Early December at Eden is typical of many South Coast towns – very quiet and laid back.
Then, before we know it, the holidays are here are here along with the hustle and bustle. Boat ramp carparks are full of trailers and beaches are full of people, so if you happen to be here before the rush, make the most of it.
The beaches just north of Eden are long and beautiful and the fishing is as good as the scenery.
Try Haycock and Quandolla beaches on the high tide some good catches of tailor whiting, and even a few salmon are showing up.
If you’re into estuary fishing, try the mouth of the Kiah River from your boat. Weather permitting, it’s a very easy dash across the bay even in the smallest tinny.
Once inside the river, fish in the holes with soft plastics or bait for bream and, if you’re really lucky, a few jewfish could pop up.
Just south of Eden, Lake Wonboyn starts to fire up as its water warms.
A lot of tailer should be around in the main basin and be sure to fish the drop-offs and edges for flathead.
The offshore grounds are now in full swing. Yellowfin tuna, striped tuna, marlin and sharks are all feeding in the warmer currents, so heading out looking for feeding birds or a rise in water temp is definitely worth the effort.
If you haven’t got a boat and would love to experience the grounds off Eden, be sure to look up Freedom Charters. Richard and the crew are on the water daily and will do their best to catch you a fish of a lifetime.Reads: 1100