From Gypsy Point to offshore, ’Couta is firing
  |  First Published: May 2015

The town is still busy, with fishos from all around coming to sample the fishing that Mallacoota has to offer, and they haven’t been let down.

The past month has seen some great fishing out around the shelf. Marlin have been landed, and as usual plenty have been lost. The key to success has been to find the bait, then concentrate on fishing in that area. This worked for local fisherman Cam Armstrong, landing 3 stripes in the same area over the course of the day.

Striped tuna have also been caught and it shouldn't be long before the yellowfin and southern bluefin tuna arrive. It’s fingers crossed for good weather, as there is only a small window of opportunity.

Good numbers of quality sand flathead have been taken out around the aerials, with some big tiger flathead coming from out wider.

Fishing for kingfish has slowed right down and it’s been a month or so since any were last landed, but they could still make an appearance in the coming month.

The local beaches are seeing the salmon turn up in numbers as the water cools down. Fish are coming in on both lures and bait.

Some good fishing for blackfish has been experienced inside the harbour at Bastion Point, with fish being landed off the new breakwall. The nearby entrance to the lake has been firing for yellowfin bream, with fish caught inside the breaking waves. The sand whiting are about, but not in the numbers of years past.

The fishing in both Top and Bottom Lake has been great. Bottom Lake has fished well around the entrance, with the run-in tide really firing up the bream. A few whiting are also been caught. All around Bottom Lake, flathead, bream (blacks and yellowfin) are been caught, but you have to keep moving to find the fish. You can almost guarantee they won't be where you found them the day before! A few mulloway have also been boated, but there have been nowhere near the numbers about like last year.

Plenty of flounder are coming aboard and while most of them are not quite size, there is the odd dinner plate out there. Next year should see plenty of legal size fish caught.

Black bream and flathead are coming in from around Gypsy Point and above, along with a few good estuary perch. The rivers and creeks are still just flowing, but more rain is needed to keep them moving along.

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