Fishing looking very good for summer
  |  First Published: November 2006

Summer is almost here and the fishing options will start to increase with everything from offshore fishing, lake fishing and bass fishing firing up.

The past month has been a bit of a lucky dip with good fishing one day then tough the next, very similar to the weather, cold one day hot the next. The warmer weather will see more consistent fishing over the coming months in the Mallacoota area.

Beach fishing has been good with plenty of salmon being caught on both bait and lures the pick of the beaches has been Davis Creek. Fishing around dawn and dusk and into the night puts you in with a good chance of catching a gummy shark.

The offshore fishing for gummy shark has been firing with bag limits often caught (2 per person). The bigger 15kg fish have been caught in closer to shore, while out wider plenty of fish to 6kg are making up the catch. Gummy shark have a tendency to wrap themselves up in the line, when they don’t put up a great fight. They are a great eating fish with good-sized tasty fillets with the bonus of having no bones.

There have been some big sand flathead caught with the best area anywhere from Gabo Island to the Aerials. Ocean access is available at Bastion Point or by crossing the bar, the entrance is big enough to allow the biggest of boats access to the ocean depending on ocean conditions.

Inside the lake the entrance area has been fishing well for sand whiting, silver trevally and the odd King George whiting. The best baits are squirtworms and nippers with soft plastics fished on a light jighead working well on the trevally. Further out into the bottom lake around the Goodwin Sands area flathead are being caught on both bait and soft plastic lures. Big yellowfin bream are also being caught with both bait and lures catching fish, the small Strike Pro Pygmy fished with a slow twitchy retrieve has been deadly. Some good-sized tailor to around 1.5kg have also being caught with the mornings and evenings best for the bigger fish. This season should be good for jewfish, plenty of anglers have spotted jewies whilst fishing the shallow margins of the lake with one lucky angler landing three fish on soft plastic lures, the biggest around 25kg with the smallest a schoolie of around 10kg. Fish have been sighted to over 30kg.

The Top Lake has had some good fishing for flathead with plenty of fish around the 45-50cm size and the odd fish to 70cm. Black bream are also being caught from the Top Lake through to the rivers with soft plastic lures and hard-bodied lures all working well. Bait fishers have had good success using prawn for bait. The biggest flathead caught in the past month came from the Wallagarugh River, caught on bream gear and weighed 6kg and was released to fight another day.

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