Rewards from the rocks
  |  First Published: September 2006

Those who enjoy fishing off the rocks have plenty to chase this month, including bream, tailor, salmon, silver trevally, drummer, snapper and luderick.

All of these are available off the Kurnell Peninsula, La Perouse, the Royal National, Park, Maroubra, Bondi and the platform at Coalcliff. Just remember to always keep an eye on the ocean at all times, take care, fish with a friend and only when sea conditions are safe.

Three very good all-round baits for the rocks are peeled royal red prawns, blue pilchards and strips of striped tuna. Also remember to fish as light as the conditions will allow you to.

Off the beaches you will be able to target salmon and tailor early and later in the day. Whole pilchards and garfish on a set of three 4/0 ganged hooks would be the go.

Botany Bay will still have plenty of silver trevally in the deeper parts, bream around the drop-offs and flathead will start to show up in the shallows during the warmer parts of the day. You could also try tolling a few hard-bodied or skirted lures along the Port Botany breakwall and the Third Runway for tailor, salmon and bonito.

Port Hacking will be a bit harder at fish at this time of year but you could still pick up luderick, leatherjackets and squid. It would also be worth trying for mulloway in the Hacking, Georges and Woronora rivers.

At this time of year you will find that strips of luderick fillets or squid should do the trick for the mulloway. You don’t always have to use mullet or live yellowtail. Other strip baits you could try include those from legal whiting (27cm) and slimy mackerel.

This is also a great time to target mullet to eat or to freeze for bait. Use either a small float or a set of those sabiki-style bait jigs baited with fresh bread or sausage mince mixed with flour.


Shane Gurney from the Sutherland Shire was out on the Georges River in July flicking lures upstream of the Como Bridge in the hope of catching a few bream and flathead. He was on the water for about 30 minutes when something silver in the water caught his eye.

Much to his surprise, he found a mulloway floating on the surface with a 30cm luderick, still alive and kicking, stuck in its mouth and protruding out its gill cover. Shane lifted the jewie into the boat and rushed back to get the camera and to weigh the fish at Gabe’s Bait and Tackle at Gymea.

The scales at the tackle shop went to only 15kg but at a length of 1.3m, this fish obviously weighed a lot more. I applied the formula from Aldo Steffe at DPI Fisheries at Cronulla to estimate the weight from a fish’s length and it came out at 18.6kg!

The weight calculated from length is an average weight. Depending on its condition, an individual fish may weigh more or less then estimated weight using the equation. Fork length is used because the tips of fins maybe damaged and affect measurements.

Shane now has a fridge full of jewie steaks and story to tell for years to come. If you have a story to tell, email it to me with the photos.



Weight equation for mulloway

Weight (in grams) = 0.011355 x length (in cm) 2.94





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