February can be one of the hottest fishing months of the year throughout Southern Sydney for bream, dusky flathead, whiting, snapper, mulloway, morwong, mahimahi, kingfish, Australian salmon, tailor, bonito, tuna and billfish. So, what are you waiting for? Even though you may be busy working, you still should be able to find the time to get out for a fish. With daylight saving still going in NSW, you could spend a couple of hours after work going for a fish off the beach or shore in the estuary, or maybe you could get the boat out for a while.
In Botany Bay, you will find trevally throughout the year, and during the month of February they tend to average around the kilo mark. Bream will be moving around the bay, and who could forget the amount of dusky flathead and whiting that would just love to suck in a live mullet, pink nipper or a blood and beach worm?
Early morning and late afternoon will see the tailor, Australian salmon and bonito on the chew in places like Bare Island, the Port Botany Wall, around the third runway, Henry Head and Sutherland Point.
Simon Coles from La Perouse fished off Bare Island for a number of bream to 500g, trevally to 1kg and a few tailor. All of them were caught on half pilchards on 1/0 Owner circle hooks. There have also been a few luderick caught on the eastern side of the island on cabbage.
Colin Peters and his son Jules walked the shoreline on Silver Beach at Kurnell and chucked out a variety of soft plastics for four dusky flathead to 55cm.
Chris Peters from Brighton called into the Rockdale Sports Fishing Tackle shop on the Princes Highway and picked up a few packets of the new Gulp Jigging Shrimp and then worked the beach from Dolls Point to the baths at Ramsgate for three bream, four whiting and two dusky flathead.
If you are after some great bait I recommend calling into Macs Bait Bar at Blakehurst. They stock quality frozen prawns, whole pilchards and garfish, whitebait and squid, as well as nippers. Sometimes they also have beach worms, but I would give them a call (02 9599 3075) to see if they have any in stock.
The Captain Cooks Bridge is a great place to try for a mulloway or two during the evening. The occasional kingfish has been caught off the floating pontoon on the north-western side of the bridge. It is also a good spot to try for bream, whiting and dusky flathead.
If you are after a few whiting, bream, flounder and dusky flathead you could try either side of the river at Lugarno where you can park close to the shore and cast into some deep water. Pink nippers, blood worms and fresh or salted slimy mackerel are the best baits here. You could also try blood worms and strips of skirt steak or chicken breast.
Offshore out of Botany Bay the FADs have been producing mahimahi and the odd billfish and tuna. Try using Bumpa-Bar metals or shirted lures. The last time I was out there I managed to get a few mahimahi on strips of sweep. Yes, sweep!
If you are after trevally, morwong, snapper, leatherjackets and a pigfish or two you could try drifting with paternoster rigs off the back of Wedding Cake Island in around 30-50m of water. Sand and tiger flathead can be caught while drifting the sandy patches in the area. The best baits have been slimy mackerel, pilchards and squid.
Further south in Bate Bay you could try anchoring up at the Merries reef or the Osbourne Shoals for trevally, morwong, leatherjackets, sweep and some extremely large slimy mackerel.
Jibbon Bombora has been producing plenty of kingfish for those who have been anchoring and live baiting with yellowtail and squid, and also for those anglers who have been trolling small skirted lures or metals.
Inside the Port Hacking River a few whiting and bream have been caught off Jibbon Beach on beach worms. The rocks at Oak Park on the opposite side of the river are worth a shot for bream, trevally and drummer on the rising tide. Bread, peeled prawns and pink nippers have been the stand-out baits.
If you are after your own pink nippers you can go over to Maianbar and pump your own, but remember that you are only allowed to have 100 per person. Also, remember that you are not allowed to pump nippers in Gunnamatta Bay.
On another note, if you are looking for somewhere to take the kids for that afternoon fish after school you should try fishing the flats at Maianbar on the falling tide. Not only can you pump your nippers you can also fish the deep holes that are found in the channel.
Gunnamatta, Lilly Pilly and Gymea Bay baths are worth a shot for bream, whiting, dusky flathead and yellowtail. Remember it’s best to have a berley trail going to bring the fish to you. It’s also worth putting out a live bait to have a shot at a kingfish, bonito or Australian salmon.
|Another place that you could take the kids for a fish is Audley Weir in the Royal National Park. Here you will be able to park (for a fee) and cast a line or two from the shore. I have caught bream, whiting, bass, flathead, salmon and||tailor here. There are toilets and picnic tables nearby, so it’s a great spot for families.|