TOP SPOT: Gail Stevens of Casino on the Yamba breakwall, which has witnessed a recent flurry of fishing activity.
TOP SPOT: Gail Stevens of Casino on the Yamba breakwall, which has witnessed a recent flurry of fishing activity.

Clarence estuaries overrun with blackfish

BLACKFISH have taken over as the species of the week although there are still large numbers of bream about.

Last week was described as one of the best bream seasons for some time, and the same now applies to blackfish.

The area around the entrances to all the rivers - Clarence, Wooli, Sandon and Red Rock - are all fishing well, with the main breakwall at Yamba producing the best weighed in so far this year, scored by Albert Thorley of Woodford Island on cabbage weed bait.

The Middle Wall also continued to score. Dean Quill of Yamba landed one of 1.290kg while further in at Crystal Waters Brent Sahlquist of Yamba scored one of 505g.

Although nothing was weighed in from the northern side of the river, similar results are coming from Moriaty's, the Iluka Bluff and Woody Head.

GOT ONE: Melbourne’s Melanie Johnson fishing on the banks of the Clarence River at Micalo Island. PHOTOS: DEBRAH NOVAK
GOT ONE: Melbourne’s Melanie Johnson fishing on the banks of the Clarence River at Micalo Island. PHOTOS: DEBRAH NOVAK

 

The area of the Oyster Channel and Romiaka bridges has also attracted a number of anglers as well as the deep water along the bank of Palmers Island.

Good bream are also coming from the breakwalls, especially at night with quite a few fish tipping the scales at one kilo or better.

Best weighed in this week was to 1.024 kg catch by Christine Robertson of Newcastle, who scored in the Wooli River.

The fish are also well spread throughout the Clarence with Shane Walker scoring one of 958g on a prawn at Maclean.

And mixed in with them are a lot of school jewfish - many just undersize, but quite a few keepers.

Best was the 5.600kg schoolie taken by Adam Blanch of South Grafton, who fished Oyster Channel, while Harry Willett of Palmers Island continued to get among them in the deep water along the bank near his home with a catch of 5.100kg.

On top of all these, there are still plenty of good flathead around. Best was the 3.890kg catch by Tim Menzies of Yamba who fished adjacent to the Yamba breakwall with a prawn bait.

Once again the Browns Rocks area earns a mention with the 2.815kg flathead taken by Ray Robinson of The Channon, while Debbie Gale of Inverell was not far behind with a fish of 1.635kg.

On the northside, Brian Elphick of Grafton landed one of 1.240kg , while Tony Blair of Maclean keeps on plugging away, this time with one of 561g.

For some time the seas have co-operated and tailor have been around in some numbers along the beaches and around the headlands.

A late report is the 5.000kg by Brian Newton - the biggest so far this year - taken on Shark Bay, while the fish are still coming into the estuary, with Bob Gutteridge of Goodwood Island landing one of 680g at Browns.

Reports from offshore were down, probably because of the strong wind warnings at the weekend.

However, Fred Landsberry of Grafton managed to get off Minnie Water and returned with a mackerel of 16.500kg.



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