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.