Action aplenty
  |  First Published: December 2002

I think we are in for plenty of action over the Summer months and heaps of variety to keep most anglers happy.

Here’s what I would hope to be a typical day’s fishing.

It’s a 6am start with a good run-in tide so we’ll try fishing for bream around Botany Bay, Any where from the Sticks all the way back to Brighton and into the mouth of the Georges River should be worth a try. Providing you have plenty of run in the water, you should find bream and the odd trevally and whiting. The run-out tide is also worth a try.

For tackle, I find the Taipan Spin from Shimano, around two metres long, to be ideal for most fish you will encounter in southern estuaries . Use 4kg to 6kg Schneider line and a 3500 Shimano Baitrunner. The rig for bream is a ball sinker around size 5 , a trace of about 1.2 metres and small swivel. The hook is a No 1 Mustad 9555B.and the bait live nippers or bloodworms.

After a good two hours fishing for bream I like to head off and look for a little surface action, which you should find anywhere from the Third Runway all the way to the heads and beyond – it’s just a matter of finding the fish working bait schools and the birds overhead.

Try trolling small minnows or casting small slugs or soft plastics. Small white Slider Grubs are ideal for bream spinning should be great on fussy salmon . Try motoring ahead of the school and drifting back towards the fish so you do spook them and put them down.

Flathead drift

`After two or three hours of chasing schools of salmon, tailor or bonito, I like stopping at one of the many sandy patches around the bay for a spot of flathead spinning to finish the day.

I like drifting and spinning with soft plastic lures around any of the sandy beaches throughout the bay – it just depends on the way the wind is blowing. If it’s blowing from the south, try Towra; if from the west, try Ramsgate and all the way to the mouth of the Cooks River. If the north-easter is blowing, try Woolooware Bay or the bottom end of Yarra Bay,

As with all our plan on any given day, we move around to find the fish. On very windy days, a good sea anchor will prove worth its weight in gold, The sea anchors from Parasail are one of the best on the market and I strongly recommend them .

This should provide you with some sort of plan to follow next time you head into Botany Bay. Always remember, if the fish are a little slow, move around and try different methods to locate fish and I think you will be surprised at the results.

If you would like to learn more about all the tricks of fishing Botany Bay or anywhere else up and down the coast, join the fishing school at Hunts Marine at Blakehurst , Class are held once a month, followed by a full day out on Botany Bay fishing with Gary Brown and me, Book early by phoning me on 0418 169 439 or drop into Hunts Marine and have a look at the photo board.

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