Fishing good in dams and at sea

The fishing news in the last week has varied from some very nice catches from the ocean anglers and inland dam fishermen to some very poor catches for river fishers. Anglers recently returning from Glen Lyon Dam (near Tenterfield) have reported that the fishing is outstanding with many days seeing bag limits of yellow belly with the occasional nice cod. The big catches seem to be on bait and if you run into a school these limits have been reached in quite short time. The lures also seem to work but the the catch rate is slower. The local dams, Clarrie Hall and Toonumbar, seem to have lost some of their intensity but most are providing a few bass. Three local anglers put in a total of 12 hours at Ballina and did not get one fish to take home but others have run into some nice blackfish and taken home more than just one meal. There was at least one nice catch of 19 whiting, all taken on blood worms. Outside in the ocean much of the big current in recent weeks seems to have gone off and made fishing a whole lot easier with catches responding accordingly. Just as many fish in estuaries are now taken on soft plastics and this method is catching on for snapper as well. One was caught that weighed in at 10kg and one last week weighed in at 4.7kg.


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