Back to the 1970s!
  |  First Published: August 2001

Another big dump of rain has hit Mallacoota, the second flood this year; this one was only 75mm off the previous flood, which was equal to the river height of 1973.

This has really opened up the channel to the ocean with Harrisons Channel looking the best it has in years.

All the sand ended up getting blasted across Bastion Point, silting up the boat ramp.

On the plus side, all the abalone divers are launching at the main boat ramp and heading out to sea.

With all the rivers and creeks flowing things are looking great for the coming bass season.

Offshore there has been little to report with only a few boats heading out to sea. The reports I’ve heard indicate that there are a few gummy sharks being caught but with the water around 14º it will be a while before things fire up.

Along the beaches there is no shortage of salmon with big schools of fish roaming the beaches from Bastion Point to Quarry Beach. As usual, these fish will eat nearly anything put in front of them, be it bait or lure.


The lake is fishing the toughest it has in years. The rains have poured cold freshwater from the hills into the system with water temps upstream down around 8° to 9º.

The first few days after the recent floods, clients fishing with me had a ball catching quality bream and a few flathead. The fish lit up the sounder and they were on the chew, taking vibes and plastics with gusto.

After this short feeding frenzy they moved to the edges of the drop-offs and were hard to tempt with either lure or bait.

Salmon is the one fish that everyone is having a ball catching; they are anywhere from the entrance through to the Narrows and over to Fairhaven.

Flathead are being caught but finding pockets of fish is not easy. Once found, persistence can pay off with a feed of flathead fillets the rewards.

The estuary perch is one fish that loves a good freshwater flush and this year we have seen some great perch come from their regular haunts. Tailor are also in the lake with fish to 1kg common.

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