Knot so great fishing at Swain Reefs

Phil Fredericks of Lismore with one of his best ever bass caught close to Lismore.

One of the top fishing trips that many Northern Rivers anglers embark upon is the annual trip to Swain Reefs to chase great eating fish such as coral trout, red emperor and sweet lip. A number of groups have already gone and had great success and others are taking off in the coming weeks. Some of the groups have endured winds of up to 30 knots for the whole week, which can quickly take the shine off the thrill.

Locally, the fish are mediocre at present. There are some nice fish around but the numbers arent very large. For those wanting just good sport there are a few very good trevally to be taken on soft plastics and light gear above the ferry at Ballina. The size of the fish make them hard to land on 3kg gear but its top fishing. On plastics there has also been the occasional nice school jew, mixed with a flathead or two and some bream. The tailor, which were so good a few weeks ago, seem to have headed to Fraser Island for their spawning.

The Evans Head Fishing Classic starts this Friday, July 7, with the final draw for the boat a week later. There are daily prizes for all species and lucky draws leading up to the species winners for the week. The best angler will tow away a wonderful fishing boat.


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