With summer here the town is a buzz with visitors to the area enjoying the summer weather and the fishing with offshore, beach, and estuary fishing all available. It's easy to see why most visitors to the area are here to wet a line!
The new offshore boat ramp is completed so launching your boat has become a lot easier, but care needs to be taken. Remember to pick the right weather, know the tides and don't go if you are unsure; it’s not worth risking your life for a fish.
An early start is important as the wind is normally up by midday. Boats heading offshore have been catching a few sand flathead and gummy sharks with good fish caught out around Gabo Island.
Last January fishing was good for kingfish. The fish passed by with big schools of bait so it’s fingers-crossed the same happens again this season.
Marlin have been caught offshore at Mallacoota and, with more boats out there trying their luck, you should see a few more caught once the warm water arrives. It's worth getting out there and having a go. There are plenty of local beaches to fish from so you should be able to find a few with no one around.
Salmon and tailor have been caught, but sand whiting and yellowfin bream will be more common in the coming months. The entrance to the lake is a great spot to fish for these species. We are due for a good prawning year as the last few years they haven’t really fired up. You can expect prawns to be on the move between Christmas and Easter.
The dusky flathead in the lake have really fired up with plenty of fish caught throughout the system. These fish really cop a hammering so remember stick to the rules and don't keep more than you need, and let the big ones go.
When chasing this species with lures it is important to keep changing lures as you can find that magic lure which will change your whole day’s fishing.
The sand islands around the entrance area are a great place to fish for sand whiting with nippers and worms a good choice of bait; dusky flathead are also caught in the same area.
Goodwin Sands is another great spot to fish with plenty of bream caught of an early morning or later on into the evening. Black bream and yellowfin bream have been caught in the Top and Bottom lakes these fish are always on the move so you have to stay on the move to find them.
Fingers-crossed for a good season on the mulloway. Last season was excellent with plenty of fish caught on both lures and bait.Reads: 739