Part of this month’s column is going to be about the various reports I’ve had emailed to me of other anglers who have been getting amongst a few fish. I’ll also give you tips on how to catch fish yourself this month.
Chris Wilson wrote into me and said that he has taken an interest in what’s happening around and along the George’s River, and sent a photo of one of his latest captures. Chris was fishing not far from Lansvale in the George River with soft plastics and managed to catch his first ever mulloway on a 130mm gold and black Squidgy. The fish measured in at 67cm and was released to fight another day.
John Lawler was a student at one of my fishing classes that I hold at Windybanks Bait and Tackle, and he reported that he caught his first ever fish on a soft plastic. It was a 30cm flathead. Since then he has now caught a caught a 45cm dusky flathead on a lure, plus another one of the same size on chicken breast while at the same time lure fishing.
Alan Thompson from Green Valley was another one of the attendees at my fishing class at Windybanks who had never caught a fish on a blade, let alone a mulloway of around 6.5kg. Alan was away on holidays at Foster and was working a Strike Pro blade for bream up the back of the river and snared a mulloway. It fed him, his family and a couple of neighbours at the caravan park they were staying at.
Terry Grima managed to catch a 13kg mulloway while fishing out of his kayak in Botany Bay during the day. He was working one of the many drop-offs near the end of the third runway with a blade on 4lb gear. Now who would use 4lb gear to target jewfish? Terry, that’s who. He’s extremely good at it. Terry fished bream comps on the Hawkesbury and Parramatta rivers with me last year and managed to catch a mulloway on each trip.
Most anglers think that the best time to target mulloway is during the night time. However, I catch the bulk of my mulloway during the daylight hours, especially if the water is muddy or there is an overcast sky or in times of heavy rain and discoloured run-off.
Mulloway are a very versatile species that can be found in an incredibly wide range of areas. I have caught them off the rocks, from the beach, on close offshore reefs and gravel patches, tidal and non-tidal coastal rivers, creeks and streams, brackish lakes and bays, harbours, inlets and lagoons throughout Australia.
During the month of August if you were thinking about chasing a jewfish or two you could try fishing a bridge pylon from a boat. I suggest you anchor upstream from the pylon and run your baits back to the tidal bulge which forms upcurrent from the pylon. Whether you weight your bait, or allow it to swim unweighted in the tide as you run it back to the bridge, is a matter of judgement. Mulloway will sometimes crash a baitfish right on the surface, at other times this simply won’t happen.
If you are able to fish from the bridge itself, chances are you may be successful. However, bridges pose many hazards for the mulloway angler, and fish are easily lost around the pylons.
The month of August will see good runs of bream and whiting over the flats at Towra and off the end of the airport runways. Blood worms and nippers are my preferred baits for them nowadays. As a kid I used to cut up Kraft Cheddar Cheese into 2cm cubes and soak them overnight in tuna oil. The next morning I would walk out onto the old baths at Ramsgate and catch a feed of bream.
Since those early days I have tried many different specially prepared types of bait. Even though you may know a few of your own I’m going to give you my top four recipes: chicken soaked in parmesan cheese; squid soaked in garlic and chicken pellets plus peeled prawns in garlic, parmesan cheese and chicken pellets; and my special sausage pudding mix. This last one isn’t hard to make. All you need to do is mix 1kg of sausage mince, one tin of sardines and one tin of cat food together. Then apply plenty of flour to the ball of ingredients and roll until the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands. Divide in four equal portions and either use straight away or freeze for a later date.
The Port Hacking has been fishing very well of late for whiting, bream, luderick and leatherjackets. Peter Roly fished the run-out tide off Maianbar for around two hours and managed three bream, five sand whiting and a 52cm flathead. All were caught on pink nippers.
The Fisheries and Jibbon Point have been producing luderick on the run-out tide on green weed and cabbage. Make sure that you berley. The Deer Park shoreline is still producing plenty of leatherjackets. Just remember to use small hooks and small pieces of either chopped up prawns or squid.
From North Cronulla Beach to Green Hills a number of anglers have been getting amongst the salmon and tailor using either whole garfish or pilchards. Early morning or late afternoons seem to be working the best.
Klaus Weiss and a few of his fishing buddies have been scoring a number of luderick off the rocks in the Royal National Park.Reads: 1988