current lines and troll at a steady walking pace with deep-diving minnows or metal lures.

When chasing bream, snapper and trevally in the Bay you could also try strips of freshly caught tailor, slimy mackerel, mullet, chicken and steak. If you catch some slimy mackerel you could keep a few fillets, lightly salt them down and freeze them for the next time you are out.


Luderick should be starting to school up in the Georges and Woronora rivers and Port Hacking.

In the Woronora River try the shoreline from Bonnet Bay to the river entrance.

In the Georges River head to Lugarno, Soily Point, the Alfords Point bridge and Picnic Point.

Most of the weed beds, rock walls and points in Port Hacking will have good concentrations of luderick.

If you have trouble getting green weed you could try the green cabbage found on the ocean rocks. Another bait that I have used for luderick is small pieces of blood or tube worm.

You could also chase bream, trevally, salmon and tailor off Garie and Stanwell Park beaches. Concentrate on early in the morning or an hour or so before sunset, especially on a rising tide.

Daniel Young attended one of my classes at Windybank’s Bait and Tackle at Mt Colah and said he was having trouble catching anything on soft plastics. I suggested he take out only soft plastics so he could not lose confidence and go back to bait. On his first outing with no bait he caught a legal snapper in the Hawkesbury.

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