Better conditions have bream biting
ALTHOUGH fishing activity has not yet returned to "normal", there are positive signs with an improvement this past week in results.
Dicey conditions on the bar and uncertain conditions at sea have restricted offshore activity.
Even some of the trawlers have been heading for home early after reports of approaching bad weather.
Catches around the head-lands and along the beaches however have improved and bass are starting to bite in better numbers towards the upper reaches of the Clarence.
The salt water is starting to push back into the river although there is still a fair amount of colour close to the entrance.
There have been reports of bream, generally small but still legal, biting well at Browns Rocks
While the conditions are far from ideal, Terry Woodward of Yamba did particularly well this week.
His first catch of note was a 1.275kg bream taken on a prawn bait while he was fishing at the Oyster Channel bridge.
Several days later he was fishing off the Yamba wall at the entrance and landed one weighing 1.100kg.
Terry is not the only one who was scoring at the entrance but no other fish were weighed in from this area.
The beaches are also showing a marked improvement with bream biting in most of the gutters.
The clearer water has also brought a few tailor close to the headlands with reports of catches being taken from Angourie to Woody.
Blackfish are still biting well at Woody with reports of several anglers bagging out.
The best weighed in during the week was the 870g fish taken by Earme Green from Grafton who used a yabbie bait to land her fish in the Wooli River.
The Wooli is clearing well, and whiting are showing up in some numbers with Jaylin Rafferty of South Grafton landing one of 570g.
Nick Hames of South Grafton also fished at Wooli, and weighed in a 270g whiting.
Flathead however appear to be the popular choice at the moment with reports of good catches between Whiting Beach and the T-Piece on the southern side and some around Collis on the north.
Mischa Porter, who usually manages to weigh in at least one fish each week, scored with a 2.660kg flathead taken on a plastic lure on Iluka main beach
The river is also clearing fairly quickly up above Grafton and bass are coming on the bite around Copmanhurst and further downstream.
Biggest weighed-in this week - and the first for the new fishing competition - is the 1.75kg fish taken by Jerry Loverty of Kings Langley on a worm bait while he was fishing at Lillydale
Further downstream at Lawrence, although there is still a lot of mud in the water, Adam Bancroft of Grafton pulled in one of 860g on a lure.