Blackfish chew despite grey skies

Fishing on the Clarence River at Whiting Beach Yamba on Saturday morning. Photo: Debrah Novak
Fishing on the Clarence River at Whiting Beach Yamba on Saturday morning. Photo: Debrah Novak

AS EXPECTED, adverse weather conditions came close to wiping out fishing activity during the past week.

Nothing was reported from offshore grounds, the head-lands generally were unfishable and it was only in the corners of the beaches where anglers had much hope of success.

Fortunately, for those who could find a sheltered spot in the estuary, they experienced some of the best fishing for blackfish for several seasons.

The Middle Wall has been running hot and there are plenty of fish around the T-piece, Moriarty's, Collis' and Oyster Channel.

Quite a few anglers managed to take their bag limit in less than 100 minutes, with some really good fish among the catches.

Although the general run was only slightly below the one kilo mark, biggest weighed in tipped the scales at 1.230kg. It was taken by Frank Campbell, of Yamba, from the Middle Wall.

Merv Cassie, of South Grafton, was a mere 50g behind at 1.250kg. Both fish were taken on black weed.

Nine-year-old Brad Henderson, of Glen Innes, showed how it is done be landing a 900g fish on cabbage weed near the Peninsula at the end of Shores Drive at Yamba.

Although parts of the Middle Wall are open to the southerlies those in the know fish on the northern side of the wall as the rocks provide shelter from the southerlies as the tide drops.

Despite the southerlies blowing straight into Browns Rocks, a few anglers managed to score there on bream.

Steve Smith, holidaying from Brisbane, scored the best from the area this week, a 1.300kg bream, while Don Brodie from the park managed one of 800g. Both were taken on mullet bait.

However, Rodger House of South Grafton scored the best for the week and went to the top of the competition table with the 2.100kg fish he caught at Minnie Water.

Jade Delaforce, of Swan Creek, also scored well with a fish of 1.200kg.

One of the few catches taken on the ocean front was the 1.102kg bream landed by John Nolan, of Iluka, who fished the corner of Shark Bay before the main blow arrived.

While the weather deterred some, for the angler in the know it appears that there are some real honker bream being taken at night on the breakwalls at the entrance to the river.

The hardest thing will be coping with the cold weather and the drizzle of rain which appears to come in for a shower or two each night.

Although there have been plenty of anglers doing the drift from the Harwood bridge to the slipway chasing flathead, the best weighed in this week was the 900g fish taken by Shane Leeson, of Toowoomba, who scored at Browns Rocks.

The estuaries have produced quite a few salmon this week with catches reported from well above Maclean.

Best in the estuary was the 1.819kg fish taken on a pilchard bait by Kieran Attwater, of Yamba, who fished at the Witonga Drv launching ramp in the Oyster Channel.

Lane Delaforce, of Shark Creek, fished on the Iluka side of the river and brought in one of 1.500kg on pilchard.

The best fish however were taken at Minnie where Rodger House, of South Grafton, landed one of 3.14kg as well as his good bream.

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