The fishing in the Eden/Wonboyn region has been excellent, with good catches reported from the shelf to the rivers and everywhere in between.
Kingfish to 9kg have turned up right along the headland, with Mowarry Point the pick of the spots.
The entrance to Twofold Bay has also produced good kingies, particularly around the red buoys. These fish have responded to surface poppers and large soft plastic lures.
Out at the shelf, the water temperature has warmed to 21 and yellowfin tuna from 15kg to 20kg and striped marlin have put in an appearance with several fish tagged and released.
Albacore are still around, with one boat tagging and releasing 14 fish in one session.
The excellent run of snapper continues with reds to 4kg taken around the inshore reefs. Some nice-sized mowies and leatherjackets are also reasonably common.
Salmon are still thick on the beaches and headlands, with metal lures or pilchards proving the top attractors.
The Kiah River has been fishing well for flathead, with most of these fish falling to soft plastic lures. Some nice yellowfin bream have appeared near the river entrance with fresh bait the way to go. Nippers are a good choice.
Those fishing for bream have also encountered nice mulloway. The usual result has been a bust-off so it’s time to get out the right gear and land one of these fish.
The little lake in Eden, Lake Curalo, has been yielding good prawns and each dark should see them get bigger.
Wonboyn Lake has been fishing well for all estuary species with the water temperature at 21. Flathead, whiting and tailor have all been biting well.
At the time of writing, the township of Wonboyn was flooded, with no access to the highway. Heavy rain has caused all the rivers and creeks to rise, which should be what the entrance needs to break through to the ocean. This will give the fishing a good shake-up and when things settle it should really fire.
So all is looking good for those holidaying in the area during January!Reads: 1901