At this time of year you expect warm water and hot days – it is Summer, after all. Well, maybe it’s still yet to come.
In January the water temperature was up and down like a yo-yo and without consistent hot days to warm up the river and lakes, everyone is hoping the best is still coming.
Fishing in the rivers and lakes in the Eden area has been good, with enough rain to keep things flowing.
Those fishing for bass have had a good time, with water flowing between pools allowing the fish to move to the upper reaches.
In the estuary the normal species have been on the go, with flathead, bream and the odd jewie. But the whiting have been a bit slow off the mark due to the water temperatures.
Bait fishos have been doing well, with live mullet catching some good quality fish. The bigger fish like flathead love live mullet and when using a livie like that there is always the chance of a mulloway.
Live prawns and nippers have been catching some decent bream, with the oyster rocks at Wonboyn well worth fishing. Some good-sized blackfish are about with fish in the estuaries and along the ocean rocks.
Offshore, things are still yet to happen.
Some albacore and yellowfin were being caught but that all slowed down and the kingfish are yet to get going. Plenty of keen anglers are awaiting the arrival of a strong, warm ocean current that will bring on the kingies. Rumour has it that things should fire up this month.
The inshore fishing grounds have been yielding good catches of sand and tiger flathead along with snapper, morwong and leatherjackets.
The fishing off the rocks has been good with plenty of blackfish and drummer caught anywhere from North Head down to Green Cape.
The beaches have been fishing well for tailor, yellowfin bream and the odd salmon.
All in all it seems the best fishing is yet to come – so if you’re thinking of heading to the Eden area, it’s definitely worth the trip.Reads: 1315