Weekly Report 11/5/12

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 11/5/12

Post by Tony Zann » Fri May 11, 2012 3:03 pm

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says offshore fishos are making the most of what’s left of the mackerel season and there have been encouraging reports around most inshore reefs. At Black Head there have been a few sizeable Spanish caught on live bait and larger trolled lures. The spotties are also still around, with good captures through the week at Riordans Reef mostly taking small slimy mackerel although you can still catch a few if you anchor and berley with pilchard chunks. Snapper are picking up a bit although best catches in shallow water have been not long after dawn and close to sunset. Brett says the Ballina bar seems to have settled down for now.
There have been plenty of flathead along South Ballina Beach along with a few good bream, and bream also have been plentiful at Shelly beach and at Lennox Head, where there was an unconfirmed report of a 45cm bream taken during the week. Mullet strips, blue and white pillies and soft plastics have all been effective in the surf. Brett says there have even been some school jew of various sizes taken on South Ballina Beach.
In the river, the mullet run and prolific baby tailor schools have attracted some cracking jewfish to about 18kg, mainly taken at night on live mullet, although a few have succumbed to fresh mullet fillets and the odd fish has belted a large soft plastic. The sea walls, the Porpoise Wall and Bream Hole have been the hot spots, but there has even been talk of one jewie caught off Missingham Bridge. Blackfish starting to establish in the river, although with all the rain there’s been a problem securing supplies of green weed for bait. There have been nice bream on the rising tide in the river, with hard lures working well along the walls and soft plastics successful in the deeper water. Still a few mud crabs in Emigrant and North creeks and they’re mostly full, although they’re not big.
I’ve been away most of the week but on Friday there’s hardly a breath of wind at Evans and the inshore sea is flat. Plenty of vehicles up the beach and trailers in the ramp carpark and I’ve been told there’s the odd spot and Spaniard out there. One boat was swamped on the bar yesterday at low tide – take care, it’s very shallow.
Brett Hyde, Ballina Bait and Tackle, Ballina West Shopping Centre, 02 6686 2527

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