Squidding one of the many monthly attractions
  |  First Published: May 2015

There is one particular seafood type that I love to catch, and that is squid. It’s a great live or dead bait and fantastic to eat. I have found over the years that they can be a very easy to catch, while at the same time they can be one of the most frustrating things to catch. Regardless, they are a great species to target.

One of the dead giveaways as to whether a particular land-based spot has been producing squid or not is the black ink stains left behind. Sometimes it is worth the effort to drive around and visit a few of the places that you know have produced squid in the past to see if there are any telltale signs.

If you are after a few places to look for squid, you could try the following land-based spots: Bare Island, the bottom end of Yarra Bay, the Cooks River breakwall, the groynes off Brighton Le Sands, the Dolls Point wall, Captain Cook and Toms Uglys bridges, the Hole in the Wall at Sylvania, and the groyne off Silver Beach at Kurnell.

In Port Hacking, try Gymea Bay Baths, Lilli Pilli, Yowie Bay wharf, Wally’s wharf, the Gunnamatta Bay baths and Bundeena wharf, just to name a few.

Even though the water temperature has started to cool down a bit now, there will be bream, trevally, sand whiting, tailor, salmon, bonito, drummer and luderick on the chew. The rocks off La Perouse to Malabar will be producing bream, trevally, salmon, tailor, drummer and luderick on the falling tide. Remember to watch out for the swell and you will need to berley for best results. The main berley I use is a combination of bread and old pilchards. Just mush them up in a bucket and throw out a handful every 5 minutes.

The Kurnell Peninsula will also be producing bream, trevally, salmon and tailor on either half or whole pilchards. For the drummer and luderick, try using green weed, cabbage and cunje for bait. I have found the best berley is a combination of bread, chopped up weed, or cabbage and sand.

Botany Bay will be producing bream, trevally and the odd flathead at the end of the third runway, Mono Point, the Oil Wharf, Middle Grounds, wide off Towra Point, and the Sticks. I find that anchoring up, laying out a berley trail and either using a long leader and a 1/0 Owner circle hook with a small ball sinker above it does the trick. It is just a matter of working out which rig is working on the day.

Port Hacking will start to produce luderick on both the run-up and run-out tides from both the shore and boats. If you are fishing from the shore, try either Gunnamatta Bay Baths or Lilli Pilli Point. From the boat you could try the Ballast Heap or Grays Point. Fresh green weed is the best bait for up the river, and downstream you could also try using green cabbage.

Shark Island is worth a shot for drummer, luderick, trevally and bream from a boat. Remember to watch out for the sea though.

For those of you wanting to go offshore, try the reefs off South Kurnell, Voodoo, and the back of Shark Island, Jibbon Bombora, The Balconies, Marley Beach and Stanwell Park. You would be in with a chance with tarwhine, snapper, morwong, leatherjackets and silver trevally. A good idea is trolling a couple of plastic skirts on the way down and back for salmon, tailor, bonito and mac tuna.

Sand and tiger flathead will be schooling up from the 45-50m mark north and south of the entrance to Botany Bay and Port Hacking River. Drift using a paternoster rig with squid, mackerel and pilchards as bait.

Now as for the beaches. I would try Greenhills, Wanda and Cronulla in Bate Bay for whiting and bream during the day on beach and bloodworms. Pink nippers will also produce fish. In the Royal National Park, try Wattamolla, Marley and Garie Beach for salmon, tailor, dart, bream and whiting on a falling tide.

The Georges and Woronora rivers will be worth a shot for bream and the odd dusky flathead on tuna, mackerel, pilchards and chicken pieces. Luderick will also start to show up at The Moons and Alfords Point. Green weed is the best bait.

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