Busy times ahead
  |  First Published: May 2014

With great weather over the past month, the visitors to the area have been out on the lake enjoying the fishing. There has been no shortage of tourists this season, this has been the busiest I have seen Mallacoota and it’s not looking like slowing down.

Offshore there has been little to report as the boat ramp is out of bounds with the construction of the breakwall. The few boats that are getting out there have been coming back with a feed of sand flathead.

There are plenty of salmon along all the local beaches with good gutters at Tip Beach. Anglers tossing lures on the rising tide are having a ball with these hard fighting fish.

The lake has been fishing well with the best mulloway season in many years. There have been a number of fish caught over 60lb with plenty of fish around 15kg with the smaller models around the 10kg mark. You don't need to spend all night out there as plenty of fish have been caught between first light and around 10 o'clock. Fish have been caught on both bait and lures, with fresh or live tailor the choice of bait and a variety of soft plastics all catching fish.

Around the entrance area, bait fishers have been catching sand whiting, yellowfin bream and the odd flathead. Fresh bait or live bait has been the go with nippers squirt worms and beach worms catching bag limits for many anglers. The key has been working out the best stage of the tide for the best results.

Goodwin Sands has been fishing well with bait fishers doing well on the yellowfin bream along with a few black bream to make up the bag. Watching the amount of fish processed at the cleaning table you wonder how long this can go on before the fishing is noticeably worse, I suggest the damage has been done. You need to remember these black bream are slow growing and a 1kg fish could be 15 years old.

Those fishing with lures have had to fish hard for results.

The flathead have been good one day, tough the next. Some good fishing has been had on whitebait imitation lures. The key to success is to find the fish as there are many spots where there are no fish. Heading up to Gypsy Point, flathead and black bream caught, along with plenty of smaller fish in the rivers.

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