Bruce at Dave’s Bait Shop in Ballina says there are quite a few bream in the lower reaches, with night fishos getting their bag limits on smelly baits like mullet gut and chicken gut.

Through the day, the lure anglers have been getting a few nice ones along the Porpoise Wall and along the Town Reach.

Still a few flathead around in the shallows with North Creek proving quite OK for them.

Blackfish have come right on the chew although green weed remains a problem, try cabbage or, if you can find it, some black weed.

Jewfish came in on the last lot of swell, so there should be a few around this weekend from the walls and headlands on lures and bait.

The walls and beaches have produced a few tailor and the salmon are starting to show up again.

Quite a few snapper and pearlies on the wider grounds with soft plastics working well on the reds in close.

Southerly gusts nudging 30 knots at Evans Head on Friday afternoon and a rising swell don’t spell fun for the early part of the weekend and the swell is tipped to be around 2.5m+ for the next few days.

Pity, there were some nice snapper to 7kg coming from the shallow reefs earlier in the week but they should get on the bite again after the blow.

Also some cobia and patches of trag, with kings on the wider reefs.

Some school jew and better fish started to show up around the headlands but tailor have been patchy at best and the only bait around is well out in the bay and down deep.

Blackfish around the walls and flathead and bream in the Evans River.
Tony Zann