Prime time for yellowfin
  |  First Published: May 2009

This time of year many game fishers head to the Far South Coast to chase yellowfin tuna and Eden is a top destination for them.

Judging by the numbers of boats on the highway, on when the weather is good we should see plenty of boats scattered along the continental shelf from Eden through to Bermagui.

Boats heading out to the shelf and beyond have been reporting good yellowfin, albacore, striped tuna and sharks.

It’s a big ocean out there and finding fish hasn’t been easy but trolling lures is a good way to cover territory and locate fish.

Once you get a hit, strop and berley the area and have a couple of live baits drifting down the berley trail. This way you know you are in the right spot and you have all options covered

Striped marlin are still about, with a few boats tagging fish. They will stay about as long as the water temperature doesn’t fall too much.

The inshore reefs have been productive for pan-size snapper, morwong and leatherjackets.

On the flattie grounds tiger and sand flathead are also being caught. It’s a good idea to use a two-hook rig if they are on the chew – double-headers fill the fish box quickly.

Try different baits on each hook to see which is better, or try a soft plastic on one hook for even more variety.

Kingfish have been unreliable but they are still around. The best fishing has been from the South Head down to Green Cape.

Some good sized fish up to 8kg are about, mixed in with the rat kings.


Salmon are starting to fire up along the beaches and headlands as we head into Winter.

The estuaries at Wonboyn and Kiah have been good for flathead and bream.

The flathead will be feeding up before they slow down for the Winter.

The bream fishing is good at this time of year but rain is needed to keep things happening, otherwise before you know it the water will be cold and crystal-clear, making things impossible.

Big tailor will turn up soon. The big fish love Wonboyn estuary and plenty of good greenbacks are caught of a morning over the Winter.

The surf beaches around Wonboyn are also reliable for good salmon and tailor.

Aron Hokey with a nice bass caught down deep on a spinnerbait.

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