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Flooding scours entrances
  |  First Published: May 2012



As the saying goes, it never rains but it pours and this has been the case at Mallacoota, with deluges and dropping temperatures showing Winter is well n its way.

The rains brought a moderate flood on the Genoa River. As a result, the entrance is looking good and the flow has cleared a bit more sand and sent it out to sea.

The Betka River, which was closed to the sea, also received enough rain to break open to the ocean.

The offshore fishing has been patchy with water temperatures changing from day to day, which has affected fish activity.

Flathead, both tigers and sandies, are still being caught and the average kilo fish is always welcome.

Gummy sharks are still being caught but it’s fair to say that they’re not in big numbers, with a fish a session the norm.

Kingfish are still about but finding them and catching them has not been as easy as it was a couple of months ago.

One group of anglers trolling lures offshore for marlin landed two fish in a week – well done, lads, you don’t hear of too many marlin captures out of Mallacoota.

The beaches have been slow with only small salmon (‘bay trout’) but with Winter around the corner, it won’t be long before the bigger fish are here in numbers.

ESTUARY

Prior to the rain there was good fishing throughout the estuary with plenty of action upstream around Gypsy Point.

When the water was clear plenty of anglers were sighting jewfish and those fishing at night encountered them on most occasions.

Anglers on the Bottom Lake experienced success on mixed bags of yellowfin bream, flathead, silver trevally pinkie snapper, whiting and black bream.

Since the rain the entrance area has turned on some great yellowfin bream action with plenty of big fish being caught on prawns and beach worms.

Goodwin Sands has been fishing well for black bream with lure casters and bait soakers having their best success in the deeper water adjacent to the sands.

The upcoming meeting with Fisheries will be interesting. There will be plans put forward for the future of fishing in Mallacoota.

Relentless recreational fishing with no total possession limits is resulting in tourists leaving town with freezers full of fish – but nothing lasts forever.

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