Estuarine critters on the move
  |  First Published: October 2016

The past month has seen little rain, but as usual for our cooler months, there has been no shortage of cold days this time of year, and there are very few visitors to the area. If you head out fishing, you won’t see too many other boats.

The cooler months will see very few boats heading offshore fishing and with the cold water, it’s not surprising, as not too many fish are on the bite.

A few gummy sharks are being caught, but it’s a lot of effort with little reward.

Once the water starts to warm up, the fishing will start to fire. Sand and tiger flathead are a common catch, and some big fish on offer. It pays to keep on the move when searching for the bigger models.

There are good numbers of salmon being caught from the gutters along the local beaches, with fish entering the bottom lake on the rising tide.

If you spot the birds working, it’s a good chance the salmon are there.

Salmon move fast, often moving upstream and into the top lake. They’re not fussy, so choice and colour of lure is of little importance.

The breakwall at Bastion Point is a good fishing spot, offering a variety of species with silver trevally and bream still turning up, along with a few remaining salmon.

There are plenty of good fishing opportunities out there this month in both the top and bottom lake and further upstream towards Gypsy Point, and as usual, this is what draws anglers to Mallacoota at this time of year.

When enjoying a day on the water at this time of year, make sure you rug up, as it’s still cold, especially when traveling from spot to spot. In saying that, even though there is still a chill in the air, don’t forget to wear sunscreen. The sun can really burn when you’re out fishing all day.

Silver trevally, yellowfin bream and flathead are all being caught in the top and bottom lake. The key is to find the schools of bait - when you find the bait you will find the fish.

Like the bait, you need to keep moving for the best results, as the bait will move with the tide. Because of this, you need to try and anticipate where they are moving to stay with the action.

Once again, keep changing your lure to find the lure and colour that is working. With the flathead, don’t move the lure too fast, you need to keep the lure in front of their noses for as long as possible.

The chopper tailor can be a real nuisance at this time, attacking and stealing every lure that comes in front of them. It’s a catch 22 – if they are there, so are other fish. You just have to sift through little tailor.

Good numbers of black bream can be found further upstream, as they going into their annual spawning run. They can be hard to catch one day, and then eat almost anything the next!

Good luck for this month.

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