Mornings or evenings good
  |  First Published: June 2007

A crisp June morning is a great time to be out on the water: Many spots are vacant, with those who often fish there still in bed, giving you the best chance to bag a few before the sun comes up.

Sport take up most of the weekends for many people in Winter, not leaving time to head out for a morning outing but fish still bite in the afternoon and this time of the year I have found afternoons quite good. The weather is just right to be out on the Bay until dark or even into the night.

Let deal with a few fish to look for over the next month if you are fishing the afternoon and into the night, starting at, say 3pm and fishing until 8pm with high water around 7pm.

First I would look for trevally because they can bite all day and on most tides. There are not to many days fishing Botany Bay when you don’t find a few trevally.

Deep water is the key and spots like the Drums, the Oil Wharf, Watts Reef, Bare Island and Trevally Alley are my pick but I have caught these fish all over the Bay.

Berley is needed and you must use light line and very little lead – just allow your bait to drift along with the berley trail. Trevally are great little fighters on light tackle and pretty good on the plate.

As the light fades I would try for a few tailor around the Oil Wharf, where they move in to feed on the bait schools that call this area home. The best method here is to berley with finely chopped pilchards and then cast out a whole pilchard on ganged 4200 Mustad 4/0s.

You can also fish here with a large bobby cork with the bait about 2m below. Float your rig towards the wharf.

Knowing that the tide is high at 7pm, I would then head for the shallow bream grounds. Bream will move into these areas to feed as the water rises over the flats. Most spots that I fish are only around 1m deep on the high tide so make sure that you don’t linger too long or you’ll be left high and dry.

Anchoring fore and aft work the best in the shallows to stop you drifting around and spooking the fish as they feed in the shallows.

Nippers, chook gut, blood worms, mullet strips and striped tuna will all work, just cast out and allow the bait to roll around on the bottom.

A handful of chicken pellets every now and again is all the berley you need. Don’t use too much, you just need to drag the feeding fish over to your bait and keep them keen. Remember to keep all noise to a limit because these fish will leave the flat at the slightest noise.

I have had plenty of nights chasing bream around the flats and have also caught some outstanding whiting at the same time. All seem better fish than you would catch in the day. This is great fishing so give it a try.

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