Weekly Report 5/8/11

Brett Hyde
Ballina Bait & Tackle,
Ballina West Shopping Centre
Ph: 02 6686 2527
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Weekly Report 5/8/11

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:55 pm

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says there have been quality bream to around 40cm on the beaches with just a few salmon and tailor. Although the jewfish around the headlands have gone a bit quiet, the school jew in the Richmond have improved although live bait has been hard to get. Most live-baiters have had to settle for mullet or lures because the herring have been scattered and sparse at best – possibly cleaned up by the salmon that invaded the river last week. Bream are biting best on the run-up tide; there’s still some murk in the river on the run-out tide. Warmer weather seems to have triggered the flathead to bite, with improved catches right from the mouth up to Wardell. Blackfish anglers have also fared well this week, with good catches from the breakwalls, the Porpoise Wall, Prospect Bridge approach and the northern Burns Point ferry approach.Weed is still a bit hard to get but if you can obtain some, there are good catches to be had.
The reefs close offshore have produced some good catches of snapper, with most fish of a kilo to 3kg although there have been some unstoppables among them as well, so don’t fish too light. There are also cobia and mackerel tuna and longtail tuna have also been reported. Jackets are thick on the 32-fathom reefs but not so bad out on The 48, where snapper and pearl perch have been taken. Out in 100 fathoms, there have been big kingfish and bar cod.
A similar situation at Evans Head this week with ideal weather for going out wide but the sea a bit rougher today (Fri) and a bit more breeze forecast for the weekend. Jackets also a problem in places and some reasonable snapper and small trag in close.
On the beaches there are bream up around Salty to Broadwater and a few around the headlands, along with some school jew.
Blackfish pretty patchy along the walls, as you’d expect with such calm seas. Bream were going well of the bridge at night but have settled down a bit now.
Brett Hyde, Ballina Bait and Tackle, Ballina West Shopping Centre, 02 6686 2527

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