If you like a feed of whiting – and who doesn’t – this is the month we start to get serious.Yes, there are a few big fish out there hiding on the sand patches in sheltered shallow bays over the
Beachworms are the bait of choice but it can be difficult to catch them, not because it is an acquired skill but because the pro wormers hit a beach and clean them out.
Yes, some people can’t catch them or can’t be bothered to catch them but those of us who pay a fee to be able to catch them can’t, because the worms have been hammered during the week by very skilled professionals who can, and do, nail every worm in sight.
The beauty of jewies is they seem to hang around the same area for some time, not necessarily the same gutter but within a few hundred metres of your first encounter.
So if you keep the ego in check and keep a low profile so the hordes don’t descent on the area, you can score plenty of fish over some time before the school moves on. Only then should you brag with the pictures!
The estuaries really get a kick on this month with the prawns running, so everything that likes to eat prawns will be out after them.
Flathead will be all over the place, from any sandy areas at the back of the lake right down to the entrance.
Bream will be hitting lures in the feeder creeks and along the rocky shores and islands, while the whiting will be taking worms and chasing poppers down around the entrance.
There are some spots less affected by the fast current but these are often covered by locals when the fish are about.Minnamurra is good for flatties on plastics and whiting on poppers down around the entrance flats.
The rocks are about the only place it remains somewhat static, with cool water still hanging around in close keeping the drummer on the bite under the lighthouse at Wollongong and up at Coalcliff at the bridge.
Bread berley used in the bays and off some of the deeper ledges has produced some nice bream and quite a few trevally on peeled prawns. Try a bobby cork for the trevally with the bait set a metre or so off the bottom.
Offshore, the flathead have been going extra well, particularly up north around Bolga. Try fishing in 40m to 45m for flatties up to 2kg with heaps around a kilo.Flathead have a great following in the Illawarra and are probably one of the most popular targets but things have been tough since the leatherjacket invasion.
Out in the same depth there are some nice squire but the current will determine your success. Light currents over the reefs and gravel should allow a good berley trail and some nice reds with the odd larger fish.
Over the closer reefs there have been plenty of trevally along with small samson fish, heaps of sweep, morwong and the first couple of trag for the season
Schools of salmon and rat kings are taking small lures and small live baits around the far north up to National Park, down around the islands and around Bass Point.
There are a few bonito and if you let your lure drop under the schools of salmon on the top, there are some nice trevally and some not so nice barracouta lurking below.
Kings to 90cm have been on close reefs like Bandit and Wollongong but they are hit and miss, with a combination of jigs and live baits set deep required to find them.
When you do, mark your spot on the GPS because they are in small groups that don’t stay on the bite long and are easily lost if you drift off too quickly.
Striped tuna have been less than abundant and albacore have been patchy at best but all that can change overnight.
Sharks have been quite prolific, with makos and whalers out around the shelf.There has been the odd striped marlin about but with the advance of the warm water over coming weeks all will change – so bring on