Look for clean, warm water
  |  First Published: November 2009

I’ve found Botany Bay a bit harder to fish this year, maybe due to the desalination plant construction and the expansion works for Port Botany. The water been very cold and often quite dirty.

Hopefully the water will have warmed up by the time you’re reading this.

Silver trevally have been around all year in the Bay and Port Hacking. Some anglers have been catching trevors to a kilo up as far as Picnic Point in the Georges River and Audley Weir in Port Hacking.

In late October the salmon arrived in great numbers and started to push upstream in Port Hacking and Botany Bay, with some being caught up as far as The Moons in the Georges River.

This month we will see an increase in the numbers of flathead, whiting, bream, flounder, tailor and kingfish in Port Hacking and Botany Bay. But you will need to find the cleaner water to get a few fish.

This means you may have to move around a fair bit to keep up with the moving tide and the cleaner water. I may relocate up to 10 times in a morning to keep up with the fish.

I always try to keep my fishing simple. If I am bait fishing for trevally, bream, whiting and flathead in 1m to 6m of fast-running water, my leader is always between 1m and 2m. In water deeper than that, I have the ball sinker (its size will vary during the six hours of the tide) running straight down to the bait.

During Summer I stick to peeled Hawkesbury River prawns, pink nippers, blue pillie tails, tube and bloodworms.

If we experience a fair amount of rain and the water gets muddy, I turn to chicken gut and mullet gut.


At anchor I always have a berley trail, and I mean always. It doesn’t have to be much, but it does need to be a steady stream.

There are so many berley recipes that work, but keep it simple with chicken pellets and bread.

If you are into chasing flathead with soft plastics, this is a great month to get serious, especially down around the entrance to the Bay, the Georges River and Port Hacking, as the silly males start to follow the bigger breeding females.

Even though the water should have warmed by now you can still get a feed of leatherjackets and luderick in the estuaries and off the rocks.

The beaches will start to fire for tailor, salmon, whiting, trevally and jewfish and with daylight saving, you will have more light to go for a fish after a day at work.

Beaches worth a shot include Wanda, Cronulla, Jibbon, Marley, Garie and Stanwell Park, especially on a high ride about two hours either side of the sunset.

Thanks to everyone who has read my reports and sent me emails over the year and I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. If you are out on the water and see me out there, come over a say hello.

Andrew Humphries caught tailor and bream while fishing off the end of the third runway. He’s now in Canada, maybe fishing through the ice for trout and salmon.

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