Chris and Keith Stratford, from Team Bush n’ Beach, won the Clarence round of the 2011 ABT Flathead Series.
Chris and Keith Stratford, from Team Bush n’ Beach, won the Clarence round of the 2011 ABT Flathead Series.

Bream lack enthusiasm for day out

THE weather was perfect, the anglers were keen and the prizemoney was enticing, but apparently the bream weren’t so keen to join the party.

Seventy-six anglers in 36 boats hit the Clarence River at the weekend for the Bassday Big River Bream Super Series, but according to Joseph Urquhart of Big River Bait and Tackle, the fish were patchy.

“It was a tough weekend for fishing,” he said.

“Some people did find a lucky school of fish through the competition, but it was difficult.”

He said tides and the moon weren’t conducive to bream fishing.

Anglers using lures fished from near Grafton to the mouth of the river, and it was those at the lower reaches who had the best catches.

The winner, who collected $5000, was former Iluka resident Darren (Dizzy) Ball.

It was his third win in the tournament locally.

His 15 fish weighed 7.85kg.

Other locals to do well were Scott Sutherland, Glenn Sturrock and Anthony Duff, who were first, third and 10th respectively in the non-boater category.

The tournament also included a flathead challenge.

All fish were released.



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