Cool starts again! It seems like Summer was just a blink but I’m glad it’s over as it was a tough one with some strange weather, poor or rather mixed fishing and most days I had to work for our fish.
We might have found fish for our customers most days but fishing was not a patch on the previous Summer. Kingfish seem to have ranged from studs one day to mere runts the next, with no consistency. But this year I found small slimy mackerel on the bait grounds and most of our bigger kings took a liking n to these little lollipops.
Bream still seem to be on the job most days and if you fish from The Sticks and anywhere back towards the mouth of the Bay you are in with a chance. They will continue this month before they taper off as the water temperature falls and Winter rolls in.
As long as the water temperature remains warm the action should remain worthwhile.
My pick of species over the next month is trevally. I spend time on trevs because if you find a good school, all anglers are happy with these little silver bullets and on light tackle they are great fun.
Trevally respond well to berley and love prawns, nippers or pilchards and I’ll have these three baits on the boat every day.
These fish love deeper water around structure and the Oil Wharf, the Drums in the middle of the Bay, Watts Reef and the Container Wall are well-known spots which fish very well. Bare Island is also worth a try on the smaller tides as long as there is some run in the tide.
I like to anchor just before the tide starts to run and put out a good, consistent berley trail of pellets and bread. The fishing is normally slow until the water starts to move and if the trevally are around they will move in quickly, providing a lot of fun.
While my choice is to spend the morning chasing trevally, remember to keep a look-out for feeding birds because schools of tailor and salmon may be patrolling under the feeding birds.
Some days you will fine that tailor make up the bulk of your catch so spend 10 minutes looking around – this will help you catch more fish.
After chasing trevally I head towards the more sheltered spots around the Bay in search of flathead.
Flathead are a great chance right through Winter on soft plastics if you fish in the right areas at the right time of day.
Spots to try for flathead are Foreshore Drive, the middle of the Bay around The Sticks and the beach along Kurnell. Towra Point is a solid spot and I find plenty of fish hold around these weedy patches.
A great spot if a north-easterly wind is blowing is just inside Woolooware Bay, where there is a good drop-off right along the edge.
I find 100mm Squidgy Fish work well and key colours are red rump shad, black opal shad, green tiger shad and white.
The most successful time of day depends on the tide. If you are fishing the shallow water you are better to hit it early with a run-in tide.
If the tide is low, just fish a little wider and back into deeper water as the fish tend to move off the flat as the water recedes.
Steve with a solid King from Botany Bay.
Tailor are a great chance over the next month.
Bream will taper of as the water cools but trevally will improve in their place.Reads: 530