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Changing tactics for June
  |  First Published: June 2014



For many anglers this is not exactly a favourite time of year. On the other hand, there are plenty, myself included, who look forward to changing tactics, chasing a few different species and enjoying our waterways without the crowds.

Having said that, in some places around the central coast it can actually get a bit crowded and I’m mainly talking about the blackfish hot spots. As I mentioned last month, The Entrance is one of our main areas where these fish can be caught in reasonable quantities from the shore and from a boat.

Brisbane Waters doesn’t really have an equivalent, rather the hot spots are more spread around through Woy Woy, Davistown, Empire Bay and up at the Gosford end in Narara and Erina creeks. The Tuggerah system also has a lot more green weed present around the foreshores, so even if you fish Brisbane Waters it can be worth spending an hour or two gathering some Tuggerah weed to then use closer to home.

Some nice bream and flathead have been caught in both waterways in recent weeks and, providing the weather remains stable, these fish should still be easy enough to catch this month. Some bigger tailor and a few mulloway have also been poking around, and the tailor at least should be with us in the calm water right through the colder months. Apart from the tailor, just remember to use the very best baits or slow your lures right down as the water continues to cool.

Many of us really enjoy the influx of salmon during winter as well. It’s clear that some people would rather not see them turn up in big numbers, but if you’re into light line lure casting it’s hard to find a better inshore species to chase during the cooler months. No bream or flathead is going to get the drag squealing as much as a big sambo, and if you strike them on a good day it’s possible to hook into one after another.

Beaches such as Birdie, Budgewoi, North Entrance and Wamberal, along with others along the central coast can all be real salmon hot spots, as the gutters turn black with big mobs of them. This may not happen for a while yet, as they peak more towards the end of winter, but for now there will definitely be a few along the beaches and rocks, plus some that enter our estuaries.

Plenty of bream and tailor should also still be available on our beaches this month. Whiting, dart and flathead should be thinning out, but if you’re prepared to fish at night this can still be a good month for jewfish too.

ROCKS

Rock fishing is normally very reliable in June and those salmon will probably be one of the main species you’ll hook if casting whole pillies on ganged hooks or spinning with chrome or white lures. Early and late in the day tailor should be active around the washy points and broken reef, along with bream, blackfish and drummer. If the water hasn’t turned too cold and there’s bait around then some kingfish, bonito and frigate mackerel could also still be possible.

OFFSHORE

Anglers visiting the central coast with intentions of heading offshore should be aware that the boat ramp at Norah Head is off limits for the rest of the year. While this may sound bad, the good news is that the launching facilities here are being given a major makeover, with brand new ramps and a rock wall. As work there progresses I will provide some updates.

In the meantime, launch from Terrigal, Broken Bay or Swansea. Close inshore this month there should be a range of species from trevally and bream to snapper and tailor. Further out wide it will be largely about snapper and kingfish. June is still a good month for offshore fishing, but sometimes those westerly winds will kick in, making it hard to head very far out.

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