A host of species at Mallacoota
  |  First Published: November 2010

With summer here the fishing has really started firing up with the past month providing good fishing in the lake and off the beach. After Christmas the fishing offshore will also be in full swing.

Spring has always been a great time to wet a line and this year has been no exception.

The salmon fishing has been excellent with fish caught off all the local beaches like Tip, Bastion, Betka, Quarry and Shipwreck beaches.

The fish are an average size of 1kg with plenty of fish up around 2kg. Fish this size are great fighting fish on any tackle with lures and bait working well.

Fishing for flathead is in full swing withi fish caught anywhere from the Bottom Lake right through to Gypsy Point. The warmer the water, the more active the fish, so this month more lures faster than in the cooler months to trigger a response in the more active fish.

Flathead will be found in the shallow water with the northern facing edges heating up offering the best areas for fish to sunbake. These fish will hang around these areas until the water gets to warm, then they will move our a bit deeper.

The bream have really started to spread out with the edges of both the Top and Bottom lakes offering some great fishing for quality specimens.

Good numbers of smaller fish are still in the rivers with anglers using soft plastic lures and suspending hardbodied lures catching fish around the 30cm mark.

Yellowfin bream are being caught in the Bottom Lake around Goodwin Sands and Dorian Bight. Some big yellowfin are about with plenty of fish over the 1kg mark and fish around 1.3kg quite common as well.

Some good sized sand whiting have been caught with the best fishing being had around the entrance area.

Silver trevally are also being caught in the same areas, they are just as likely to turn up anywhere in the Bottom and Top lakes and what a great fight they put up when hooked.

Hopefully we get a good run of prawns this season as the past few season had been duds. What a difference the warm weather makes when fishing the Betka River; over winter it shuts right down but when it warms up some great fishing can be had in this little waterway with flathead, bream and estuary perch all on the chew.

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