Weekly Report 15/8/13

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 15/8/13

Post by Tony Zann » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:57 pm

The beaches have produced some mixed bags, with a few more tailor turning up north of Ballina, according to Brett Hyde at Ballina Bait and Tackle. He says the better fish have been taking bait around the rocks at Lennox Head, Skennars Head and Boulder Beach, with the smaller choppers a bit more widespread. Bream are responding well to strips of mullet or bonito, whole white pilchards and fillets or chunks of blue pilchards. There’s also been the odd whiting taken on pipis and worms.
Mulloway of all sizes seem to have spread out in the estuaries, with fish on the ocean breakwalls, in the lower river around the CBD and upstream at least as far as Wardell. Luderick are also in healthy numbers in all their usual haunts, Bruce says, with the float-waters standing shoulder to shoulder and catching them on the Prospect Bridge approach on Wednesday.
Offshore, there have been snapper on the 32s and 48s, with the closer reefs comparatively quiet. That’s not surprising when you consider how clear the water is inshore. Pearl perch and kings have also been encountered out wide but for now at least, the hordes of leatherjackets are staying away.
Gusting S to 30 knots on Thursday arvo at Evans, although the swell isn’t getting into the bay much. Some bream and the occasional school jew off the beaches earlier in the week and a few better bream around the headands.
River has flathead, luderick, whiting and a few undersized school jew.
Close reefs were pretty slow earlier in the week, what with the ultra-clear water, but a few fish out the back and some decent snaps and pearlies out wide. Won’t be going there this weekend.
Brett Hyde, Ballina Bait and Tackle, Ballina West Shopping Centre, 02 6686 2527

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