With Winter upon us, the town has quietened right down but the same cannot be said for the fishing.
From the end of April the inshore water temperature has been around 20º but it won’t be long before this changes. But as long as the water remains relatively warm, the fishing options are many and varied.
From offshore to the beaches and rivers, all will fish well before the temperature plummets.
Flathead are still being caught in all the local estuaries, with soft plastics working a treat. This time of year the fish group up, so if you catch a fish there are likely to be more in the area.
Sand whiting are still a target species with the warmer water, with the usual baits and some lures triggering a response.
Some good tailor are about and more fish will enter the rivers as Winter sets in.
Yellowfin bream and black bream are being caught in the rivers on fresh baits like nippers and prawns; lures are also catching fish.
The yellowfin bream have also been on the bite around the local beaches and headlands, where beach worms have been catching some quality fish. Try the stirred-up water where rock meets sand, especially with a rising tide at dusk or dawn.
Plenty of sliver trevally are also about, with fish turning up anywhere from the beaches to the estuaries.
Salmon have been caught along the beaches and are averaging around 1.5kg, but fish up to 4kg have been caught.
Those heading outside to try the inshore grounds have reported good catches of sand flathead and tiger flathead. Bonito are still being caught and what a great fish they are – good eating and hard fighting.
Kingies are still being caught anywhere from South Head down to Green Cape with fish also caught to the north of Eden. Fish to 15kg have really made for some exciting action.
A lot of the bigger fish have been caught by slowly trolling live baits.
Out along the continental shelf, some good catches of yellowfin tuna have been made and these should only improve as the water cools down.
The big question is, will the southern bluefin tuna put in an appearance as memorable as last year’s effort? It is only a short window of opportunity and if it happens, it’s one that won’t be missed by game anglers.
Byron with a salmon caught on a soft plastic lure – good fun in a small creek.Reads: 1455