Calm after tuna storm
  |  First Published: August 2009

Over the past month there has been some great fishing around Eden area, particularly offshore.

Not even the most seasoned angler who has spend many hours fishing offshore could have predicted the best run of southern bluefin tuna in years.

However, the fish have passed by now and are well and truly to the north.

Plenty of fish around 40kg to 45kg were caught but fish of 100kg to 150kg were out there testing the tackle and endurance of anglers.

Now we are in what is usually the quietest time of the year but with Spring around the corner it won’t be long and the fishing will start picking up.

After the recent run of big bluefin out wide on the shelf, game fishers have their fingers crossed for a run of school blues in close along the rocks.

These fish move after the big fish and normally weigh between 4kg and8kg.

This time of year the water is at its coldest and with the cold water comes some of the best salmon action we can experience in these waters.

Fish can be caught along all of the beaches and rocky headlands in the Eden area.

This is one of the best times of year to be tossing metal lures, which the salmon hit with gusto.

When a good school of fish is found, it is possible to catch fish cast after cast until your arms are sore.

Snapper and flathead action has quietened right down with very few fish on the bite.

The estuary fishing has been slow with the clear, cold water and no rain resulting in fish that can be easily seen but catching them is another story.

Silver trevally can be caught in the moving water with some fish to a kilo in the Kiah River and at Wonboyn Lake.

Target the weed patches using lightly weighted soft plastics or baits of nipper or worm.

At this time of year it is a good idea to do the maintenance on your gear, boat and reels.

That way, when the fishing picks up you are ready to go. There is nothing worse than a breakdown that keeps you off the water due to lack of maintenance.

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