Bruce from Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says North Creek and the lower river are producing a few fair flathead but the main go has been the whiting, with the best action around Pimlico Island on bloodworms.

A few small school jew, just on the legal 45cm, in Emigrant Creek and the main river around Wardell.

Abundant soapies under that size.

Mud crabs are right up the tops of the creeks for those who persist.

Beaches have been a little quiet because of the wind but there have been whiting and flathead and the salmon are still hanging around.

A couple of boats got out on Thursday but didn’t bring a lot home from out wide.

At Evans Head the inshore water has been quite murky, with the bottom turned over with the strong onshore breezes.

Whiting, dart and bream in the surf but you’ll struggle to get many of any quality.

Salmon for the unlucky.

Some school jew around the headlands but not worth writing home about.

The river has some whiting and flathead upstream but the low tides are making navigation over the sandbars a bit tough.
Offshore boats struggled to find anything last weekend in close but those heading wide did find a few snapper and pearlies.

Tony Zann