Poor start to year for fishermen



HAPPY new year to one and all. I hope you all had a safe and fun Christmas and new year and are looking forward to the year ahead.

Personally, I had a very quiet time over this period due to illness so I do apologise for missing my last article, but I will do my absolute best to make it up to all of you by pointing you in the direction of some fish.

I must say a big thank you to the nurses in the Emergency Department at Ballina District Hospital, because I felt half alive after they sent me home instead of feeling like I had one foot in the grave.

As far as the fishing goes, well some of you might be saying "what fishing?".

It has done nothing but rain and blow 40 knots for the past two weeks, so there has not been a lot of fishing done.

For the few brave souls who did venture out and were prepared to put up with Mother Nature, a mixed bag of bream, flathead, whiting and the odd blackfish have been landed.

But for the most part, it has been very hard work for little or no result.

During the wild weather, some nice jewfish have been caught from the breakwalls and also the beaches. Large minnow-style lures, soft plastics or slab baits of mullet have produced most of the fish, with one fish caught at Evans Head weighing in at nearly 29 kilograms.

One benefit to the large amount of fresh flowing down the river at present is the number of mudcrabs being caught.

The main river has produced the majority of the catches, especially between Pimlico Island and Broadwater.

Due to the flood conditions at present, the river will be a difficult proposition to fish over the next couple of weeks so it may be a better option to fish out on the beaches or possibly head offshore when conditions prevail.

Try using baits with plenty of smell such as chicken or mullet gut, mullet fillets or even blue pilchards to give the fish plenty of chance to find your bait with the poor visibility in the river.

Please also be aware of debris floating down the river at present. If you do venture out, be safety conscious when on the water.


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