Lindsay Doust- Hook, Line & Sinker
The big fish wish
A Happy New Year of fishing to all our readers. Maybe you have made some resolutions for the year and already one person has said that all they want is one Barramundi the size of the one in last weeks Echo. Its certainly my wish to catch one of that size sometime in the future. The local fishing scene does not see many fish of that size but over the holidays I had reports of some very big marlin, wahoo and yellow-fin tuna being caught off Ballina, Evans Head and Lennox Head. Many of these were released.
For the estuary angler the whiting scene on the last full moon was very encouraging with catches from two anglers being in the thirties on the best two or three days of the tide. Flathead have also been caught and some of a very good size. Remember you can only have one flathead over 70cm in your possession. Another point worth remembering is that your daily bag limit is also your total possession number, which actually includes any at home in the fridge or freezer.
Another common enquiry has been to do with the age of people needing a fishing licence. The age is 18.