Brooms heads list for big catches
FISHING results indicate that the effects of the cold current which has come down the coast are still being felt but the prospects are on the improve.
Catches along the beaches and around the headlands have improved, while in the estuary most of the activity is still around the lower reaches.
The calmer seas, combined with the cooler waters, have meant that there have been a number of good size groper taken from the rocky head lands.
Biggest weighed in this week tipped the scales at 9.500kg, just below the best of the year. It was landed by Mat Clarke of Maclean who fished at Brooms Head with a crab bait.
Michael Eggins of Townsend tried his luck at Lovers Point and brought in one of 7.180kg while Cameron O'Meally of Grafton scored one of 4.320kg at Diggers.
The calmer seas also allowed for a bit more activity from the rock hoppers, with catches of bream and blackfish from the rocks.
Allan Broughton of Iluka, after an absence of several weeks, is back on the catch list with a 1.434kg blackfish taken at Frasers.
Other blackfish have been landed at the T-Piece and the breakwalls at the entrance to the river, but none to match this size.
Tailor and salmon have also moved closer to the shoreline with Rodger House of South Grafton landing a 1.795kg tailor on a pilchard at Minnie Water.
Col Jillett of Yamba fished at Angourie for one of 918g, also taken on a pilchard.
Salmon continue to be a problem along the beaches and around the headlands for those who are seeking a better eating quality fish, with Tom Couthard of South Grafton landing one of 1.665kg while fishing at Minnie Water.
Although their reputation for eating is not high, presented as fish cakes, or with plenty of marinade, they are not to be sneezed at.
The best bream weighed in this week all came from the ocean front. Michael Colgrove of Botany scored the best; a 1.040kg fish taken on a king prawn bait while fishing at Wilsons.
TT Mason from Lawrence had a successful outing at Plover Island with a 900g catch on mullet.
Flathead are still hard to find in any quantity but there appear to be more around Maclean and the Broadwater.
Karen Wake of Grafton had success at Maclean, landing a 998g flathead.
Lucas Pironan of Lawrence landed a 1.128kg tarwhine on a yabbie bait while fishing at Yamba.
Although the cold current is still affecting offshore fishing, Craig Blanch of Palm Beach had success off Brooms Head where he hooked a 5.500kg snapper.
Wilson Petrusnko of Grafton also fished off Brooms Head and landed a 1.950kg parrot fish.