Recent rain events keep the rivers flowing
  |  First Published: March 2016

The town has been busy as usual, with many of the visitors here to fish.

Big rains dirtied up the water through February and since then the salmon have disappeared. Some good yellowfin bream and sand whiting have been caught on a rising tide, but the best fishing has been around dusk and dawn with fresh bait Try beach worms.

Plenty of anglers head to Eden to fish from the rocky headlands, with great snapper and drummer fishing. Game fishing down towards Green Cape has been exceptional, and you can expect to encounter kingfish, tuna and marlin. Boats that head offshore have had to pick their days to avoid those strong easterly winds that create sloppy, unpleasant ocean conditions.

On the inshore reefs we have seen some good fish hit the decks, with snapper, morwong, sand and tiger flathead caught alongside good-sized gummy shark. Yellowtail kingfish have been caught in recent weeks, with the best fishing occuring around the new and full moon. The next few months should see the fishing improve for this species.

Out wider, albacore tuna and some small yellowfin tuna have been caught, with the legendary striped marlin due to show up here soon. This is thanks to a big area of hot water to the north that is making its way south and firing up these fun loving species.

Some good fish have been caught in the estuaries over the past few weeks and dusky flathead are a staple on a variety of lures. Some of the bigger fish have been taken on live baits at night by anglers chasing mulloway. We can expect some good fishing for mulloway all the way through until Easter.

Sand whiting and yellowfin bream have been caught around the entrance area of the local rivers with the black bream at their best further upstream. The next dark should see the prawns start moving in the estuaries and, once the tide starts running out, it should be worth getting out there for a look. The recent rains have kept the rivers flowing, which has been great for summer bass fishing. Good bass have fallen for surface lures in the past month.

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