Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Check That Sonar

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Check That Sonar

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BETTER conditions to wet a line this weekend, especially in the mornings before the sea breeze gets up too strongly.

The southerly seems to be moderating just in time to make an offshore trip a bit more comfortable and there should be plenty of water and not much tidal run on the bars early in the morning.

Not too many people have been out through the week so a little sonar screen staring might be needed to find the bait schools and the fish.

The current is setting up for an even stronger and hotter push south, with water predicted to nudge 28 degrees out wide.

Word from the Gold Coast is that it's been an only so-so mackerel season up there at this stage but we should see an improvement in local mackerel catches this weekend from their very patchy start.

Back on the beaches, whiting, dart and tailor are the main quarries, although you could pick up the odd bream and flathead as well.

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says the last few kilometres of the Richmond have been fishing reason- ably well for whiting and flathead and there have been some good catches further upstream around Pimlico.

There's only a metre of difference between high and low tide at the moment so mud crab and whiting activity could drop away a little.

However, the moderate afternoon breezes could play into the hands of those who cast surface lures for whiting; these fish seem to cast off their inhibitions in a bit of chop.

There'll be quite a few boats buzzing around the Richmond up to about Woodburn this weekend as the Gamakatsu Teams Series bream event kicks off on Sunday, with pre-fishing tomorrow.

Fishing is from 6.30am to 1pm with presentation about 1.30pm at the park near the boat harbour at West Ballina.

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