Fun after the gold rush
  |  First Published: February 2008

The holiday rush is over and once Easter has passed, Mallacoota will be back to its usual quiet self.

Over the holidays you would not want to be a fish living in the lake, in particular a flathead. Many a flattie saw the hot side of a barbecue plate this season.

Offshore fishing for gummy sharks and flathead has been good with fish caught anywhere from Bastion Point through to Gabo Island.

Pinkie snapper are also being caught on the reefs along with blue-throat wrasse and Maori wrasse. It really pays to keep moving until you locate the fish and remember to make an early start because it is often blowing by 10am.

The beach fishing has started to really fire up with the warmer water. Trevally, tailor, salmon, yellowfin bream and gummy sharks are being caught from Bastion Point down to Quarry Beach.

The shark fishing is best on the rising tides after dark.

Casting metal lures from the beaches has been successful for the salmon and tailor, while fresh baits of prawns and pilchards will get you among the yellowfin bream and trevally.

Those who have put in the time and know which gutter to fish have also caught some good drummer off the rocks.

This year should be excellent for prawning because over past months many of the fish caught have been spitting up prawns.

The lake has a good entrance allowing good tidal flow, which will really get the prawns moving. All you need is a dip net and a torch and it won’t take long to get a good feed.

The entrance to the lake has been fishing well for flathead, trevally, yellowfin bream and a few King George whiting.

From Captain Stevens Point though to Coulis Inlet and over to Harrisons Channel have all been good areas with fish caught on soft plastics and fresh baits.

A good imitation of a nipper is the Storm Wildeye Twitching Nipper. Rigged on a light jig head, this lure is deadly when cast and retrieved across the shallow sand flats.

The Bottom Lake has been fishing well for flathead, black bream and yellowfin bream with the Goodwin Sands area providing good catches of flathead.

Some good action on yellowfin and black bream has been had around the margins of both the Top and Bottom Lakes with the Rapala Husky Jerk providing its worth on many occasions.

Fishing the top end of the system around Gypsy Point has been good for flathead and black bream with plenty of legal fish to be caught. The bigger fish are more common out past Cape Horn through to the Bottom Lake.

The Betka River has been fishing well with the front section providing good catches of yellowfin bream along with the odd flathead,

Scott Wakefield is more than happy to lure up flathead like this.

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