Estuaries in full swing
  |  First Published: December 2010

Estuary fishing is in full swing with all the local rivers firing well and with the town about to see an influx of tourists, those here for the fishing shouldn’t go home disappointed.

The Kiah River and Wonboyn Lake have been fishing well with flathead on the bite and soft plastic lures working well. The fish are spread out so it’s important to cover some ground.

This is prime time for big fish to get in on the action. If you are lucky enough to catch one of these big girls, do the right thing and give the fish its freedom; they are too valuable to be caught just once.

Bream are about with both yellowfin and black bream being caught by those fishing with fresh bait. Live nippers have been catching some quality fish, especially at dawn and dusk.

Fishing with lures has been good with accurate casts around structure the way to entice a strike.

The odd sand whiting is being caught with greater numbers to turn up as the water warms further. Again, a very good whiting bait is a live nipper.

Nippers can be pumped from the entrance area, as well as all of the local rivers. The mouth of the Nullica River is one of the best spots to collect bait.


The beaches have been fishing well with salmon and yellowfin bream on the bite. The bream are biting best at the top of the tide.

Being able to catch beach worms is an asset at this time of year and over coming months beach worms are one of the best baits for a variety of species.

Bottom bouncing offshore has been good with tiger flathead, sand flathead, morwong and snapper making up the catch for those chasing a feed.

The kingfish will also be firing up.

As the water warms, the kingfish action draws anglers from afar and each season we see some memorable fishing on the reefs to the south of Eden.

Good launching facilities at Quarantine Bay make fishing offshore at Eden safe and hassle-free.

The game season starts in earnest at the end of the month and with a few yellowfin tuna already being caught things will only improve over the coming months.

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