Fish firing everywhere
  |  First Published: February 2013

Plenty of visitors enjoyed the great Summer weather and the fishing did not let them down. Now Mallacoota begins to enjoy a calmer period but the fish remain hungry and plentiful.

With a variety of options such as the lake, beach and ocean all fishing well for those making the effort, the holiday period has been fantastic. The trick was to get up early before the wind started to blow.

Those heading offshore have had a dream run with the weather. There was very little ocean swell and launching and retrieving at the Bastion Point boat ramp has been no problem.

The lake entrance has also been deep, with boats able to cross the bar at all stages of the ride.

Good numbers of flathead have been biting right out to the 40m mark. The quality has been there, too, with sand flathead to 3kg caught regularly.

Out wider, some good tiger flathead have also been caught. The current has been strong so a fair lump of lead has been needed to ensure the bait is on the bottom.

Kingfish are starting to make an appearance with most of the fish caught being only bordering on the 60cm size limit.

Along the beaches salmon are being taken by anglers tossing lures and bait. But it is the tailor that have been more common, with some good fish around 1.5kg being landed.

The yellowfin bream have also been showing up along the beaches with the entrance to the lake area fishing particularly well.

The lake fishing has been excellent with nearly all species on the chew. Flathead have been biting well and with the new Victorian slot limit for dusky flathead (30cm-55cm) in force, Mallacoota is destined to be one of the greatest big-flathead fisheries in Australia in a few years.

And it has been good to see the Fisheries officers out there regularly checking licences, catches, boats and more.

Yellowfin and black bream have also been biting well from the Bottom Lake through to Cape Horn.

Lure fishers have done very well using suspending minnows while soft plastics have been catching plenty, too.

Estuary perch are biting well and there has been a definite increase in their numbers over the past few years.

Having fished Mallacoota for over 30 years, I have seen estuary perch numbers come and go.

When they are on the chew, I call them estuary dopes; they are their own worst enemies. This was evident in early January with plenty of quality fish gracing the cleaning tables.

Sand whiting are also being caught throughout the Bottom Lake with the bait fishers doing very well. Keen lure fishers are also taking a few whiting on blades, which has been exciting.

The Betka River is still open to the ocean and there are good quality bream and flathead being caught.

The area around the bridge is offering the best fishing, but just check the situation as it can change quickly if the mouth closes.

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