Numbers are up across Mallacoota
  |  First Published: February 2016

Mallacoota has had excellent weather recently, and we’ve even been blessed with some wind free days, which is very unusual for this time of year. Offshore, the water temperature has been up and down which has played havoc with the fishing. Presently the days have warmed up, and it’s good times all round for those heading offshore.

Good tiger flathead have been caught out wide at around the 60m mark. Closer to shore, sand flathead have also been on the bite. Good gummy sharks have made an appearance, along with various reef fish. The good news is the kingfish have turned up on cue with plenty of fish available. Of course, there plenty of rats among the big fish, so make sure you double check the size if you are keeping a feed.

If you head out from the Bastion Point boat ramp take some caution, as it is very shallow at the moment at the tip of the breakwall. An early start is needed to beat the wind and get a car park after launching, as, in the busy periods you could find yourself parking a long way from the ramp.

The breakwall has produced salmon and blackfish along with good-sized yellowfin bream. Anglers fishing the local beaches have caught salmon, and yellowfin bream along with some great gummy sharks. Fish for sharks in the evening for the best results.

Good size tailor are found from the beach with some good fish also in the lake – the bigger specimens usually bite through the line and that’s the last you see of them.

The lake is fishing well, and offers a variety of species. Over the last week anglers fishing with Wilderness Fishing Tours have pulled in over 250 fish including trevally, whiting, flathead, flounder and both yellowfin and black bream. Fish are spread throughout the system with good fishing above Gypsy Point right through to the Bottom Lake. There have been some good size flathead landed in the past month but the average size has been smaller than usual for this time of year. Heading upstream into the freshwater, there have been some good bass found. The best fishing is had in the evening after a good hot day.

You can expect to run into the water police and fisheries over the next few months, so don’t be surprised – just make sure everything is in order.

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