The secret to catching bass

Despite the recent rains and rises in the local rivers, which has discoloured the water, 44 anglers attended the Bass Catch at Coraki on Sunday, May 4. There were many bass caught and after weighing in, and an inspection by researchers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, all were released. Ben Oakes took out first prize with two great bass, followed by Adrian Melchior and Peter Standing. The secret seemed to be able to work out where there was some cleaner water and selecting the right coloured lures. The researchers were investigating how many fish survive after being caught and released. So far their research is encouraging. The $200 profit from the day will be used to purchase fingerlings for release later in the year.

Bream continues to be the dominant species in Ballina with catches both at night and during the day in popular spots such as the rock walls and the bream hole. During the day they are responding well to lures and plastics but at night it seems to be more bait fishing. As the water cleans up on the run in tide, I expect other species will take off, particularly blackfish. The commercial fisherman have commenced their mullet haul at Shaws Bay and this is generally an indication the recreational species are about to show up in good numbers.


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