The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE HEALTH HACKER -

LION Is­land is un­der siege from school king­fish, salmon and tai­lor. Whole pilchards and live baits seem to be at­tract­ing the most strikes, espe­cially dur­ing early morn­ing and late af­ter­noons.

Bream and whit­ing are grab­bing live nip­pers and peeled prawns at Et­ta­long Point. Live nip­pers com­bined with a high tide, has the lo­cal bream’s at­ten­tion at the north­ern end of Paddy’s Chan­nel.

Stokes Point, Clairville Wreck and Scot­land Is­land are the three lo­ca­tions cur­rently fir­ing for king­fish in Pittwa­ter. Live baits slow-trolled around the moor­ings and drop-offs seem to be work­ing best.

Drift­ing the 40 to 60 mark be­tween Palm Beach to Manly should get you among the flat­head. Snap­per were snared on half-pilchards when used in con­junc­tion with a bur­ley trail on the gravel at New­port and Long Reef.

King­fish are pounc­ing on knife jigs and live baits at The Peak and Twelve Mile. Yel­lowfin to 68kg were landed on both skirted and deep div­ing hard-body lures at The Bait Sta­tion and east of Browns.

The whit­ing cap­tures are in­creas­ing at Dee Why and Palm Beach. The ledges at Long Reef and Curl Curl are worth a throw for lud­er­ick and bream, re­ports Chris from Narrabeen Bait and Tackle.

The moor­ings and struc­ture around Su­gar­loaf Bay and Pick­er­ing Point are hold­ing solid king­fish. Goat and Gar­den Is­lands could also be in­ves­ti­gated with whole squid or live baits for kings. Flat­head suc­cumb to yel­low­tail fil­lets when drifted through­out Rose Bay, while the ferry wharf has lud­er­ick fall­ing to fresh green hair weed. Tai­lor are hit­ting lures spun from the shore­line along Drum­moyne.

The odd whit­ing has fallen to live nip­pers and worms in front of the Novo­tel and at Dolls Point. The run­ways are still pro­duc­ing king­fish with a few solid tai­lor in the mix.

Flat­head can be snared along Towra and drift­ing the mid­dle of the bay with fresh fish fil­lets and white­bait.

Stan John­ston caught and re­leased this 1m barra while spin­ning a soft plas­tic in Bran­ni­gan Creek, Qld. Stan wins this week's Ra­pala high­per­for­mance spin­ning reel.

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