Get out there while it lasts
  |  First Published: June 2008

The south coast town of Eden area has quietened right down, with the locals enjoying quieter boat ramps. There is some good fishing offshore and off the beaches, so get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Things will slow down over the next couple of months.

Good weather has allowed boats to get out to the shelf with good catches of yellowfin tuna and albacore.

In closer, fishing for snapper is starting to pick up with plenty of pan-sized fish and the odd big one being caught. Early morning fishing is the go with the best bet to anchor in close and fish unweighted baits in a burley trail. Pilchards would probably be the pick. When the fish go off the bite, move out a bit wider and try again.

Fishing with soft plastics will also catch snapper, try throwing a lightly weighted soft plastic around once fish have been found as you just might get a surprise. Soft plastics around 4-6” long, either stickbaits or curl-tails rigged on a 7g jighead will give you a good chance of a hook-up.

Fishing off the rocky headlands has been good with catches of drummer, blackfish, yellowfin bream and the odd snapper.

There have been some big schools of salmon on the local beaches with good fish caught off the Pinnacles. Fish to around 1-3kg have been the norm. A relaxing way to spend a few hours is wandering along the beach tossing a metal lure for a salmon and it’s rare not to catch a fish or two.

Fishing Wonboyn at this time of year, as the water is cooling, sees the flathead fishing start to come to an end. Good bream can be caught around the weed edges and oyster leases along with the odd estuary perch and bream around the structure in the river.

Quality tailor are about, fish with either live baits or lures early mornings. Their sharp teeth are a problem with many big fish managing to get away by biting through the line. Salmon are also being caught from the beaches in the Wonboyn area.

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