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Salmon storm the beaches
  |  First Published: August 2012



The past month has seen some really foul weather in the Mallacoota area. The rain has continued to fall but the real problem has been the terrible wind. As a result I have had to postpone charters because you just can’t enjoy yourself on days like that.

The real benefit nowadays is the advanced weather predictions that allow us to see the foul weather coming and do our best to avoid it. Some of the weather has been that foul that the highway was impossible to travel on for two days and the town was without power for three days.

The offshore fishing scene has all but shut down for another six months with water temperature around the 14°C mark. On the odd day when the weather has allowed, a few locals have got out there fishing with Dennis Brownley coming across a patch of school shark and landing three good fish around 1.5m long. Very few gummy shark and flathead have been caught.

The beaches are full of salmon with big schools of fish also entering the Lake; fish to 3kg are being caught. They are that thick you could catch them on a hook with a bit of rag tied to it. You have to wonder about the damage these schools do – everything is a baitfish from whiting, perch, and bream. As long as it moves it will go down the hatch. Unfortunately there aren’t enough predators chasing the salmon to keep the numbers in check.

Fishing the Bottom Lake has been reliable with trevally, tailor, black bream and yellowfin bream being caught. Bait anglers are using prawn for bait with the lure tossers reaping rewards on plastics and hardbodies. A few flathead are also being caught but you need to work hard for a feed. Gone are the days where you could find a school of winter flathead and fish there all day and catch cricket scores of fish.

The one species that don’t mind the flush of freshwater is the perch and there has been some great fishing in the past few months. The challenge is finding the fish as they are constantly on the move. You won’t catch them by chance, you need to be pro-active and find them. Soft plastic lures have worked well when the fish are down deep with suspending lures and even surface presentations catching the fish sitting higher in the water column.

Upstream around Gypsy Point has been a good place to target black bream and a few flathead.

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