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Summer fishing in Eden
  |  First Published: December 2016



Another summer is here and it’s great to see the town liven up once again. Eden is a great destination for a summer holiday with out-of-the-way beaches, fishing spots and good launching facilities for the trailer boat fishers. The next few months will be a busy time.

The fishing has started to pick up with the warmer weather and warmer ocean currents getting the fish on the move once again. Fishing from the local beaches has been good with a variety of species caught recently. A few salmon are still about along with yellowfin bream, sand whiting and the odd mulloway for those who are prepared to fish after dark. Beach worms fished on the rising tide are a great choice for bait with the high tide around dawn or dusk giving the best results.

Some good fishing is on offer over the summer months. Anglers fishing from the local headlands catch luderick and drummer in the wash – the go is to use berley to draw the fish in and get them on the bite. The inshore fishing has been good. Anglers chasing a feed of flathead, both sandies and tigers, are coming home happy. Snapper and morwong can also be caught from the reefs.

Kingfish should start to fire up, as the water temperature is right and ,with schools of baitfish about, it should be a good season. Out on the shelf, the action should start soon with striped marlin and striped tuna keeping the offshore anglers on their toes. The estuary fishing is good. The coming months should only see it improving.

Flathead fishing is good with a variety of lures catching fish. It’s a great idea to keep the smaller fish for a feed and let the bigger models go, as these fish will be under a lot of pressure over the summer period, as this is when they spawn.

Yellowfin bream and black bream have been caught – mornings and afternoons are the best times. Clear, bright sunny days can be hard fishing. A shady bank with the run in tide will see the fish on the bite. Fishing with lures is often the best fishing. Sand whiting are about in good numbers and the shallow water around the entrance to the rivers is a good spot to fish fresh baits like prawns, nippers and sand worms.

The full moons around the high tides are a good chance to catch mulloway. The morning tide is often productive, as this is the bigger tide. The bass fishing has fired up with the rivers all flowing well, after recent rains let the fish move to their summer haunts.

Surface fishing has been good and the best fishing is after a hot day’s work from dusk into the evening. A variety of lures work well and black lures are often the best. If you’re heading to Eden over the coming months, the fishing won’t let you down.

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