Action is picking up
  |  First Published: October 2009

With the fishing picking up as the days get longer and hotter, it won’t be long before the tourists start flocking to the Eden area to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

After a slow period over the past few months it’s great to see the fishing starting to pick up.

A little rain, along with warming temperatures is starting to see some nice colour in the water and that’s a great improvement because over the last few months the water has been crystal-clear making the fish very skittish.

Plenty of boats have been heading out to the inshore reefs, which provide morwong, snapper, leatherjackets, flathead and, a bit later in the season, some of the best action yellowtail kingfish available along the South

Good facilities for launching and retrieval of boats at Quarantine Bay allow craft to venture offshore with minimum hassle and in very safe conditions. This makes Eden very popular for the visiting angler.

Over the past month we have seen good bags of snapper, mainly smaller fish to a kilo, along with some nice mowies and flathead making it back to the cleaning table.

Out on the continental shelf if will be another month before things start to pick up, with yellowfin tuna the first to put in an appearance. Whales have been sighted travelling along the coast, mostly not far from shore.

usky flathead have picked with good fish being reported from the Kiah River and Wonboyn Lake. This time of year, you will find the flatties in the shallows enjoying the warmer water.

Lure fishing is the way to go as they will often snap at anything that moves at this time of year.

From now until Christmas is the best time to chase some big jewfish, with the new moon and full moon often proving to be the pick times.

Tailor are still about with fish caught along the beaches and in the estuaries.

Salmon are still plentiful along the beaches with some fish to 3kg among the average fish of 1.5kg.

Some good bream have started to come on the bite, especially around the oyster leases and snags at Wonboyn.

Mick Kaksa with a 44cm monster of a black bream.

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