Offshore catches excellent
  |  First Published: April 2007

Mallacoota has benefited from some more rain but, unlike further to the north, it did not fall in the catchment areas of the main rivers so there has been little change in the clarity of the water and the great fishing of late.

The offshore fishing has been excellent with catches of tiger flathead, sand flathead and gummy sharks. These are not your average flathead that are caught along the rest of the coast; these fish are thumpers up to 62cm and 3kg. They have been caught in water between 40m and 50m anywhere from Gabo Island through to the Arials.

The gummy are averaging a little over a metre with the odd bigger fish. Good quality fresh bait is the go for the flathead and the gummies with squid and fillet baits the pick.

As with all flathead, it’s just a matter of bouncing something in front of their heads and if they are on the bite they will have a go.

The water temperature has been up and down like a yo-yo so the kingfish I mentioned last month have not really fired up. Whether the water warms this year for any length of time is yet to be seen but it is looking like it’s just not going to happen.

The coming months should see a few of the locals heading out to the shelf and the Star Banks hoping to catch a few yellowfin tuna as they do their annual run north ahead of the cold current.

Salmon are being caught from beaches anywhere between Bastion Point and Quarry Beach with pilchards and metal lures doing the damage. Along with the salmon, there have been some good tailor.


The lake system has been fishing well with good catches in the Bottom Lake and the Top Lake. From the entrance through to the John Bull channel marker there have been some good flathead, tailor, silver bream, trevally and the odd King George whiting.

Further out into the lake, around Goodwin Sands, anglers have been catching yellowfin and black bream along with tailor and flathead. Bait fishos have been using prawns to catch the bream and flathead with some good fish also being caught on small live mullet.

Soft-plastic fishing for flathead has been good with any lure of any colour catching fish. Having said that, catching plenty of fish can depend on fishing with the right lure on the day.

Recently while fishing with three clients, it became apparent that the purple Firebait Longtail Minnow was outfishing all other lures so it pays to experiment.

Some good black bream are to be had in the Top Lake around Palmers Bank. Hard-bodied lures have been working well along the rock walls with the Strike Pro Pygmy with the yellow belly and grey back a good choice of colour.

Fishing in the rivers has been patchy with estuary perch, black bream and flathead to be caught but finding a section of river with fish can take time and once they are found, they tend to move on in a matter of days.

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