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Hail the deluge
  |  First Published: May 2014



After months without any rain it has finally happened! The rain moved its way down the coast and so far the Eden area is coping a heap. It's definitely needed as the rivers and creeks were looking very low and barely flowing.

The past month there has been some good fishing offshore with striped marlin and yellowfin tuna. The tuna have been only small, around 10kg, but the coming months should see the fishing improve as the bigger fish put in an appearance.

And the water cools off, the southern bluefin tuna will pass by the Eden Coast giving anglers a last chance at a big fish before things quieten down over the winter months.

Closer to shore there has been the odd day when the kingfish have been on the chew, but all in all this has been the worst season for the kingies in the past few years.

The inshore reef fishing has been good with plenty of snapper and morwong catches. Reports of sand flathead and tiger flathead are coming in from down in Disaster Bay; it's a long way to travel but if you pick your day it's well worth it.

The salmon are about along the beaches. As the temps cool, their numbers will only increase and the winter months will see these fish enter the estuary systems eating everything in sight. Considering they have no commercial value, there is nothing to keep their numbers in check, which is not a good situation for any fish smaller than a salmon such as baby whiting, estuary perch, etc.

The estuaries have been fishing well with sand whiting taking nippers and worms. The entrance area is the go with the last of the run-out tide. The best flathead have still been taking lures with yellowfin bream and black bream around the oyster leases and rocky edges.

The bass will enjoy the good rains; with the river levels up, the fish are able to move freely from pool to pool.

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