Quality fishing from river to reef
  |  First Published: August 2013

There’s been plenty of outside action at the moment thanks to good winter conditions and an abundance of bait holding on most outside reefs, both close and wide.

The pick of the outside reefs are the closer reefs, such as the Valiant, Boultons and Long reefs in close on the Wall. All these areas are holding mixed varieties of fish including good-sized snapper, kingfish, morwong, samsonfish and big trevally.

For some real action, the Wall is turning on some great catches of trevally, some up to 3-4kg in weight and providing a really tough fight on light to medium tackle. Most fish are being landed on prawn baits or small bottled squid. The trick is to anchor up and use plenty of tuna oil and pellets as berley.

Some big samsonfish are being landed on Boultons, Avalon and the Valiant reefs. These fish are all around the 1-3kg mark and are excellent fighting fish; they are very good to eat as well.

Snapper are also being landed but mainly on the outer reefs such as Esmeralda, Broken Bay wide and the October grounds. These reefs are all holding reds up to 3kg but patience is needed along with a good supply of WA pilchards for bait and berley.

The beaches are proving that even in winter, if fished properly, they will provide a good feed of quality fish, such as large surf bream, Australian salmon, tailor, dart and flathead. Several regulars are taking some excellent winter flathead from Bilgola, Whale, Narrabeen and Collaroy beaches.

Fish the run up tides and use local fresh whitebait, frogmouth pilchards or Hawkesbury prawns. The trick is not to cast too far out and fish as lightly as possible. The local fishos have been landing a few sand flathead over the past week that are well over the 2kg mark around Narrabeen North Surf Club. They also reported that a lot of good-sized bream are coming in as well, with a number of keen night fishos taking up to six big bream at a time.

I have weighed in two big mulloway over the past two weeks, both in excess of 10kg, one being landed at Newport Beach and the other a Palm Beach near the lighthouse. These fish were taken on whole local squid at night. This is well worth a try over the next month on the run up tides.

The lake is a bit slow at present but still plenty of fun for a day out, with schools of chopper tailor, the odd large flathead, some large flounder and plenty of long tom to be caught.

Try the upper reaches of the lake around Cromer or Jamieson parks for flathead and possibly some winter bream. The Deep Creek area up around the Narrabeen Sports Complex is a great place to have a fish for the odd flattie and bream as well, with soft plastics and fresh whitebait guaranteed to get you results.

The local kids are also catching a surprising number of large garfish on very light tackle and prawn baits from the Narrabeen Bridge and caravan park areas. Use breadcrumbs for berley and fish really lightly for these great little fighters.

There are also plenty of chopper tailor around the lake entrance and the Ocean Street Bridge. They are not big but are legal size and again, use light tackle for some great sport.

Our fishing classes are underway and proving really popular so contact us to secure your spot. Tight lines!

Hot Spots

Boultons Reef

Mona Vale Beach

The Wall (Long Reef)

Best Baits

WA pilchards – tailor, trevally, salmon

Fresh Hawkesbury prawns – bream

Bottled squid – trevally, juvenile snapper

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