Alvey jumps on board for Fish of the Year
THE winner of this season's Fish of the Year competition will walk away with one hell of a prize pack thanks to our friends at Alvey and Marina Boat and Tackle in Yamba.
The prize pack includes a 650C5 Alvey Reel, a 13'6" Alvey Rod6500 ('Custom Beach King'), Heavy Duty Alvey Wading Bag (Burgundy), Large Bait Bucket, Belt with snap clip, Alvey Cap, Alvey Pewter Key Ring and an Alvey shirt signed by Bruce and Glenn Alvey.
Every angler who weighs a fish at one of our 17 official weigh-in stations throughout the year goes into the draw for the major prize, drawn after the Australia Day weekend in 2017.
This week calmer seas saw a marked improvement in offshore activities, mirrored by much improved catches.
With the temperature of the water still above twenty-five degrees, there is still a lot of surface fish activity.
Some of that has even been as close as the breakwalls at the entrance to the river and just off Lovers Point.
One suggestion is that they might be chasing small schools of sea-garfish which are moving along the coast.
The southern offshore grounds did particularly well, with Joel Browning of Ulmarra landing a wahoo of 24.050kg on a lure off Minnie Water.
Spanish mackerel were also very active in the area, with Brett Newsome landing one of 6.845kg and Ray Pugh of Grafton one of 9.550kg.
Boats which tested the northern grounds did well on reef fish.
Two mates on holidays from Gunnedah had a ball.
Rowan McClung landed the best snapper for the week - 6.800kg taken on a mullet bait.
His mate, Mick Bulkeley found a school jewfish of 8.010kg and scored a certificate for his pearl perch of 4.000kg , both taken on mullet bait.
Warren Fitzgerald of Yamba was another who scored offshore and returned with a snapper of 4.900kg, on a blue pilchard bait.
Mangrove jack in the Oyster Channel and Palmers Island area continue to give plenty of sport.
Greg Davis of Yamba landed the biggest weighed in - 3.000kg on a lure, while Damian Cliff was not far behind with a catch of 2.950kg.
Around the beaches and headlands, a few tailor could be found in the white washes, where Janine Whinnen of Ashby landed a tarwhine of 740g.
Doug Hammond of Iluka continued to work Shark Bay, and returned with a bream of 1.445kg on a prawn bait.
Flathead are still on the bite around Whiting Beach, behind Collis' Wall and in the Maclean/ Broadwater area.
Ben McClennan of Lawrence took some time off from football training and landed a flathead of 1.356kg at Lawrence.