Situation improving
  |  First Published: October 2004

OCTOBER should see the dusky flathead situation improve in Botany Bay, the Georges, Woronora and Port Hacking rivers. Soon it will reach a point where you don’t have to spend as many hours on the water drifting with baits or casting till your arm just about falls off.

Places I would try are the shoreline from Dolls Point to the entrance to the Cooks River. This stretch can be worked from both the shore and out of a boat.

Another place to try is the stretch of water along Foreshore Drive at Botany. The Patches off Towra Point is a very reliable spot to try, and at all of these places you could also try putting down a couple of witches’ hats.

Silver trevally have been about all year and October should be no different. The only thing you may notice is their average size should increase. Fish as light as possible and use peeled prawns, pink nippers or bloodworms to get the best results.

The breakwalls along Port Botany are good places to start trolling Mann’s Stretch 5s and 10s around for tailor, bonito, Australian salmon and the odd yellowtail kingfish.

Port Hacking will still have plenty of luderick, squid and sand whiting on offer. All you need is to get out there and have a go. I still have plenty of squid in my freezer at home, ready to cut up into strip baits for the yellowtail kingfish that will start to turn up in the bay. Their usual haunts are the marker buoys, Bare Island, the oil wharf, the end of the third runway and Mono Point.

There should be a few drummer and luderick in the washes of the Kurnell Peninsula, Boat Harbour and down at Stanwell Park and Coalcliff. Use plenty of berley and fish as light as the conditions allow.

If you are interested in learning more about how, where and when to fish in the Sydney area, give me a call or an email. My contact details appear in the ad on this page.


I have been writing for NSWFM for over seven and a half years now. During this time I have written feature location guides for NSW, technique guides, boat and tackle reviews, what’s going on in Southern Sydney and what you should be targeting for the upcoming months. Well, what I have decided to do is let you have your say on what you would like to read more of in my monthly column report. All you need to do is email me on --e-mail address hidden-- or post a reply to Gary Brown at 25/121 Anzac Avenue Engadine NSW 2233 and I will endeavour to cover it in my monthly reports or feature articles.

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