Fish early before northerlies blow
LOOKS like there'll be some nasty northerlies building as the weekend progresses so it's best to feed the fishing fix early tomorrow.
Conditions won't be great offshore because the sea will hardly have time to settle from one windy day before it gets blown up again - talk about joggly.
Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says the lower Richmond has been pretty quiet but a few flatties are turning up, mainly in the deeper water. Most activity seems to be from the ferry to Broadwater.
Having said the flathead are sitting a bit deeper, a monster of 95cm was caught on a whiting popper in the shallows a week ago.
Bream are persisting along the rock walls to Broadwater and beyond, but are fairly well scattered.
A few school jew have been taking live bait at Ballina but not a great deal otherwise.
There's been little current out wide, with snapper on the 32s. Mahi mahi around the waverider buoy, bigger ones on live bait.
Jiggers on the 42s and 48s say there's not enough current.
Micro jigging about to kick off.
A few pearlies and flat-head north of the waverider.
Flat rock, boulder beach and Lennox for school jew to about 10kg.
Lay off the eastern cod, says Fisheries compliance director Glenn Tritton.
He says some fishers in the New England/upper Clarence are still doing the wrong thing, despite the three-month fishing closure in place to protect the endangered species during spawning.
"Fisheries officers stationed at Inverell have intercepted several fishers flaunting with the rules when it comes to fishing in the seasonal total fishing closure that applies to the Mann and Boyd rivers," Mr Tritton said.
"During August, in separate incidents, three people were caught fishing on the Boyd River near Dalmorton. A man and a woman from Glen Innes and another man from Boambee were issued with $500 penalty notices for fishing in closed waters.
"The man and woman from Glen Innes were also each issued with $200 penalty notices for failing to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee.
"Two other men, from Yamba and Palm Beach in Queensland, were apprehended for being in possession of rigged fishing gear adjacent to the closed waters."
Eastern freshwater cod are extremely vulnerable during their breeding season, due to the high level of parental care that they invest into protecting their eggs and their offspring. Anglers must do their bit to protect them during the closure period.
There is a total prohibition on all fishing from August 1 to October 31 using any method in the waters of the Mann River and all of its tributaries. Report illegal or suspicious fishing activity on the Fishers' Watch line on 1800 043 536 or report online at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/compliance.
New fish app
Conservation International (CI) has announced the release of the "Reef Fishes Of The East Indies" app, a digital guide to every known reef fish species in the most biodiverse region on the planet, based on the book of the same name.
Co-author Mark Erdmann, CI's senior advisor to the Indonesian Marine Program, said, "Sharing this knowledge brings greater value to the biodiversity present here and we hope this will increase motivation and momentum for its conservation to ensure that these species and their delicate ecosystems remain in balance."
The comprehensive information contained in this guide, includes over 2,500 reef fishes of which 25 species are new to science.
It summarises 60 years of research and exploration and brings greater understanding and valuation of the immense biodiversity of reef fish in the East Indies.
The authors, scientists Mark Erdmann and Gerry Allen, have spent much of their lives at sea discovering, studying and conserving some of the most rare and beautiful fish in the world.