Slow troll pays dividends
  |  First Published: November 2013

Not that long ago I brought myself a small downrigger so I could spend more time trolling live squid and yellowtail, plus some hard-bodied lures.

After much consideration I decided to put it on the opposite side to where I sit, so that when I was trolling I would be able to keep an eye on the rod for when the lure or bait got slammed.

The first time I used it I was trolling the breakwall that runs from Yarra Bay and out to Molineaux Point.

It wasn’t long before my first fish, a salmon, struck the Rapala CD 9.

The next time you are out on Botany Bay you could try slowly trolling along this wall because since that day I have caught salmon, tailor, trevally and kingfish on the downrigger there.

I have also managed to lose a few lures to fish and to the bottom.

Other places that you could try a slow troll include around the markers at Bare Island, the end of the Third Runway, The Drums in the middle of the Bay, the shoreline of Kurnell Point and around Henry Head on the northern side of the bay.

As well as hardbodies and live bait, you could also try trolling soft plastics, on jig heads or on worm hooks with weights attached to the shank to keep them upright.

If you mainly fish in Port Hacking you could try trolling the horseshoe-shaped sand spit just off Lilli Pilli Baths, the entrance to Yowie Bay, and the main channel from the eastern side of the sand spit at Lilli Pilli to the entrance of Gunnamatta Bay.

Working the shoreline in South-West Arm is always worth a shot for tailor and salmon, too. And a very slow troll of around 1-2 knots along the deep edge of the southern side of South West Arm sometimes produces a mulloway.

Another place that I have had a lot of success trolling is the coastline from Sandshoes to Shark Island. You could also try trolling along the backs of the breakers from South Cronulla to Greenhills.

Just remember that when you venture across the line from the northern end of Salmon Haul Bay over to Jibbon Point that you are now in open waters and are required to have the correct safety gear aboard.


In November we will see bream and trevally start to school up of the rocky shoreline from the point at Sandshoe baths over to Shark Island. Most of the area is easy accessible, just park in one of the side streets and walk a couple of hundred metres to one of the many rock platforms, gutters and washes that can be found here.

If you are going to fish from the rocks here I suggest that you use a bobby cork rig or fish as light as possible over the snaggy ground. Berley with bread and chicken pellets and use peeled prawns or strips of tuna or mullet.

There is a new boat ramp at Kurnell that is worth a look. They have dredged out part of the small bay and put in a couple of pontoons. This small ramp will give you a quick and easy access to the great fishing the bay has on offer.

For land-based anglers, this same shoreline is worth a shot for bream, whiting, trevally and flathead, except when the north-easterly wind is blowing.

If you prefer to chuck around a few lures, Silver Beach at Kurnell is worth a go. Park near the boat ramp and walk the shoreline to the point at Kurnell.

Trevally, bream, flathead, whiting and flounder will start to show up along the beach front from Dolls Point to the wall at the entrance to the Cooks River.

There is plenty of parking along here and it is a great place to take the family.

The Georges and Woronora rivers should fire up for bream, whiting and flathead front for both lure and bait anglers.

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