Weekly Report 17/5/13

Brett Hyde
Ballina Bait & Tackle,
Ballina West Shopping Centre
Ph: 02 6686 2527
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Weekly Report 17/5/13

Post by Tony Zann » Fri May 17, 2013 3:43 pm

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says mulloway have been reasonably common in the river at night but live bait is an absolute necessity. You’ll also need to be fond of your fellow anglers, because it’s fairly crowded at times from the police station up to about the RSL. Flathead have been most common from the ferry up to Wardell as they head to their upstream winter grounds, but fork-tailed catfish can be a real problem up there. Bream are travelling down the river to spawn. Bait is going better than lures with gut and mullet the best. Small daytime high tides with very little run haven’t helped the day anglers but with the waxing moon the night tides next week will get considerably larger. Crabs have tapered down but you might get a last chance on them in the next week or two.
Brett says there have been tailor from the walls and South Ballina Beach with a few also up around Angels Beach, Flat Rock and Lennox Head.
Snapper on the 42 and 48-fathom reefs, some pearlies too. Still spotted mackerel down around Riordans with whitebait the bait and berley of choice.
Blustery offshore winds in the mornings at Evans Head now, but they’re settling in the evenings in a typical winter pattern. Up the beach the water is a little murky and catches have tapered off, with mostly undersized whiting, a few fair bream and the odd flathead. Interstate visitors please note: the whiting you catch off the beach and in the river here are sand whiting, not diver/trumpeter/’winter’ whiting, and the legal size is 27cm, not 17cm.
Better results around the headlands with some hot tailor bites at times. If you’re catching undersized choppers, move around a bit; there are plenty of fish around a kilo and some double that. Big longtail tuna busting up at times and even the odd mackerel in close. Good Spanish out around the reefs, with Rod Blake’s 24.5kg fish on Wednesday the best for a good while, and the usual patches of teraglin and snapper. Pearlies getting better out wide.
Plenty of bream in the river, especially after dark or in the day at the bottom of the tide when the water is still a bit dirty.
Brett Hyde, Ballina Bait and Tackle, Ballina West Shopping Centre, 02 6686 2527

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