Fishing seems to have been a mixed bag over recent days and weeks, with bass slowly making a return since the last small flood. Around the river entrances there are some fish being caught on bait near the bottom of the tide, when the water is coloured, and on plastics. They seem to be responding better from the top of the tide when the water is clearer. Through the shop we have heard of some good catches from the dams west of the range Pindari near Ashford and Copeton near Inverell where some nice murray cod have been taken on lures and one at Pindari that straightened the hooks. The best Copeton catch was at night on surface lures.
Stories abound of the big barramundi at Awoonga Dam near Gladstone. It seems they can be either be very good or very bad. Eight anglers who went last week caught a total of eight for three days. Hardly dynamic fishing. However, talking with people up there, the fishing at other times can be very good.
There are so many variables which can effect the catch numbers such as water temperature, barometric pressure and the period of the moon, to mention only a few.
Locally, a few mud crabs are being caught and last weekend the beaches seemed to be quiet.