Anglers keen to catch 'Phar Lap'

ANGLERS on the Clarence River have given the name 'Phar Lap' to a huge fish thought to be a groper, which has defied efforts to land it during the past few weeks.

The fish has been hooked many times but has always broken the heaviest tackle used by anglers.

Oyster Channel is 'Phar Lap's' home, and tales of his exploits have spread so far that the area has become a hunting ground for keen anglers.

Mr Harry Biffin has had the most thrilling encounter with the fish, which experienced fishermen believe weighs more than three hundredweight. Mr Biffin hooked the monster when fishing from a boat and was hauled half a mile up the Clarence River, from the mouth of Oyster Channel to a cane wharf, before his tackle vanished.

It is thought 'Phar Lap' has a mate, because a Grafton High School teacher, Mr Frank Wilcock, who saw the boat being dragged through the water, said yesterday that a second angler hooked another huge fish at the same time and his tackle was broken.

Mr B J Page, a member of the Clarence River Anglers' Club, said last night that 'Phar Lap' would not bite on wire. Only gut or nylon lines would attract the fish and these did not have sufficient breaking strain to hold it.

Another angler said that 'Phar Lap' had been hooked mostly with prawn bait and that live bait would not attract it.



Local Real Estate

Featured Real Estate
FULLY SELF CONTAINED... $9500.00 From
Cabin $12.5K for 6 x 2.4 x 2.5m fully installed. D.I.Y $9.5k bare ...
Price Slashed - Owners... $349,500
House 4 3 4
Sensational Family... $419,000
House 4 2 2

Featured Jobs

Clarence Valley jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
Registered Nurse Mareeba Part Time
SUBWAY - Part time &... South Grafton Part Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Local Jobs

Search for your next job now!
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Subscription Sale

Subscribe now for $1 for 14 days.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Leo

If you’ve got a travel urge, you may be missing the opportunity by postponing it. Start to plan, even if it’s not going to be an...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save