Sensational South Coast
  |  First Published: December 2004

The fishing in the Eden/Wonboyn region has been excellent, with good catches of fish reported from the shelf to the rivers – and everywhere in between.

The kingfish have turned up with fish to 9kg. These fish are being caught 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 been responding to surface poppers and large soft plastic lures.

Out at the shelf, the water temperature has warmed to 21C. Small yellowfin tuna about 15-20kg 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 is continuing and fish to 4kg are being 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 baits.

The Kiah River has been fishing well for flathead, with most of these fish falling to soft plastic lures. Some nice yellowfin bream have put in an appearance near the entrance to the river with fresh bait the way to go. Nippers are a good choice.

Those fishing for bream have also encountered some nice mulloway. The usual result has been a bust-off. 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. Each dark should see them get bigger.


Wonboyn has been fishing well for all estuary species with the water temperature at 21C. Flathead, whiting and tailor have all been biting well.

At the time of writing, the township of Wonboyn is 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!


This ‘giant’ (5cm) tailor nailed a 5cm Rapala Minnow. This just goes to show how aggressive this species is!

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