River offers option as wind blows up and mixed bags taken

IT HAS been another disappointing week on the fishing front with erratic weather conditions making it tough for anglers.

Strong winds have again affected offshore activity, while in the estuary fish are very scattered

The size of the bream being taken is continuing to disappoint most anglers.

There are plenty of throw-backs and the average size is generally less than one kilo.

Catches around the headlands could be more promising than in the estuary but the big seas and strong winds have created difficult conditions.

Best bream weighed in this week was the 970g catch by Kenny Cameron, of Maclean, who used a herring as bait.

Kenny finished with a good mixed bag; a 760g flathead and two school jewfish weighing 3.670kg and 2.700kg. All were taken on lures.

The best schoolie to be weighed in was the 3.880kg catch by Russell Winters, of Grafton, who fished the Middle Wall.

Kenny's catch indicates the best prospects of landing a feed would appear to be in the waters from the Harwood Bridge up to Lawrence.

Ron Milligan, of Grafton, was another who did well in the middle section of the river. Using a lure in the river at Lawrence, he scored an 846g bream and a 1.520kg flathead.

The flathead appear to be moving close to the entrance to the river as the warmer weather approaches.

Peter Shannon, of Yamba, fished at the entrance to Sleeper Creek using a plastic lure and scored a 2.850kg flathead. Rhys Armstrong, of Townsend, tried his luck at the T-piece and scored a 950g fish.

The area around the T-Piece, and on the northern side around Moriaty's is where the bigger flathead are taken around the Christmas period.

The Oyster Channel is still fishing reasonably well but results have been erratic. One angler bagged out on whiting early in the period but the following night they didn't turn a scale.

Phil Stoddard, of Yamba, scored a 1.808kg trevally on a prawn bait.

Reports from offshore have been very disappointing.

The southern grounds would appear to be easier to reach with Nick Hampshire, of Grafton, scoring a 2.300kg pearl perch while fishing off Minnie Water.

Nick usually targets snapper but it has been difficult to locate one of any size.

On the north side, Wayne Milne, of Iluka, scored a 7.000kg cobia on a blue pilchard bait while fishing off Woody.

It is perhaps a little early for the usual run of mackerel in this area but the warm current should make an appearance soon.

Further up the river above Grafton, anglers targeting bass are doing quite well, although one needs to be well covered to escape the mosquitoes and midges.

Kirt Airndel, of Copmanhurst, fished his local waters and hooked a 1.2kg fish.

Topics:  coffs coast fishing, fishing the clarence



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