Ducking out for a fish
Gary Brown | February 2017

Dennis Morton likes to fish for bream and squid off the baths in Gymea Bay.

February can be one of the hottest fishing months of the year throughout Southern Sydney for bream, dusky flathead, whiting, snapper, mulloway, morwong, mahimahi, kingfish, Australian salmon, tailor, bonito, tuna and billfish. So, what are you waiting for? Even though you may be busy working, you still should be able to find the time to get out for a fish. With daylight saving still going in NSW, you could spend a couple of hours after work going for a fish off the beach or shore in the estuary, or maybe you could get the boat out for a while.
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It’s hotting up
Peter Le Blang | February 2017

No matter the age, kings are always fun to catch.

With the silly season behind us there is no better time to grab your rods, reels and hit the water for some fun. Over the last month we saw some rather patchy fishing along Pittwater and our part of the coast, but things have changed since then, and finally there are decent fish to tangle with!
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Best baits ink-lude cephalopods
Craig Mcgill | February 2017

These are the three main cephs found in the harbour, the southern calamari, the common squid and the mourning cuttlefish.

The volume of cephalopods in Sydney Harbour is astounding and they seem impervious to the dangers around them. They’re abundant worldwide and greater in total mass than that of all humans. Then again, so are ants.
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February is a top month
Gabe Quercigrosse | February 2017

Dylan Robinson is an accomplished angler for his age. He caught this flatty just off Towra.

This is the time of the year we all have been waiting for. All the signs are there for a bumper period, which should provide plenty of crabs, bream, whiting and flathead.
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Brought in by the current
Darren Thomas | February 2017

Craig Butcher with a great inshore reef squid.

Late last year the East Coast Current made its way closer to shore, causing the fishing out wide to really pick up after a slow start to the season. Some good beakies are being hooked out wide right now. Skirted lures in the 8-10” range are the most popular, particularly the new Entice range of Hakas, Warheads and Scuds. The new Aloha series of Super Ninjas and Beauties out of Hawaii are also claiming some great scalps.
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Don’t slip into the drink from the rocks
Alex Bellissimo | December 2016

Kings are biting in Sydney Harbour and on the ocean rocks of late. Daniel Cocchieri caught this one from the harbour rocks on a ganged salted sea garfish.

The stark reality of ocean rock, ocean beach and land-based estuary fishing is the weather. Looking for utopian weather is simply not realistic. In saying that, not fishing because the swell is up a bit, winds are blowing or there might be a chance that showers and rain are predicted, isn’t really a good excuse.
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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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