FISHING: Murky water means smelly baits needed for a good catch

ABOVE: Cooper Mulcahy with the 76cm flathead he caught and released. Photo: Kay Noonan

It’s looking like a sunny weekend with a couple of showers on Sunday so could be a good weekend for fishers, Brett Hyde from Ballina Bait and Tackle said.

“The tides are getting smaller this weekend so there’s not much clean water pushing into the river,” Brett said.

The poor water visibility means smelly baits such as pilchards and guts help the fish find your bait.

Brett recommended using a vibrating lure or a soft plastic one with a tail.

There are a few school mulloway from the break walls and some good quality bream to be caught.

The beaches up near Lennox Head are holding whiting and flathead.

Offshore is not looking great, Brett said but boaties can head to the close reefs for a snapper catch.

A reminder that the Australian Bass Comp is on at Coraki next week with the pre-fish day on Thursday.

Fish report from Brett Hyde at Ballina Bait & Tackle shop

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