Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Stick to the Rivers; Winds and Swell Outside

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Stick to the Rivers; Winds and Swell Outside

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TWENTY-KNOT winds and big southerly swells will restrict weekend fishing to the rivers, but that's not a bad thing.

Especially on the run-up tide, there's plenty to keep bait and lure fishos occupied and rewarded.

Bream are hitting their straps in the final few kilometres of the Richmond, Evans and Brunswick rivers, while you'll find flathead schooling farther upstream.

There are even still a few whiting around, basking on the sandflats in the creeks and tributaries and hitting poppers when it suits them.

School mulloway are up as far as Wardell and probably further.

White fright

TERRY Selwood's hair- raising experience with a great white in the cockpit off Evans Head last Saturday isn't as uncommon as you might think.

He's only lucky that it was a "small" one.

It could have been the 3.9m female great white caught on a smart drumline off Airforce Beach on Tuesday afternoon. That one brought to 98 the number of individual great whites tagged and released under the program in 18 months.

But Mossel Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa, seems to be ground zero for airborne attacks by whites.

In July 2011, one about 3m long jumped into an 8m marine research boat. The cockpit was quickly vacated and the shark was lifted out by crane, revived and released.

There's a clip on YouTube of a similar sized white threshing about on the fore deck of a tourist cruiser before flipping through the bow rail. That was in 2008 in the same place.

And although I couldn't find it online, I recall reading in one of the US saltwater magazines about a fisho in the 1990s who survived several hours pinned beneath a 5m-plus white that lobbed into the cockpit of a game boat off Cape Town.

They had to tow the boat back to port and use a crane to lift the dead shark off him. …

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