Snapper time at Eden
  |  First Published: June 2009

For those thinking of getting away to somewhere quiet for a few weeks of relaxing and fishing, then the Eden area could be just the spot.

Of late, the weather has been mild with still no rain to report. Some good fishing is available in nearby Wonboyn Lake, and for those wanting to head outside for a fish, this is the time when the snapper can fire up.

For offshore anglers, over the past month there have been good catches of snapper, around 1-1.5kg, with fish caught from North Head down to Green Cape. Kingfish are also still about with good reports coming in from the same area.

There have been days of excellent fishing this season, but then nothing the next. This has been the story throughout the area; you just need to be there on the day they are biting.

There have been good catches of sand flathead reported with one angler catching a bag of good size fish in no time. He was fishing with a two hook rig, bringing them up two at a time. He originally fished the spot but didn’t get a bite, however, when he returned two hours later he bagged out; a good example of being in the right spot at the right time.

Further out the game fishers have been heading to the Shelf and beyond chasing yellowfin tuna. The best area has been to the north of Eden where there has been a good patch holding some big fish, 45-70kg, the only problem is there aren’t many of them. Most of the fish caught have been taken on live baits of slimy mackerel and yakkas while fishing in a berley trail. Albacore are also being caught, along with the odd shark.

Along the beaches there have been plenty of salmon caught with some big fish to around 4kg amongst the average size (1.5kg). The salmon will only get thicker as winter is the best time for big numbers of these fish.

Big salmon and tailor are also being caught along the beaches down at Wonboyn Lake. In the lake the flathead fishing has started to slow down but good fishing for bream has been reported in both the river and the lake.

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