Yellowfin tuna to get you jumping
  |  First Published: July 2007

Fishing out wide on the continental shelf has started to produce some of the big yellowfin tuna the far south coast is famous for. Fish have been caught from Eden through to Tathra and further to the north.

The best yellowfin caught off Eden in the past month weighed 73kg but the majority have been around 45kg to 50kg. Most of these fish have been taken on trolled lures with only a few fish caught while cubing.

The recent good sea conditions have made for comfortable fishing when out wide. The albacore have proved to be a bit scarce but should put in an appearance before the season ends. With any luck the coming months could see the capture of some southern bluefin tuna.

Fishing on the inshore grounds has seen some good sand and tiger flathead caught, while some top snapper and mowies have been captured by anglers on the inshore reefs.

The snapper have been caught on fresh baits and soft plastic lures with the best fish reported tipping the scales to 4.5kg. This fish was caught on a soft plastic.

Squid have been abundant off Eden as well as along the South Coast. Kingfish are still about with good quality fish to be caught around Mowarry Point. As usual, these fish bite only if the current is right.

Fishing the beaches has produced the usual species such as tailor, salmon and yellowfin bream. The best results have come around dawn and dusk and the catches have been even better if the tide is up.

It is also the time of year when some big jewfish put in an appearance for those prepared to spend the time out there on those cold nights.

Fishing off the rocky headlands has been great with some top catches of drummer and blackfish reported. Baits of cunjevoi and weed fished in a berley trail of bread or chopped weed in a good wash will put you among the fish.

Fishing for flathead in the estuaries has started to slow down but decent catches of bream and tailor have been reported at Wonboyn. Some good lure fishing for black and yellowfin bream has been had around the oyster rocks and structure at Wonboyn.

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