Plenty there if you work hard
  |  First Published: March 2008

There are plenty of fish to be caught around Sydney; the only thing is that you may have to work a bit harder at it than that hot spot you found up or down the coast on your holidays.

Bream, silver trevally, flathead, flounder, bonito, tailor and kingfish will be schooling up at places like Molineaux Point, Bare Island, The Sticks, the oil wharf and the ends of the third and second runways in Botany Bay.

Mulloway, bream, sand whiting and flathead will be working the drop-offs and shallow areas of the Georges and Woronora rivers, while Port Hacking will have garfish, mullet, luderick, bream, kingfish, tailor, sand whiting and flathead.

Offshore there will be salmon, tailor, bonito, kingfish, mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna, morwong, snapper and sand flathead to be caught.

If that is not enough to whet your appetite to get out there, I just received a report from Gabe’s Bait and Tackle at Sylvania Heights that one of their customers just caught two snapper in Gymea Bay, the biggest weighing 2kg, on left-over oysters.

It can be hard at times to fish around Sydney but that’s what makes the place special to me.

Through my jobs I have the opportunity to fish elsewhere than Sydney. Last year I caught golden trevally, tarpon and hairtail at Townsville (yes, hairtail), coral trout at Exmouth in WA, King George whiting in South Australia, drummer, bream and silver trevally at Bawley Point on the NSW South Coast, luderick at Port Stephens, flathead, flounder and bream at Forster, plus much more.


Many of these fish were caught with the help of local knowledge, a bit of research, keeping the approach simple – and a lot of hard work. I researched what local guiding outfits were available in the areas I was going to visit.

For the new comer and those uneducated in the ways of fishing around Sydney, fishing with a local guide is a great way to opening up your horizons and making future fishing trips around Sydney much easier.

Many of these guides are NSWFM writers so think about picking their brains as to what is going on in Sydney and maybe then you will want to get out on the water more in your own backyard. Dean Hayes reports on the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, Pittwater, Sydney Harbour and Middle Harbour and light offshore, Peter Le Blang guides on the Hawkesbury, Pittwater and inshore, Craig  McGill operates mainly in Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River but also does charters on the Hawkesbury and Pittwater. Scotty Lyons runs his guiding business on Botany Bay, Port Hacking, the Georges and Woronora rivers and inshore trolling, bottom bouncing and wash fishing.

All of these guys definitely know their areas, that is why they are still in business. I have been out with Scotty, Dean and Craig and they all work very hard for their clients. There may be some days when the fishing is hard but, as they say, that’s fishing.

There are plenty of offshore charter operators based in Sydney, just check the charter pages in this issue and give them a call.

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