Hook, Line & Sinker

Come in spinner: John Bryant with a 54cm bass, which was caught and released on the Wilsons River.

We wish all our readers a Happy New Year of fishing. Fishing, we are told, is the largest single recreational activity of any kind in Australia. Judging by the number of licenses sold in the last two weeks there has been a lot of people trying to catch a feed of fish. Keep in mind that if you are a pensioner or under 18, a licence is not required.

On one day there were 24 boats trying for whiting at the hot spot near Pimlico Island. Catches in the range of 18 to 25 were quite common.

Just a reminder that if you can get bloodworms or tubeworms, your catch will be much better. If youre getting into this fishing, a light, flexible two-metre rod with a 3-4kg line and a short-shanked No 8 size hook is the best gear. The sinker must always be heavy enough to hold your line on the bottom. Whiting bite best three days before and after the new and full moons on the running tide. Remember, the tide at Pimlico is two hours later than Ballina, ie three hours during daylight saving.

The recent rain has made bass fishing around Lismore slow down. We will have to wait now until the water colour clears up around Lismore, Wyrallah, Casino and Coraki. Recently, some very nice bass have been taken. Three fish of note measured 55, 54 and 52.5cm and some catches were up to 15 in total. All the bass reported in this column are released.

There must be great photos of catches out there and we would love to put them in the paper. Drop them into The Echo office or Suffolks Sports Store.


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