Offshore runs hot
  |  First Published: April 2011

Autumn is probably the best time for many of the forms of fishing that the Far South Coast has to offer.

The water offshore is at its warmest and fish are travelling along the continental shelf line, and we are at the time of year when the weather is at its best, allowing for some great days out wide.

Over the past month we have seen kingfish on the go from South Head down to Green Cape.

As they say with kingies, ‘no run, no fun’, which is why the fishing picks up around the full and new moon when the tides are biggest. There are plenty of fish around 5kg with 10kg to 12kg fish also being caught.

The kingfish should hang around for a few months so if getting amongst them is on your list of things to do, Eden shouldn’t let you down.

Out on the shelf good striped marlin have been caught in good numbers. The majority of the fish have been north of Eden with 45kg specimens common and bigger fish among them.

A few mahi mahi are also being caught. As with the kingies, the action will only improve over coming months with yellowfin tuna taking over from the marlin and fingers crossed the southern bluefin tuna follow.


In closer to shore bonito to 2.5kg are being caught and what a great fish they are: good eating and great fighting.

Bonito will take a wide variety of baits but if they are playing hardball a live yakka or slimy mackerel will do the trick.

Those chasing a feed of sand and tiger flathead have been doing will with good fish coming from the Pinnacles.

Plenty of snapper are being caught with the common size around a kilo.

Fishing from the rocks has been good, especially for drummer with the area around South Head producing good fish. That’s no surprise as the area has plenty of good gutters and washes for the fish to feed in.

The beaches have fished well with sand whiting and yellowfin bream on the bite. Fresh beach worms and prawns have been the go.

Salmon have been a bit slow but things will pick up as we head into Winter.

The local estuaries have been good with flathead, bream and whiting all being caught and with Easter coming up, it’s time to expect to encounter some of the bigger jewfish that frequent the Far South Coast.

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