Lively times ahead
  |  First Published: November 2012

As the weather gets warmer everything starts to liven up. The longer days start to warm the water and entice to the area those tourists who like the quieter time before the arrival of the Christmas holidaymakers.

It won’t be long until the warm water reaches offshore and the yellowfin tuna, striped tuna and striped marlin season will be under way. There are great launching facilities at Quarantine Bay, making the area a popular destination for bigger boats intending to head out wide fishing.

Closer to shore there has been some good fishing for tiger flathead and sand flathead. The Pinnacles, just north of Eden, are fishing well but the best area is to the south in Disaster Bay; it’s a fair drive but you will be rewarded for your effort.

Around the inshore reefs, good eating-size snapper to 2kg have been caught with a few bigger specimens as well. They have been caught by berleying up in the shallows first thing in the morning; move out deeper when the action slows.

There are plenty of good offshore reefs around Eden, making it one the best kingfish locations on the South Coast. These fish should turn up anytime soon with the best fun around the moon when the tidal movement is stronger.

Once the fish are here, it’s just a matter of keeping your ears to the ground for the best areas to be fishing, usually down to Morwarry Point.

The beach is still producing salmon but as the water warms it will bring on more species, such as whiting, yellowfin bream, jewfish, etc.

Anglers who like tossing lures for bass will be starting to get out there chasing a few early season fish before it is in full swing.

The estuary will also fire up, with flathead taking lures in the shallows and then moving into the deeper water once the water really warms up.

Some really big yellowfin bream have been caught along the coast and at the mouths of the rivers. These fish tend to bite on an incoming tide with the mornings fishing best.

Steve Byrom with a great flathead caught on a shallow-running Rapala minnow.

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