Lures are changing the game in Mallacoota
  |  First Published: March 2016

It’s been a busy few months in Mallacoota and tourists to the area will be here right through until after Easter, as many people choose to holiday after the busier period. The fishing over the past month has been excellent with plenty of fish caught both in the lake and offshore.

Offshore both sand and tiger flathead are on the bite along with some good-sized gurnard. Kingfish have been about, but have been spread out with a few crackers mixed in with plenty of undersize fish. At one stage the fish turned up in abundance and everyone anticipated good fishing for a few days. Unfortunately however, the weather turned and that was the end of our king fishing.

The water temperature has been bouncing around 20°C, however the coming months should see the warmest water and the best offshore fishing that Mallacoota has to offer.

Some good fishing from the local beaches has been reported. Anglers have been catching salmon and tailor in good numbers along with a few nice yellowfin bream. Every year you get a month or two when the sand flathead move in close, and presently anglers fishing from the beach have caught some quality sandies.

I have had a busy summer, with plenty of days spent guiding and I’ve found the bottom lake around Stingray Point to be a fantastic spot with numbers of fish over the last month. Flathead, bream, trevally and whiting were all on the go, and clients who had never fished with lures caught well over 40 fish in a half-day session between three people which I love to see. Good fish were caught all through the Bottom Lake, Top Lake and right through to above Gypsy Point. The weed is starting to grow back in places, and these areas have fished well in recent weeks. Anglers have used a variety of lures to catch fish, and surface lures, blades, hardbodies and soft plastics have all caught their fair share on different days.

A few mulloway were caught around the full moon. There has also been some good bass fishing up in the fresh, and surface lures thrown around dusk and dawn have caught some good fish. Plenty of rain in the past month will keep things green and the rivers moving.

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