Best Winter for years
  |  First Published: July 2010

Rain earlier in the year, followed by good follow-up falls, has the fishing during the Winter the best Mallacoota has experienced for at least four years.

In general the weather has been great, with only one day when it was necessary to cancel a fishing trip due to howling winds and teeming rain.

Very few boats have been heading offshore, however. Constant swell has kept even the abalone divers at home so there is little to report.

The salmon are being caught along all the local beaches, with fish entering the system on the rising tides. The rain has kept the entrance open with the Betka River open to the ocean after the recent rainfall.

Over the past few Winters it has been necessary to fish with vibes and blades to get fish. Love them or hate them, Winter is vibe time.

Thankfully this year there has been an excellent edge bite, giving consistent action to those fishing with soft plastics and hardbodies.

Fish are being caught in the Top and Bottom lakes with black bream and flathead around the edges and yellowfin bream, trevally, blackfish, tailor, black bream and flathead out in the deeper water in 4m to 6m.

The salmon are coming and going as they please and can turn up anywhere, even as far upstream as Gypsy Point.

I have found the best option when fishing the edges has been soft plastics, because the numbers of flathead taking home hardbodies renders them too expensive.


With the bream also readily taking soft plastics, it has been enjoyable to feel that pluck as the bream takes the lure.

Specifically chasing the silver trevally has been best towards the estuary mouth, with the vast weed beds near the channel the place to concentrate your efforts.

Fishing near dusk along the town jetties has been good, with those casting metal lures getting among the tailor.

At the other end of the system, around Gypsy Point, there have been plenty of flathead and bream.

The flathead are a lot more of a challenge to find than they used to be but once they are located, it’s not hard to get a bag limit of five fish.

The recent news that Bastion boat ramp will go ahead has pleased most locals but no work has started yet, so I doubt that we will see a ramp by Christmas.

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