The secret is out!
  |  First Published: June 2016

Mallacoota has been Victoria’s best-kept secret and judging by the amount of visitors in town and how busy it’s been over the past few months I’d say the secret is definitely out. The fishing is the reason most visitors find their way to Mallacoota, and with the beach, lake and offshore fishing all firing up, the visitors will be going home happy and no doubt already planning their next trip back to Mallacoota.

The fishing off the beaches has been good, and the warm water that has hung around has encouraged the silver bream and whiting to continue biting. The salmon have started to turn up, and over the next few months big schools of fish will be on all the local beaches. Quarry Beach has plenty of sand pushed up onto the beach, which means deep water is only a short cast away. This opens up a prime spot to find a big gummy shark especially at night. The past month has seen some excellent fishing had by those venturing offshore.

The boats heading out chasing a feed of flathead have done very well with good numbers of quality tiger and sand flathead caught. Some good gummy sharks have also been caught and fish have come out from around Gabo Island and down around the Ariels.

Some big game fish have been brought to the cleaning table over the past month with striped marlin a standout and the big news of a number of big broadbills hooked during the day a long way offshore by anglers targeting the depths with live bait. The southern bluefin tuna should put in an appearance soon as the cold water is not far away.

The lake has fished well over the last few months, with a variety of fish on the go. Bottom Lake has offered up some great variety with whiting, bream (both black and yellowfin), trevally, flounder, and tailor all regularly encountered. Bait anglers have caught plenty of fish fresh local prawns the best choice of bait. Those using lures have had success on a variety of blades, soft plastics and hardbody lures.

Mulloway are in the system, with the average fish caught in the Narrows weighing around 15kg with some bigger fish among them. The Top Lake has started to fire up as winter approaches, and the fish have started to move upstream. The challenge will be to catch them. Recent rain has kept the rivers and creeks flowing, and the fishing over the coming months will not disappoint.

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