SO do you go fishing this weekend or do you knuckle down and prepare for the holiday season ahead?
If you can't wait and you want to beat the holiday crowds, be like me and go now and repent later!
Squidgy at Ballina Bait and Tackle says there are bream in the Richmond River from the mouth up to Broadwater, flathead from Ballina to the Woodburn bridge, where they're also getting a few school jew.
Whiting are in the lower reaches, North Creek and the Evans and Brunswick rivers and the weekend tides are perfect for a session with live worms at Pimlico Island.
Try the beaches for dart, whiting and bream, with a few school jew along Airforce Beach at Evans Head.
There are GTs on the beach at Lennox and also under the light at Cape Byron. There are also a few tailor at dawn and dusk, too, but they go off the bite in bright light.
The current has eased off a little but my spies say there are still some mackerel lurking around the reefs, mostly 'pencil' potties but the odd lump of a Spaniard as well. And the snapper are still on the bite.
Mudcrabs are scratching around in the upper creeks and the main river but check for their 'fullness'. If the belly shell is soft, they're close to empty and should go back to build up some meat.
For more responsible fishos, you could do worse than prepare for the holiday ahead.
If you're travelling, make sure the boat trailer wheel bearings and lights are up to the job, that the outboard has been serviced and is ready to go and the boat battery alive and kicking. Having a fresh batch of fuel in the tank is really important, too.
Check that the rod guides are all in good condition and lube the reels if you know how. Everyone can add a drop of oil to a squeaky handle, for a start.
Now is the time to refresh the line, too; at least a 'top-shot' to get the line level just a few millimetres below the spool lip so it's easy to cast.
And if someone you know has been extra good, here are a few things they might be interested in next Thursday.
Squidgy at Ballina Bait and Tackle says the Daiwa Aird rod-reel combos for river and beach are popular, as are Shimano Catana river combos.
The lures of the moment are the Australian Taylor Made flathead lures, especially in pink, while Atomic Hardz Shiners in 45mm and 60mm are also selling.
For mono line top-ups choose Australian-made Platypus in 10-12lb; for braid check out Sunline Super PE and Fireline Exceed.
Neil at Evans Head Sports and Marine says the Bigfish shirts have neat new designs, including the popular muddie and skelefish ones. The new Squidgy Pro Range Prawn in two sizes is a nice stocking filler, while the Catana river combo is around $100 and there are good Penn offshore combos. There are plenty of other Shimano reels at all price points.
The Zerek prawn range and 70mm Zerek Hotlegs have been popular lures, too.