Beach salmon the best hope
  |  First Published: October 2006

Salmon have been on the chew on all the South Coast beaches and the Eden area is no exception.

Apart from the salmon and some tailor, very little will be caught off the beaches until the water starts to warm and then the yellow fin bream, whiting and jewfish should appear.

Game fishing is now over, with the arrival of cold water putting an end to what has been a great yellowfin tuna season. This is the time to maintain your rods, reels, boats and the like in preparation for the coming season. It’s a good idea to give your gear a hose-off with fresh water before stowing away for any length of time.

Fishing on the inshore reefs has been patchy with some catches of morwong, leatherjackets, snapper and the odd good gummy shark. Without the Winter run of snapper the fishing at this time of year would be very ordinary.

Although not many big snapper have been caught, there have been some fish averaging around 1.5kg to 2kg. Cuttlefish are being found floating around and these are a top bait. Fish are also being caught on soft plastic lures.

Drifting for flathead has required a bit of moving about before a patch of fish is found and then persistence will catch you a good feed.

Inside Twofold Bay anglers have caught yellowfin bream, silver trevally and sand flathead.

Around the rocks at the mouth of the Kiah and Nullica rivers has been the pick of the spots. The Kiah River has been challenging, with crystal-clear water making night fishing the best option for yellowfin bream.

Once the water starts to warm the flathead will be regular catches with anglers doing well wading the edges flicking lures into the drop-offs.

Some good reports have been coming in from the Wonboyn area with the beaches and headlands providing catches of salmon and tailor on lures and bait. Disaster Bay has been fishing well for sand flathead, although finding the right conditions to get out there depend on the tide and swell.

Inside the lake there have been some good catches of tailor, silver trevally and bream with the best bream coming from the structure in the river.

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