Lachlan Gilmore of Grafton is fishing on the banks of the Clarence River at Ilarwill on Saturday, 5th November, 2016.
Lachlan Gilmore of Grafton is fishing on the banks of the Clarence River at Ilarwill on Saturday, 5th November, 2016. Debrah Novak

4yo Hugh lands this week's biggest blackfish

FISHING activity slowed on the coast during the week but has entered a typical early summer pattern with plenty of bream on the bite including lots of throw backs and some sizable flathead.

Offshore, the red algae bloom is still affecting results on the northern fields but is not so pronounced to the south.

A charter boat which fished off Black Rock late in the week had a slow time for the first few hours but in the last hour or so every angler had three or four good-sized snapper.

Another party that also tried north bagged out and were able to catch and release quite a few extra snapper.

The only offshore fish weighed in this week was taken off Angourie, a pearl perch of 2.850kg taken by Ray White of Iluka.

Best bream was at Browns Rocks by Colin Jones from Brunswick Heads.

Not far behind was the 1.100kg catch by Cameron O'Meally of South Grafton who fished at Diggers.

Fishing at Browns also paid off for Louie Maitre from Cudgen with a catch of 0.840kg plus a flathead of 0.700kg.

However, best flathead came from the Middle Wall taken by Tommy Bushell who has switched his target fish from blackfish to lizards. Tommy's catch was 4.250kg taken on herring bait.

No jewfish have been weighed in but there are reports of schoolies to 7.500kg around Browns Rocks.

One of the proudest little anglers is Hugh Brotherson, aged 4 from Coutts Crossing. Although, he probably had some help he was able to weigh-in a blackfish of 670gms from Middle Wall.

Concentrations of blackfish have been hard to find but one spot which ran hot for several days was at the peninsula at the top end of Shores Drive.

Catches of bass have dropped off in the upper reaches of the river but a few are still being taken around the Grafton Bridge where Linden Harris of South Grafton picked up one of 650g.



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