TOP CATCH: Budding Yamba angler Reef Ives hauled in this 3kg mangrove jack while out fishing on the Clarence River with dad Todd. Reef found his way on to the Fish of the Week table after weighing it in at the BP Bait Place in Yamba.
TOP CATCH: Budding Yamba angler Reef Ives hauled in this 3kg mangrove jack while out fishing on the Clarence River with dad Todd. Reef found his way on to the Fish of the Week table after weighing it in at the BP Bait Place in Yamba. Contributed

Fish come out for one last chance

THE Daily Examiner Fish of the Year competition for 2017/18 has finished with a bang, with an especially good weigh-in from offshore activities.

The estuaries are also continuing to fire well, although there has been only a few bass presented.

Feature of this week's weigh-in is a barracuda or spanish mackerel of 23kg, taken by Dave Mulcahy of Kyogle who fished Black Rock.

It was the largest of quite a few pelagics weighed in -mostly from the northern grounds.

There is quite a range of pelagics taken off our coast, and many of the fish are known by two different names.

These columns depend on the identity at the weigh-in stations for the description of the fish, but in all cases, the largest of the pelagic species weighed in is entitled to the certificate, with the angler's and weigh-in station's identification recorded

And included in the catch was the black marlin of 19.8kg taken off Brooms Head by Grant Cavanagh of Yamba.

Included in the spaniards were the 13kg by Chris Keevers off Woody Head, 11.6kg taken by Joel Battersby of Minnie off Sandon, and 10kg taken off Woody by Cooper Mulcahy.

Several mahi-mahi around the ten kilo mark were also on the bite. Peter Tooth from Haberfield, 110kg, Georgie Tooth from Albury, 11.2kg, Trent Cochrane from Yamba 10.900 kg, and Peter Swab from Tamworth 9.5kg.

Sizeable cobia also made several anglers happy.

Allan Hepper landed his 12.8kg off Blackrock while his fishing mate Ian McKenzie had one of 7.8kg.

However Mark Hollman from Bourke landed his 9.65kg cobia adjacent to the Middle Wall inside the estuary - reported as one of several landed in the same area.

Most of the activity offshore was on surface fish, but Ralph Tripp brought in a snapper of 5.8kg taken at Black Rock.

There was plenty of activity with bream in the estuary, although the best weighed in was the 1.3kg catch by David Beardmore from Sydney, who fished Frasers Reef.

Nick Connell of Grafton landed his fish of 852g from the Middle Wall while Graham Barber of Yamba scored his 690g fish in the Yamba boat harbour

Whiting are still on the bite in the southern regions, with Cruz Sewell of Grafton landing the best - 540g, on the Wooli Beach, while Bruce Ellis of Wooli scored his 344g fish in the river.

Rod Keevers of Murwillumbah took advantage of calmer waters on the beaches and caught 340g whiting on Shark Bay.

Grag Dickinson of Yamba also took advantage of the conditions and took tailor from 1.15kg to 1.5kg from the Iluka Bluff.

More blackfish are being taken on the Middle wall with Lea Trichard landing one of 730g, but biggest for the week was taken by our regular, Rada Babic, who has a very productive spot at Browns Rocks which produced fish to 1kg.

Rada also landed a flathead of 3kg, but this was beaten by the 3.3kg fish taken by Helen McAlpine from Moree who fished the Middles Wall.

And to round out a good weekend, mangrove jack are still on the bite with Reef Ives of Yamba scoring one of 3.12kg.



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