Father and son's battle in bad conditions pays off
THE STORM of last week curtailed most of the fishing activity throughout the area.
But for the limited few who challenged the conditions and ventured offshore, the results were most satisfying.
Father and son, Stephen and Tahj Byrne, of Woodford Island, ventured out on Saturday.
They battled terrible conditions to find a spot off Brooms Head, which turned up trumps.
Tahj returned with a snapper of 9.750kg taken on a live bait.
This catch is only 130g smaller than the monster taken the previous week, and the top fish this year.
Stephen was able to weigh in a jewfish of 10.850kg.
Boats which went out early in the week before the storm continued to find more snapper after the wide range of catches a week earlier, with Gary Powell, of Brooms Head, scoring one of 5.500kg.
On Monday , the Yamba charter boat took a party to sea and in quite mild conditions found the big snapper were still around.
Tom Russell, of Brisbane, weighed in a fish of 4.160kg but all parties on the boat landed snapper around this figure.
Certainly to do any good, the offshore anglers will have to move out wider to escape the effect of the dirty water running out from the Clarence, but as this clears the fish will come in closer.
On the southern grounds, where the Wooli snapper competition is in full swing, plenty of fish are being weighed at the local pub
This is a catch and release competition, with plenty of fish up to the 6.000kg mark.
And with the Tim the Bream competition being staged by the Rotary Club of Yamba only two weeks away, it is encouraging to see that the bream did not go off the bite because of the weather.
Certainly the fish have moved closer to the entrance, but this is where the competition, again catch and release, will be held - from the Harwood bridge to the vicinity of the T-Piece.
It has been reported that the Yamba breakwall will be closed for maintenance, so the T-piece could be a favoured spot.
But around Harwood should pay dividends, even though there is no guarantee that the tagged Tim will be released in this area.
Warren McGrath, of Harwood, tested the local waters, and scored the best bream weighed in this week, a fish of 1.070 kg taken on mullet gut.
And Rodney Coupe, of Maclean, fished the same area for from 712g to 774g
Although most of anglers fishing along the Middle Wall and Collis were probably chasing blackfish, with limited success, there were bream being taken there as well.
F. Grantham, of South Grafton, tried his luck at Collis using weed for the blackfish, but finished up with a bream of 848g.
And anglers are warned that with all the competition activity in the region this month, Fisheries officers are checking licences, and bag limits.