A little slice of Eden paradise
  |  First Published: October 2015

Everyone is over what was one of the coldest winters experienced in a long time and it feels great to know that spring is just around the corner. The rivers and creeks in the Eden area have all cleared up after the recent rains and are still flowing well which should make for some great fishing in the coming months.

The days may be starting to warm up but the ocean is still cold. When the ocean gets warm, the fishing will really take off. Fishing the beaches for salmon has been excellent, choose any of the beaches in the area and you’ll find yourself with a bag. Fishing a good gutter on a rising tide will set you up among the fish. At this time of year big tailor and salmon are found from the beaches. These fish enter the local estuaries to chase the whitebait as they school over the winter months. Landing one however, isn't easy – their teeth will cut through trace like it wasn't there, and they will almost always reject a wire trace.

The inshore species are all being caught. Snapper, tiger, and sand flathead along with some good size morwong in the coming months will see the boats heading out wider to the shelf. Here’s where you’ll find game fish species that put in an appearance as the water starts warming. The local estuaries have really cleared up after the recent rains and some good fishing has been reported towards the fresh at the top of the system. Black bream are plentiful in these spots but are there to spawn and thus catching them can prove tricky. Dusky flathead have been caught in their wintering spots but will start spreading out through the system as the water warms. Fish are about in numbers so its looking good for the summer months. Some healthy sand whiting are still being caught in the front section of the local estuaries - their numbers will increase over the coming months as more fish arrive with the warmer water. Good silver trevally are making an appearance and can be caught on a variety of lures or fresh bait. For their size they are one of the hardest fighting fish you can expect to catch in the estuaries on the South Coast. Some great estuary perch have been caught over the winter months with keen perch anglers. To be successful in your endeavours, you have to put in the time.

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