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Warm up for a challenge on the cast
  |  First Published: November 2016



The town is quietest over the winter months and with the amount of rain we have had, you can understand why. Most visitors and holiday-makers are waiting for the weather to improve before heading to Mallacoota for a holiday, but with spring here and summer around the corner, it won’t be long untilthe town livens up.

The offshore water temperature is around 15.5°C. The fishing won’t really fire up until the water warms a few more degrees and the local fishers are aware of that.

Once the water warms, everyone will be out on the water trying their luck among the fish. Currently, those who have tried have done it hard with only a few good-sized gummy sharks caught.

If you are heading offshore from the harbour, you will need to be familiar with the shifting sand.

On the lower tide, it is surprising how shallow it can actually be. Pick your day carefully and allow for waves breaking across the front of the entrance.

Those fishing in the harbour and surrounding rocks have been getting good catches of yellowfin bream and silver trevally.

The odd King George whiting has also been caught.

Fresh prawns and pipis have been the choice of bait for most anglers. And don’t be surprised to catch a black bream or dusky flathead either – a good fresh really moves the fish.

Reports have shown that salmon have been caught from the breakwall and gutters on local beaches with lures or bait – it’s just a matter of making sure your offering is in front of the fish.

After the recent rains, salmon have been caught on the incoming tide in Harrisons Channel.

The salmon were further up the system, but muddier water chased them back to the ocean.

The back of Goodwin Sands has been fishing well with plenty of baitfish about. Finding the schools will put you amongst the yellowfin bream and silver trevally.

Chopper tailor are annoying, as they steal lures and chew up soft plastics. On the upside, if they’re about, you’re in the right area.

Good fish have been caught in the Narrows. Bream, flathead and a few estuary perch are in after rain.

The Narrows is often the spot to fish, as it’s a travelling lane – fish move from the Top Lake to the Bottom Lake. Good fishing has been had upstream above Gypsy Point with black bream spawning. They can be a real challenge – some days biting, other days near impossible.

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Decent size tailor have been terrorising the bait schools.

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