As predicted, the winter fish species have arrived right on time. There have been good catches of snapper, up to 3kg, trevally, tailor, salmon and some John dory, with excellent size drummer taken from the rocks. With good rain, mild temperatures, anglers are almost guaranteed to take a good feed home.
Several of the outer offshore reefs along the northern beaches are producing excellent size snapper, large trevally, and good size kingfish. The best way to fish a reef is to float down whole large strip baits, such as striped tuna fillets, bonito strips or whole large pilchards, and use plenty of good clean berley such as pilchards, scented pellets or wheat and pilchard oil mix.
Esmarelda Reef, on the northeast corner, is firing with big trevally and snapper around the 3kg mark. The reef seems to fish best on the turn of the tides. Newport Reef, on the wide marks, is producing good size kingfish and trevally, but you’ll need to fish at the 100ft mark for the best results.
The large reef off Broken Bay wide is also producing some nice size fish, especially trevally, tailor and snapper, and is best fished in the late afternoon. The close reefs, such as Dawes Reef, Mona Vale and Reggies also have good numbers of mixed fish, such as tarwhine, good size morwong and bream.
The beaches are surprisingly firing really well, with some thumper whiting being taken from North Narrabeen, Collaroy, Queenscliff and Curl Curl areas. Some of the whiting are up to 850g with one huge golden nugget weighed at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle just on 1kg – now that is a good whiting!
Tailor and salmon are showing up in larger numbers at Mona Vale Basin and Avalon, on the southern end, are proving the top spots for these fish.
This time of year is probably the best time to fish Pittwater, with the winter species such as trevally, tailor and large bream all showing in good numbers. Some excellent bream catches have been taken around Scotland Island, Lovett Bay, Elvina Bay and the wharves at Newport and Bayview.
Brett Moneghittie, a keen kayak fisherman, has consistently been taking home 10-12 excellent size bream. He has also caught several large kingfish on his kayak and has been busted up numerous times by fish he couldn’t stop!
Trevallly are being taken from Stokes Point, Careel Bay and around Mackerel Beach. A couple of our regular local customers have told us that there are large schools of good size tailor being seen on dusk around the Barrenjoey Head area. These schools will work their way into Pittwater really quickly so get ready.
Peter Zerita caught a John dory on live yellowtail in the Basin area of Pittwater. These fish should hopefully show up soon in reasonable numbers. They are fantastic eating fish and well worth targeting.
Good spots to fish for John dory are Scotland Island, Mackerel Beach and around the moorings in the Basin. Early morning is the best time in these areas.
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Esmarelda Reef – This is a large productive reef for snapper, especially at this time of year.
Pittwater, the Basin – John dory and other species in good numbers
MONTHLY BAIT TIPS
The fresher, the better result!
Whiting – live beachworms and pipis
Tailor and salmon – WA pilchards
Bream – bonito cubes and small soft plastics such a 3” minnows and 2” grubs.
Snapper – fresh bonito and stripey tuna.
John dory – fresh fish strips or live yellowtail.Reads: 2641