Wet a line this weekend and reap the rewards of winter fish

IT'S definitely worth making time to wet a line this weekend, especially when conditions settle from tomorrow afternoon onwards.

The southerly wind and the swell are forecast to ease by tomorrow afternoon, and the pre-dawn and dusk high tides provide encouraging conditions in the lower estuaries, on the beaches and rocks and offshore.

The fish should oblige, with good numbers of most winter species in the offing.

Bream are in peak spawn mode, with most fish around the rocky river mouths starting to look for deep water as the moon builds to full next Thursday. Try blades and deep plastics in the day and gut or fish strips at night.

Luderick enjoy the clearer conditions, although getting weed for bait is always a battle early in the season. Those who can find it usually keep the location to themselves.

Flathead have taken up residence in their winter haunts, with the school fish mostly upstream and a few larger females down near the mouths of the rivers.

Mulloway are still viable around the remaining mullet schools, with schools of smaller fish upstream and plenty of larger fish over the offshore reefs.

Out on the reefs, it's snapper time with some cracking reds coming from the shallow grounds and more abundant smaller fish from out wider.


Dredge navigation

DREDGING will begin in the Evans River next Monday and the work, to cost more than $500,000, is scheduled to continue until September.

The dredge, operated by Yamba company National Dredging Services, will operate from the bridge to the bar, 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

It features a pumphouse on a barge connected to a floating pipeline to offload the spoil to shore.

NSW Maritime says vessel operators should exercise extreme caution when navigating and pay particular attention to cables, pipelines, lighting, navigation markers and lights.

Two black diamonds/green lights, one on the other, mark the clear side of the dredge, with two balls/red lights marking the obstructed side.

The marked is area is designated a 'special event area' and unauthorised entry by vessels is prohibited.

Vessels are required to maintain a safe distance and speed.

Production of vessel wash which impacts unreasonably on the works can lead to a $5500 fine.

About 10,000 cubic metres of bottom sediment will be removed, including 2000 metres from the boat harbour.

Just how long the cleared channel lasts depends on how soon we get another flood that overtops the Rocky Mouth barrage at Woodburn.

Millions of cubic metres of unstable sandbars up the Evans River are just waiting to be washed down. The main impediment to more efficient tidal flushing in the Evans River is the flow constriction caused by the northern bridge approach.

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