Mallacoota swells with keen holiday anglers
  |  First Published: January 2016

Summer is here and the town is abuzz as the locals and tourists alike enjoying the warmer weather.

With many of the visitors to the area enjoying the boating both offshore and in the lake at this time of year you need to make sure everything is up to scratch as fisheries are out and about, along with the water police, so don’t be surprised when they pull up alongside you.

Fishing from the local beaches has been good with catches of salmon and tailor along with some good size yellowfin bream the entrance to the lake has been the best spot for the bream. Fishing into the night for gummy sharks from Quarry Beach has been good with the incoming tide your best chance. The warmer water gets things going and with plenty of baitfish around its fingers crossed for a good season on the kingfish. Last year saw plenty of quality fish caught over the Christmas period.

The sand flathead have come on the bite with some good catches of quality fish caught. You need to spend a bit of time to find the fish with the Arials a good place to start.

Last year saw some good marlin landed by one of the keen game fishers in town and no doubt with more boats heading out there more fish will be caught. Care needs to be taken when entering and leaving the new harbour, and if in doubt, don’t go out! An early start is the go before that summer wind starts blowing.

The breakwater and jetty in the harbour have been fishing well and as more growth appears on the rocks it is only going to attract more fish. A number of anglers are taking advantage of the amount of blackfish that are about with good fish caught around the harbour jetty and the channels at the lake entrance. Weed under a float has been the way to catch fish.

The lake has been fishing well with good numbers of flathead being caught. The fish are spread throughout the system with fish caught above Gypsy point and a variety of lures have been working with the soft plastic lures the pick.

Silver trevally are also being caught with the best action in the Bottom lake out around Goodwin Sands. Some good fishing has been had for yellowfin bream as well.

Black bream have been on the bite, but you need to keep on the move to find them, as they are in one place one day and gone the next.

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