We’ve had the wettest start to the summer that the Mallacoota region has had in 15 years. Good rains were followed by consistent showers and then backed up with more good rain, which made it hard to establish a pattern for the constantly moving fish.
Flathead have been caught around the entire estuary system, but it has been a challenge to find fish of 1kg or better. There are so many small fish it is unbelievable. Even targeting deep water with big lures, it has been hard to catch quality fish. No doubt a good-sized mullet would probably be the best way to entice a trophy.
Plenty of quality black and yellowfin bream have been caught throughout the estuary although they can be found one day and not the next. The Goodwin Sands area has been reliable, and is fishing well both at dawn and dusk with nippers the prime bait. These can be purchased from Wayne at Mallacoota Bait and Tackle.
Soft plastic fishing has been a challenge and even when these fish can be found, they’re very tricky to catch. Keep trying different retrieves, colours, jigheads, and even switching to hard-bodied lures. There is some great fishing on offer once the technique for the session has been worked out.
Hard fished areas, such as rock edges, yielded only a fraction of the fish that were available during recent days on the water. It wasn’t that the fish weren’t there – it’s just that they had wised up.
Some quality estuary perch have been on the bite with one of my clients enjoying the capture of a 1.85kg perch. The smallest perch for the session was 1.3kg. Plenty of areas need to be fished to find the snags holding these fish. Some local knowledge is a definite advantage when pursuing this species in Mallacoota. Touching base with locals will save your some time on the water.
Good flows in the rivers and creeks have allowed fish to move freely from pool to pool and has seen some great bass fishing recently. I commonly fish with a Bassmaster Jig’n’Spin and a 3” green and black core Slider when targeting bass. And just to show that you never quite get things wired altogether, a 2kg bully mullet grabbed the lure on a recent outing. It’s a pity those mullet are not a more regular capture because they definitely put up a good fight.
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