Consistent action
  |  First Published: December 2009

With plenty of tourists heading to the Mallacoota area over the holiday season, very few will be disappointed with the fishing they will find.

The lake system and the offshore grounds have been providing angers with consistent action.

The offshore fishing starts to hot up this month and it will get better the warmer the water gets. Keep your eye on your sounder’s temp gauge and work the warmer areas for tuna and other blue-water species like kingfish.

The kingies should show in big numbers in January but each year their length of stay varies, so keep an eye on your sounder for them. How long they stay this year is anyone’s guess.

Flathead fishing offshore is on the improve. Good catches are coming in daily and these fish will keep firing and getting bigger as the water temp rises.

The north-east winds play a big part with your fishing plans over Summer. My recommendation is to go very early, before sunup, and then head back before the trade winds blow around lunch.

This wind can also make retrieving your boat are very hard assignment.

Gabo Island is regularly producing gummy sharks so when fishing these areas from a boat or beach, be prepared for a good fight with one of these fantastic fish.

Lake fishing has been excellent. The lake mouth is still closed and the water is slowly rising. The colour is great and all species are on the chew.

The Bottom Lake is also fishing well with good catches of pinkie snapper a regular occurrence. A lot of fish are around 28cm to 36cm and have been taking fresh bait and soft plastic lures.

Since the lake has remained closed, the salmon are trapped in there so we have seen some monsters of around 3kg jumping all over the place. Salmon are fantastic sport fish and if you see them in a school on the surface, throw a metal slug into the mix and you will have a ball.

Yellowfin bream and black bream, along with some great flathead, are being caught in the top and bottom lakes.

On a recent Wilderness Fishing Tours charter on a cloudy day, my clients hooked and landed over 50 fish bream, tailor, salmon, flathead and snapper for the day. So be prepared to hook anything in January, from the deep-fighting snapper or bream to the thumping flathead, but also don’t be shocked to see a salmon fly through the air.

Morning has been the best time to fish but late afternoons have also picked up. When the sun is bright overhead the fish tend to go deep and it makes chasing them tough, so go deep with them and fish the shade as much as you can.

The rivers are always fun prospects, just go slowly and watch for sandbanks. Bream around and over 30cm are common in the snags.

On a sad note, the town of Mallacoota was shocked with the sudden death of Jordy, who loved his fishing and was well loved by family and friends in the district. He will be sadly missed by all – happy fishing, mate!

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