What's Biting with Mark Ternen
No-one would think we are leading into winter with the local fishing scene still as strong as ever, maybe those long periods of rain early in the season finally paid off!
On the outside front there are plenty of quality snapper around the wider reef areas. These reefs are producing great results for those who prepare well and use plenty of burley as well as top quality fresh bait. Lindsay Reaney, a local snapper guru, has had some excellent catches over the past few weeks, with some fish topping the scales at over 6kg. The locals tell me that Long Reef is also producing some good solid catches of reds all from the wider reef areas.
There are plenty of mixed fish close on the drifting grounds off Mona Vale, Dee Why, Avalon and Palm Beach which include good size flathead, morwong, leatherjackets and some thumper trevally. Try Mona Vale hospital drift for some great size flathead and the close drift of Narrabeen North for morwong, trevally and squire.
The big kingfish are still around, especially on the close reefs such as Newport, Dee Why and the Lion Island areas. Best results have been achieved by using fresh local squid or live baits fed down a burley trail of pilchards and fish guts.
Several good kings, upto 10kg, have been taken on the troll using Larger Rapala’s or Halco Deep divers. Try and troll as close as possible to the headlands exposed reef structures for great results. The night time anglers have been taking some nice tregalin and the odd jewfish from the closer reefs such as Reggies, Trawleys and West Reef. Live bait or, once again, fresh squid will guarantee a catch.
There are also some good schools of Aussie salmon off Lion Island, Newport and Narrabeen headland – try trolling small metal lures or small skirted lures. Alternatively, use fresh whitebait, unweighted. Some of the salmon are around the 2kg to 3 kg mark and are great fun to catch.
The beaches are ticking over very nicely with good catches of bream, flathead, flounder and the odd nice size jewfish being taken. We have weighed several jewies over the last couple of weeks in excess of 10kg and one whopper at 16.5kg cleaned. This fish was taken from North Narrabeen on a fresh squid strip. Most of the jewies were landed at night using squid or mullet for bait. Our regular customers have told us that Dee Why and Narrabeen beaches have been the most productive for jewies.
The bream fishos have been hard at it with consistent catches along most beaches with the standouts being Bilgola, Mona Vale and Collaroy, with live worms being the bait of the moment for bream. Live worms have also accounted for some great catches of whiting from Fishermans beach and Avalon. Peeled Hawkesbury prawns are great for the sand flathead and the flounder at most of the beaches.
Narrabeen Lake is proving to be at its best at the time of year, with fisherman have a great time on flathead, bream and tailor. Local fishing legend (our one of our team at Narrabeen Bait and Tackle), Chris Leslie, has accounted for some of the best catches of flathead and bream we have seen in year. The flathead are top quality – up to 80cms. Chris releases them all as they are breeders. Chris has also reported several school jewfish around the Wakehurst Parkway area.
There are still plenty of bream in the lake, particularly around the Boatsheed, Wimbledon Ave, and the Ocean Street bridge. Baits being used to lure these bream are Hawkesbury prawns, whitebait or worms.
Black fish are in abundance around the caravan park area and the Ocean Street bridge – we have plenty of green weed in stock at Narrabeen Bait.
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