Encouraging signs in the Bay
  |  First Published: May 2003

The chill in the early morning as we head seawards across the bay is an early sign that summer is now just a memory.

Trevally should only improve, judging by the catches we experienced through Summer and early Autumn – which has been a little strange because trevally are normally a colder water species in Botany Bay. In a ‘normal’ year we catch only the odd fish through Summer.

I am becoming excited about developments in the Bay. The proliferation of trevally could be the first sign that things are improving slowly after netting stopped around a year ago. Most of the flathead that we retain for a feed – fish between 40cm and 50cm – are all full of roe, so it seems that the flathead are breeding well this year. I don’t recall seeing so many small flathead full of roe and this may also be a sign that things are changing for the Bay.

Spots that should produce trevally over the next month are Bare Island, Watts Reef and the container wall. You also should find trevally holding up. around the drums in the middle of the bay and Yarra Bay over towards the sailing club. The rock wall in front of the club is a great land-based spot. Early mornings around most of these spots, with a good berley trail going, should produce trevally and the odd bream and small snapper.

Peak times to fish for trevally are just after sunrise and two hours either side of the high tide. This means that to optimise catches you should start fishing at 6am with high water at 8am and then fish the turn until 10am, allowing you to fish two or three spots during this time. Nippers or peeled prawns should be the pick of the baits.

Kings a chance

Kingfish are still a great chance as long as the water remains around 20°. Use squid or small live yellowtail as bait and always keep a live bait under your boat if you are fishing the spots I have listed above. You may well be surprised because I have caught kingies into July over the past few years.

The Mercury Fishing Show and 4WD Show has come and gone and I think its about time the organisers went for a bit of a change. Many people that I spoke with at the show said they would like to see more instructional demos and have all the major tackle companies showing all their latest and greatest products. Gary Brown’s demos on bait rigging seemed to always pull a crowd, as did the casting and guest speakers , but we need more of these types of demos to give the next show a little kick to spark things up. Gary and I will continue to run demos at the show but I just hope more exhibitors become involved in hands-on stuff to make it a truly spectacular event.

If you’d like to catch more fish in and around Sydney, why not join the fishing school at Hunts Marine and become one of the 10% who catch 90% of the fish. Learn to live-bait for kings , catch flathead on soft plastics, find out when and how to use berley to attract fish and know the right lures for trolling and plenty more. Just give me a call on 0418 169 439.



With late Summer silver trevally like this around, Winter is looking good in Botany Bay.


Kings just love soft plastics, as this Squidgy-guzzling specimen shows.

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