Summer rains stir the fish up
  |  First Published: January 2015

The recent rain that hit the south coast did not miss Eden either, with the whole area copping a good soaking. The local rivers and creeks are flowing well, and the water in the estuaries has cleared after being the colour of chocolate.

Solid rain at this time of year is always good for fishing in the weeks to follow. This even benefits the offshore fishing, and as the saying goes “a drought on the land is a drought in the ocean”. Boats heading offshore have been coming home with a good feed, with the flathead grounds fishing well for tiger and sand flathead. The usual reefies like snapper, morwong and of course leatheries have all been caught and some good kingies are present, but getting them on the bite hasn't been easy with fish caught one day and not the next.

Boats heading out wide chasing game fish have caught small yellowfin tuna, along with striped tuna. Striped marlin are about and the fishing will only improve in the coming months. The water temperature at the moment is up and down like a yo-yo, with water as cold as 16 degrees one day, then back up to 20 the next.

Heading offshore means an early start, as the wind has been up most days by 9.00am. If you get going early enough, you can be back with a feed before the wind blows you off the water.

Dusky flathead are on the go in all the local estuaries, with soft plastic lures working well. Tailor, trevally, bream and whiting have been caught, with fresh baits of worms and nippers the go for the whiting. The months ahead should see the prawns start moving. They are the prime bait if they are about, and lures that imitate a prawn will get you amongst the fish.

With all the rivers flowing well, the bass fishing in the area has been excellent. The fish have been able to move well upstream to their summer haunts and surface fishing has been good, with early mornings and fishing into the evening the best option.

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