Sport

Big snapper back on offshore menu

OFFSHORE fishing has been too risky for a number of weeks because of adverse weather conditions but that changed this week and the catches of snapper have been the best for months.

Top fish weighed in was the 9.6kg catch taken by Mal Lee of Yamba who fished fairly close in off Sandon with a blue pilchard bait.

This beats the previous best this year, which has stood for more than three months.

Jason Everson of Yamba was not far behind with an 8kg fish taken on a plastic lure.

Jason's catch was a magnificent reddie with a great bump on its forehead.

As well as the snapper, Jason also landed about half-a-dozen good teraglin, all taken out in front of Angourie

Reports from several boats with sounders indicate that there are plenty of snapper of various sizes about, mostly on the close-in reefs.

L. Glynn of South Grafton was another who did well on snapper with the best a 7.5kg fish taken on a handline and blue pilchard bait off Minnie Water.

The only jewfish weighed in also came from offshore; a 5.56kg fish taken off Sandon by Rodger House.

In the estuaries, there are plenty of bream in the lower reaches but not a many bigger than one kilogram.

Best was the 1.08kg catch by Brodie Galvin of Wooloweyah, taken on a herring bait while fishing from the Yamba wall.

Brodie had landed an 800g bream the previous day in the same area. He also landed a 500g tailor.

The Iluka area fished well for bream with Greg Dennis from South Grafton landing one of 810g, Peter Moon of Iluka one of 700g and Mike Mason of Iluka one of 970g.

On the other side of the river in Oyster Channel, Andrew Arkerby of Palmers Island scored with one of 650g.

Oyster Channel also proved rewarding for Danny Smith of Junction Hill who scored a 2.85kg mangrove jack.

Brodie Galvin weighed in a 770g mangrove jack, taken while fishing from the Yamba breakwall.

Another good fish to come out of Oyster was the 1.86kg flathead taken by Danny Smith, as well as his jack, a successful outing after several dry runs.

Tony Blair of Maclean is continuing to catch the flat- head behind the Maclean CBD with a best of 598g.

The calming of the seas has prompted more activity along the beaches and around the headlands.

Bob Knight scored a 2.89kg salmon while fishing at Minnie and Brian Newton of Iluka, who fished Shark Bay, returned with a 1.48kg tarwhine.

Topics:  coffs coast fishing fishing the clarence



Indigenous mothers and babies to benefit from grant

WORKING TOGETHER: Federal MP Kevin Hogan and Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Corporation CEO Scott Monaghan discuss funding at the Grafton clinic.

Govt grant to provide better indigenous health outcomes for Valley

Optus commits $5.3M to improve Valley network coverage

Map of Grafton's Optus towers and proposed towers

Planning underway to build six new mobile internet sites

WATCH: Extreme idiocy on Lismore roads

This P plater was caught on dashcam going at ridiculous speeds.

Not once but twice, an L-plater had to endure shocking driving

Local Partners

Optus commits $5.3M to improve Valley network coverage

"PLANNING is underway to build sites at Waterview Heights, Yamba West, Angourie, Brooms Head, Nymboida and Palmers Island."


Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Novel with lots of heart

Be transported to another world with A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Houses selling like hot cakes

HIGH DEMAND: Maclean Valley 2 Coast principal Ingrid Nott.

Valley's housing market pushed by supply shortage and jobs growth

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!