FISH­ING WITH DAMIAN KERVES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

THE gut­ters at Et­ta­long Point are hold­ing salmon and tai­lor. Ganged pilchards of­fered on the high tide should get you among a few.

Fish­ing as light as pos­si­ble has been the key to en­tic­ing bream and whit­ing into bit­ing at the north­ern end of Paddy’s Chan­nel. Live nip­pers or worms will also in­crease your odds, es­pe­cially if pre­sented dur­ing the in­com­ing tide.

The deep­est part of the Peak has king­fish to 1m grab­bing knife jigs and live baits. North of the har­bour is also fish­ing well for king­fish. Lo­ca­tions cur­rently fir­ing in­clude The Wall, Mugs and Blue­fish. All fish have fallen to live baits trolled mostly on down­rig­gers.

Small plas­tics and mi­cro jigs are tempt­ing the school of king­fish work­ing Shark Is­land and Neil­son Park. Wahyu from Global Tackle also men­tioned the trevally have grown in size along the north­ern side of Camp Cove and Bot­tle and Glass but you need to fish light.

The Ryde Bridge on the Par­ra­matta River, is worth a try for bream, floun­der and flat­head. Chicken gut and mul­let fil­lets are pre­ferred baits, so too an out­go­ing tide.

Down­rig­ging at North and South Maroubra will find king­fish. Squid are de­vour­ing size 2.5 jigs at Mal­abar, Lit­tle and Lurline bays.

Mo­lin­eaux Point has king­fish pounc­ing on un­weighted pilchards dur­ing the out­go­ing tide. Tony Mon­tana drifted the Kur­nell shore­line for a feed of bream, flat­head and leather­jack­ets while us­ing mul­let fil­lets, chicken gut and prawns. Trevally are on the chew at Yarra Bay, while Bare Is­land has lud­er­ick and squid on of­fer. Tony Mathews se­cured a mixed bag of tai­lor, flat­head and bonito while spin­ning with hard-body lures from the Cooks River break­wall.

Drift­ing off Bel­lambi, Ab­dul Saleh and Moey Af­shale tan­gled with snap­per to 55cm. Us­ing baits of half-pilchards and slimy mack­erel, the pair also em­ployed a con­stant stream of bur­ley.

Ja­cob Round, 5, caught his first ever fish, an im­pres­sive 45cm aus­tralian bass while fish­ing in North Pine Dam. Ja­cob wins this week's Ra­pala high-per­for­mance spin­ning reel.

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