As with the rest of the East Coast, Eden got hammered with the big low. In fact, the biggest wave ever recorded on the East Coast was during that blow at Eden, and the wave measured over 17m.
Plenty of damage was done in the area with the Chipmill Wharf smashed up by the big seas and millions of dollars needed for repairs.
As I write, the area is copping another blow and drenching from another East Coast low. Prior to the blow, good fish were being caught offshore, off the beach and in the estuaries. The water was clear, as we had had very little rain, but with this change the water temperature has dropped and plenty of freshwater is flowing into all the estuaries.
The water was starting to clear after the first flood, but then this second dose has dirtied everything up again. With the conditions over the past month, there has been little to report on the offshore fishing scene, as the boats have not been able to get out there, and with another blow on the way it could still be another week before there is anything to report.
The big seas tore apart the local beaches, ripping sand out to sea and creating deep gutters and with the colder water, the salmon will be about in numbers over the coming months.
Wondering the beach tossing a metal lure into these gutters is a sure fire way of connecting with a few salmon, particularly around the top of the tide.
Silver bream are still been caught off the beaches. The entrance to the rivers is an area where the fish were concentrated after the flood.
When fishing in the estuaries after the recent floods, care needs to be taken as sandbanks have moved and snags have come down the river. Also, with the dirty water, navigating can be dangerous. Fish are being taken here and there, with black bream firing up as we head into winter. The recent rains really move the fish around and finding the fish can take a bit of time.
Flathead are still being caught, but once again finding the area where the fish are and then concentrating in that area is the key to catching a feed.
As the weather starts to settle down and conditions stabilise the fishing should only improve.Reads: 1487