Easy, safe ocean access
  |  First Published: December 2011

Great fishing brings the tourists to Eden over the Summer and the launching facilities at Quarantine Bay make heading out to sea a pleasure.

A dual ramp on a protected harbour makes access Twofold Bay and to the sea safe and easy.

Many anglers chasing sand and tiger flathead come home with a feed. They head north up to the Pinnacles or down to Disaster Bay – it’s a long haul but it’s usually well worth it.

Over the inshore reefs you can expect to catch morwong, leatherjackets and small snapper, along with the odd bigger specimen. If you get a few fish, try to repeat the exact drift and more fish should be caught – this is where a GPS with a plotter can be very handy.

Kingfish will be about in force over coming months, with fish from South Head down to Green Cape.

They can be easy to catch one day and then on other days, you can find the fish but it’s hard to make them have a go.

They tend to bite best when the current is running. The saying ‘no run, no fun’ really rings true when fishing for kingies.

Anglers heading out chasing game fish are catching yellowfin tuna and things will only improve over the next few months.


This is the best time to be fishing the estuaries of the Far South Coast with the Kiah River fishing well for flathead.

Walk the banks tossing lures or fish from a boat travelling upstream with the tide, but you need to leave with the tide to avoid being stuck in the long, shallow sections and sucking sand into your engine’s cooling system.

Bream are also caught in the rocky sections of the river. Bait fishers do well using live nippers, which can be pumped from the shallows near the entrance at low tide.

Jewfish are regularly caught at the mouth of the Kiah River and along a few of the beaches of Twofold Bay over the Summer.

Wonboyn Lake, a short drive south of Eden, is also a great fishing destination over the warmer months.

Wonboyn is easy to navigate and offers anglers all the species regularly found in local estuaries.

It has oyster leases, rock ledges, weed beds and all the fish-holding structure that gives anglers plenty of options when chasing a feed.

And those who love chasing jewfish often catch fish in the lake, especially at night.

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