Happy times ahead
  |  First Published: October 2009

t has been great to see the fishing pick up – a bit of rain, some warmer water and the longer days have all helped to fire things up.

With plenty of anglers heading to Mallacoota for a holiday break, there should be lots of happy visitors.

e are now heading into the best time of year to be fishing offshore.

The flathead, both sandies and tigers, can be exceptional with numbers of big fish there to be caught once they are located.

t the moment the water temperature needs to warm even more to really get things going.

Gummy sharks are about with some good specimens being caught around the front of Gabo Island and straight out in front of Bastion Point. They are constantly on the move; once a fish is caught concentrate on that area as there will be more fish around.

Salmon action has still been good with plenty being caught along the beaches. Anglers have been scoring from the lake entrance back to Bastion Point and from Tip Beach right through to the Betka River.

The sambos have been averaging 600g with some examples pushing 2kg.

A few people have been using whitebait and pilchards, but most are tossing metal lures, with good success coming from those using Psycho lures form 2g to 40g.

Salmon are still being caught in the lake but where they will turn up is anyone’s guess, they are constantly on the move terrorising the bait schools.

Keep an eye out for the birds, which can often give away the salmon’s whereabouts.

Some good-sized tailor are also in the lake but, like the salmon, they can turn up when you least expect them.

Flathead are on the go with fish in the shallows taking soft plastics and shallow-running hardbodies, with Rapala Husky Jerks working well.

While fishing for flathead using these styles of lures, some good quality black bream are also being caught.

Move around

The shallows in the Top and Bottom lakes have been providing fish for anglers who are prepared to move around looking for fish.

The bream have spread out after being in the rivers for the past month. While some of them are still in the rivers, the best action has been out in the lakes.

And like many anglers have said, thankfully other styles of lures are working well, because vibe fishing can become painfully boring.

Fishing the Betka River has really picked up with flathead being caught in the front section of the river. Bream and perch have also been caught by those fishing with lures and the bait anglers have done well using prawn for bait.

Good fishing, Capt. Kev.

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