Fishing Report – 16 February 2024


Some big whiting are being landed at South Narrabeen and south to Collaroy near the Beach Club. Worms are must if you want to catch these beautiful eating fish. Fish in the afternoon for best results.

As well as the whiting, bream are in good numbers at Freshwater and Dee Why beaches with peeled Hawkesbury prawns working best.

This time of the year is also a great time to target jewfish off the beach. Best baits are fresh squid or mullet strips fished after dark. North Narrabeen is a bit of a jewfish hotspot at the moment.

Tailor and salmon are also on the chew after dark at Newport, Warriewood and Narrabeen.


The big seas have kept most fishos off the rocks but for those who could find a safe spot there were some nice fish on offer including snapper, bream and bonito. Blackfish are also in good numbers off the ledges with cabbage weed being the best bait.

Don’t forget your safety gear – boots and lifejackets (PFD) are compulsory.

Narrabeen Lake

The entrance to the lake closed last week but there are still plenty of fish being caught. Our regular lake fishos are reporting good catches of flathead, bream and whiting.

Best places to throw a line are the Jamieson Park area, The Ocean St bridge area, and Deep Creek. Best baits are worms and Hawkesbury prawns or vibes such as the Samaki Vibelicious and TT Switch Prawns.

Wading out on the flats is a very productive way of fishing the lake with surface lures for whiting, bream and flathead. Sugapen lures and Skinny Poppers are accounting for some great fish. A good pair of waders is recommended.


There are plenty of Mack Tuna being caught on the troll around the headlands and plenty of bonito in the mix too. Kingfish are still around Newport Reef and Long Reef with fresh squid being the best bait.

Snapper are being caught at Boltons reef as well as Esmeralda reef with reports of fish up to 4kg. Use fresh squid and mullet strips for best results and plenty of berley.

Flathead are on the drift at Mona Vale and Palm Beach in the 40-50m mark. Pilchards and fresh mullet fillets are the recommended baits.


Good sized schools of salmon and tailor are around the West Head – Barrenjoey/Palm Beach area and east of Lion Island. Most are being taken on small metal lures.

Kingfish and jewfish are still in reasonable numbers but will take a bit of finding.  Best baits are local squid or live yellowtail.

Some good reports of bream coming from the Basin and Morning Bay with fresh Hawkesbury prawns being the best bait.





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