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Cooler water, bigger fish
  |  First Published: May 2014



Bay

It’s still worth throwing the pots out for blue swimmers but they are thinning out a bit so you may pull up a few empty pots before your efforts are rewarded.

There are a few bream around the oyster leases but you’ve got to be quick to pull them out. Very lightly weighted or unweighted soft plastics around 2-3” long should work.

Spots worth hitting for mulloway are the wreck, Karuah River Bridge and the mouth of the Karuah. Live or fresh squid will out-fish all other baits.

For the land based angler the co-op break wall is worth fishing for bream and kingfish, and a few luderick should be beginning to turn up. It is usually a pretty reliable bream spot and some very big bream are caught here on unweighted prawn baits.

Offshore

It’s still worth floating a live bait out for a longtail tuna, and Tomaree Head and the Gibber are worth trying.

There are some nice drummer coming from the washes, and a peeled prawn unweighted should pick you up some good bream as well. Use a berley of bread mixed in with water to bring them on the bite. Always keep the motor running when attempting this style of fishing because things can go wrong very quickly.

There are plenty of bonito around with Cod Rock and The Sisters being the pick of the spots. The vee and 21 reefs are worth a look if you’re after teraglin.

As the water starts to cool off most of our tropical species will leave, but the tail end of the season usually produces the bigger fish. Larger mahi mahi have more of a tolerance to cooler water so it can still pay to fish the FAD and fish trap buoys at this time of year.

Boondelbah (Big) Island is holding some nice bream on the northern side and some kingfish, tailor and bonito on the eastern side. Some good snapper are also taken on the reefy patches around the island after dark. A steady berley trail and unweighted slimy strips work really well.

Peter Baskerville caught a big 1.6m cobia with an estimated weight of 30kg on exceptionally light 20lb snapper gear and a 5” soft plastic.

Out off Fingal in close there are still plenty of kings, from tiny rats to big unstoppables. Live slimies and small live yakkas are producing the bigger fish. Slow trolling or just fishing them on the drift are both good options.

Beaches

The whiting are starting to thin out on the beaches now but you should still pick up a few bream, flathead and the odd mulloway. Jimmys Beach is worth fishing for flathead and bream.

Off Hawks Nest Beach there are a few mulloway being caught in the deeper holes. Quite a few are being caught on beach worms and tiny whiting hooks, but the size is down a bit. Boxed squid from the bay of California is available from most tackle shops and can produce some nice mulloway at times.

Off Stockton Beach there are plenty of sharks around stealing fish and rigs off the mulloway anglers, and tailor are around in good numbers.

I look forward to seeing you on the water, and if you have any questions or reports please send me an email at --e-mail address hidden-- .

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