Woolooware Bay for the westerlies
  |  First Published: August 2014

Woolooware Bay and the run up the western shore of the Botany Bay have a lot of potential this time of year, as these vast areas are protected from the westerly wind influence which is predominant. The area produces excellent catches of flathead, bream and whiting in that order.

The main time to fish for bream is on the big tides, as this sees them coming off the oyster leases as the water recedes, and fishos will do quite well in the immediate surrounds.

Flathead can be taken by drifting anywhere in the bay depending on tide and wind. Small live poddy mullet are the premium bait or, if you’re using plastics, it’s hard to go past the Squidgies Grasshopper 70mm on a Nitro 1/8oz jighead with a 1/0 hook. You can fish the cannels at any time of day on either tide but acquaint yourself with the area at night as it is shallow and laced with old oyster lease poles.

If you’re chasing school mulloway, just off Pelican Point there are a number of deeper holes which can be exploited with fresh squid strips.

Botany Bay itself has been a little on the ordinary side, with trevally catches dominating the scene. Blurters (silver trevally) between 30cm and 40cm have been taken from all the recognised possies such as Molineaux Point, Bare Island, Watts Reef and the Kurnell oil wharf. The best method has been to anchor and fish with lightly weighted rigs. Berley of mashed pilchards and bread has been essential to keep them around the boat. Incidentally they are not bad on the tooth if smoked, cooked fresh or served as sashimi.

Flathead are still around in good numbers, with the drop-off in front of the runways the dynamite possie. They can also be taken on the drift in front of St George Hospital between Rams Gate and Brighton Le Sands and the container wall and Bare Island during the outgoing tide.

As predicted, the big whiting have moved in the upper reaches of the Georges River with fish to 45cm not uncommon. At the time of writing, Peter Barrett and myself bagged 24 excellent elbow-slappers using live blood worms at the moons just above the Lugarno Seafood Restaurant. Other areas worth a try include Connells Point cockle beds, Gunyah Point, the entrance to the Woronora River and, if land based, the end of Forest Road at the Lugarno. Stick to the top or bottom of the tides, with night time best. Drop down to 2kg fluorocarbon leader and live squirt or blood worms.

Luderick catches are slightly down on previous years and weed is at a premium. The Captain Cook and Tom Uglys bridges have provided luderick to 40cm on paternoster rigs dangled close to the pylons on the bottom of the tide. Fish Woolooware Bay and the moons during August as they are the premiums possies for this time of year.

For all your fishing needs, as well as the latest info on what’s biting, drop into Gabe’s Boating and Fishing at Narellan (4/1A Somerset Ave), or Silvania (268/264-276 Princes Hwy). You can also call them on (02) 4647 8755 or (02) 9522 5100 respectively, or visit the website at www.gbaf.com.au.

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