’Joey pelagics a chance
  |  First Published: August 2008

The action in the upper reaches has been typically quiet for this time of year with most of the bass moved down towards the salt water to spawn.

Most of the fish will be holding from Sackville to Wisemans Ferry with the estuary perch schooled up in the same areas but wider and deeper than the bass. Remember, it’s closed season until the end of the month so it’s illegal to possess bass and perch.

Last August we were hooking up plenty of salmon and good tailor around Barrenjoey and Box Head, mostly on lures trolled fairly deep.

When you get a hook-up, have someone cast a metal or soft plastic around because often the hooked fish will have a few mates following it.

Good tailor are also being caught around Lion Island and West Head and some salmon up in Pittwater and Cowan Creek.

The kingfish have made a late showing around Sydney Harbour with some good fish being caught on live baits and strips of squid around Middle Harbour close to The Spit bridge.

Kings have also been caught by the bream anglers further up the Harbour around the Zoo and Goat Island


Ben from Windsor Bait and Tackle says his customers have been fishing around Dads Corner and Wisemans Ferry for some good bream and flathead on Hawkesbury prawns and tailor fillets,

Estuary perch have been caught in numbers around the lower reaches and as far down as Juno Point.

There have been good catches of blackfish up around Spencer and Slippery Rock on green weed and a few are falling for peeled Hawkesbury prawns.

Good bream and flathead have been caught up the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, mostly on pumpkinseed and motor oil soft plastics around the wharfs and pontoons.

The Harbour water has cleared up after the rain and there have been good bream and trevally near the wharf poles and under the piers.

Mick from the Australian Bass Anger at Penrith reports good trout in most of the dams around Lithgow with browns and rainbows falling to lures and PowerBait.

Liam Doherty of Penrith caught a lovely 2.2kg brown at Oberon Dam on PowerBait Nuggets in rainbow colour.

The crew from the Australian Bass Angler took a trip with Ross Hunter during a break in the weather and fished East of Browns Mountain, spending many hours for Phil Michel’s 30kg yellowfin and a few striped tuna.

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