Sport

Banks prove safe bet as temps rise

HOT BASS: Troy Cochrane with a bass caught during the 2014 Bass Invitational held on the Clarence and Orara rivers. Cochrane’s team Reel Joy finished ninth overall with a combined total of 2.405kg. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
HOT BASS: Troy Cochrane with a bass caught during the 2014 Bass Invitational held on the Clarence and Orara rivers. Cochrane’s team Reel Joy finished ninth overall with a combined total of 2.405kg. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

THE extreme heat kept many anglers quiet at the weekend but there were plenty of places on the river banks where, under the shade of a tree, the conditions were acceptable and catches worthwhile.

The hot weather and lack of rain may well be affecting the overall fishing picture because there have been unconfirmed reports of ocean fish moving well into the estuary with snapper, possibly squire, around the middle wall and good-size yellowtail kingfish at Browns Rocks.

Reports from all weigh-in stations are that they are selling plenty of bait which is always a good sign that fish are biting.

For those with a sweet tooth, blue swimmer crabs are still being taken in fair numbers around Browns Rocks and the reach along the western side of Palmers Island.

I found the weekend heat fairly oppressive but my grandson Mark and his fiancee Laura from Cairns enjoyed the conditions.

Mark showed Laura one of our secret spots on Oyster Channel and she landed a respectable bream of 656g. It was the only one weighed in this week.

Mark latched onto a giant herring which tipped the scales at 2.350kg. This is the second one weighed in during the past two weeks and there were more chasing lures where this one was landed. The fish how-ever is not particularly good eating.

Whiting are being taken in good numbers throughout the lower reaches of the Clarence and smaller rivers.

Best this week was the 506g fish pulled in by Steve Fuller of Maclean while fishing Sandon. The sand flats opposite Yamba Tavern at the start of Oyster Channel also fished well with Kieran Jones of Yamba landing one of 352g.

Biggest flathead weighed in and released was the 5.338kg catch by Eileen Lipscombe of Coffs Harbour. She netted her catch at the Turkeys Nest, almost in front of the Iluka Marina weigh-in centre so there was no delay between catch and release. Harry Willett of Palmers Island continued to chase them in Romiaka Channel and landed one of 2.560kg while the Middle Wall was productive for Rita (3.300kg) and Bevan Want (2.750kg) of Grafton.

Despite strong winds on the coast, tailor appeared in the whitewater with Rich-ard Henwood's 1.900kg catch the best for the week.

The charter boat managed to make several outings and came back with a good range of reef fish - snapper, moses perch, tusk fish and teraglin.

Biggest fish was the 11.250kg cobia hauled in off Angourie by Queensland visitor Ryan Bresneham.

The hot weather is also bringing out the bugs and grubs in the upper reaches ready for the hungry bass. Nain Locic of South Grafton topped the table this week with a 1.346kg bass caught at the Grafton bridge.

Topics:  clarence valley, dick richards, fishing, outdoor-living



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