Hook, Line & Sinker with Lindsay

Lure of the barra

March has arrived and now is the time for those trips to the Top End chasing barramundi. A group of seven took off last Tuesday for Maningrida to fish the Liverpool River system. Another group left last Saturday for the Limen Bite River and in a couple of weeks four anglers are off to the Roper River. The lure of the barramundi seems to be overpowering but it is also the charm of being in the very remote areas of our country. I have made many of these trips over the years and each one has been to a different destination. The new places and the beauty of them have very real appeal, and catching barramundi is a bonus.

Rally for access

Some 200-250 people rallied in Ballina a week ago to request the Department of Lands review their proposals for South Ballina Beach and to recommend that if new proposals are drawn up, community representatives be on the drafting panel. Anglers are not asking for the world but simply that we have 4WD access to this beach.

Local fishing

Fishing has certainly come to a sudden slowdown with last weekends minor flood. Bass fishing will be off for some weeks but around Ballina there will be good catches of bream, whiting, jewfish and blackfish once the initial dirty water flush is over. For the bream, blackfish and whiting, yabbies are the preferred bait. The jew will be taking lures and big soft plastics from the Ballina North and South Walls.


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