Time to try the rivers
  |  First Published: October 2006

This month anglers will find increased fish activity on the Georges and Woronora rivers.

On the Woronora you can expect to catch bream, flathead, whiting, luderick, mulloway, mullet, garfish, flounder, bass and even the odd estuary perch. The Woronora mouth is just upstream of the Como Bridge at a series of shallow but very productive sand flats.

If you wish to anchor, position the boat so it is just on the edge of the sandbank. Lay out a small but continuous berley trail and use a leader of 1m to 2m with a sinker just enough to allow the bait to drift slowly on the tide. Try bloodworms, nippers, half-pilchards, mullet fillets or peeled Hawkesbury prawns for bream, flathead, whiting and flounder.

Farther upstream you will come to the double-lane boat ramp at the back of Bonnet Bay. You can fish from the shore there for luderick, bream, flathead and mullet. Best time is later in the day when most of the boats have gone home and the tide is about a couple of hours from high. Use mullet or chicken gut, strips of mullet or striped tuna, bloodworms and nippers. For the luderick, use green weed.

 About a kilometre upstream is Prince Edward Park, where you can catch bream, flathead, mullet, garfish, tailor and sand whiting. Concentrate your efforts around either side of hide tide.

This stretch is also a great place to work soft plastics for bream and flathead from a boat. Mullet can also be caught on fresh bread on the western side of the pedestrian bridge.

There is still a little fishable shoreline but most of the river upstream is best fished from a boat unless you come in from the Lucas Heights or Engadine end of the river. During the Winter bass come down below the weir and when the weather and water warm up they make their way back upstream, as do the estuary perch. Flathead and bream become very dark in colour in the upper stretches of the Woronora.


The Georges River mouth is at the Captain Cook Bridge and this watercourse heads up past the weir at Liverpool. During the Summer the bridge is a great place to target mulloway, bream and flathead. For the mulloway concentrate your fishing time between 9pm and 4.30am, when the river is at its quietest. Best baits for mulloway are live squid, yellowtail, mullet and garfish but you could try whole mullet or strips, garfish, squid or whiting or luderick fillets. Other bridges to try include Tom Uglys, Como, Alfords Point, East Hills, Milperra and the M5.

Land-based anglers could try the Bald Face area. Although many anglers concentrate on the southern side, I have had my best results on the north-western side of the point on a run-up tide. This is also a very popular boat spot.

Further upstream, try drifting from Lugarno to the Georges River State Park for flathead, bream, mullet, flounder, sharks and mulloway. I like to work this section from the shore with small hardbodies and soft plastics for bream, flathead and the odd mulloway.

Kelso Beach, just upstream of the East Hills Bridge, is worth a shot on the rising tide for bream, flathead luderick, mullet and mulloway.

Chipping Norton is a great place to work hard lures and soft plastics for bream, flathead, bass and estuary perch. The whole stretch above Chipping Norton is a great place to fish with artificials.

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