Report 20/11/14

Brett Hyde
Ballina Bait & Tackle,
Ballina West Shopping Centre
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Report 20/11/14

Post by subeditor » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:55 am

The wind will be up and pumping out of the north on Saturday but should drop back a little for Sunday. The swell is predicted to be up around 2.5 m so it's not looking like much offshore fishing will be happening this weekend. The big swell will also make conditions on the beaches rather difficult but Sunday should be a better option after the wind drops.

The smaller tides this week have slowed the fishing up a little, but there has still been a few flathead from mouth of the river up to Pimlico Island. The run out tide has been the better option with the usual baits such as prawns and pilchards for bait, as well as 60-80 mm soft plastics. A couple of better quality fish did come from the deeper holes during the week. The run in tide is producing a few whiting but we are still not seeing any big numbers just yet. Most fish seem to be 28-34 cm with the odd bigger one every now and then. Live yabbies or worms have been the best baits as usual, but a few fish were also caught on pippies on the beaches this week.

The small tides also seem to be slowing up the crabs with a lot of anglers struggling to find more than a few legal crabs during a session. Given the strong winds this weekend, heading out for a crab may still be a good option in either North or Emigrant Creeks. Please remember we now have new rules on crabbing equipment so check that you are up to date before heading out.

The break walls have produced a few bream and some school jew on squid or mullet. The big swell may mean we will see some better quality fish out there over the weekend. Take care on the break walls as conditions will make fishing the end of the walls dangerous. Some reasonable bream and the odd mangrove jack have come from the rock walls of late, and the live herring, poddy mullet and prawns have all had success.

The hot weather should fire the jacks up and the run out tide in the afternoons should be a good option this weekend. Some good bass have been caught lately with the afternoons and early mornings producing a fun surface bite and the hotter day sessions have been producing fish on spinnerbaits and hard body lures. Woodburn to Coraki has been fairly productive if late as well as the top end of Emigrant Creek.

Don't forget the Ballina Prawn Festival is on this weekend with plenty of activities and food so get to Ballina and check out all the fun.

Tight lines! Brett

Ballina Bait and Tackle
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Post by subeditor » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:56 am

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