SEARING LINE: The refreshements and cool towels were well stocked for Gary Rooks and Wayne Farnham are as they went fishing on the Clarence in melting-point conditions on Saturday afternoon.
SEARING LINE: The refreshements and cool towels were well stocked for Gary Rooks and Wayne Farnham are as they went fishing on the Clarence in melting-point conditions on Saturday afternoon. Debrah Novak

Fish on offer but currents, winds a challenge

FISHING has not been easy during the past week but the dedicated angler has been able to come back with at least a feed.

Anglers venturing offshore were faced with an increase in the Red October bloom. Particularly between Evan's Head and the Clarence and patches of it further south. Those trying to avoid it were then faced with currents out wide and strong winds in the afternoon.

The few anglers who went out early crossed the bars well before sun up and most were home by lunch time.

Those who could handle the bloom found good venus tusk fish and pearl perch and a few smallish snapper but not in any quantity.

Biggest snapper weighed in came from Rick O'Connor from Maclean who claimed it was taken at Flat Rock. Rick always says he only fishes on a flat rock and this one was his boat off Brooms Head.

The southern grounds fished well with Matt Trowbridge of Wooli scoring a 3.498kg snapper on squid off Wooli.

Cooper Philips of Iluka travelled as far south as Solitary Island for a 4.520kg kingfish taken on a cuttlefish.

There was a report from an angler who tried the very wide ground that on the way out there were a lot of flying fish being chased by marlin.

In the estuary flathead continue to be the fish of the week.

Grandson Ken scored one of 1.580kg from his secret spot near the entrance of the Oyster Channel into Lake Wooloweyah.

He said he was doing well until the wind came up and fish went right off the bite.

Harry Willett of Palmers Island continued to display his versatility and this week weighed in a 1.780kg flathead taken on the flats near the Fishing Haven Caravan Park.

The same conditions applied in the estuary where fish were biting early in the day but went off when the wind came up.

Charlie McGlish of Iluka had a good outing at Browns Rocks and returned with the top flathead for the week (3.250kg) and the best bream (1.000kg). Both were taken on pilchard bait.

The lack of rain the river has resulted in salty conditions well up above Grafton and some good bream being taken around the Grafton Bridge.

Further upstream at the Gorge the bass are co-operating.

The beaches are a little bit lumpy because of the wind and the surf but the odd tailor was brought in but no reports of salmon.

However, Keith McGregor a visitor from Pottsville found a 1.200kg tarwhine on a pippie at Shark Bay.



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