Rain will help for years
  |  First Published: May 2012

Eden received more than its fair share of rain over the past month, with more recorded than further south at Mallacoota.

All the rivers and creeks again are flowing well, which is a great sign for good fishing over the coming months.

For those keen anglers who like chasing bass, the rain over the past few years has done the local rivers a big favour, scouring out great pools and creating plenty of habitat for the fish.

The full benefits of these rains are yet to be seen over the coming years.

Prior to the rain there was some good fishing in the local rivers with all the usual species like bream, flathead, blackfish and whiting on the bite. Fish were being caught throughout the estuary with lure and bait fishers getting their share.

After the rain those fishing the entrance area with prawns, nippers and worms were getting amongst the yellowfin bream. With

the water slowly clearing the fish are gradually moving back upstream and spreading throughout the estuaries.

The local beaches have been good with yellowfin bream and sand whiting biting well. The top of the tide and beachworms have been the recipe for best action.

Salmon have also being caught on metal lures and pilchards.

Fishing from the rocks has also been good with quality drummer biting well, with cunjevoi the best bait.

Good size blackfish are also being caught. There are plenty of good rock fishing spots on North Head and South Head down to Green Cape.


Offshore fishing has been good and is expected to last that way for a few months. Yellowfin tuna to about 40kg are being caught along with striped tuna.

This action is taking place out on the continental shelf where striped marlin are also being encountered.

Closer to shore, along South Head down to Green Cape the kingfish are going nuts with the professionals catching tonnes of fish and the recreational anglers catching their share.

There is no shortage of rec anglers around with the car park at Quarantine Bay very often at capacity. Plenty of rat kings are being caught along with fish to almost 1m.

Those chasing sand and tiger flathead are catching some good ones but with the kingfish action the way it has been, that’s what everyone is fishing for.

Louise and Kim Brandreth with a great flathead caught on a soft plastic.

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