Patchy but pleasant times ahead
  |  First Published: April 2009

The town is still busy with plenty of tourists enjoying the great weather that Autumn offers.

But after Easter the town will quieten right down for the Winter months, the time of year many locals look forward to.

Autumn is a transition period where Summer patterns start giving way to Winter patterns. That can mean great fishing one day, then tough times the next.

The great fishing offshore we have experienced over the past three months should continue for another couple of months before the water cools right down, ending yet another season.

Sand flathead action off the coast at Mallacoota can be as good as you are likely to find, with a bag limit of fish regularly caught and sandies over 1kg not uncommon.

Gummy sharks are still being caught, with a bag limit of these great eating fish (two fish per angler) regularly encountered.

Good sea conditions have continued, allowing the boats to get out there, catch fish and get back in comfort, with very few days keeping vessels in port.

Plenty of schools of baitfish are about but there has been nothing to report over the past month as far as kingfish are concerned.

Further offshore, the yellowfin tuna should start moving by with the Star Banks a good place to try for one.

The beaches have been quiet with only a few salmon to report.

Prawning in the lake has been good with plenty of people out there chasing a feed. It should only get better over the coming months.

The front section of the lake was fishing well for silver trevally, with the channel area from John Bull back towards the entrance the place to be, but the trevally now seem to have spread out through the bottom lake with fish caught on a variety of soft plastics.

The flathead have really quietened down with many anglers struggling to get a feed.

The fish seem to have spread out, which is a good thing because they have really copped a flogging over the past five months.

A few jewfish encounters have been reported, with one angler fighting a good fish only to lose it when the trebles on the vibe lure he was using straightened out.

Another angler fishing with a strip of fish bait landed a fish weighing 20kg near Goodwin Sands during the day.

Bill Rienhalt landed a jewie weighing 7.5kg on a soft plastic lure and has hooked up a few others but the hooks have pulled.

Black bream and yellowfin bream are being caught in the Top Lake and Bottom Lake with shallow-running lures working well around the margins. Try Rapala Husky Jerks, Bushy’s Stiffies and the like.

The deeper sections of the lake have been fishing well once the fish are found. Lightly weighted soft plastics and vibe lures have worked well.

The rivers has been good with plenty of small fish to around 32cm along with some good-sized flathead.

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