Offshore grounds productive
  |  First Published: April 2012

If the rain follows the same pattern as last year, over the next few months we will see decent falls in the Mallacoota area.

The offshore fishing has been excellent over the past month with exceptional bags of quality flathead, both sandies and tigers caught anywhere from Gabo Island down to the Arials.

Those chasing gummy sharks are also catching a few nice fish.

The kingfish action has slowed down, with only a few fish coming aboard, but they should improve over coming months as the fish head back up the coast.

Boats tolling lures around out a bit wider are catching good numbers of striped tuna.

The beach fishing hasn’t really fired, with only a few small salmon on the bite although anglers are encountering the odd gummy shark at night.

The lakes and rivers have been good. It’s amazing how much pressure has been put on the fish in the last few years and with the caravan park full again, the fish don’t get much time to rest. But as with all fisheries it won’t last forever.

A variety of species has been caught in the Bottom Lake with tailor, flounder, blackfish, sand whiting, yellowfin bream, black bream, flathead, silver trevally and pinkie snapper making it possible for bait fishers to catch a great mixed bag.

The deeper water and the shallower margins of the lake are both productive.

The Top Lake has been fishing well for black bream, yellowfin bream and flathead with the odd jewfish being caught in The Narrows.

Good numbers of jewfish are around with many sightings reported – these aren’t small, either with fish to around 2m not uncommon.

Clients fishing with me in the past month had some exciting visual fishing with poppers as quality bream and estuary perch were very keen to eat these surface offerings.

Good-sized flathead are being caught in the Gypsy Point area.

Around the entrance, a run-out tide and a dark night will have the prawns up and running and catches have been good.

The front section of the Betka River has plenty of black bream and flathead being caught on fresh prawns. Prawns are also being caught around the front section but with no tidal flow, they are not easy to catch.

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