Weather to fish or not, that is the question

DEPENDING on which weather website you believe in, this weekend could be awful or rather good for a fish.

One site has the wind dropping away to practically nothing, while the others have south-easterlies humming away at 10 to 20 knots until midweek. Take your pick and have a Plan B ready if the breeze stays up.

Brett at Ballina Bait and Tackle says there have been a few snapper in close when you can get at them, with pearl perch and kings out on the 42-fathom reefs, which are fishable now that the current is backing off.

All the local Fisheries FADs have been removed to stop entanglement with migrating whales.

It's really worth a peek at the BOM ocean current and temperature web page now: the last of the southbound warm water is trickling away wide of us, while a series of clockwise cool-core and anticlockwise warm-core eddies are swirling colder water up from the south. It's very complex.

Back in the lower estuaries, bream are everywhere and in peak spawning aggregations. Big night tides next week will have them very active.

Blackfish are in all their usual haunts in the Richmond, Brunswick and Evans rivers but, typical for this time of year, weed is in short supply.

Flatties are making their way up river and bass are heading down to spawn.



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