OUTSIDE angling has been pretty quiet for the past week, with only snapper being caught from the northern grounds.
The current fresh won't affect the outside anglers, but it will have a dramatic impact on the estuary and beaches.
Which direction the dirty water goes when it exits the Manning will determine how the beaches fish. If the water goes south as usual, then no harm will be done to the Harrington beaches. However, if the dirty water goes north, then there are consequences. The fresh in the river makes most fish species move down the river to get to the salt water. This brings on the bream bite at Harrington and also hunts down more flathead to the lower reaches of the estuary. When there is a fresh in the river and it starts to slow down, the salt water moves up river on the incoming tide. Dirty fresh water will still be flowing out to sea on top of the incoming salt water. This happens because salt water is denser than fresh water and the two will not mix well under these circumstances.
All the fish forced down the river will come in with the salt water, feeding on the shrimps, prawns and crabs washed down by the fresh.
Good catches of bream can be made when these conditions occur.
The forecast for Saturday is an 80 per cent chance of showers. Winds south to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 12 and 18 with daytime temperatures between 17 and 25. It'll be cloudy on Sunday with an 80 per cent chance of showers. Winds will be south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southeasterly during the morning.