Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

To Wet a Line, Make It Early

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

To Wet a Line, Make It Early

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WIND, heat and humidity are likely to take their toll on fishos this weekend so it's best to get out there when you can hardly see.

That way, you're active in the coolest part of the day and you don't have to worry too much about the heat, the inevitable afternoon sea breeze or the threat of evening thunderstorms.

The ocean remains hit-and-miss as the current hasn't really set in strongly for the season.

Latest imagery shows more cool water inshore and upwellings, so don't get too excited about tropical pelagics until we get a good dose of southerly weather to bring in some warm water.

With so much estuarine water in the river up to its tidal limits near Lismore and Casino, it might take a bit to find the fish but once you do, there is some decent action.

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says whiting are starting to work the running flats around Pimlico and in North Creek, and large flathead are getting into spawning mode from Burns Point ferry down.

Bream are biting best from Wardell upstream and the same could be said for school flathead, with patches of them reported from Broadwater, upstream of Woodburn and even talk about a few upstream of Tatham.

Down around the breakwalls, a few decent mulloway were taken on Wednesday night and there are schoolies hovering either side of legal size around most of the deep holes all the way to Woodburn.

A few mangrove jacks are also around the rock walls, Brett says.

Bass are taking surface lures up the creeks and are now well up the Richmond River and its tributaries.

Evans River white

DRIVING along Evans Head's Ocean Drive about 6.30pm last Saturday, I glanced down into the high-tide clear Bream Hole and spotted two terns circling over a large dark shape that looked very sharky.

I couldn't pull over or stop with- out incurring the wrath of two tail- gaters behind me, so I kept going.

It wasn't until the next morning when I checked Facebook that I saw the Dorsal Shark Reports feed.

People first reported a 2.5m white on Main Beach around 3.20pm, triggering the alarm. Then others saw it in the river, as far up as the bridge, about 6.30pm.

There's plenty of potential food for a big shark in the Evans, what with a multitude of stingrays and a good number of small green turtles, as well as a plethora of spotted eagle rays at the moment.

The net planned for Main Beach should go some way to preserving the Evans River's reputation as a safe place to take the kids for a paddle, but their safety should never be taken for granted.

Dusky age graph

DPI FISHERIES researchers have produced a graph estimating the age of dusky flathead.

The graph is split into 5cm length classes, with the most common age for each size highlighted. The shaded area is the spread of ages for each size class. …

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