Eden is warming up nicely
  |  First Published: November 2011

It won’t be long now before the holidaymakers arrive to enjoy all that Eden has to offer, with fishing at the top of many tourists’ lists.

All the fishing options start to fire up and it will only get better as the water temperature rises.

Over the past month there has been good fishing on the inshore reefs for tiger and sand flathead but the best action has been on the snapper. Reds averaging a kilo – great eating size – have been caught in close and out wider, with some fish also to 5kg.

There is still no sign of any kingfish, but it won’t be long before these hard fighters turn up and that really is a big drawcard Eden has to offer the visiting angler.

The best kingfish area is down around Mowarry Point and at times Green Cape and if the kings aren’t on, Disaster Bay is close by and that has the best flathead grounds in the area.

The rocky areas of North Head and South Head offer some great action for drummer and blackfish. Berleying up with bread is a great way of bringing these fish out, with cunjevoi the best choice of bait.

When fishing for these drummer use a strong rod, reel and line to stop them from heading under a rock and breaking your line.

In the estuaries, the flathead have been on the chew with some good fish caught in the Kiah River and Wonboyn Lake.

Lure fishing has been good, with a variety of soft plastic and hardbody lures performing well. The shallow water is the place to start and as the water warms up, it often pays to move out a bit deeper.

A few sand whiting have been caught but they will improve further when the water warms, bringing fish down from the north.

Bream action has been good with fish caught around the snags, oyster leases and oyster-covered rocks.

The flooding rains over the past 12 months have really done the Kiah River some good, with big deep pools on the bends.

This habitat is just the thing the bass need and with plenty of places for the fish to live, all looks good for bass fishing over the warmer months.

A variety of lures can be used to catch these fish – spinnerbaits, deep and shallow crankbaits and surface lures all work a treat when fished at dusk or dawn or into the night.

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