Hot action in the lower reaches
  |  First Published: July 2007

The bottom section of the Hawkesbury has been fishing really well with good numbers of bream and flathead being caught on soft plastics and small divers, mostly around the oyster leases and rocky shores.

Some good estuary perch have been caught up around Wisemans Ferry and Lower Portland on soft plastics, flies and surface lures.

There has also been the odd kingfish hanging around the Cottage Point and Apple Tree Bay areas. Soft plastics, stickbaits and poppers have been working – keep your eyes open for any surface action and cast your lure as close as possible to the feeding fish. There have also been a few salmon swimming with the kingfish.

In Sydney Harbour most of the action has been well upstream around the markers and boat moorings.

The bulk of the kingfish have been caught on live baits or slow-trolled garfish. Soft plastics worked deep have also been producing kings and salmon.

I have been casting a few poppers early of a morning around the markers and drawing a few fish to the surface but you only get one shot at them; they have not been coming back for a second strike.

Middle Harbour has been producing kings, bonito and the odd salmon on lures trolled around the moorings and steep drop-offs, with occasional bust-ups on the surface. The guys downrigging and live-baiting with squid have been getting a good number of kingfish and bonito around The Spit, Pickerings and Sugar Loaf.

Bream anglers have been tangling with good fish up to 40cm on soft plastics around the boat moorings in Middle Harbour and some of the deeper reefs of the Harbour. Hard lures have been working well when cast around the shore near structure and drop-offs.


This is the time when the estuary perch move downstream to breed. Late last month or early July, the first of the fish arrive down stream around Juno Point, The Vines, and Wobbly Shores.

The guys fishing for bream usually are the first to find where these fish are schooling because their small soft plastics worked deep are the best way to target these wonderful fish. Make sure that you release them because these perch are spawning.

Bass are also on the move but are a little different from the EPs in their movements. I have found that most of the EPs move down together; one week you will be catching them up-river around the Colo and then the next week there’ll be nothing there and within a few weeks you will hear reports of perch being caught at Bare Point and Juno.

I find bass seem to travel downstream over a period of time. I have found fish still in roe in September and you will catch bass up-river from Windsor to Wisemans Ferry right through the Winter.

The bass fishing is harder at this time of year because the cold water slows down their feeding habits but when you do hook one, it is usually a fish over 30cm. Most of the bigger bass are caught this time of the year because they come out of their Summer homes and travel downstream to spawn.

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