Beaut weather a bonus for busy Eden anglers
  |  First Published: April 2017

We’ve had great weather over the past month with no rain to speak of. Eden has been abuzz with visitors. The next few months offer some excellent fishing, so the visitors should go home happy. Boats heading out wide have had some success on striped marlin and blue marlin with a number of fish tagged and released.

Plenty of fish have been out around the shelf. Striped tuna are also being caught in this area as well as good mako sharks. These fish are anywhere from the 30-fathom mark and out wider. Tiger flathead and sand flathead are being caught along with some flathead and morwong. If you’re heading out for a feed, get out early and be back before lunch, as the wind is usually howling by 11am. A few kingfish have been caught, but the action should heat up over the coming months, as the cooler water pushes back up the coast.

Fishing from the rocks has been good with many catches of drummer and yellowfin bream. Some salmon are also showing up and they are moving from gutter to gutter. The beaches have seen sand whiting and yellowfin bream caught on the rising tide with fresh bait. Beach worms are the best option. This time of year you can expect to catch a mulloway. The full moon and new moons are the times to put in an effort and the top of the tide is the best bet.

The rivers have been fishing well for flathead with good numbers caught on a variety of soft plastic lures. Sand whiting have also been caught – fresh bait is working the best with a few fish caught on poppers. Silver trevally and tailor are also about with the fish taking a variety of lures fished around the schools of bait. Black bream are also being caught upstream with the yellowfin down around the entrance area. The fishing is often best on the run in tide.

Some prawns are about and the next dark should see a few people out there chasing a feed. Up in the fresh, plenty of fish have been caught on surface lures fished into the evening with anglers releasing their fish, which is great to hear. A variety of lures will work from shallow runners to paddlers and poppers.

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