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with David Lockwood
Play it safe and you will find fishing
opportunities abound this month.
During the seasonal hot bites, it’s
not uncommon to hear anglers declare
themselves winter-fishing advocates.
There are less boats to contend with, more
fish to go around, and the winter species
tend to be bigger, harder fighting, fattier
and truly delicious eating.
The challenges in July are the weather
and your personal safety and comfort. The
good news is that the inshore scene can
be just as productive as offshore. You just
need to know your target species, the right
techniques and tackle. Here are 10 winter
dead-certs that are top tucker.
LUDERICK: Start by scouting the
foreshore and ocean rocks for the
the filament or
found in the estuar y near freshwater soaks
or the cabbage type on the rocks. Pick a
bunch, save the best long tapered pieces
for bait, chop and mix the short stubby
stuff with sand for berley. At a deep-water
headland, rocky point or jetty, lob handfuls
into the water. Attach bait to a Number 8
hook (buy green ones that disguise in the
weed) and suspend 2.5 -3 metres below a
carefully weighted float. Cast atop berley
and strike when float shoots ‘down’ or
under. Reel in luderick. Fillet, skin, crumb
and shallow fry.
BREAM: Tend to be a bit scraggly at this
time of year, but a mainstay nonethe-
less. Will be
and around the
sandflats and popular anchorages. You’ll
need micro lures, soft plastic shrimp and
crab imitations, and finesse tackle. Oyster
leases can attract the big bluenose bream
in winter. You’ll need 4-6kg tackle to extract
them. Steam with ginger and Asian greens.
TREVA LLY: Unlike bream, trevally prefer to
hang over the sand and gravel at the edge
of the reef, sifting the bottom for morsels
pieces and use
soft baits like pilchard fillet, peeled prawn
and squid. A hard fighter and good tucker.
Bleed, ice, and use for sashimi or teriyaki.
AUSSIE SALMON: The ubiquitous
fish is found in
the estuary mouths, bays and harbour
headlands. Approach in a drifting boat and
cast small metal lures and saltwater flies
ahead of the feeding salmon. Matching
the hatch using small whitebait imitations.
Sometimes a large soft-plastic lure or live
bait also works. Good for fishcakes and
headlands at dawn and dusk, spin with
chrome lures and poppers in the washes,
and cast pilchards off the beach. Winter
tailor tend to be decent ‘keepers’ unlike the
summer ‘choppers’. They eat well. Bleed,
butterfly, salt and grill. Or smoke.
LEATHERJACKETS: Despite their lowly
makes a great
even includes the fish in his top-shelf
cookbooks. A cinch to catch with a piece
of peeled prawn or squid on a Number 8
hook dropped around pylons, kelp beds,
wharves and reefs. They’re omnipresent
and not just at the café. Cook gently.
BLACK DRUMMER: The bruiser of the
washes, the drummer loves winter. Use
prawn, cunje, cabbage weed or bread baits
around the ocean rock washes when the
that is casting
baits from your boat into otherwise
inaccessible spots, is a cracker technique
to use under Sydney’s cliffs.
JOHN DORY: You’re never going to catch
a pile of dory and the five-star eating fish
demands lots of patience to catch. Use
a live fish bait like a yellowtail at a spot
where the dory
are known to lurk.
Look for baitfish
schools and you’ll
find the dory. The
artificial reef off
South Head is a hot spot, so too North
Harbour, Dobroyd Point, Balmoral, Clifton
Gardens and Rose Bay, and the deep holes
and wharves in most estuaries. Fillet, grill,
basted in butter.
HAIRTAIL: A winter visitor to Cowan Creek
off the Hawkesbury. Make a weekend of
it on your yacht, motorcruiser or off-peak
or opposite Akuna bay and berley with
pilchard pieces. Suspend whole pilchards
and live baits between mid-water and the
bottom. A wire trace prevents bite-offs,
but keep the wire light, say, 28lb. The
hardware of ganghooks can make the fish
shy off baits. A Glow Stick adds to your
bait’s attraction. Chop in body segments
and pan fry.
SQUID: A feed of fresh winter calamari
cures all winter ills.
You can even catch
the squid when the
sun is high, thereby
adding a sleep-in to
your routine. Work
the kelp beds, weedy foreshores, seagrass
and wharves with squid jigs kept just off
the bottom using a slow lift-and-sink
retrieve. The southern calamari is the
prize, although smaller arrow squid can
be caught in deeper water using heavier
jigs. Cut into rings, dust in flour and fry.
Serve with lemon. You’ll be back for more
this winter. h
JULY’S INSHORE WONDERLAND
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