Just the night for a jewie
  |  First Published: February 2004

HIGH water temperatures have kept fish in a feeding mood.

The warm, balmy evenings we often experience in February are just super for a beach session, or to hit the reefs just on sunset in search of jewfish. From February 16 to 22 there are great evening high tides for a fish, as they coincide with those calm evenings. Get out there and enjoy!

There are mahi mahi on most of the fish trap floats past 40 metres. Don’t go past any flotsam without checking it out for these colourful fighters, which can greedily attack lures of all kinds and are suckers for a small live bait. Some good catches of long-finned sea perch, or pinkies as they are known, have come in from the deeper grounds such as Broken Bay Wide and the Terrigal fish traps.

Grant Woodroff scored a few take-home kingfish trolling lures across The Hole in the Wall at Avalon. His secret was to keep close to the washes. Judging by reports, most fish are very close in so there is no need to burn fuel to get to the wider marks.

The washes at Newport Reef and Barrenjoey are producing tailor and the odd salmon for the pilchard-tossers, while trolling chrome slices close in at Bluefish Point might get you attached to a kingfish. Snapper are there but a lot of berley is needed to coax them on to the hook. Places like Good Property, Jurassic Park and Long Reef Wide have produced fish. Further north, the Slaughterhouse and the Stilts have smaller reds to 2kg.

Mulloway of 8kg and 12kg were taken well after midnight at Dee Why Beach. They fell to large squid pinned on a 10/0 hook. The unnamed angler also landed a 2kg flathead as well as three good tailor.

Sand whiting are biting as the sun sets over the hills. Try tube worms if old faithfuls like beach worms and bloodworms fail to produce the goods. Reg Vecusio and Serge Lamonte scored a feed of bream from the rocks at Curl Curl, while Bayview Golf Club barman James Press had a great session on the drummer off the rocks at North Avalon. Those lime-green racers, frigate mackerel, have been seen right up Pittwater. One report was of fish at McCarrs Creek Reserve, herding bait into the shallows then getting stuck into them.

There are still plenty of small, throwback mulloway in the Hawkesbury River but the good news is that these fish are now mixed with larger fish. A 4kg fish wolfed down a strip of slimy mackerel at Kangaroo Point and unconfirmed reports came over the internet of two fish taken at the mouth of Mooney Mooney Creek.

Crabs will crawl into witch’s-hat nets if the bait is fresh and juicy. Blue swimmers have been taken at Bar Point, Mullet Creek and near Cherio Point.

The best time to fish Narrabeen Lake is early morning, when there is no wind and just a smattering of rowers exercising. Flathead are always keen to have breakfast at Deep Creek, Pipe Clay Point, Jamison Park and near the cricket practice area. Deep diving lures and soft plastics work well here.

For larger fish, set a live poddy mullet at places like close to the War Vets Home side of the lake or just off the Pittwater road bridge. Beware of big eels that also have a penchant for poddies! If you do lock horns with a big flathead, remember these monster lizards are all breeding females, so take a quick pic and then gently release to ensure that our kids can still find these fish when they grow up.

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