Winter has arrived, and while it may require a little bit more effort to get out of bed on those cold mornings it’s going to be well worth it, with plenty of fish on offer this month.
Inside the port bream are on the go, and lure fishing with small plastics or hardbodies has by far been the most effective method to rack up numbers of them during the day. The best areas to hit are between Tea Gardens and Garden Island with any Rocky Point, island or oyster bar/leases that hold bream.
If you want to fish with bait, you’ll find success fishing at night, especially on the high tides. The pick of the spots is the torpedo tubes at Shoal Bay or along the Nelson Bay and Anchorage rock walls. Unweighted baits such as prawns or strips of mullet will work best, complement these with berley such as chicken pellets or bread mixed with tuna oil to greatly improve your catch.
Luderick have taken up residency in the lower end of the bay with the rock walls, Shoal Bay and Little Beach jetties all providing plenty of action that’s set to continue on for the next few months. While flathead have tapered off, if you work hard in the back half of the bay from Soldiers Point through to Karuah you should still be able to get a feed for a few more weeks yet, before the water gets too cold and shuts them right down.
Mulloway are frequenting the deeper water around Middle Island, as well as a few smaller soapies holding on the Corlette wreck.
The squid fishing has been good, with the weed beds at both Shoal Bay and Jimmys Beach holding squid. Get a few today by using a quality 2.5 size jigs. Natural colours work best in the clear water.
On the beaches there will be some quality tailor to be caught on first and last light with Fingal Spit, and Box and Samurai beaches your best bet to get stuck into them. If you’re after a few bream, try fishing at night at the end of the beaches where they meet the rocks with places like Boat Harbour, Kiddies Corner and Kingsley all great spots to catch them.
Off the rocks, drummer are starting to really turn it on, and the most popular stretch of coastline to find them is from Rocky Point through to Boulder Bay. Cunjevoi or large peeled prawns are the best bait you can use to target pigs, try to fish on the high tide and use as little weight as possible. The good thing about fishing this way from the rocks is you usually catch a mixed bag with juvenile snapper, bream as well as the odd groper by-catch. Tailor are another option for an early morning or late afternoon spin session from the rocks at One Mile, Fingal Head or Box Beach and don’t be surprised if you catch a couple of salmon while you’re at it.
Outside the Heads it’s snapper time and the season has started with a bang already with some excellent catches of fish up to 9kg coming from Seal Rocks on plastics.
Broughton Island also fishes well for reds, as do the bommies around Fingal and the closer islands. Both plastics and lightly weighted baits down a berley trail work a treat on low light periods. Out wide and the current has almost stopped, giving excellent conditions for fishing deep water, particularly for chasing kings around Almark Mountain with live baits and 3-400g jigs.Reads: 1135