Dirty water stirs up the crabs
Joe Allan | April 2017

Joe from Casino Outdoors with a bass from the upper reaches of the Richmond River.

The beaches around Ballina and Lennox Head have been fishing really well and should continue to get better. Look for gutters on Patches Beach and back to South Ballina as well as the beaches along Seven Mile Beach north of Lennox Head. There have been good catches recorded of tarwhine and flathead on soft plastics and blades.
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We live in hope!
Glen Booth | April 2017

Pete Mallia nailed this trophy bar-ee at the bait grounds, and was also bitten off twice.

Hands up who wants to cancel this Coffs Harbour game fishing season and start afresh in a few months’ time? Ok then, motioned carried unanimously. Hmm.
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Rain has quickly improved Iluka fishing
Ross Deakin | April 2017

Recent downpours have really improved the river fishing.

We received some significant downpours a few weeks ago, and these rain events very quickly improved the fishing. We are now seeing some awesome flathead catches occurring down our end of the river. Bream and whiting have also been around in good numbers, as have school mulloway.
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The mackerel are really coming in late this season.

Good rains at the end of February and early March should have stirred things up a bit for this month. The continual dry weather and northeasterly winds will not be missed. The change in weather patterns will bring calmer seas offshore and hopefully a lot of hungry fish. While the estuary gets a nice drink of fresh water upstream, this should push the fish to the lower reaches of the system.
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A solid jack taken from a small suburban lake just north of the border.

This month’s article focuses on options for the land-based fisho that are by no means a secret, but are often overlooked: tidal suburban lakes. These lakes are dotted around our local area on this side of the border and just to the north, and they are well worth a look. They can produce some of the best light tackle sportfishing around.
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This month usually sees the fish start their transition into shallower water.

April is a time of change in the Hunter Valley. The weather will be cooling down, which will start to bring the surface water temperatures down. Hopefully it will be kind to us this year and bring some cooling rains to replenish the drying ground water from the hot summer we had. April can also be a tough time for the lure anglers out there as the fish start to spread out between deep and shallow patterns.
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The first of the frosty white starts
Glen Stewart | April 2017

The frosts of late autumn are a sure sign that bigger cod are covering more water to find the same amount of food they have been used to eating over summer. Don’t underestimate the drawing power of a big lure at this time of year.

The outside flap of the swag is stiff as a board; peeling it back for a morning view you take in what greets you – a rustle over yonder means a mate has started to stir. Maybe he will stoke the fire and get a brew going…
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Cod fun at Copeton Dam
Adam Townsend | April 2017

Surface fishing for cod in the river has been productive.

It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the Murray cod season but as they say, time flies when you’re having fun.
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Coming in or getting out?
Stephen Worley | April 2017

A live yakka tempted this kingfish into jumping on Jordy Viti’s line out at South Solitary Island.

Daylight savings is out for another year, and something tells me there will be no lack of recreation this month. Last year the Easter rush was done and dusted by April. This April is going to be a lot busier around the Coffs region ,with school holidays and Easter spread throughout the month.
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