Fruitful Water of Eden
  |  First Published: February 2009

The best fishing the Eden area has to offer is now in full swing and the coming months will see many tourists and locals on the water enjoying it.

Anglers fishing the estuaries can expect to catch flathead, whiting, bream and jewfish. Offshore striped marlin, striped tuna and yellowfin tuna are all good options. One angler even hooked a 2kg jewfish on a soft plastic. Good catches of sand whiting, flathead and a few bream have also been made at Wonboyn. The entrance area has been the spot for the whiting. Fish have fallen on baits of nippers and worms and some fish are also rising to the popper.

Inshore kingfish will be the main target species. The past month has seen some great inshore fishing with Moworry Point providing the action on the kingies. Jigging with soft plastics or metal jigs, trolling, live baiting and casting poppers are all techniques that can be used to fire up the kings.

Drifting for flathead has been successful with some high-quality fish caught off the Pinnacle’s. Disaster Bay has been fishing the best with boats getting amongst the fish by crossing the shallow entrance at Wonboyn, conditions permitting. When fishing for flathead, remember to upgrade your light leader, as more often than not it will not withstand big lizards. Flathead are being caught on both bait and lures with fish spread throughout the system.

The beaches have been fruitful with reports of good catches of whiting and yellowfin bream. Beachworms have been the top choice of bait on the beach. Long casts are often not required as the fish are usually right at your feet. Salmon to 1kg are also still being caught along the beaches.

Offshore the gamefishing has been good with striped marling and yellowfin tuna about. Trolling is the way to go offshore at this time of year, either with lures or live baits. Later in the season drifting while burleying becomes a good way of catching yellowfin tuna and albacore.

Good fishing, Capt Kev.

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