Fickel fishing

Fishing is one of the most fickle of all activities. They can be there one day and gone the next. Late last year at a bass convention at Clarrie Hall Dam over 400 bass were caught, with some anglers catching up to 29. Last weekend the average catch was about one per person with a grand total of about 10. The venue was the same, lures were similar and much else was the same. There are so many things that affect fishing from the barometric pressure, moon phase and water temperature to mention only a few.

Having said all that the whiting at Ballina in the coloured water have been very good and will probably be the same until its totally clear on all tides. It is clearing each day but until then find a sand spit off the bank or wall, or from the boat, and get some beach worms or pump some yabbies and you should get a feed.

When the water does clear at Ballina there should be a short time of good flathead fishing on lures and plastics. Theres a few weeks between now and Anzac Day, which often signals the beginning of our winter species, not that there are not good bream and tailor to be caught all year round, particularly on the beach.

Two monster jewfish that have been caught over the last week have weighed in at 19 and 24kgs. A group recently returned from Arnhem Land where they caught well over 100 barramundi, some over one metre long.


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