Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Get the Fishing in Tomorrow before the Southerly Hits

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Get the Fishing in Tomorrow before the Southerly Hits

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SCRATCH your fishing itch tomorrow because there's a big southerly blow tipped for Sunday.

High tides around dusk and dawn should help things along and we won't have those ridiculous volumes of water moving in and out that occurred on the last set of spring tides.

New moon is on Wednesday, so it's not a bad lunar phase to be working for bream, which are notoriously fickle feeders around the bright part of the moon.

They're pretty well spread through the Evans and Brunswick rivers and in the Richmond from Ballina to about Pimlico or Wardell.

You'll find them up on the flats feeding with the whiting at high tide and around the rocky edges of the deeper holes with the flathead and small mulloway at low tide.

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says bull sharks are prevalent around Wardell, with mangrove jacks taken along the rock walls at Ballina.

The main run of flatties are in deeper water down low in the system.

Emigrant Creek looks like remaining closed into February due to work on removal of the old bridge.

Baby black marlin continue to play a starring role over the reefs, with encounters off Evans Head in as little as 38 metres and off Ballina from the 32-fathom reefs to the 48s.

There's been bugger-all current in close and it should pay to get a bit wider, where there have been more and better snapper, pearl perch and patches of mahimahi.

The washes along the beaches and headlands from Lennox Head to Evans Head have turned up chopper tailor wherever there have been bait schools for them to dine on. Some of these fish are getting towards the greenback class, too.

Elsewhere on the beaches there have been whiting and even a few school mulloway for those using beachworms.

Dart have been pesky bait thieves at times but a decent dart also makes a tasty meal if you keep it on ice as soon as it's caught.

Shovelnose sharks are always prevalent off the beaches at this time of year and their fillets can also provide a good feed.

The beach by-catch that few people relish is the common stingaree. Be very wary of that barb near the base of the tail, it's more mobile than you think. …

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