The fishing in Mallacoota has been excellent, with very little changing from April’s report. Lots of yellowfin bream, trevally and flathead are still being caught around the main sandbank near the entrance.
Goodwin Sands continues to fish well for sand and King George whiting, with the best times being early morning, late afternoon or all day when it is cloudy. There have been heaps of just legal-size flathead caught around the John Bull channel marker, with the odd big fish amongst them. Pinky snapper are still being caught in the Bottom Lake and the Narrows; these fish can be as big as 35cm.
At the moment, all the rivers and creeks flowing into Mallacoota have plenty of black bream. Recent rain has fired them up, making for some great fishing. The majority of these fish are under the legal minimum length of 26cm but offer great sport for lure fishermen.
The beach fishing is still a bit slow. Although there have been salmon to 2.5kg, these fish are widespread in small, patchy schools. Give it another month or two and salmon will be everywhere!
The Betka River continues to fish slowly, with the occasional flathead being caught in the front section around the road bridge.
Offshore fishing is only ever possible from Mallacoota in the calmest of seas. One well-equipped local boat ventured out 30 miles east of Gabo Island and had a great day trolling up yellowfin tuna around the 10kg mark. Fishing tiger and sand flathead as well as snapper can be excellent because this area receives very little angling pressure. Anyone heading out to sea should be absolutely certain that their boat is well maintained and has all the appropriate safety gear. This is not a good area to break down in!
For anglers visiting Mallacoota for the first time, the large size of the lake system often comes as a surprise. If you are new to the area and want to catch some fish, local knowledge about where to fish and what bait to use is the key to being successful. Wayne Granger at Mallacoota Bait and Tackle should be able to help you out with this information and any other questions you have.
Good fishing! Capt. Kev.Reads: 1986