Ideal conditions
  |  First Published: June 2013

Almost all the visitors have left town and it is quiet out on the water with very few boats; a great time of year to be fishing in Mallacoota.

The usual Winter weather also provides ideal conditions for fishing, with a cold start to the day and then clear skies and light winds.

Recent big seas have changed the lake’s entrance to the ocean, with a second entrance opening in line with Captain Steven Point. Down at Betka, big seas have pushed up a heap of sand, closing the river to the ocean.

Fishing offshore has not been the best and most boats have reported that it hasn’t been easy to get a feed.

The beaches have been good for salmon, with more fish on their way as the water cools further. There are good gutters on all the local beaches after the big seas.

In the past month we have seen some excellent fishing in the lake system. A group of anglers fishing with me caught quality bream, trevally and flathead but the fish of the weekend was the sand whiting, with over 50 quality specimens landed on blades.

I have fished the Mallacoota system for over 30 years and I have never seen such good action on whiting, whether on lures or with bait.

Plenty of good-sized silver trevally are also in the lake, along with quality tailor, but finding them hasn’t been easy. If you can find the bait, the fish could turn up at any time.

The big seas pushed a lot of water into the lake, raising the level, which in turn brought about a good edge bite. Black and yellowfin bream were taking hard lures fished close in to the shore. Plenty of flathead have been caught in the same areas.

The action has been good in the Bottom and Top lakes. Heading up towards Gypsy Point, plenty of smaller bream around 30cm have been caught along with some good-sized flathead.

The water in the lakes has dropped to 17º and it’s starting to get crystal clear – a sure indication Winter is here.

It’s the same story down at Betka, with clear, cold water making the fishing tough. A bit of rain will help put some colour back in the water and liven up the fishing.

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