Transitioning from marlin to tuna
  |  First Published: May 2015

The far south coast has seen some great autumn weather, while a good drop of rain in late summer has kept the water flowing in all the local rivers. As we head into winter, the town is really quietening down, with Easter being the last busy period until Christmas.

This is the time of year the game fishermen have been waiting for. The past few months has seen some great fishing for marlin out wide on the shelf, with the fish being caught both to the north and south of Eden. Now things have really fired up with albacore and yellowfin tuna coming in.

The coming month will see the wind drop off and perfect weather for heading out wide to chase a fish of a lifetime. As the season moves on, we should also see the southern bluefin tuna turn up, hopefully to cap off what's been a great game fishing season on the far south coast.

Closer to shore, the inshore reefs have been fishing well for your table fish — snapper, morwong, flathead (both tigers and sandies), with reports of some good kingfish also being caught. The beaches have been fishing well for good sized salmon that are turning up in numbers as we head towards winter. Quality yellowfin bream and sand whiting are also being beached. It's not hard to find a good gutter, as recent big seas have really moved the sand about. With a rising tide near dawn or dusk, the fish have been on the bite big time.

The rocky headlands in the area are good, with some big black drummer being caught, along with blackfish. Using cunjevoi for bait and plenty of berley is the key to getting a few fish. The local estuaries are still fishing consistently after a great summer, with some good action from whiting and yellowfin bream. Fresh bait in the form of nippers, worms and prawns fished around the entrance should see you catch a feed.

This is the time of year when the prawns start moving, but as of yet there has been little to report. Further up the estuary, flathead are still being caught, with some good fishing been recorded by anglers tossing soft plastics. Black bream are also coming in from around the oyster-covered rocks on hardbody lures. The top of the tide is best.

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