FISHING: Clear estuary water making things difficult

IF YOU caught good fish this week, give yourself a pat on the back.

I thought it was just us who did it tough in recent days but from conversations with some others who wet a line this week, it appears to have been a general malaise.

There has been only a metre or less difference between high water and low on these neap tides, meaning the estuary water has been pretty clear despite a few storms and showers producing a trickle of runoff.

When you're lure fishing, that means the fish have plenty of time to inspect your offering and decide how real it is and what to do with it.

You can't hit it big every time you go out and that's one of the reasons you keep going back.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says the more successful fishos have taken a few whiting in the lower reaches of the Richmond with the odd flathead, with some school mulloway from the Burns Point ferry to Wardell in the deeper water.

Bream are still upstream, too.

Crabs have been slower as the tidal run diminished.

Weather has been a bit dodgy for outside fishing but those who have managed to sneak out at Evans Head have done OK on the snapper.

Beaches are lacking structure but if you find some good gutters or holes, bream, dart and a few whiting are possible.

Richmond River closure

THE RICHMOND River from the Coraki boat ramp to the Woodburn Road Bridge will be closed from noon to 4pm on November 14 and from 8am to 1pm on November 15 for water ski racing.

The area will be will be marked with high-visibility buoys with safety and monitoring craft in attendance.

No unauthorised vessels are permitted to enter the area.

Access via the Coraki ramp is not restricted but boaters must operate upstream of the ramp at 4 knots or under.

$10k barra

THOSE $10,000 barramundi keep coming in, with four fish now earning big bucks in the tourism promotion to lure fishos to the Northern Territory during the off-season.

That means there are still 71 $10K barra at large and another worth a cool million bucks in the NT's Million Dollar Fish contest, which runs until February 29.

Liam Hale caught his 56cm tagged fish at West Arm in Darwin Harbour, which was also the venue for Brendan Pringle's prize fish.

Kurt Baumann caught his 60cm specimen in the Daly River, while Bundaberg visitor Rob Barrett caught his 82cm trophy in Corroboree Billabong.

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