Plenty of reasons to visit
  |  First Published: February 2007

With plenty of visitors in town over the holiday break it’s no surprise that plenty of fish were caught. The main reason people come to Mallacoota is the fishing, whether it be in the lakes and rivers, off the beaches or out on the ocean.

Those venturing to sea have had good success on gummy sharks and flathead with anywhere between Gabo Island and Shipwreck Creek fishing well. It’s simply a matter of drifting until you find fish and then repeating the productive drift since more fish will be found in the area. Some of the gummies caught have been up to 1.8m long – great fish.

Action off the beaches has been good with salmon, tailor, yellowfin bream, gummy sharks and the odd sand whiting being caught. Best beaches to try have been Davis Creek and at Bastion Point.

A high tide around dawn or dusk is a good thing and the gummy sharks have been best after dark. For the gummies, find a good gutter, get quality bait and be prepared to put in the time because these fish will turn up when you least expect them to.

The fishing in the lake and the rivers has been great with flathead, yellowfin and black bream, trevally and estuary perch all on the bite.

The Bottom Lake has been fishing well with flathead around the John Bull channel marker. These fish are school fish around 45cm with only the odd bigger specimen in this area but these are the size to take for a feed.

Bigger female flathead are coming from the Goodwin Sands area and in the shallow bays around the Bottom Lake. Silver trevally have been caught on fresh baits of worms, prawns or nippers, along with small soft plastics in gold or green.

Prawning has been good with quality prawns being taken around the entrance. Each dark these tasty crustaceans are getting bigger and bigger.

Yellowfin bream are being caught in the Top and Bottom lakes with Goodwin Sands fishing well at dawn and dusk.

Black bream are spread throughout the system with plenty of fish being caught in the rivers. The key with these fish is to keep moving until you find fish. You can experiment extensively with lures and colours until you suddenly come upon a lure and tactics that will really get you among the bream.

As with the bream, EPs require plenty of searching to locate the fish but there are some quality perch there. These big fish are worth releasing because they are the brood stock of the species and if perch fishing is going to improve, it all depends on these fish remaining in the system to keep breeding.

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