Prawns and cicadas
  |  First Published: November 2009

If you’re thinking of getting out for a fish at night this month, look no further than the days around the new moon.

With the dark we should see plenty of prawns on the move and the days following can also prove highly productive.

The ideal bait will be fresh prawns although salted ones will do exceptionally well. Fish them as light as possible along the coal walls and you should tangle with some nice bream.

Flathead numbers recently have been excellent and some quality fish have been caught.

For lure-tossing early in the day or during the evening then you can’t go past working the flats with soft plastics and deep-diving lures.

Then, as the sun rises, the flathead will more than likely move out into deeper spots with plenty of current to sit and ambush prey as the tide carries it along.

Best spots this month will be around the mouth of Limeburners Creek, Blackmans Point and the Dennis Bridge.


It is well and truly cicada season and this means only one thing to the dedicated bream angler – surface fishing! This time of year we have the black, gold and green cicadas, so getting the colour right isn’t crucial.

This form of fishing needs accurate and precise casting, with snags under gums and oak trees the tried and tested hunting grounds. You’ll need to get your lure hard against the bank to give it the best opportunity to lure the fish.

Also this month, pencil and popper-style lures will work exceptionally well on the flats and weed beds for bream and whiting. It’s just a simple matter of casting and searching for the best spots. The Megabass Dog-X Jnr is a great searching lure for this type of fishing but once you’ve found fish, the Bassday Sugapen is dynamite for getting the best hook-ups.


Beach anglers should experience some good conditions this month, with bream and whiting the primary targets.

Dunbogan Beach should be an excellent spot to target whiting. Beach worms will be the best whiting baits, with whitebait and slabs of mullet best for bream. Don’t be afraid to throw a Berkley 6” Sandworm as it will most certainly catch fish.

Offshore, the pelagic species should kick into gear with marlin, mackerel and mahi mahi on the list.

The best tactic is to head north looking for baitfish, then troll around Barries Bay and further north.

Snapper, pearl perch and morwong should still be viable options on the reefs, while those chasing flathead offshore will do well straight out from the bar in around 50m.

Make sure you have a very safe and enjoyable Christmas break and enjoy your fishing.

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