BITING: Adam Shepherd, from Round Mountain on the Sunshine Coast, casts out from the Oyster Channel bridge while on holiday for a week in Yamba. He’d had some luck with flathead and lost a few lures in his fishing so far.
BITING: Adam Shepherd, from Round Mountain on the Sunshine Coast, casts out from the Oyster Channel bridge while on holiday for a week in Yamba. He’d had some luck with flathead and lost a few lures in his fishing so far. Adam Hourigan

Estuaries pumping with odd species

ONCE again strong winds offshore have restricted outside activity but there are still plenty of fish to be taken in the estuary.

The past week has seen largely visitors who have scored, and several have again gone to the top of the biggest of species list.

Still no tailor has been weighed in this year but fish are being taken in the white water around the headlands and the end of the breakwalls on both sides of the river.

The size of the bream being weighed in is still increasing, although the general run is still less than 1kg.

This week's best was the 1.87kg bream taken by Mike Christian from Wooli

The story goes that while the young lad was cleaning a small shark for the pot, he put a bit of the gut on a line, tossed it out and within moments, the bream took the bait and headed for the mangrove.

As expected, it took some time to land - but nevertheless, bream of this size are not unknown in the are - perhaps it was the unusual bait which made the difference.

Ray Pugh of Grafton, however, followed the traditional method and used a prawn bait for his catch of 930g taken at Minnie Water.

Prawn was the bait which Mark Diegotis of Raymond Terrace used for his catch of 1.266kg on the Middle Wall, while Christine Meares of Nudgee (Qld) used a yabbie for her fish of 930g in Palmers Channel.

Whiting are still scattered through the lower reaches and the smaller rivers, with Nev Pocock from Brisbane scoring one of 422g on a yabbie in the Wooli River.

And those big flathead commented on last week are still on the bite.

Lots of flat head around in the evenings at Whiting Beach, Yamba.
Lots of flat head around in the evenings at Whiting Beach, Yamba. Skye Matthaei

Pat Lonergan of Glen Innes scored the best, 4.900kg, on a herring on the Middle Wall.

Greg Dickinson of Maclean was happy with his 2.200kg catch on Whiting Beach, while Rada Babic of Lightning Ridge, continued to pull them in at Browns Rocks - 2.2kg and another at 3.4kg.

And to top it off he also landed a blackfish of 700g on weed.

Nothing has been weighed in from offshore because of the strong winds but boats out before the weekend, had mixed results.

And the variety of odd species taken continues.

One whopper was the 4.2kg puffer toadfish taken by Phil McCracken of Yamba , and with a Scottish sounding name, one must wonder if he tried the inflated fish as a bag for bagpipes, especially with the Highland Gathering at the weekend.

Marlene Edmonds of Grafton also came in with a mixed variety from the bank at Palmers Island.

One fish she landed was a javelin fish of 88g, plus a blubber-lip bream of 1.33kg.

The blubber-lip is identified as a Queensland inhabitant better known as a brown sweetlip, another of these normally northern dwelling fish which have been taken locally.

But with the water temperature measured at 27 degrees offshore, it is not unusual for fish from the north following the current down the coast.



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