Getting the timing right
  |  First Published: March 2014

The busy time of year has been and gone with plenty of tourists here for the Christmas break. Plenty of the visitors are here to go fishing but those heading offshore have really had to pick the right days. The ocean waves haven’t been an issue, the problem has been the wind which has been blowing relentlessly. An early start is needed if you want to catch a few fish.

Kingfish have been caught of late, with the best fishing coming anywhere from South Head down to Green Cape. The fish have been on the move so you’ll need to rely on your sounder to get amongst them. These fish have been caught using all methods – trolling, jigging and live baiting – with catches of big specimens over the 1m mark.

Flathead fishing has been good with some great fishing had down at Disaster Bay. It's a long way from Eden but that's the reason the fishing is so good.

On the reef fishing front, anglers are catching snapper, morwong and leatherjackets, with an early start needed for the best fishing.

Fishing for gamefish out around the shelf has seen striped marlin and yellowfin tuna caught when the weather has allowed the boats to get out there and have a go.

Salmon are plentiful on all the local beaches, with big patches of fish visible from the shore at times. Bream and whiting are also being caught from the gutters along the beach, with the rising tide near dawn and dusk the best time to wet a line.

The local estuaries have been fishing well with plenty of flathead caught, and soft plastics have been working well. Keep trying different coloured lures until you find what they want to eat. After that they can be easy to catch.

Sand whiting are also on the bite with the best fishing coming from the front sections of the estuaries. Live bait and fresh bait are the go.

Yellowfin bream and black bream are being caught from all the local estuaries with the best fishing being near the mouths of the rivers for the yellowfin bream.

With the rivers and creeks still flowing the bass fishing has been great. Some big fish have been caught in recent weeks, and it’s great to see these fish let go by those successful anglers.

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