Winter patterns begin to form
  |  First Published: April 2008

Out come the jumpers as cooler days remind us cold ones are on the way. This is the time when the fishing starts to change and Winter patterns begin to change.

Fishing offshore has been good when the weather has allowed boats to get out but the past month has produced rough seas and strong southerly blows.

Good flathead are still being caught from Gabo Island through to the Arials.

Gummy sharks are also offshore and along the beaches with some good fish landed over the past month. Salmon have also turned up with fish caught around the entrance area and in the gutters from Tip Beach though to Betka Bay.

In the lake, the flathead have really spread out and locating fish has now become harder than over the warmer months, with anglers who had experienced great fishing now struggling for good results.

Fishing with clients for flathead over the past month we experienced success over the shallows around the entrance area, where the fish were abundant with catches of 30-plus not uncommon for a half-day’s fishing.

There were plenty of flatties from 40cm to 50cm – good eating-size fish. Remember, the bag limit is five fish per person per day.

Smaller soft plastic lures have also been catching some good-sized trevally and small pinkies to around 34cm around the John Bull channel marker.

Fishing for bream has been excellent over the past few months with bait and lures successful.

Plenty of big bream have been caught around the margins of the Top and Bottom lakes with some good fish also through to Gypsy Point. Above Gypsy Point there are plenty of fish but most are smaller models to around 30cm.

Fishing the edges with hardbodies has been great with fish caught in the depths from 30cm though to 1.5m. Suspending lures that work shallow have been the go with plenty of fish caught on Rapala Husky Jerks, Bushy’s Stiffy lure and the Storm Wildeye Minnow. It pays to have sharp strong trebles.

Fishing with prawns has been the go but, as usual, you need to keep moving to stay with the fish.

One thing to remember when fishing at Mallacoota is yesterday’s hot spot can be devoid of fish the next day; these fish really keep on the move.

Unlike fishing smaller estuary systems where the fish become predictable and choices of hot spots are few. Mallacoota has many areas where fish can be caught and local knowledge when fishing for bream is invaluable because it can stop hours of casting between patches of fish.

Along with the black bream there have been some great yellowfin bream caught.

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