I thought last mackerel season was a shocker for sharks but this year seems to be no better.
I thought last mackerel season was a shocker for sharks but this year seems to be no better. contributed

Australia Day marks turning point to wet, steamy weather

IT'S FUNNY how Australia Day consistently marks the transition to our wet season and here we go again: Onshore winds, sloppy easterly swells and humidity approaching three figures.

It's an unwise fisho who doesn't keep the raincoat handy over the next few months, although on some rainy days the weather is so steamy that it gets wetter inside most raincoats.

If you want to stay dry and you can afford one, a light GoreTex jacket is the answer as water vapour can escape from the wearer through the fabric but rain can't get in.

With a whole bunch of troughs approaching from the north-west and a big high over New Zealand, it's anybody's guess what happens next in detail but it's a sure bet that there'll be moisture and wind involved.

It looks like offshore fishing is out of the equation yet again so it appears the sharks will have to forage for themselves for a while, rather than relying on knocking off hooked mackerel.

I thought last mackerel season was a shocker for sharks but this year seems to be no better.

Some of the pros fishing Riordans Reef last week struggled to bring an entire fish to the boat all day and we did little better down at South Evans Reef the other day, boating the first 12kg Spanish and then losing the next three or four.

It's frustrating to have a mackerel take the bait and then speed off, only for your line to suddenly feel like it has become connected to something that feels like a pallet of bricks moving off at five or six knots.

Or for the line to just go limp and come back shredded for a metre from rough sharkskin.

Although we didn't get a good look at any of the bities, the general consensus was these were probably fairly large whalers.

Back in the river, Squidgy at Ballina Bait and Tackle says the flathead have been okay from the ferry downstream to the mouth with bream all the way up to the Wardell bridge.

Mobbs Bay has flathead and whiting, with whiting also on the sandbar opposite the RSL club.

Mud crabs are still scuttling around in the creeks, and are going best on the rising tide.

Around the ocean breakwalls there have been some mulloway working, with a few just under 20kg on live bait and a number of smaller schoolies.

Tailor have come from the washes around the rocky points north to Lennox Head.

Squidgy says North Creek has some whiting and thousands of undersized bream.

Whiting, dart and flathead are on the beaches, with tailor chasing small pilchards.



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