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  |  First Published: July 2009



The Winter weather has been excellent with light winds the norm but still no rain to report.

The calm weather has allowed the boats to get outside to fish the inshore reefs and to reach the continental shelf and chase gamefish.

Over the past month the shelf has really fired up and good catches of albacore and yellowfin tuna have been reported.

The Tathra Canyons, to the north of Eden, have been providing some great fishing but there has been action right along the shelf.

The best way to get fish has been to set a berley trail and feed baits, either cubes or whole pilchards, along the trail.

It often pays to cover all options and have a live bait swimming in the trail as well.

Chris ‘Slick’ Wright had a memorable day watching albacore and yellowfin eat the bait metres from the boat. It’s hard to beat fishing like that!

A few days later, they headed out again and got stuck into albacore to 8kg on light spin tackle.

They also encountered a fish that fought for over two hours on 80lb braid with an 80lb mono leader.

Unfortunately, in the end the braid snapped; they never spotted the fish and still had half a spool of line out.

Snapper around a kilo are still being caught along the inshore reefs.

Flathead and morwong have also been providing anglers with a mixed bag.

The water has cooled right down and there has been little to report on the kingfish scene, which probably won’t fire until the water warms up around Christmas.

Good catches of salmon have been made along the local beaches. One group of anglers got stuck into some good-sized fish to 2.5kg off Saltwater Beach on metal Psyko lures.

All through Winter salmon are moving along the beaches and headlands and can turn up in numbers, providing great fishing.

Some gutters fish best on the top of the tide others on the run-out, so it pays to keep moving.

Fishing in the rivers has been hard with only a few good tailor mainly around dawn and dusk at Wonboyn, The water is crystal clear and rain is really needed to get things firing.

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