One of my favourite types of fishing (I have many) is chasing bream, whiting, salmon and tailor off the beach. After finishing up at my TAFE job I have some extra time on my hands and have been getting amongst a number of fish species. The main two baits that I have been using for the bream and whiting have been beach worms and pink nippers. For the salmon and tailor it has been whole WA pilchards and whole sea garfish.
The rigs that I have been using for the bream and whiting are a ball sinker down onto a swivel with about a metre of leader. For the salmon and tailor I have been sticking to a set of ganged hooks with a ball sinker to suit the conditions running directly down onto the top of the bait.
Both early morning and late afternoon trips have been my choice of times because there aren’t as many other anglers out and about at those times, and the sun is much lower in the sky. There have been a couple of days where the conditions have been very overcast and I have ventured down during the middle of the day.
Beaches that I have had success at are as follows: Wanda through to Green Hills, the southern and northern end of Garie Beach in the Royal National Park, Stanwell Park Beach, the northern end of Maroubra Beach and the southern end of Coogee Beach.
I have found that the hour or so before high tide and a couple of hours after high tide have been producing the best results. If I am going to use beach worms for bait I will go down about three to four hours before high tide and catch my bait. The reason it’s this long is that I am not the best beach wormer, but I do manage to get enough for a session. If the tide is not right to get my own I just ring up Mac’s Bait at Blakehurst or Gabes at Sylvania and see if they have any.
I have had a couple of reports come in from Gavin Stevens from La Perouse who has been getting a number of sand whiting on blood worms while fishing off the beach and small rock wall at Fishermans Beach in Botany Bay. He has also caught two dusky flathead to 63cm on Gulp Shads while waiting for the whiting to bite.
Scotty Lyons reports that there have been a number of good catches of sand flathead coming in off the old hospital from the 45-55m mark. The best baits have been half pilchards, slimy mackerel and yellowtail fillets.
Scotty has also reported that if you anchor in close to the shore just north of Botany Bay and lay out a berley trail you will be able to berley up a few silver trevally and tarwhine. It is best to fish with a running sinker that goes down onto the top of the bait.
Squid, snapper, kingfish and bonito can be caught while working the washes off the Balconies in the Royal National Park.
Botany Bay over the past few weeks has been a bit hit-and-miss for bream, flathead and mulloway. Try fishing the run-out tide at places like the Oil Wharf, Mono Point, Towra Wide and at the end of the third runway.
The break wall at the entrance to the Cooks River has been producing silver trevally, but you will need to berley. Sutherland Pint at Kurnell has also been a place to target silver trevally from a boat. For those of you who fish from the shore I recommend trying the groynes at Silver Beach or along Brighton. The best time has been during the top of the tide.
The Georges and Woronora Rivers have started to produce flathead, whiting, bream and flounder. The best baits have been nipper, blood worms and strips of mullet. You could also try using soft plastics around the base of any one of the bridges on both rivers.
Now don’t forget that 3 November, 2014 will see new bag limits come into play in both the saltwater and freshwater of NSW. A total of 16 changes to the recreational fishing rules will apply. If you are not quite sure what the changes are, go to the NSW Fisheries site and check it out at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational.Reads: 1572