’Tis the season to be fishing
  |  First Published: December 2008

Whether fishing the continental shelf for game fish, inshore for flathead and reef species, hunting the estuary for bread-and-butter species or wetting a line on the beach, this is the start of the season and everyone should be able to catch a fish or two.

It won’t be long before holiday season and pre-Christmas is a great time for the locals to have a fish before the hectic time of year descends upon us.

Offshore action all relies on the current. If the warm water is starting to head south, so are the fish.

Yellowfin tuna, striped tuna, striped marlin and sharks will all be on the move, making the trip to the shelf well worthwhile.

As the water warms we get closer to kingfish season and it is no secret that Eden has been one of the best locations on the South Coast to get action on the kingies. Plenty of legal-size fish (65cm) are caught each season with some big fish as well.

Kingfish can be fickle, biting one day but not the next.

If there is a current moving, that is always a good thing.

Finding the technique or lure they are taking is also a challenge and, once hooked, they will test your gear because not too many fish pull as hard as a kingie.

They are consistently caught anywhere from North Head through to Mowarry Point.

The snapper fishing in the same areas will provide pan-sized fish and those chasing flathead should do well around the Pinnacles area.

Off the beaches, salmon are still about with a few yellowfin bream also on the bite.

High tide at dusk or dawn is a winner off the beach with the ends near the rocks the best area for the bream.

Beach worms are great bait. They can be bought from the tackle shops or bait outlets but if you know how to catch your own, it all odds to the beach fishing experience.

In the estuaries, flathead action is in full swing with fish caught in the Wonboyn and Kiah rivers.

Whiting are about and as the water gets warmer they will start biting a lot better.

Bass season is well under way with the best time to fish in the evening, after a hot day.

Gavin Joyce with a bream caught on a Storm Wildeye Minnow

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