Game fish on their way
  |  First Published: December 2008

The offshore water is warming and it won’t be long before the game fish show up in good numbers. Yellowfin tuna, striped marlin and striped tuna will be sought by those heading out wide.

Closer to shore, the kingfish will start to come on the bite, offering some of the best action to be experienced in the Eden area.

Chasing game fish early in the season means covering ground. Get around the continental shelf and over it and look for the current lines.

Trolling is the way to go because the fish are often on the move as they migrate south. At the time of writing things were still quiet on the game scene but it’s all about to happen and those who work things out first will reap the rewards.

Inshore reef fishing anywhere from North Head down to Green Cape has been good, with snapper, mowies and assorted reef fish being caught in good numbers.

The hot spot for kingfish is Mowarry Point, which over the last few years has provided some of the best kingfish action to be found on the South Coast.

Jigging with metal lures and soft plastics is effective, as is trolling, live-baiting and popper casting.

All styles of fishing can work on their day, that is what makes fishing for kingies so appealing to many anglers. And everyone knows kings are among of the hardest-fighting fish you are likely to encounter.


Fishing the beaches for salmon and tailor has been good, with the warmer water also bringing in a greater variety of species in the form of yellowfin bream and sand whiting.

Rock fishing for drummer and blackfish has been good with baits of prawn, cunjevoi or bread, with a berley trail of bread and chopped weed berley an excellent way to get consistent catches.

Salmon and tailor have also been turning up around the headlands.

It pays to have a rod rigged with a metal lure ready to go because these fish move around plenty and can be at your feet smashing up bait and then be gone before you have rummaged through your tackle box, found a lure, tied it on and cast it.

Fishing for flathead has been firing with good fish in the Kiah River and at Wonboyn taking soft plastic lures and live baits. Just remember to do as everyone is doing now and let the bigger fish go.

Bream action is starting to fire up with fish caught around the snags and oyster leases in Wonboyn Lake and the Kiah river. When tossing lures, perch are also a possibility.

Sand whiting have also been caught towards the entrance and this species will only improve as the water warms.

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