Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Conditions Suit a Crack at Mulloway, on Beach or River

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Conditions Suit a Crack at Mulloway, on Beach or River

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A MILD southerly change tomorrow afternoon, a full moon popping above the horizon at 7pm and a tide change just after dark - it should be a recipe for some interesting fishing.

Mulloway often become active at such times and while there aren't a great number about at the moment, these conditions could give you a decent chance at one.

A moderate east-south-easterly swell should be okay for the beach or the breakwalls but the Ballina and Brunswick river bars could get quite tricky coming home in the dark, so offshore probably isn't on the cards unless the Evans River bar is okay and the wind isn't too bad.

The beach and breakwall mulloway like a live bait - if you can get one - but an extremely fresh slab of tailor, mullet or even blackfish has been the undoing of plenty, too.

A large octopus is also a great estuary/rocks jewie bait.

There should also be active mulloway in the deeper parts of the Richmond up to Wardell.

Live herring, mullet or a medium soft plastic, soft lipless or diving lure will do the trick.

Remember, the bag limit is two fish per person and the minimum size is 70cm.

The bigger tides this weekend should also get the mud crabs on the move.

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says they haven't been great so far this season but their time is approaching.

The same goes for whiting, which are improving in size and numbers in the lower Richmond, Brunswick and Evans estuaries and they love the run of the bigger tides to help them dislodge tasty critters from the river bed.

Passing FAD

THE Ballina FAD has reportedly moved about 1.5km south on the current - or on the bow of a ship.

At least let's hope it's still at its new site because not a lot of boats have been out that way this week because of the weather.

The last barrier

IT'S great that the Kyogle Council has picked up another award for its fish ladder that connects the Richmond to all of its headwaters upstream. …

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