The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION - WITH DAMIAN KERVES

SOFT plas­tics are tempt­ing bream around the St Hu­bert’s Is­land Bridge. King­fish are fre­quent­ing the Rip Bridge. Live yel­low­tail and slimey mack­erel have their mea­sure and when com­bined with a high tide, hang on! As an al­ter­na­tive to the kings, an­glers soak­ing chicken fil­lets around the bridge py­lons have been tan­gling with solid bream.

Alex Bel­lis­simo guided Paul Dalla to his first ever king­fish and snap­per from the rocks. Work­ing the Mona Vale head­land, two hours be­fore high tide, baits em­ployed in­cluded half-pilchards and whole king prawns. Archer Huang then joined Alex off the rocks at Curl Curl. En­joy­ing a suc­cess­ful night ses­sion, the best of the snap­per went 41cm, while the largest tailor hit 1kg. Cut­tle fish strips and half-pilchards were the pick of the baits.

Bun­gan Beach has tailor and flat­head dur­ing the run-in tide. Dis­tance cast­ing from the ledges at North Curl Curl with fresh squid strips should get you among the snap­per.

Char­ter ves­sel Am­bi­tion has been tan­gling with yel­lowfin to 45kg, 300 fath­oms east of Syd­ney Har­bour. King­fish are fall­ing to live squid and slimey mack­erel trolled on down­rig­gers at Long Reef and North Head.

Salmon schools have in­vaded Vau­cluse but you must use small met­als, prefer­ably un­der 10gm. Trevally to 50cm are pounc­ing on peeled prawns at Pier 8. Drift­ing the sand­flats around Green­wich with soft plas­tics could se­cure a feed of flat­head.

Salmon and tailor have re­placed the kings at Goat Is­land.

Wahyu from Global Tackle said salmon are ha­rass­ing bait­fish be­tween Maroubra and Mal­abar. School kings fell to garfish spun off the North Maroubra stones.

Mo­lineux Point pro­duced king­fish to a me­tre for fish­ers drift­ing the wall with live baits. Soft plas­tics are tempt­ing flat­head through­out Yarra Bay. Lud­er­ick are grab­bing fresh cab­bage off Bare Is­land. Tailor are at the Cooks River mouth.

Young James Keremelevs­ki caught this lovely 45cm tailor on a sur­face lure in Botany Bay. James is this week's win­ner of a Ra­pala high-per­for­mance spin­ning reel.

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