Fishing in Pittwater: Barranjoey Headland and Palm Beach

In this guide, I’ll delve into the heart of lure fishing in Pittwater and Palm Beach, pinpointing the seven best fishing spots that promise a bounty of sportfish. From the choice of lures to strategic techniques, I’ll explore everything enthusiasts need to know to make the most of these prime locations.

Barrenjoey Headland – Bream and Tailor Extravaganza:

No article about fishing in Pittwater would be complete without a mention of Barrenjoey Headland, with its rugged rocky outcrops and deep drop-offs. is a haven for bream and tailor fishing enthusiasts. As the tide rolls in, strategically casting along the rocky edges can result in exhilarating hook-ups. Small soft plastic lures including prawns, paddletails and curly tail grubs are perfect for bream, along with small hard bodies. For tailor it’s worth trying metals or casting a range of stickbaits and poppers. Whiting are also a good target on the beaches between Barrenjoey and Palm Beach.

Fishing In Pittwaters Scotland Island Channels – Jewfish and Kingfish Hotspot:

Scotland Island fishing isn’t just about jewfish (mulloway) and kingfish, but we’ll start there. The channels around Scotland Island fish well for mulloway on the tide changes and for kingfish whenever the tidal movement is greatest. Large soft plastic paddletails, 100mm soft vibes and deep-diving hard-bodied lures are the weapons of choice for mulloway in these waters. Soft plastic prawns are another great option, whilst surface stickbaits and poppers can be effective on kingfish. The area also produces some cracking bream, usually the result of throwing small hard bodies, small stickbaits or soft plastic grubs at pylons and rocky shorelines. Boat hulls, moorings and mangroves add to the bream fishing options.

Palm Beach Jetty And Flats Fishing – Bream, Flathead And Squid:

Some of the best fishing in Pittwater is also the most accessible, and Palm beach jetty fishing is definitely a case in point. Accessible to almost anyone, the jetty offers access to bread and butter species like bream and flathead, along with the odd squid and very occasionally, mulloway. The jetty at the yacht club is also reportedly a hotspot for tailor, bream and squid. The jetties are definitely not the only Palm Beach fishing spots though – for those with a boat or kayak the flats off the beach are extremely productive for a range of species. The most commonly targeted ones are bream, flathead and squid, both arrow and calamari. For the bream, working small curl tail grubs, soft plastic prawns, hardbodies and blades is effective. Work areas where the substrate changes from sand to shell or weed thoroughly and you should find some fish. Flathead will turn up as a bycatch when targeting bream, but best results come when fishing the weed edges on a runout tide with 4-5″ paddletail soft plastics rigged on a standard J hook jig head. Squid can be caught year-round, but dawn and dusk (on night) are the more productive times. A size 2.5 jig in a slow sink is a good staring point through this area, switching to heavier jigs if the current keeps them from reaching bottom.

Towlers Bay – Kingfish And More:

The shoreline of Towlers Bay is a great place for those fishing in Pittwater to target kingfish on soft plastic paddle tails and high speed jigs. Pelagic species move through this area, so expect Australian salmon, tailor and (during spring-autumn) bonito to get in on the act as a welcome bycatch. At dawn and dusk it can also be worth prospecting the area for these species with stickbaits and poppers, especially if surface activity is evident. At other times of day, switching to large soft plastics, high speed metal jigs or deep diving hardbodies can do the trick. Don’t overlook the fantastic flathead fishing in this area also. The flats from Towlers Bay to Long Nose Point frequently turn up quality flathead, which are very receptive to well presented soft plastic paddletails or soft vibes on the runout tide.

Fishing In Pittwater’s West Head – Mixed Bag:

West Head can produce the usual run of pelagic species that work the western shoreline, such as kingfish, tailor, salmon and bonito, particularly working poppers and stickbaits around dawn or casting metals into the wash. The area also produces quality bream along the shorelines and reef structures, small soft plastics and hard bodies are the best bet. It’s worth tossing a squid jig over the side also, calamari feed on baitfish around the reef structures in this area. And flathead, plus the occasional flounder are likely to be encountered when drifting the flats between Barranjoey and West Heads whilst working paddletails, soft vibes and metal blades.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Waterways – Kayak and Boat Adventures:

The waterways within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offer an enticing labyrinth of mangrove-lined channels that adds an extra dimension to fishing in Pittwater. There are some land-based access points via the national park, but it’s a prime location for sportfishers exploring the waters in kayaks or small boats. Bream, whiting, and flathead are the main targets and soft plastics and small surface lures are excellent choices. Due to the prawn populations typically found in and around mangrove shorelines, soft plastic prawns are also an excellent lure choice.

Palm Beach Rock Fishing Platform – Kingfish Playground:

The rock fishing platform at Palm Beach is a renowned spot for targeting kingfish – and a magnet for land-based sportfishers. Surface lures, danced across the water’s surface in the early morning or around dusk can create explosive strikes from these powerful predators. As the sun gets higher it can be productive to work high speed metal jigs or sinking stickbaits around the suds in search of pelagic species.

Pittwater Fishing CalendarBest Times For Fishing In Pittwater

Tides and seasons  As with any fishing spot, the species that are available can vary with the season. Even species that are in Pittwater all year round exhibit times when they are more aggressive, more active or otherwise just easier to catch. So it definitely pays to know what fish to target based on the time you fish the system. 

The fishing calendar on this page provides a guide to the common species you can expect to find when you’re fishing in Pittwater, no matter what time of year.

Time of day You may have noticed in the above description of fishing spots that I often talk about fishing early morning or late afternoon. Changes of light and changes of tide can be prime times when fish are actively feeding. Early morning is often good when you’re fishing in Pittwater because there’s less boating traffic and fish are more relaxed about feeding. But don’t forget to factor in tides too. Different spots often fish better on different tides and likewise, different fish species can fish better on different tides.  

ALF Episodes About In Or Near Pittwater And Palm Beach

Barramundi Paradise: Lakefield National Park Fishing

Barramundi Paradise: Lakefield National Park Fishing

Lakefield National Park is a remote barramundi wonderland, but Luke Galea reckons it’ worth “doing the miles to get the smiles” even when you’re off the beaten track already. Tune in as he explains how to plan and execute a land-based Lakefield National Park fishing odyssey.

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Targeting Tuross Lake Whiting With Starlo

Targeting Tuross Lake Whiting With Starlo

Topwater whiting fishing on lures is fun, exciting and accessible to anyone living along the Aussie coastline. Today’s interview focuses on one of the original “whiting on poppers” destinations though, Tuross Lake – and to take us there is gun angler and Tuross local Steve Starling.

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The Art Of Luring Bream

The Art Of Luring Bream

Tim “The Bream” Morgan is highly respected for his achievements on the tournament bream circuit, so when he gets chatting to fellow bream gun Andrew Death, you’d better believe that the pro tips will start flowing!

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Mastering Gold Coast Flathead With Guy McConnell

Mastering Gold Coast Flathead With Guy McConnell

Flathead are distributed right across the Gold Coast in good numbers, but spring is the time when the bigger fish become more concentrated and easier to target. Gold Coast sponsored angler Guy McConnell does a great job of sharing tips that will help anyone catch more (and better quality) flathead on lures.

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The Five Best Fishing Spots In Sydney With Luke Kay

The Five Best Fishing Spots In Sydney With Luke Kay

The greater Sydney area has no shortage of fishing opportunities for lure tossers, as today’s guest Luke Kay shares in this interview. From the bays and estuaries to the ocean rocks, Luke takes us through where he likes to go in search of fish.

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Episode 626: Advances in Deep Slow Pitch Jigging with Jim Potts

Episode 626: Advances in Deep Slow Pitch Jigging with Jim Potts

Deep drop slow pitch jigging is one of those areas where anglers are always pushing the limits of their gear and the available techniques. Jim Potts is at the forefront of the deep slow pitch revolution and shares his learnings as he modifies and develops tackle to meet his specific fishing needs.

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Sydney Kingfish Madness With Justin Duggan

Sydney Kingfish Madness With Justin Duggan

Schooling kingfish turning shorelines to froth as they smash jelly prawns and anchovies? It’s a special kind of fishing on Sydney’s doorstep and it requires some special techniques, as Justin Duggan explains in episode 623.

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Ultimate Guide To Australia’s Best Polarised Fishing Sunglasses

Ultimate Guide To Australia’s Best Polarised Fishing Sunglasses

There are lots of places in fishing you can save a buck, but polarised sunglasses are not one of them. Anglers are exposed more than most to harsh glare and UV, both of which can cause painful, debilitating and permanent eye damage. So, it’s hard to understate the importance of quality eyewear. Here’s what you should know.

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Episode 618: Georges River Bream With Josh Carpenter

Episode 618: Georges River Bream With Josh Carpenter

The Georges River and Port Hacking systems are Josh Carpenters back yard and he loves nothing better than putting in some quality time on the bream in this area. Josh is a multiple-time ALF guest and always shares valuable info to help our listeners. Today’s episode is no exception.

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Episode 610: Lake Mulwala Murray Cod With Jack Hocking

Episode 610: Lake Mulwala Murray Cod With Jack Hocking

Lake Mulwala really starts to fire in the cooler months of the year, and for the Murray Cod enthusiast now is the time to start hitting the water! In today’s episode local guide and Mulwala native Jack Hocking shares his tips for targeting Murray Cod in this storage.

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Episode 590: Lake Moogerah Bass with Barry Oxford

Episode 590: Lake Moogerah Bass with Barry Oxford

Lake Moogerah is a stunning lake with a healthy population of fat bass. Our guest today, Barry Oxford, is a former tournament angler who is nearing having tagged 15000 bass and has mapped 120K acres of storages for CMap genesis.

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Andrew Death’s “Aha!” Bream Moments In 2022

Andrew Death’s “Aha!” Bream Moments In 2022

Andrew Death has become part of the furniture here at the ALF podcast and has interviewed multiple big names in bream fishing circles over the past 12 months. Today he shares the top things he’s learned from each conversation.

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Episode 571: Glenbawn Dam Bass With Dane Pryce

Episode 571: Glenbawn Dam Bass With Dane Pryce

Glenbawn Dam is well known for punching above it’s weight for trophy bass. Dane Pryce is a relatively new tournament angler who has notched up some impressive wins and loves to hit the Glenbawn bass popular on a regular basis.

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Episode 565: Jamie Mckeown and Andrew Death On All Things Bream Fishing

Episode 565: Jamie Mckeown and Andrew Death On All Things Bream Fishing

If you love your bream fishing then this is a must-listen! Deathy and Jamie Mckeown chat for an hour about strategies, tips and techniques that have brought Jamie massive success on the tournament bream scene. But it really doesn’t matter whether you’re a tournament fisher or just target bream for yourself, this is an incredibly informative and helpful interview.

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Episode 559: Clarence River Bass With Andy Moore

Episode 559: Clarence River Bass With Andy Moore

The Clarence River system is a massive expanse of water that is famous for its bass fishing. However, there is such a diversity of habitat that anglers need to really understand the bass and their movements to maximise their catch. Andy Moore has spent a lifetime fishing this system and doesn’t mind sharing his knowledge!

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Episode 558: Beach Pelagics With Ben Svenson

Episode 558: Beach Pelagics With Ben Svenson

Usually when it comes to targeting large Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, tunas and other pelagic speedsters we’re fishing inshore and offshore reefs from a boat, or perhaps from rocks and cliffs that give access to deep water. But a unique opportunity exists on the Western Australian coastline between Geraldton and Exmouth to target large pelagic species from the beaches! Ben Svenson has been honing his skills on these fish for the past 12 months with plenty of success and shares his learnings in todays ALF interview.

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Episode 555: Mallacoota Bream With Nikki Bryant

Episode 555: Mallacoota Bream With Nikki Bryant

Mallacoota is a location endowed with exquisite and near-pristine natural environments – but most of all with tons of estuary fishing options that include massive flathead and bream. Nikki has fished the area for years and is well known for her competitiveness in tournaments and her commitment to helping others get into lure fishing.

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Episode 553: Adventure Fishing And YouTubing With Rodney Pacitti

Episode 553: Adventure Fishing And YouTubing With Rodney Pacitti

Rodney Pacitti isn’t so much a hard-core sportfisher, but an adventure fisher who island hopes in small boats, fished offshore from kayaks and does solo survival trips where lure-caught fish are his main food source. In todays episode we talk through this, but also spend some time exploring the success factors for fishing YouTubers.

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Episode 551: Richmond River Bass with Joseph Urquhart

Episode 551: Richmond River Bass with Joseph Urquhart

Joey Urquhart grew up fishing the Richmond River system, progressed to tournament angling and then became an award winning hand-crafted lure maker. He still lives near the river and fishes it frequently, so there are not too many more qualified to take us onto these waters in search of bass!

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Episode 550: Best Spring Bass Fishing Spots With Keeghan Painter

Episode 550: Best Spring Bass Fishing Spots With Keeghan Painter

Spring bass fishing can be challenging but rewarding, with fishing moving back and forth between deeper and shallower environments. This means they can be taken on everything from blades and jigs through to soft plastics and jerkbaits. Tournament Gun Keeghan Painter spends todays episode going through five of his favourite spring bass fishing haunts, helping us to understand how each one fishes as the weather starts to warm.

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Episode 549: Northern NSW Land-Based Jewfish With Josh Annand

Episode 549: Northern NSW Land-Based Jewfish With Josh Annand

The NSW Northern coastline is a superb destination for a great many prized fishing species, but few are so revered as the jewfish. Definitely one the country’s more challenging fish species on lures, it’s understandable that many keen jewfish anglers guard their knowledge closely. Today’s guest Josh Annand isn’t one of those though. He came onboard the ALF podcast to share what he’s learned about targeting jewfish on lures from the stones – and he didn’t hold back.

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Episode 548: Brisbane Kayak Threadfin With Luke Lispet

Episode 548: Brisbane Kayak Threadfin With Luke Lispet

Chasing threadfin salmon is tons of fun at the best of times, but when it’s done from a kayak in a busy port and the fish are frequently metre plus specimens, it’s downright exhilarating. Today I chat with Yakhunter Australia founder Luke Lispet about his consistent success catching quality threadies from the Brisbane River out of a kayak. Even if those not into kayak fishing will find this conversation inspiring, but for the keen yak fishers it’s definitely one not to miss!

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Episode 547: Fishing Around Exmouth In Spring With Steve Riley

Episode 547: Fishing Around Exmouth In Spring With Steve Riley

Every time I interview Steve Riley about fishing the Exmouth area I get blown away by the opportunities on offer, but I think this interview could be my favourite so far. Steve spills the beans on five land-based fishing spots that are available to visiting anglers during spring. In the course of the conversation we cover everything from bream and whiting to tuna, reef species and pelagics including monster GT from the beach. What a destination!

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Episode 546: Sydney Bream With Andrew Death And Luke Kay

Episode 546: Sydney Bream With Andrew Death And Luke Kay

You won’t find busier or more pressured fishing waters in Australia than Sydney Harbour or the Lane Cove River. Today’s guest Luke Kay is a fierce and successful kayak tournament competitor who lives close to and regularly fishes these waterways. During this interview he delivers a masterclass on bream fishing this system that shouldn’t be missed by any keen angler.

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Episode 543: Gold Coast Squid With Clint Ansell

Episode 543: Gold Coast Squid With Clint Ansell

The biomass of squid on the Gold Coast is extraordinary, so for anyone keen on pleasant a day out on the water with a tasty seafood treat at the end is in for a treat! Clinton Ansell is a GC based fishing guide who really knows his way around the squid – and so will you after listening to his interview!

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Discover the Best Fishing Spots in Southeast Queensland this Spring

Discover the Best Fishing Spots in Southeast Queensland this Spring

For the boating angler, Southeast Queensland during spring is all about big snapper, quality jewfish, threadfin salmon, flathead and plenty more! Nabeel Issa is a multiple time ALF podcast guest and always has plenty of great info to share. Today he walks us through why spring is his favourite time to fish in SEQ and gives us the rundown on how, when and where.

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Episode 540: Sydney Kingfish With Stuart Reid

Episode 540: Sydney Kingfish With Stuart Reid

Sure, Sydney Harbour is a busy and highly pressured fishery. But fortunately there remains plenty of quality kingfish for those who know how to find them and what it takes to hook them. Sydney Harbour guide of over 2o years Stuart Reid shares his tips with Shroom!

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Episode 538: Forster Bream With Andrew Death And Russell Babekuhl

Episode 538: Forster Bream With Andrew Death And Russell Babekuhl

What could be better than listening to not just one, but two kayak tournament champs sharing tips and tricks for catching bream? That summarises today’s episode of the ALF podcast where Andrew Death questions Russell Babekuhl about his strategies for catching tons of quality bream from the Forster area – particularly through the July-September period.

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Episode 537: Hinchinbrook Winter Mangrove Jack With Adam Royle

Episode 537: Hinchinbrook Winter Mangrove Jack With Adam Royle

They might be considered a “warm-months” species, but Adam Royle fishes for Hinchinbrook mangrove jack right through the winter months with good success – even on topwater lures! In this episode he does a great job of explaining exactly how he achieves good catches of red dogs when the water is a little on the cooler side.

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Episode 536: Ballina Snapper With Michael Starkey

Episode 536: Ballina Snapper With Michael Starkey

Michael Starkey is an Australian tackle icon who has fished all over the world, but has lived and fished the Ballina area for the past 18 years. He loves nothing more than heading out to some of the very accessible shallow inshore reefs around Ballina and chasing quality reds on light tackle. Michaels strategies allow him to sift through the medium sized fish to find and catch the better quality fish.

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Episode 535: Onkaparinga River Bream With Joshua Davey

Episode 535: Onkaparinga River Bream With Joshua Davey

The Onkaparinga River system is somewhat unique and the bream it supports behave quite differently than black bream on the East Coast. Fisheries scientist Joshua Davey grew up fishing this system and continues to do so today. He’s the perfect candidate to talk us through what we need to know about fishing this cool little system!

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Episode 534: The 2022 Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo With Garry Fitz And Joey Urquhart

Episode 534: The 2022 Lure Fly & Outdoors Expo With Garry Fitz And Joey Urquhart

The 2022 Australian Lure, Fly and Outdoors Expo is an amazing showcase of Aussie lure making talent. This year’s expo will be held at the Fernvale Showgrounds with gates opening at 9am on Saturday July 30, 2022. In today’s ALF episode we chat with expo founder and lure industry icon Garry Fitzgerald as well as up and coming professional lure maker and expo exhibitor Joey Urquhart of Jollip Lures.

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Episode 532: Top Brisbane Landbased Fishing Spots In Winter With Beau Rixon

Episode 532: Top Brisbane Landbased Fishing Spots In Winter With Beau Rixon

Brisbane offers an astonishing range of land based fishing options to suit anglers of all skill levels, ranging from the hunble flathead right through to tailor, squid, bass and jewfish. Local fishing tutor and land-based guide Beau Rixon spends a lot of time fishing the area from the shore and teaching others to do the same, so for today’s episode I invited Bea to jump onboard and share some of his favourite land based spots.

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Episode 531: Coffs Harbour Snapper With Zac Panaretos

Episode 531: Coffs Harbour Snapper With Zac Panaretos

Coffs Harbour has an abundance of snapper on most of the reefs and rubble grounds from inshore to offshore – it’s just a matter of knowing how to catch them! Sponsored angler Zac Panaretos doesn’t seem to have too much trouble in that department, so we invited him onto the show to share a few tips for ALF listeners.

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Episode 530: Phillip Island Squid With Nev Hayes

Episode 530: Phillip Island Squid With Nev Hayes

Squid are a great target at Phillip Island at any time of year, but today’s guest, Nev Hayes, reckons the winter months are when the really big squid come out to play. To qualify this statement, he caught a 50cm hood length squid just a week before this interview!

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Episode 528: Pittwater Kingfish With Shroom And Peter Le Blang

Episode 528: Pittwater Kingfish With Shroom And Peter Le Blang

Peter Le Blang is a kingfish specialist who has fished Pittwater for over 50 years and for many years was a sportfishing guide on these waters. He continues to help anglers experience all that Pittwater and its kingfish have to offer through his writings for Fishing Monthly and through interviews and commentary on “The Big Fish” and 2CCC radio.

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Episode 523: Parramatta River Bream With John Couri

Episode 523: Parramatta River Bream With John Couri

The Parramatta River might disect Australia’s largest city, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of great bream fishing opportunities – even right through the winter months. In this interview John shares some awesome tips for finding and catching one of Australia’s more challenging species!

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Episode 522: Far North Qld Sooty Grunter With Phil Laycock

Episode 522: Far North Qld Sooty Grunter With Phil Laycock

Pound for pound, sooty grunter are as tough a freshwater sportfish as you’ll find anywhere. Aggressive lure takers and hard fighters in often skinny water, sooties are accessible to just about anyone fishing Far North Queensland, whethere from boat, kayak or bank.

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Episode 408: Wollongong Kingfish With Vicki Lear

Episode 408: Wollongong Kingfish With Vicki Lear

Wollongong has no shortage of amazing fishing opportunities, but yellowtail kingfish have to rate as one of the more exciting species. Vicki Lear has been targeting them from Wollongong for years and isn’t shy about sharing tips.

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Episode 323: Shark Bay Whiting With Ben Svenson

Episode 323: Shark Bay Whiting With Ben Svenson

Shark bay may be renowned for its amazing pelagic and reef species, but there are plenty of bread and butter fish to be caught too, like the humble whiting. Ben Svenson returns to ALF to share some gems on how to target these feisty little fish on lures.

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Sydney Land-based Bonito With Marki Mark

Sydney Land-based Bonito With Marki Mark

During the warmer months the bonito move along Sydney’s coastlines, providing great light tackle, land based sport fishing for anglers in the know! Local fishing identity Marki Mark is one of those who makes the most of the annual bonito run, and in this podcast episode he shares his tips!

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Episode 308: Callide Dam Barramundi With Nigel Krueger

Episode 308: Callide Dam Barramundi With Nigel Krueger

Callide Dam has been consistently stocked with barramundi for a number of years, resulting in the storage holding good numbers of fish across a range of size classes. Metre-plus fish are in good numbers though and today’s guest has a few great tips for connecting with them.

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Episode 297: Tweed Heads Kingfish With Sunny Sharman

Episode 297: Tweed Heads Kingfish With Sunny Sharman

During spring the inshore reefs around Tweed Heads are invaded by good numbers of quality yellowtail kingfish. Local surface fishing nut Sunny Sharman has spent the past few seasons putting his skills to the test as he dials the in the kingfish code species in his back yard.

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Episode 292: Noosa Spanish Mackerel With David Leonard

Episode 292: Noosa Spanish Mackerel With David Leonard

Noosa has a reputation for being a top place to target Spanish mackerel, and our guest for Episode 292, David Leonard, has a reputation for knowing how to catch them. In this episode he shares some tips from his “Advanced Mackerel Techniques” video.

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Sydney Mahi Mahi Madness With Al McGlashan

Sydney Mahi Mahi Madness With Al McGlashan

Mahi Mahi are one of those fish that are great sport great eating and extremely photogenic. Fortunately there’s plenty of them off Sydney, and local fishing gun Al McGlashan is more than happy to share a few tips.

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Episode 280: Hinze Dam Bass With Kane Rowsell

Episode 280: Hinze Dam Bass With Kane Rowsell

Hinze Dam holds plenty of quality bass, and if you can find them they are usually quite agressive. That’s if you can find them. Luckily Hinze specialist Kane Rowsell helps out in Episode 280 of the ALF podcast.

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Episode 279: Shoalhaven Bass With Ben O’Brien

Episode 279: Shoalhaven Bass With Ben O’Brien

Springtime in the Shoalhaven River system sees the resident bass population become increasingly active as they re-condition and re-locate following spawning. Ben O’Brien shares his tips for finding and tangling with this awesome sports fish.

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Snapper Sonar Masterclass

Snapper Sonar Masterclass

[Live on 5 October @ 8pm]
Lee Rayner explains the differences between the Port Phillip and Westernport snapper fisheries, how they call for different sonar techniques and what you need to know to maximise your chances in either system!

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Jewfish Sonar Masterclass

Jewfish Sonar Masterclass

[19 Oct2020 @ 8pm]
Don’t even bother casting a line for Moreton Bay jewfish until you’ve found a school with your sonar first, says Nabeel Issa!

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