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Food for starving pirates
Joe Allan

Aaron Sharp with a bream caught on Crank 38 Deep in ghost gill brown off the south wall at Ballina.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers. Now is my favourite time of year because the fishing is red hot and I get to eat and drink like a starved pirate. Remember though at this time of year there is more traffic on the water then normal, so take care. Be patient and make sure you have done your preparation with all your equipment. At the boat ramp take your time and above all, be courteous to all other waterway users.

The lower reaches of the Richmond have produced some great catches of bream, with the dirty water pushing downstream from around Lismore and Casino. Try casting noisy crankbaits at the walls early in the mornings while the tide is running. Fluorocarbon line straight through is best suited for this. I’ve had good success on the Atomic Crank 38 Deep, and the colour I use depends on the water clarity – dark colours for low light, solid and bright colours for dirty water and more translucent and natural finishes for bright sun and clearer water.

Crabs have turned up in patches around the middle reaches from Pimlico to Broadwater. The dirty water has stirred them up somewhat. Give the pots plenty of time to settle and let the crabs find the bait.

Prawns are on the move around the river, but it might be a little hard to locate them during the last fortnight of the month, with the full moon coming in about Christmas Day. By January they should be back up and moving around again, and this should fire up the estuaries.

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