Tuna take over
  |  First Published: August 2001

Eden was on the edge of the big dump of rain that was received further to the south in the Mallacoota area, resulting in all the rivers and creeks flowing like they should, something that we haven’t seen for many years.

Since the rain the area has experienced some great winter weather with blue skies and windless days.

Offshore fishing has really fired up and with the good weather have come some flat seas ideal for venturing out wide where the action is.

The action is in the form of southern bluefin tuna and plenty of them.

There are big schools of fish ranging from 20kg to 35kg and mixed in with these fish are the big barrels around 120kg.

Albacore are also plentiful with fish around 12kg mark and a few bigger ones as well.

Yellowfin tuna are also being caught in the same area, although they are not as common as the other species.

The most successful way of finding fish has been to start trolling around the continental shelf area and once a fish is caught, it’s just a matter of setting up a berley trail and getting stuck into the fish.

Big catches have been had with one boat reporting catching and releasing over 40 fish.

Bluefin tuna are excellent for eating raw but if you’re cooking them, make sure you don’t overcook or they will become dry and chewy.

The story for those fishing in closer has been good with catches of gummy shark, snapper and, to a lesser extent, flathead.

Before the water temperature dropped kingfish were being caught down around the Green Cape area but recently there have been few people fishing this area, especially with all the action out wide.

With Winter come the salmon, with the beaches and rocky headlands holding big schools swimming back and forward ready to eat anything that is put in front of them. The average size is around 2kg with the big fellows more than twice that.

The estuaries have been pretty slow and with all the fresh flowing from the hills, the water temperature is right down. The fishing has been slower than past years.

However, the entrance areas have been fishing well for tailor and salmon.

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