Last weekend I couldnt help but notice the number of boats and anglers on the river at Ballina. Ballina is a great place to holiday and fish, with many amenities and a great stretch of river. This time of the year is not always the best time for fishing and with the extra anglers trying their hand, along with the regulars, the fish must feel that everyone is against them. Some locals have not wet a line since Christmas being prepared to leave them to the visitors. That said, there have been a few nice blackfish caught at the regular haunts and a few flathead, but probably most prolific of all has been the usual run of summer whiting. Some of the best action has been out at sea with fair catches of kingfish, amberjack, dolphin fish, pearl perch and snapper. The fresh water scene has returned the usual number of bass for this time of year. We have mentioned much about Clarrie Hall Dam over the last few weeks but currently the dam that seems to be producing the most bass is Toonumbar near Kyogle. Some catches of well over 40 (all released) have been reported with the most productive lures being jackals and spinner baits.
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