Silver outlook for Winter
  |  First Published: May 2009

Now that Winter is starting to lay its chill hand over southern Sydney, many anglers will tend to stay at home in front of the heater and the TV.

This is fine by me because that means there are not as many anglers out on the water, making less crowded than over Summer.

Even though the water and the air are much colder now, that doesn’t mean that the fishing is not hot.

June will produce bream, luderick, drummer, groper, tailor, salmon and especially silver trevally.

Trevally are one of the main species I target in June. You can chase them in the bays, harbours, close inshore reefs and off the rocks.

Occasionally you can get a number of them off the beaches in Sydney, especially where the beach meets the rocks.

Just recently George, whom you may remember from a report in an earlier issue, was packing up after a morning session on bream and trevally off the end of the Third Runway and before he could pack up his last rod, the peeled prawn bait took off.

After a lengthy tussle George landed a 2.8 kilo silver trevally, a great fish for the Bay.

When targeting silver trevally in Botany Bay or Port Hacking you need to remember a number of things. You should be at anchor, berley is a must, use a leader form 1m to 2m long or just have the ball sinker directly down onto the bait.

Best baits are peeled prawns, pink nippers or blue pilchard tails or fillets. Make sure that the hook point always protrudes from the bait.

Allow the biting fish to take the bait down and don't strike at the first little touch or nibble.

Trevally tend to like cleaner water so after a bit of rain you need to follow the current lines around.


There are plenty of spots to target silver trevally.

In Port Hacking try any of the deeper bays like Gymea, Yowie, Gunnamatta and Burraneer, or South West Arm or North West Arm. You could also try the drop-off at Lilli Pilli, the Ballast Heap and Dee Ban Spit.

In Botany Bay try around Bare Island, Kurnell Point, Watts Reef, the Oil Wharf, the ends of the airport runways, Yarra Bay and Trevally Alley.

Many anglers say trevally are not good table fish and the flesh often goes soft and mushy.

This may be so, especially if you don't bleed them, leave then lying in your kill box in the sun or in warm water and then don't bother to skin and fillet them. If you treat most fish like this they will go mushy and taste awful.

You need to look after all fish you intend eat and they will taste great.

I do find, however, that the larger trevally seem to have a stronger taste.

Trevally are also readily caught on hard-bodied lures, soft plastics and blades and are a frequent by-catch when chasing bream, kingfish and flathead on lures.

In water over 5m deep I prefer to use blades although I like soft plastics in less than 5m and will use hardbodies in 2.5m or shallower.

Trevally put up a great fight, can be caught during the colder months and perform well on the plate so next time you’re lounging around at home in front of the heater thinking about fishing, get out there and give them a go.

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