Pleasant weather tidings from Eden
  |  First Published: May 2017

The great weather just keeps on going. We’re into autumn, but you wouldn’t know it with little rain and warm to hot days. It’s hard to tell that winter is just around the corner.

There are still plenty of visitors around. With the rain further to the north, the far south coast has been the place to be to avoid the bad weather. The water temperature was over 21°C over the past few months and it has only just dropped down to 18°C. Out wide it’s over 24°C.

There are plenty of good deep gutters on all the local beaches. With the water cooling, the salmon are starting to turn up. Bream and sand whiting are also being caught in the same areas. Fishing the rocky headlands has been good with some big drummer being caught along with yellowfin bream. Fishing the same gutters for luderick has seen good catches of 1kg+ fish.

Chasing a feed on the inshore reef has been good with snapper morwong and leatherjackets making up the catch along with the sand and tiger flathead from the flathead grounds most anglers are heading home with a good feed. The coming months should see the cuttlefish washing up on the beaches and once they are about the fishing for snapper will only improve.

There has been good fishing for gummy sharks. The new moon and full moon periods are the best times to wet a line.

Kingfish have been pretty quiet this year with anglers hoping they put in an appearance before the water goes cold.

The conditions on the shelf haven’t been the best with few fishable days over the past month, due to the wind and swell. When boats have managed to get out there they have come across striped marlin, mahimahi and sharks. The cooler water should see the yellowfin tuna turn up.

The rivers have still been fishing well with good sand whiting being caught. Beach worms and nippers are a good choice as bait.

Flathead are still being caught on a variety of lures. Soft plastics are catching their share of fish. Yellowfin bream, silver trevally and tailor are also being caught.

With good fishing to be had over the coming months, visitors to the area won’t go home disappointed.

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