February 9, 2012
Member for Ballina Don Page MP today encouraged local organisations and anglers with ideas for projects to help improve recreational fishing to apply for funding from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.
Mr Page said that the grants allow money generated from the sale of NSW recreational fishing licences to be re-invested back into improving recreational fishing opportunities in the region.
“Fishing is an immensely popular recreational activity, with around one million people dropping a line in NSW every year,” Mr Page said.
“Funds raised in the past year through recreational fishing licence fees are now available to assist recreational fishing groups, community organisations, councils and individuals to improve fishing in their local areas.
February 1, 2012
Recreational anglers are being invited to help Southern Cross University researchers learn more about the habits of the iconic mangrove jack.
PhD student Toby Piddocke from the University’s National Marine Science Centre based at Coffs Harbour is using acoustic telemetry to follow the movements of mangrove jack in northern New South Wales. Anglers are being offered a gift voucher to the value of $50 for each of the first 20 live specimens donated to the study.
July 21, 2011
For more than 50 years Paul has been fishing and repairing rods. He eventually extended his skills into building rods from scratch.
He still lives in Lennox Head and continues providing advice on all matters related to the world of fishing.
Paul owned and operated Lennox Head Bait & Tackle for more than eight years, until 2007.
January 28, 2011
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop says there’s some warm, blue water pushing in close to shore and mackerel have come from Lennox Pinnacle in the past few days, although there’s not a great deal of bait there at the moment.
The walls and beaches have been more productive with jewfish of varying sizes on prawns and worms, with some ambitious big whiting taking a bunch of worms on a 3/0 hook meant for schoolies.
Tailor also have reappeared with reasonable numbers of fish to around 3kg up along Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head and a few along South Ballina Beach.
Cleaner water is pushing up the Richmond on the high tide to about the RSL club, with bream, whiting and flathead on the bite up to about Burns Point on the top of the tide.
January 21, 2011
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says there’s a fair push of cleaner water coming in on the high tides and there have been plenty of bream biting on lures and bait up to about Fishery Creek.
Flathead along the Porpoise Wall from about opposite Trevans up to Burns Point.
The pro crabbers are working up almost to Pimlico and there have also been muddies of various sizes in the lower parts of North Creek and Emigrant Creek.
As the tide turns and dirty water comes down, it’s heading south when it reaches the bar, so the beaches north of town are fishing best, with bream and dart on most and some good whiting up towards Lennox.
January 14, 2011
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says there’s still a full push of brown water on the run-out tide.
Better water around the walls on the run-up, it’s quite fishable to about Missingham Bridge and reasonably good numbers of whiting, bream and a couple of school jew.
The major action so far has been on the beaches with the closer ones fishing well for bream, whiting and school jew.
Crabs in the bottom end of North Creek.
At Evans Head there’s been hardly any rain all week, believe it or not.
Very few people about to enjoy it, except for a few locals.
December 10, 2010
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says a little freshwater push has come down the river, driving the fish before it.
Whiting, flathead and bream around the walls.
The high tide is pushing in clear underneath but don’t go much past the ferry or you’re back into the fresh.
Mud crabs in the lower creeks but not a lot yet.
A few school jew around the walls.
Beaches have showed whiting, flathead and a few bream.
November 26, 2010
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says there have been quite a few flatties from North Creek to Pimlico Island, with heaps of undersized school jew in the same areas.
The whiting have arced up, with best spots behind the sailing club and up around Pimlico Island on the run-up tide, with bloodworms and beach worms working well.
A few mud crabs in Emigrant and North creeks but they’re not as thick as they should be.
Beaches have produced whiting, a few dart and some good flathead.
Nobody sane has been offshore apart from the trawlers and big trap boats.
November 19, 2010
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says the flatties and bream are going well in the lower river up to about Pimlico, with a few more whiting starting to show up as the tides get a bit bigger.
Some tailor jew and bream from the rocks, with the high tides this weekend looking promising for the bigger jewfish from the beaches and breakwalls.
Crabs improving in the creeks and heading upstream.
Not many reports from out wide but those who have got there have come home with stories of jig trips for kingies and there are still pearl perch as well.
November 12, 2010
Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says there have been lots of flathead from the river mouth up to the ferry and good bream.
Whiting taking live bloodworms around Shaws Bay and up North Creek.
A few crabs starting to turn up in the lower river – remember, no traps below the ferry, only witches hats and lift dillies.
Beaches have a few tailor along with bream, flathead, whiting, dart and one or two school jew.
On the 32s and 48s snapper, pearl perch and amberjacks on jigs. Striped marlin on the 48s and out wider.
I’ve been away from Evans Head all week but the beach this morning looks to have plenty of character, and a few grubs left bream and whiting heads on Airforce Beach.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few school jew coming in as well.
No boat trailers at the ramp this morning.