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New year, new fish
Gary Brown | December 2016

Andrew Humphries still hasn’t got the smile off his face after catching his first mulloway.

The Christmas rush and the Boxing Day Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race have long gone. Things will start to settle back to normal as you think about getting out on the water to chase a few kingfish, mahimahi, flathead, bream, whiting, tailor, trevally, bonito, snapper and mulloway, to name a few. January’s a month when most fish species are on the chew, as long as the conditions are right.
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Family fishing fun time!
Peter Le Blang | December 2016

This 53cm snapper couldn't resist a squid strip in 70m of water.

I hope that you have all enjoyed the Christmas and New Year celebrations, but now it’s time to get out on the water and enjoy our wonderful part of the coast. It can be hard to drag the kids and us older folk away from our new shiny presents, but if you can, it’s well worth the effort if you hit the water with the family and go fishing.
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New years goal – a flattie stomach
Craig Mcgill | December 2016

Big flatties are a challenge on light spin gear.

This month will see water temperatures reach their peak and knock all the season’s species into top gear, particularly the more resident species like bream, mulloway and flatties – the flathead metabolism is directly affected by water temperatures.
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Lizards on the prowl
Gabe Quercigrosse | December 2016

The flatties aren’t huge, but they’re legal size, and they’re getting about in the bays.

January is a top month in most NSW estuaries, particularly around Sydney. Many fish will be taken by those willing to give it a go. Although Botany Bay is not regarded as a prime flathead spot, it turns on some good fish for those who go after them. Reports from this area indicate a good run of lizards is around and can be caught by drifting.
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A mixed bag of tactics for the new year
Dan Selby | December 2016

Some big kingfish can still be encountered amongst the smaller ‘rats’ this month. Fishing heavy tackle in close quarter combat is the only way to subdue fish of this calibre.

I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and New Years filled with quality family and fishing time. With so much on offer in our piscatorial realm, it’s hard to know where to start! Prawning around the new moon with drag or dip nets is a fun exercise especially for kids. Try areas like the main beach at Windsor, Little Manly at Freemans Reach, Crosslands or some of the back bays in Berowra Creek accessed via boat.
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Sydney fishing takes it up a level
Darren Thomas | December 2016

Alex smith with a decent inshore snapper.

This summer is threatening to be an absolute belter as it jumps out of the festive season. Plenty of species are currently available. December started off with a bang as kingfish reports started flogging in from anglers fishing all the local bodies of water on the peninsular. With land-based and small boat fishos getting right amongst it, this month will be no different. As water temperatures increase, so should your line class when chasing the kings. These bigger fish will become more prevalent and bust offs will be more frequent.
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Start your summer with flatties
Gary Brown | December 2016

Many anglers will ask me when the dusky flathead come on the bite. My answer will depend on which estuary system in NSW that you’re going to fish. The NSW Fisheries Resources book I have states that dusky flathead tend to spawn from January to March in NSW, but this may change due to weather cycles and other influences like floods.
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Here we go again
Peter Le Blang | December 2016

With the warmer weather here, things are looking up. Finally, this clean, warm water is starting to liven up the fish along Broken Bay in Pittwater. Most mornings, surface activity can be found along Pittwater or out in Broken Bay.
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Shore-based options to land the fish
Craig Mcgill | December 2016

The season has kicked off well despite big swells and dodgy currents. The salmon run has been huge, with fish massing around North Head and sometimes up the main harbour around Bradleys Head. The upstream fish seem less focused on spawning and have found larger baitfish than those at North Head. As a result, they’re easier to catch on a range of lures and flies. There’s more fish at North Head, but they’re much harder to catch and focused on small bait.
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