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Fishing set to improve in cool conditions
  |  First Published: July 2017



As with the rest of the South Coast, the Eden area has quietened right down. With winter happening, it’s a long time until summer when the visitors will be back once again. The area has just received its first drop of rainfall over the last few months and it’s much-needed. This will be good for the fishing over the coming months.

Fishing-wise there has been plenty to report. Offshore the water temperature is starting to drop, but at the moment it is still warm enough to have the sand flathead and tiger flathead biting. Good numbers of quality fish have been caught. Good sand flathead are also being caught throughout Twofold Bay, which is great, as it means you don’t have to go far to get a feed.

Kingfish have been caught along South Head and around North Head. As long as the big schools of baitfish are around, the fish will be here. Cold water moving up the coast will shut the fishing down. This year has seen some good catches of bonito. Bonito show up some years and not others. Snapper and morwong have also been caught on the inshore reefs and the fishing should only improve over the coming months.

Out wide on the shelf there has been little to report. Fingers crossed the yellowfin tuna make an appearance followed by the southern bluefin tuna. Big schools of salmon have been moving along the beaches in the Eden area with some of the fish up around the 3kg mark.

Walking the beaches tossing a lure into likely gutters is the way to find the fish, as they are constantly on the move.

The recent rains dirtied the water in the estuaries for a short time. This cleared up quickly with the water temperature dropping. As it’s winter, the fishing is starting to slow down. Before the rain, good fish were being caught like the sand whiting and yellowfin bream caught towards the entrance of the rivers.

Dusky flathead are still being caught, however, it’s not as easy as it was in the months past. In cooler water this is one fish that slows right down. Silver trevally are about in good numbers and good size fish to 1.5kg have been caught. Over the past month, there have been decent tailor caught. You can expect some big fish to put in an appearance.

Black bream have been caught by anglers fishing upstream with fish along the rocky edges and around structure. This fishing should only improve, as the fish will be working there way upstream to spawn.

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