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Lake, offshore keep firing
  |  First Published: March 2008



With the days getting shorter, it won’t be long before winter is here again but for the moment there has been some great fishing in the lake and offshore.

As long as the warm water hangs around, the offshore fishing should stay good. Quality of sand flathead have been the norm and those fishing out wider have been catching some good tiger flathead.

Great gummy sharks have been reported with some big fish to nearly 1.5m being landed.

Kingfish to 75cm have also been spotted but they seem to be here one day and then gone the next. However, if they are going to be anywhere, the front of Gabo Island isn’t a bad place to start looking.

Over the next few months yellowfin tuna will start moving out wide with action often to be had around the Star Banks offshore from Mallacoota.

BEACHES

The beaches have been pretty ordinary, with smaller salmon the main catch. There has been the odd good-sized fish as well.

The best bet has been to soak a bait at night to target a gummy shark and those who have persevered with this tactic have been rewarded with some good specimens.

It pays to find a good gutter through the day and then fish it on a rising tide at night so a bit of homework is required to produce the best chance of success.

BEtka river

The Betka River has been performing well with some good flathead and bream being caught in the lower section around the bridge. Prawns seem to be the best choice of bait.

Wading this area flicking lightly weighted soft plastics or shallow-running hardbodies is also productive. A white Rapala Husky Jerk catches plenty of fish when slowly twitched across the shallows.

Try further upstream for the estuary perch, where plenty of good snags in the deeper sections provide cover for these fish.

The channel area of the main lake has been fishing well for flathead and yellowfin bream. Nippers, worms and prawns have all been very successful. ‘Coota Bait provides quality live bait for those who haven’t collected their own.

Some good-sized trevally are also in this area with plenty of big bream, both yellowfin and black, being caught around the margins of the top and bottom lakes.

Flathead are spread throughout the system with good catches around Goodwin Sands.

There are also plenty of fish above Gypsy Point with the smaller bream, around 26-28cm, abundant in the rivers above point.

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