Recovery of bait fish and crabs
Now that the Richmond River is open for fishing, reports are coming to hand of encouraging catches that indicate fish stocks have certainly recovered somewhat from the big fish kill.
Bait fishing for bream provided the best signs of recovery with catches from the usual good bream spots in the teens. Mud crabs, which seem to be one of the species that is recovering quickly, have also been a tasty feed for many. Up river in the fresher water there have been some catches of bass on lures. Some of the catches were in very good numbers and it is great to hear those who found these were catch-and-release anglers. Last weekend the seas, although choppy, were a little better and off shore fishos enjoyed the opportunity to get outside for the day. Three anglers I talked to reported a catch of 30 snapper. Blackfish have also begun to show up in the regular Ballina spots.