As predicted last month, plenty of blue swimmers have been taken, with many anglers catching bag limits of these delicious crustaceans. The contours of weed patches in approximately 3m of water have been ideal and the outgoing tide is the best option.
We have found that at first light the crabs have been more cooperative, averaging two per witches hat, but as soon the water temperature rises they quickly go off the boil. Just outside the boat moorings on Towra Beach and the logs to the patchy areas west of Quibray Bay have been the pick of the places. Also give Sandringham Bay a try, as this location has been quite the achiever.
While you are waiting to pull your pots in the boat, give the flatties a go. Two areas have produced stacks of duskies during the past two weeks with excellent specimens taken. The bell buoy area at Kurnell has been the number one drift in the bay. The trick is to stick with deeper waters. As soon as you move into shallower territory, you will be pestered by small cockney bream. For the readers that don’t know the bell buoy, it is the last floating structure moored off Kurnell and is a distinctive red colour, and has the added sound of bells when there is a bit of swell running.
The other area I would suggest is between the goal posts approximately 300m northwest of the Kurnell Oil Wharf, easily recognised by the narrow distance between them. Flathead, flounder, whiting and bream can all be taken with the added bonus of sand octopus.
The Georges River has been fishing super with plenty of good-sized prawns scooped. This year has been an exceptional one with the dark period providing bucket loads. Areas such as Lake Gilla, Warna Beach, Coolum Beach, the beach stretch between Alfords Point Bridge and Mickeys Point and inside Carss Park are all providing the spoils.
One favourite spot of mine is Bald Face Point, where you can get away from the crowds and catch good fish. This location held the record for the biggest bream caught on rod and line for many years at 7lb, 12oz by Kevin Negus, but this has been surpassed. In this location, the main current of the river swings right into the shore and there are a variety of fish available. It’s also sharky, so keep out of the water. The tide rushes through so restrict fishing to the last of the run-out tide and the first of the run up.
Big whiting, school mulloway and flathead can be taken here. The preferred baits are bloodworms or nippers. This possie can be fished either from the land or by boat. If on foot, it is reached by driving to the end of Stuart Street off the intersection of King George Road and the Princess Highway at Blakehurst. This road leads to a small reserve and it is an easy walk to the water.
Directly opposite Bald Face is the ‘Dark Hole’ or the ‘Ace of Clubs’ – strictly a boat possie – and a terrific spot in a southerly blow.
Other recent catches include decent school mulloway from the newly renovated ‘T Wharf’ on Rabaul Street at Georges Hall. I have had the privilege of witnessing fish to 6kg taken on live yellowtail from here. It’s easily accessible to foot traffic and showing great promise.
The Milperra Bridge to the M5 Freeway continues to provide excellent catches of bream and whiting at night, with some elbow-slappers boated in excess of 45cm. The run-up tide seems to be best and bloodworms are the dynamite bait. The trick is to cast close to the mangroves and let the bait drift close to the shoreline. Another hotspot has been Botany Bay.
Good reports of bream catches have been filtering through from the Le Combe cockle beds with fish around the 40cm mark common. This is a large area of mussel beds about 600m west of the old runway and around three quarters of the way along it. I found that the best method is to move around until you find the fish. Often big bream and mulloway are taken here on cockle bait in slack water. My best mulloway of 10.7kg came out of this area.
Both runways continue to fire for trumpeter whiting, flathead and flounder. The best method has been to drift with a big sinker and short leader and bounce the bait on the bottom. Brighton Wide hasn’t been too bad with the usual array of fish taken. Fish the rising tide and line up President Towers with the old runway.
Other areas that have been providing good catches include the artificial reefs in Congwong Bay and the Drums. The artificial reefs that run from Kurnell to Kyeemagh are often neglected and are the medium of top catches. This area was dredged for the Desalination Plant at Kurnell and covers a vast area.
The reef in front of the no wash zone around the New Brighton Golf Course has also been firing. Good mulloway to 6kg have been landed on Squidgies in gary glitter, killer tomato and white lighting. It is imperative to fish at first light before the boat traffic ruins your day.
Webster Creek is another location that is well worth trying. This small rivulet is adjacent to Deepwater Motor Boat Club, and it has been fishing superbly for big bream using live nippers. The high tide mark is the best option here.
Moving downstream, I’m told that Como Bridge hasn’t been great owing to the amount of boat traffic, including rowers who frequent this stretch of the river. You’re better off leaving this for night time fishing during the week on the low tide.
Towra continues to deliver the goods and is hard to go past without throwing a line. Towra Point around 100m north of the beach is a well-patronised area with plenty of weed and sand corridors and a vastly undulated stretch of water. As long as the tide runs you’re in with a big chance to catch anything.
Towra Deep and Towra Wide in the middle of the river behind the red channel marker have also been fishing well for most species. See the chimneys of the oil refinery at Kurnell and the bottom drop to 58m and you’re on it. I’m told by very reliable information that the wide reefs have not been fishing well, so it may pay to overlook the 12-Mile, South Eastern, Hargreaves and the Peak. Stick closer to shore where good size morwong and snapper have been taken.
Coogee Island or the Wedding Cake has kings, trevally and pan-size snapper. You must berley well, and it’s best off the northern end. The Trag Ground, straight off Cuzcos Street Maroubra is a very hard reef and, as the name implies, produces teraglin at night. It’s only 25m deep and a fairly safe possie.
I’m told Saxon, on the northern end of Maroubra Beach, has been red-hot on the edge of the reef and productive for reds, trags and tailor. Another spot that is well worth trying is the Tank mark off Maroubra. This stretch is often bypassed by fishers heading for the game grounds wider out. For the small boat brigade, there’s rich pickings. The Tank is a hard reef and is big mulloway and snapper territory. The current runs hard there, and the depth ranges from 50-75m. I use as marks the first oil tank at the Kurnell refinery sitting in the valley at Cape Banks, with the western mark being the Maroubra Church steeple over the stormwater outlet at the northern end of Maroubra Beach (S 33 57 610 – E 151 17 780). The ever-reliable bluespot flathead are still on the chew on the 40m mark between Botany Heads.
On the freshwater scene, the Nepean has been fishing really well in recent weeks, with plenty of bags taken on surface lures. Land-based, the foot bridge at Elderslie, Menangle Weir and the Maulden cement works have been the pick of the spots. Boaties have been doing well at Douglas Park, the Grove Bridge, Cobbity Weir and Theresa Park. Soft Shell Tiemco Cicadas in brown or black have been working a treat, and spinnerbaits have also been catching their share. The WingecarribeeRiver just below Berrima has redfin and big carp aplenty for anglers using live worms.Reads: 560