Eyes on the shelf
  |  First Published: July 2011

Even with cold days and plenty of rain the norm, the fishing offshore has been heating up.

It’s amazing the difference in ocean temperature between Mallacoota and Eden. It’s between 14° and 15º at Mallacoota, but at Eden the water is still around 19º inshore. No wonder there is such a difference in the offshore fishing.

Over the next months the main focus at Eden will be out around the continental shelf.

At present yellowfin tuna are about with anglers readying their gear in the hope of the big southern bluefin tuna making their way past Eden as they travel north before turning and heading east out into the wild blue yonder.

Closer to shore there has been some great action on snapper with plenty of fish around 2kg to 2.5kg.

Anglers using berley on the inshore reefs have found success with unweighted baits and soft plastic lures drifted down the berley trail.

On the good days the fish have been visible as they rise to the back of the boat.

Sand and tiger flathead are on the bite with the best area down past Green Cape in Disaster Bay.

From Green Cape through to Mowarrie Point kingfish are still around, but lately getting them to bite has meant being out there on the right day.

There is no shortage of salmon along the coast with big schools of fish around 2.5kg to 3kg moving along the beaches and headlands. These fish will provide anglers with plenty of action over the months ahead, whether tossing a lure of fishing with bait.

The recent flood has fired up the fishing in the local rivers with the Kiah River looking as good as it has for a long time.

Deep pools have been scoured out on the bends, leaving a much better habitat for the fish, and with the water clearing there has been some good bream and the odd flathead on the bite.

Wonboyn Lake has been fishing well with some good-sized tailor caught.

With the water cleared right up, there should be some rewarding fishing on offer over the Winter.

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