Obey state’s fishing rules or face the consequences
IT CAN'T keep blowing like this forever. Can it?
Santa left us a worse case of wind than you could get from a third helping of Christmas puddin' and only the fish have been the winners.
What little angling there is has been happening in the sheltered bays and river reaches or from the sheltered sides of the breakwalls.
Fortunately there have been a few bream, whiting and tailor to help out.
The seemingly permanently murky water coming down the rivers means even a bass trip is out of the equation.
However, authorities are out in force policing fishing and boating regulations over the holidays, so make sure you do the right thing.
That means a licence for all non-indigenous adults without a pension card.
If you're just supervising the grandkids, you won't need a licence but if you decide to have the teeniest little go yourself, you'll be in trouble if an inspector comes along.
You'll also need a licence to collect yabbies, worms or pipis for bait, and pipis are not to be collected for food and must not be removed further away from the high tide line than 50m.
Queenslanders should remember that the New South Wales legal sizes differ from home, especially when it comes to bream and whiting. And there are no "winter whiting" here and estuary cod are protected.
All boaters must wear lifejackets when crossing river bars and in vessels under 4.8m, at all times while at sea. Solo boaters and those operating at night in boats under 4.8m must wear a lifejacket at all times.
Children under 12 must wear lifejackets at all times.
Inflatable lifejackets must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and date-stamped accordingly. If yours is now out of date, keep reading.
THE Old4New NSW Maritime lifejacket upgrade van will be in these parts over the next week or so, offering boaters who trade in their old jacket the chance to upgrade to new for about $25 off normal retail price.
There's a Pro-Fit Automatic for $80, a standard auto inflatable for $65 and a manual inflatable for $65 as well (all prices with trade-in, add $25 without trade).
But, let's face it, there's only one sort of lifejacket that can do the inflating for you once you've lost consciousness, and that's an auto.
Old4New staffers can explain the details of wearing and servicing these jackets.
The van will be at the following locations. Staff will accept credit cards and EFTPOS, but there's a limit of two lifejackets per customer.
Brunswick Heads: Sunday, 6-9am, boat ramp just downstream of highway bridge.
Ballina: Sunday, 2-5pm, Fishery Creek ramp.
Lismore: Friday, January 8, 10am-2pm, boat ramp under eastern approach of Ballina St bridge.
Casino: Saturday, January 9, 10am-2pm, in the town centre.
Evans Head: Sunday, January 10, 6-9am, new boat ramp.
Iluka: Sunday, January 10, 2-5pm, Spenser St, west, near boat shed.
Yamba: Monday, January 11, 6-9am, ramp off Yamba Rd, east of the fishing club ramp.
Grafton: Monday, January 11, 2-5pm, Through St, South Grafton.