Quarantine Bay, Eden, Steve Cooper

Anyone looking for fishing variety should visit Eden. Angling opportunities include offshore game, reef, beach, estuary and pier. Eden nestles snugly on the shoreline of Twofold Bay and, unlike Merimbula and Narooma further north, the sheltered, deep-water harbour offers safe access to the ocean and has an all-weather boat ramp at Quarantine Bay.

The offshore waters can produce marlin, mainly striped and black, bonito, yellowtail kingfish and a variety of sharks including hammerheads, blues, bronze whalers and the acrobatic mako.

The top months for gamefishing are December–May, and you don’t have to run far to find the action. A favourite area with game fishers is the Magic Triangle. This incorporates an area from Red Point, below Ben Boyd Tower (GPS: S37.06.030, E149.56.960) at the southern extremity of Twofold Bay, south along the coast about four miles to Mowarry Point, and out to sea for about the same distance.

When the East Australian Current is running inshore, this area can fire up for marlin and tuna that hunt baitfish migrating down the coast with the current.

Other top spots include Twofold Bay Canyon (GPS: S37.09.400, E150.23.000) and Green Cape Canyon (S37.17.100, E150.23.300).

Inshore reef fishing is excellent and you can expect to catch snapper, morwong, leatherjacket, nannygai, flathead and gummy sharks. If your intentions are to run wide, there are plenty of deep reefs at 50–250 fathoms, and these produce morwong, leatherjackets, blue-eyed trevalla and hapuka. Mowarry Point is a favourite with anglers chasing yellowtail kingfish, which can be up to 20 kg.

It’s also worth dropping a line into Twofold Bay. The piers in the harbour produce plenty of small baitfish such as slimy mackerel and yakkas and the fishing waters around the woodchip pier can be productive, particularly for yellowtail kingfish. Bonito are often found inside the bay along with flathead and whiting.

Land-based anglers can fish rock, beach and estuary. The rocks at Worang Point have produced tuna, marlin, sharks, salmon, tailor and luderick. Aslings and Boydtown Beaches are easy to access and can produce mulloway, yellowfin bream, tailor, salmon and gummy sharks. Curalo Lagoon, next to Aslings Beach and the Nullica River are worth fishing for bream and flathead. The Towamba River in Kiah Inlet is sheltered and a favourite with families. Whale Beach, on the north side of Kiah Inlet, is regarded as the best of the beaches, but access is difficult and anglers bring their boats across the bay and fish just offshore.

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