Coloured water and restocking
Last week there was more winter rain and we are very fortunate to have abundant supplies of rain at a time when so much of Australia barely has enough for basic needs. The rain here has added colour to the water, which is often an incentive for the fish to bite, especially certain species. This is the case in Ballina at the moment where bream and jewfish are active on plastics on the run out tide. Last Saturday and Sunday I enjoyed some fishing action above the ferry in Ballina with fluoro gulp bait.
However the colour has not helped the bass, which are just beginning their run back up the river after spawning. Bass fishing is growing in popularity so now is a good time to remind everyone that there is a daily bag limit of two bass per person or a total of four in possession with only one over 35cm in length. It is great to see the younger generation releasing all their catch. Obviously the education programs and the Richmond Valley Sportsfishing Club restocking are working. This year, in conjunction with NSW Fisheries, another 8000 will be released in November.
If you are able to assist financially toward the restocking please drop your donation into me at 155 Keen Street, Lismore. Each little bass costs 50 cents and the club is required to pay half of the costs. This will be the 11th year of restocking and there is no doubt it is one of the reasons we still have a good fishery.