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  |  First Published: September 2009

With the days getting longer and things warming up it won’t be long before the fishing picks up too.

The past month produced generally slow fishing on the Far South Coast, as is the norm for the time of year.

Rain is sorely needed to get the rivers flowing and liven things up.

Last year October and November delivered more rain on the South Coast than we saw all year – fingers crossed this happens again in 2009.

According to Michael, from Eden Outdoors and Marine, the best fishing to be had in the Eden area has been on the inshore reefs.

There has been some great action on gummy sharks in the Disaster Bay area, which has been consistently providing anglers with numbers of good-sized fish.

Along the coast there have been a few snapper caught and heaps of morwong.

Some good quality tiger flathead are also being caught.

Lately the problem has been the wind, which has been blowing a gale for weeks at a time, making it unpleasant for fishing.

This is the quiet time of year for gamefish and it will be a couple of months before the yellowfin tuna show up and the season gets under way.

Salmon are still plentiful along all the beaches in the Eden area, with loads of salmon also around Wonboyn. Cold water and salmon go hand in hand.

A few tailor are also being caught along the beaches and these fish often turn up among the salmon.

Estuary fishing has been slow but as the land warms up, it won’t be long before the flathead fire up.

The fish will be sunbaking, shaking off the lethargy of Winter.

Bream are about but consistent catches will come once the water warms a few degrees.

The good news is that in the months ahead we will see the fishing fire up in the rivers and out to sea.

Waikura, only five years old, caught this tailor all by himself.

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