Offshore fires, but…
  |  First Published: November 2009

Captain Kev Gleed is jet-setting all over the world, so this report has been supplied by gun fisherman Chris ‘Slick’ Wright, who fishes these waters as much as Kev, or even more.

Mallacoota in December means warm days with nice northerly winds, with the occasional cold front.

Offshore fishing fires up with flathead becoming more common and gummy sharks, especially on the moon, will be a welcome sight to many a fisho.

If the winds are from the north, head up around Gabo Island and drift back towards Mallacoota.

Try varying depths as you go, with the old-fashioned paternoster rig hitting the bottom, and you should pick up a great feed.

Be warned, though. The lake is now shut off from the ocean and the harbour is full of sand, so launching your boat is extremely hard most of the time.

Please seek local advice before going it alone. The locals are always willing to assist the travelling fisherman.

We can only hope that the boat ramp issue at Bastion Point will be sorted out very soon, especially with the Christmas holidays only weeks away.


Lake fishing this month should be great with high water levels due to the lake being closed the sea.

A good place to start is Goodwin Sands. Try drifting across the top, throwing hard-bodied lures and soft plastics for flathead, bream and the odd whiting.

These fish have been sighted and caught in only a few centimetres of water so look to the shallows and you might be rewarded.

Watching a good bream fly around in shallow water after being hooked is an amazing sight.

Trolling the lake is fast becoming a very popular way to go fishing with the family.

Just throw out a Spanyid Maniac or the old Wonder Wobbler and tow it around the edges and gutters of the sand banks like Goodwin Sands and The Narrows.

Tailor have should remain prolific right up to January and beyond and you might even be lucky enough to hook a high-flying salmon. Bleed these fish straight away and they are very nice on the barbecue.


Salmon are being caught along the beaches from Bastion Point through to Quarry Beach. It’s well worth a go, especially around dawn and dusk.

Surf poppers and whitebait are popular and be prepared for whatever might pop up.

Around the full moon, jewfish and gummy sharks make for an exciting battles with the long rod.

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