Kings and snapper head the list
  |  First Published: December 2006

The inshore reefs around Eden have fired up with snapper and kingfish.

Plenty of snapper have been caught from the reefs anywhere from North Head right down to Green Cape and while they’re not huge, their numbers make up for that.

The majority of fish are from the legal 30cm up to around 2.5kg. Best baits have been squid, fillets of yellowtail and pilchards although soft plastics have also been accounting for plenty of fish.

It’s no secret that from November to April the best action on the South Coast is for kingfish off Eden. These fish can turn up anywhere including North Head and inside Twofold Bay but most of the action seems to occur on the reefs around Morwarry Point.

The bulk of the fish are from the legal 60cm to 70cm but fish of around a metre aren’t uncommon. As with kingfish anywhere, any number of techniques will work, from livebaiting to jigging and trolling. A number of anglers are also using big soft plastics with plenty of success.

A lot of anglers are using big, flashy teasers to keep the kings around the boat when the bite really fires up.

Some good sand flathead and tiger flathead are also being caught with the best of the catches from the sandy patches adjacent to the reefs. Decent leatherjackets and morwong have also been caught with squid and prawns good bait for both species.

Out on the continental shelf things will really start to fire as the water warms, with striped tuna, striped marlin and yellowfin tuna making up the bulk of the catches.

Fishing in the rivers has been excellent with good catches of flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and the odd school jew coming from the Kiah and Wonboyn rivers and Wonboyn Lake.

The school jew are from 3kg to 4kg with the odd fish of around 7kg.

The flathead have been biting well on soft plastics with the Firebait Longtail Minnow and Wiggletail catching plenty.

The bream have been biting well on small crankbaits around structure. Bait anglers have been doing well, especially those going to the effort of catching good fresh bait like live poddy mullet, nippers and worms.

Salmon and the odd tailor have been coming from the beaches.

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