Spring and a young man’s (or woman’s) fancy turns to fish

SPRING is certainly in the air now and there should be some rewarding catches of flathead, snapper and maybe even some bass this weekend.

The inshore water is still a but murky, which means the stuff heading back into the Richmond isn't crystal clear, but Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says there's green water up as far as the ferry now.

Flathead and bream are the flavour of the week with good school lizards taking strip baits, frogmouth pillies, soft plastics and blades.

Once the river settles back a little, there should be a good flathead spawning season, with a considerable part of the river's flattie population crammed together.

The big mummas can be susceptible to unscrupulous overfishing at this time of year so remember only one flathead over 75cm can be kept.

Or you can follow the sensible Queensland practice and release all these larger fish, which are invariably female.

Blackfish have been taking weed on the run-up tide and yabbies on the run-out and at night.

Brett reports a few snapper and jew in close, no sign of leatherjackets anywhere, and some kings on the 48-fathom reefs where there's little current.


THE Brisbane Boat Show runs from today until Monday at the Ekka (the Brisbane Showground in Bowen Hills).

Along with the latest and greatest in the world of hulls, outboards, trailers, accessories and electronics, there'll be plenty of emphasis on fishing.

There'll be demos and presentations by leading experts in many fields, displays and product information sessions from all of the major tackle companies.

Plus there will be prize draws, gear giveaways and a huge shop so show visitors can buy a big range of gear.

The winning exhibits at the Australian Fishing Tackle Association annual trade show will also be on display.

The recent high Aussie dollar means that there will be plenty of US fishing boats on show as well as the newest models from Australia's leading manufacturers of fibreglass, aluminium and poly hulls.

Leading the electronics displays are entry-level fish finders from Lowrance and Garmin that mean everybody can afford high-quality, dual-frequency colour sonar because they are priced at less than $200.

Adult entry is $18, concessions $12, children under 15 are free.

An adult two-day pass is $25 and there are discounted prices after 5pm tonight and tomorrow night. The show closes at 8pm.

Tickets are available at www.brisbaneboatshow.com.au or at the door and there's plenty of parking available.

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