Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Forecast Looks Good for Some Great Fishing Weather

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Forecast Looks Good for Some Great Fishing Weather

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Byline: SNAGGED with Barry Cooder

IF YOU liked the fishing weather over the past few days, you're gonna love the next week.

Calm mornings, swell under 2m and cooling afternoon north-easters are the order of the day. That makes for comfortable offshore trips in the mornings, even out wide.

The northerlies are helping turn over the water in closer and temps are still yo-yoing all over the place.

The real-time graph of temps from the waverider buoy south of Byron has been looking like the Swiss Alps, madly fluctuating from a tad below 22[degrees] to almost 26[degrees] within a day.

The mackerel have started up at Palm Beach and Mermaid Reef on the Gold Coast and are probably on the Brunswick Local.

They're in Shark Bay at Woody Head but the northerlies aren't doing the holiday fishers there any favours.

We can hope for a decent run after the next solid southerly.

The snapper haven't been too flash in close but teraglin have been the saviours on the inshore grounds.

Lately the bait schools have been hard to pin down but now that the intensity has gone out of the moon, they should be easier to find.

There's plenty of run out wide but sometimes it eases back enough to get at the snapper, kings, pearlies and amberjack out wider.

The beaches have been okay with bream, whiting, dart and of shovelnose sharks during the brighter part of the day and some tailor and the odd mulloway at dusk and dawn.

There are good opportunities in the rivers, too, with flathead and whiting over the shallows and bream and mulloway in the deeper, rocky areas.

Do it right or pay

DPI FISHERIES compliance officers are out and about this holiday season, checking on licences and enforcing bag and size limits.

A fishing licence costs $7 for three days, $14 for one month, $35 for one year, $85 for three years. …

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