Early starts for tailor
  |  First Published: May 2006

It’s a month for big tailor in Botany Bay and there have been some great greenbacks around.

I have seen only a few tailor of this size in the Bay in the past 10 years and to score two fish over 60cm in a week, mixed with plenty of other nice tailor, is quality fishing. Let’s hope we finally have a little consistency now the water is starting to cool because Summer proved and I found myself working extra hard each day to find fish and plenty of other regular anglers experienced the same.

Let’s look at the run into Winter and what should be on offer during a day on the Bay.

Aim for an early start is to look for tailor. Try around the hot water outlet which for years has been a top spot for tailor in the dark or at first light. Your best bet here is to anchor and berley with chopped pilchards and then fish floating baits in and around the outlet. I find two ganged 3/0 hooks with a fillet of pilchard works a treat.

If there’s no show at the hot water, move around to the Oil Wharf or out around The Drums, again berleying for best results.

After the sun is up I start to look for trevally, which relish the cooler waters of Winter. Deeper water like that around the Drums or Oil Wharf are two starting points but its hard to go past ‘Trevally Alley’, the Container Wall. This spot last Winter was hot and I found trevally in large number just about every time I fished it.

To find trevally just think deep water. Most of the shipping channel markers will hold plenty of trevally, it is just a matter of trying them.

This year I have also found that spinning for flathead with smaller plastics my clients have been bagging more trevally. This works really well around the markers in deep water in your burley trail, even when your bait is left alone.


Bream have now finished their spawning run so it’s time to anchor in the shallows at night in the Bay and Port Hacking and fish with nippers, chicken gut or peeled prawns. The action at times is mind-blowing as stud bream scream towards deeper water on light tackle.

Look for areas that have a mixture of weed and a sandy bottom and try and fish onto the sand. I find a good handful of chicken pellet berley helps. The water I like to fish is only around a metre at high tide so keep in mind that the bream move into these areas to feed on the rising tide after dark.

Most anglers think of flathead as a target in the warmer months but over the past few seasons I have scored well spinning along the shoreline off Brighton. The beach has a great drop-off and in the cooler months when the westerly winds scream across the Bay, this area has saved me on many a day.

I motor right up to the edge of the beach and then just let the wind do its job, providing me with the perfect drift. Work out to about 100 metres and then motor back to the beach and start again.

There is no need for the heavy weapons, I find the Shimano Taipan Extreme 6’6” rod with a Sahara 4000FB threadline and 6lb Schneider line is a light but strong outfit that will handle all the above species. For a more up-market outfit try a new Shimano Twin Power 2500FB reel on one of Ian Miller’s 6’8” Rack Raider rods with some of the new 3.6kg Beast Master braid. Remember the Rack Raider is a graphite rod you must handle with care. My money is on the Taipan, which will handle plenty and won’t break the bank.

For all the info on guided fishing trips, our fishing schools or even a trip to Weipa, visit www.fishingsydney.com.au or call me on 0418 169 439.

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