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Plenty of opportunities
  |  First Published: December 2006



The Eden are has plenty of opportunities for the keen angler, from fishing the continental shelf for game species, the beaches for salmon and tailor or the estuary at Wonboyn for flathead and bream. Whatever your interest, the coming months will have it all.

Yellowfin tuna around the 10kg have been caught around the shelf as they head south on the warm current. The inner reefs have plenty of yellowtail kingfish which have been slow to bite but when the conditions are right they will start to fire up.

Mowarrie Point should be among the pick of the locations. The peak fishing times should be around the moon once the currents start moving.

Snapper have been going well on the inshore reefs with plenty of fish around a kilo, the best size for eating because they are a lot sweeter than the bigger fish. Morwong, leatherjackets and flathead are also being caught.

Having fished the South Coast with lures for over 20 years I am still amazed at how good the estuary fishing is at places south of Eden. Wonboyn and other estuaries have been providing spectacular fishing.

This is the time when termites hatch and basically the more bush there is, the more termites, and there is no shortage of bush south of Eden. It is an experience to come around a bend in the river to see the water boiling with fish, especially when every fish rising is a bream over 32cm. This sight that has greeted me and plenty of clients regularly over the past month.

Flathead fishing at Wonboyn has hit its straps lately with catches of 30-plus fish not uncommon. Smaller lures will attract heaps of fish around 40cm.

Bigger lures will catch the bigger fish, although you mightn’t catch as many. And the by-catch with bigger lures is a lot less because smaller lures appeal to all estuary predators including bream, flounder, trevally, blackfish and more.

Heading offshore from Wonboyn, Disaster Bay has been providing some quality sad flathead when conditions have allowed for boats to cross the bar.

The beaches in the Eden-Wonboyn area also have been providing anglers with good catches of salmon with some good yellowfin bream also being landed.

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