Snapper on the move
  |  First Published: October 2013

Eden, like the rest of the towns on the Far South Coast, is a sleepy, cold town during the Winter months. As Spring blossoms, so does Eden and when Summer comes around, it’s a hive of activity.

There is still good fishing to be had in the meantime, however.

The inshore reef fishing is good during the cooler months, with snapper on the go.

Once you start seeing cuttlefish backbones washed up on the beach, it’s a good bet that the snapper are on the move.

Plenty of anglers are fishing soft plastics for snapper whenever they spot the fish on their sounder. These guys rarely fail to get a feed.

Boat anglers are also catching morwong, nannygai and leatherjackets, along with some gummy sharks and sand flathead.

There are plenty of good rock fishing locations along North Head and South Head which will also give you a good chance of a big snapper.

If you fish from first light with fresh bait and get a good berley trail going, it shouldn’t take long to get some action if snapper are in the area.

As with the beaches, schools of salmon are constantly moving around the headlands.

It’s a good idea to always keep a metal lure rigged on a spare rod. That way, when fish swim by you’ll be ready to put a lure in front of them.

The local beaches all have good gutters as constant wave action and some big seas have really got the water moving.

The salmon love these areas of the beach because there’s plenty of food washing around. Fish to around 3kg have been caught, with the average fish around 1.5kg.

The rivers are still all flowing well, with the black bream in the estuaries starting to move upstream on their annual spawning run.

These fish can be hard to catch, particularly when the water is clear. To give yourself the best chance, fish in the early morning or late afternoon.

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