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Holiday fun galore
  |  First Published: December 2009



There is nothing better than a well-earned holiday when you have been busy; you get back to work all fired up with new energies to help clients have fun on beautiful southern NSW estuaries.

I would like to thank Chris Wright for filling in for me last month and I have arrived back to good fishing and great weather.

Summer fishing is in full swing, with the holidays bringing travellers from far and wide to sample Eden’s fishing.

January to May is the best time in the estuaries, on the beaches and over the inshore reefs. And let’s not forget game fishing – it’s prime time and on the boil.

Reports galore have come from anglers chasing kingfish, which are really on the bite from South Head down to Mowarry Point.

Chris ‘Slick’ Wright had a great day out, landing over 30 kingfish with three anglers on board. He gainfully employed his sponsor Shimano’s battery of Squidgy Flick Baits and metal Spanyid lures.

The important thing is basic –fish where the fish are! Use your sounder to find the fish arches and bait schools and you will have a good day.

This is exactly what Slick did to have his fun day out. His fished ranged from 60cm to 1m, again emphasising that Eden is one of the country’s top kingfish destinations.

Further out, on the continental shelf, yellowfin tuna are being caught. This time of the year they are smaller than the Winter run but you can use the same kingfish principles to locate them – find the bait and work it hard!

The snapper will bite strongly in January and fish to around 2kg will come thick and fast. And you never know when a big fella up around 4kg will show up.

Soft plastics are again doing the damage on these school fish. Soft stickbaits around 4” long should get you going.

If plastics aren’t your style then drop your anchor (quietly), start a berley trail and drift down lightly weighted fresh squid or pilchards and get into them.

The beaches have been quiet in recent weeks but should warm soon so there should be bream, whiting, flathead and maybe even a salmon or gummy shark.

Fishing in the rivers is very popular in January with flathead the major targets. They should be tempted into grabbing your bait or soft plastic.

We really need some rain down here and if we get some, the fishing should explode.

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