24/2/06 Weekly Report

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Tony Zann
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24/2/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Fri Feb 24, 2006 5:26 pm

Matt from Dave’s Bait shop says the mackerel have shown up in better numbers off Black Head, Lennox Point and on Riordans Reef. While the swell is too tough at the moment to cross the bar there are sure to be plenty of anglers out there once the sea levels out – whenever that is! Live slimy mackerel are the gun bait for the potted mackerel while the Spanish are fond of pike, garfish or live tailor. Good mahi mahi at the Ballina FAD at S 28° 54.430, E 153° 41.189 in 70 metres near the 38-Fathom Mark 14km off the Richmond bar.
Matt says there have been plenty of flatties in the lower river with live bait working well for the bigger females and soft plastics picking up plenty of eating-size school fish. Bream have been mooching around the rock walls on the rising tide and there have been plenty of good mangrove jacks up to 3kg around both marinas and along the usual rock walls. Jewfish have been pretty quiet.
Beaches have good flathead and whiting, especially on Seven Mile but it’s worth a try in any good gutter you see. Tailor have been a little sporadic but North Wall seems to be the pick of the spots with garfish on ganged hooks accounting for the better fish.
At Evans Head the swell has made a sortie for the mackerel far too risky but the water looks clear, very warm and full of promise. At 5pm on Friday the swell was 12 to the minute with sets to 2m but very brief lulls. The beaches have been reasonably good for whiting, bream and school jew in the rocky pockets, with more school jew around the headland. Again, the swell has made many rock spots risky. I’ve seen longtail tuna busting up around the rocks a couple of times but Fortyfoot is probably the only reasonably safe ledge and you still have to think about having a 40’ gaff handle! The river has some rather passable bream with a few whiting above the bridge.
Tony Zann t.zann@fishingmonthly.com.au

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