Weekly Report 5/4/12

Brett Hyde
Ballina Bait & Tackle,
Ballina West Shopping Centre
Ph: 02 6686 2527
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Tony Zann
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Weekly Report 5/4/12

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:30 pm

Squidgy at Ballina Bait and Tackle says there have been good catches of tailor and school jew at Boulder Beach and Flat Rock but Flat Rock is not a safe place to be in the wrong swell and the Iron Peg up the road is worse. Luckily the breakwalls at Ballina are also turning up school jew on worms and squid, with tailor taking pilchards and lures on the surf sides of north and south wall.
The beaches have been fishing reasonably well but again anglers will face larger swells and spring tides pushing right into the dunes at high water each morning and evening. It’s bad form to park your vehicle in the dunes and illegal and just plain dumb to drive on them – the spinifex grass holds the whole system together to prevent erosion. Whiting have been active in the surf gutters and holes but buying live beachworms might be on a first-come-first-served basis this weekend. If you can find pipis, go easy on them and take only a handful for your immediate bait needs, not the crazy legal limit of 50 per person. And they mustn’t be removed any further than 50m from the high tide mark, meaning you can’t take them home to use later somewhere else.
Squidgy says there are plenty of bream in the river biting on bait and lures and a few flathead just around the legal size of 36cm in the Town Reach and up to Wardell in the dirty water up there. The strong tidal flow has made the mud crabs more active, especially at night, with all the rivers and creeks worth a try. It’s worth keeping an eye on your nets and traps, because there’s likely to be some ‘share farming’ going on.
Remember to carry your fishing and boating licences at all times – you do have a fishing licence, right?
The bar at Evans Head is very dodgy with plenty of swell and a strong tidal run in and out. Surprised if someone doesn’t go over this weekend. Water is warm and clear with a few mackerel seen in the bay earlier in the week but nobody much has been out.
Beaches have bream and whiting with some tailor at night in the bigger gutters but there’s not much beach at all at high tide and the fun police will be about dobbing in the dune drivers, no doubt.
The river has mostly small flathead, some nice whiting and patches of good bream but plenty of people fishing for them.
Brett Hyde, Ballina Bait and Tackle, Ballina West Shopping Centre, 02 6686 2527

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