Beware sharks in Clarence River
UP until yesterday, when mud washed into the river from recent heavy rain, fishing conditions in the upper reaches of the Clarence were looking good despite the sharks.
There was a fair amount of bream and flathead being caught around Elizabeth and Susan islands near Grafton, and bass ‘everywhere’.
Gone Fishin’ operator John Williams said several anglers had reached their half-bag limit of garfish in recent days.
He said, however, conditions were not favourable until a clearance of the murky water.
“Bass are being caught on surface lures anywhere from Brushgrove to The Gorge,” John said.
One notable bass, though unconfirmed, was a 2.75kg specimen caught at Brushgrove.
Most people are catching and releasing, said John, and the sizes have been between 750grams and 1.5kg.
Copmanhurst was good for eeltail catfish and bass, said John, and sharks could be found throughout the river ranging in size from one to 1-3.6 metres.
Boots, South Grafton, another official weigh-in station for the Daily Examiner Fish of the Year competition, reported several flathead caught on ‘undisclosed’ live bait near the Grafton Bridge.