Dick Richards.
Dick Richards.

Fish being landed in the estuaries

INCLEMENT weather has restricted offshore fishing activity again, but catches are still being made in the estuaries.

Some anglers were also able to handle the heavy surf along the beaches, where bream and better-size jewfish were picked up.

Yamba Point and Flat Rock, at either end of Pippie Beach, were the most productive.

Peter Rheinberger continued to pull them in at Lovers, with a 16.2kg jewfish taken on a lure.

Several days later, Chris Lunnon, of Maclean, tried Flat Rock and brought in one of 14.15kg, also on a lure.

Anglers who have been using lures off the breakwalls at Iluka and Yamba at night are also having some good runs for their money, although none weighed in their catch.

However, Oyster Channel, in the vicinity of the bridge, continues to produce some good-size schoolies.

Schoolies were also taken off the Wooli Wall.

Mark Hambley, of South Grafton, landed one of 4.75kg and several days later Kyle Walters, also of South, landed one of 3.9kg.

Both anglers were using lures.

Bigger bream are starting to school up around the entrance to the Clarence, with anglers in a weekend bream competition more than happy with their catches.

Biggest bream weighed in for this competition was the 1.75kg catch by Ken Cameron, of Grafton, who was spotted fishing at Palmers Channel.

D Sheehan, of Grafton, tried his luck on Wooli Beach and brought in one of 1.19kg on mullet.

In Yamba Bay among the trawlers, John Pirice found a 738g bream.

Although no blackfish was weighed in, there have been reports of some good catches at the head of Yamba Bay in the vicinity of the Calypso Holiday Park.

This area was one of the original outlets to the sea before the build-up of the sand that became Hickey Island.

As a result, no matter how much rain and fresh water is in the main river, there is usually a pool of salt trapped in the area, which attracts quite a few fish.

Flathead are still on the bite, with the best this week the 2.59kg catch by Andrew Taylor, of Yamba, at Collis's.

The unseasonable weather also appears to be confusing some fish, with odd strays from the Queensland coast continuing to be hooked.

Latest is a blubber-lip bream, better known as a brown sweetlip.

These fish are fairly common on the central Queensland coast but this one was taken in the vicinity of the launching ramp at Witonga Drive, Yamba, by Martin Bull using a prawn bait. It weighed in at 2.02kg.

The Sandon also fished well during the wet weather, with Jamie Law, of South Grafton, landing a tarwhine of 2kg on a pippie.

Bass are also performing well above Grafton.

David Baker, of Grafton, landed one of 1.16kg near the Junction Hill boat ramp.

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