With the changing seasons, we are in for some new and exciting fishing times on the Northern Beaches.
The outside fishing has been very consistent, with some outstanding catches of big snapper, monster silver trevally and some early signs of yellowfin tuna and blue-eye trevalla on the wide grounds.
Long Reef has been turning on some great fish with spots such as The Wall, White Rock and Long Reef Wide proving happy hunting grounds for snapper around 6kg.
With the snapper has been a large run of silver trevally, many over 2kg, providing plenty of action.
Most the fish have been taken at anchor using plenty of pilchard berley and good-sized cut baits, such as striped tuna, bonito fillets or whole local squid.
Several of the boys from the Sands Fishing Club at Narrabeen have landed snapper in recent weeks, with one exceptional fish going 7.2kg.
The wider grounds off the Northern Beaches have been generous as well, with Esmeralda and Broken Bay Wide holding snapper, kingfish and trevally, especially early mornings.
Trolling a Rapala Magnum 20 around Newport Reef proved productive for local Chris Martin, who later weighed in an 11kg kingfish at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle. Chris also reported plenty of others around 6kg-10kg.
For a nice feed of flathead, try the drifting grounds in 120’-150’ off Palm Beach, Mona Vale or Narrabeen Beach. The flatties are in reasonable numbers and most are around 1kg.
Several of the close reefs seem to holding mixed bags of fish such as squire, morwong and tarwhine – try Boultons or Trawley and use plenty of berley.
Beaches along the northern end of the peninsula are providing mixed bags including bream, the odd large whiting and plenty of salmon.
There have been a few top mulloway taken this month with three fish around 10kg being landed from the southern end of Newport Beach.
Dee Why has also provided a couple of good-sized jewies for local Chris Leslie, who said that the fish would look only at local squid. Chris is known as one of the best jewie fishos on the Northern Beaches.
Narrabeen North and Mona Vale beaches have plenty of salmon and the odd big bream. Trick is to use Hawkesbury prawns or pilchards and fish an afternoon run-up tide for best results.
There have also been a number of reasonable tailor readily taking WA pilchards and cut baits such as mullet strips. They are also responding to 20g-40g Halco Twisties.
Narrabeen Lake is always a great place to fish at this time of year.
Baitfish and prawns are still abundant so fish such as flathead and bream continue to feed here.
Luderick have also been on the chew over the past month, which is a bonus. Plenty of luderick up to a kilo are being landed from the Ocean Street Bridge and around the Pittwater Road bridge.
Again, the trick to is to berley heavily and use local fresh green weed, which we have at the shop. Remember to fish very light because luderick are timid.
Big bream have been landed at Pipeclay Point, around Jamieson Park area and from the sand flats at the back of Narrabeen Sharks Oval.
Most have responded well to fresh peeled Hawkesbury prawns and live worms and they are also taking soft plastics such as 3” pumpkinseed grubs or minnows.
There are still some good-sized jewfish around the Wakehurst Parkway barbecue area responding well to fresh squid strips and live herring or mullet.
For the flathead fishos, the end of Wimbledon Avenue and around Ocean Street bridge are holding good fish that are responding very well to whitebait, worms, smelt Gulp Minnows and 4” Gulp Shrimp in banana prawn.
There are also good numbers of garfish in the lake and they provide great sport on ultra-light tackle. Don’t forget to call and book for our fishing classes at the shop and on location in the lake and Narrabeen Beach.
Jamieson Park – flathead
Long Reef Close – snapper
Newport Reef – big kingfish
Live worms – salmon, bream
Whole local squid – kingfish, snapper
Striped tuna – snapper, tailor, bream