Silver trevally on tap
  |  First Published: July 2008

Botany Bay is firing on the silver trevally front and I can see this pattern continuing for about the next four months.

Every time I have gone out lately chasing trevally, all I have had to do is anchor around the edge of a drop-off at Towra Point, a marker pole or buoy, The Drums, Molineaux Point, the artificial reef in Yarra Bay and the end of the Third Runway.

Then I start berleying and fish as light as the conditions allow. Once the trevally have the scent of the pilchards, bread and chicken pellets, they just come swimming up into my berley trail.

Best baits have been peeled prawns, pink nippers, bloodworms and fillets of skinned yellowtail. To name all the spots that I have fished for trevally this year would take up too much space but here are a few favourites.

In Sydney Harbour, the Wedding Cakes, North Head yellow marker, Middle Head, Bradleys Head and Clarke Island. Port Hacking has places like Deer Park, Gymea Bay, and the Lilli Pilli drop off and just off Sandshoes at South Cronulla.

In Botany Bay try The Drums, Henrys Head, the peninsula at Kurnell and Bare Island at the entrance. You could also drop a line at the oil wharf. All these places will also produce legal snapper and bream.

‘Johnny Jewfish’ and his mates fished in the southern region of the Royal National Park and caught drummer, leatherjackets, salmon to 74cm, long tom, flounder and a few sand flathead on peeled prawns, pilchards and squid. They used plenty of berley.

The Cooks River breakwall is producing a few bream on the run-out tide on half-pillies.

The Georges River is still fairly dirty but that should not deter you from chasing bream and flathead. Col Peters fished the entrance to Salt Pan Creek for four flathead and seven bream on tube worms.

Carl Dubois ventured out onto Botany Bay the weather really limited where he could fish in his kayak. A quick assault on the hot water outlet for a 72cm king and a 75cm plus a few tailor. He parks his car and has to carry the kayak only about 30m.

Carl also fished in the Georges River over the sand flats near the Como bridge for six bream from 25cm to 35cm, a 36cm luderick and whiting to 29cm on Berkley Sand Worms.

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