Prime time at Eden
  |  First Published: April 2012

Over the past month good rain has set up the rivers for many months ahead and with good fresh flow in all the little creeks and streams, the bass will be happy.

This is usually the best time of year to be fishing the Eden area with warm water firing up the offshore, beach and river action.

Local beaches have been fishing well, with yellowfin bream, sand whiting and salmon the main species being caught. Beach worms and fresh prawns have been the most popular baits while pilchards and metal lures have been catching the salmon.

Look for a good gutter with stirred up water on a rising tide and you should be into the action. If not, take a walk to the next lively spot because that’s where the fish could be.


The local reefs have been providing some great action on kingfish, with the area from South Head down to Green Cape really firing over the past month. Trolling lures and jigging heavy metal have been the most common ways of getting the fish.

Snapper, tiger flathead, sand flathead and morwong are also being caught by bottom bashers chasing a feed.

Out wider, striped tuna are taking lures and the game fishing will really fire up soon when the yellowfin tuna appear.

The estuaries have been good with the Kiah River and Wonboyn turning up good numbers of flathead, yellowfin bream, sand whiting and blackfish.

The best catches of sand whiting have been around the entrance on a run-out tide using nippers or fresh prawns.

The flathead are spread out throughout both systems, with those tossing soft plastics and hardbodies finding the fish.

Some good-sized tailor are being caught in Wonboyn Lake and I dare say a few jewfish are about but, as usual, the jewie fishers keep things pretty quiet.

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