Fishers snapping up local snapper

THE latest holiday period has ended with a bang, with the biggest weighin of big snapper for this year.

And some of the best catches were made by visitors to the area.

Although the majority of the big fish weighed in were from the southern ground, the northern grounds towards Black Rock are reported to be fishing just as well.

Top snapper weigh in this week was the 8.600 kg catch by Ron Keogh of Minnie Water who fished the local waters.

Ken Evans, also of Minnie, scored one of 5.800 kg while Graham Green of Grafton scored one of 7.100 kg off Wooli, and Kevin Green came in with one of 3.200 kg.

With catches like this one wonders if the timing of the snapper competition held off Wooli several weeks ago should be moved to a later date.

Sam Tapscott of Moree was another who scored off Minnie with a fish of 8.100 kg, while just a little further north, off Red Cliff, Andrew Cummins of Winegrove was not far behind the best for the week with a catch of 8.450 kg

A good run of fish around the six kilo mark were also taken off the southern grounds

Brodie Watkins of Wooli scored one of 6.222 kg, Noel Hayes of Grafton, on of 6.250 kg and Jarrad Simpson of Yamba one of 6.550 kg taken off Angourie.

With ideal weather and sea conditions, surface fish were also around in some numbers with Shane Johnson of Maclean returning with a yellowtail kingfish of 15.200 kg

Although many anglers tried for jewfish around the entrance to the Clarence, the best weighed in was 11.670 kg taken off the Wooli wall by Troy Rodgers of Coutts Crossing.

Mischa Porter of Iluka who has a reputation for taking big jewfish has changed his target and weighed in the biggest bream for the week, 1.184 kg taken on Iluka Beach.

John Lewis of Yamba was not far behind with the 1.056 kg fish taken from Craigmore Rocks on a yabbie bait. Nearby at Pippi Beach, Mark Whitehead of Wollongbar landed one of 860 g, but it would not be a week without the waters at Browns Rocks fishing well.

Warren Gamble of Harwood landed a bream of 734 g at Browns, Sandy Riddell of Ipswich had one of 895 g and Jamie Atkinson of Moonee, one of 688 g

Alec Atkinson landed a flathead of 3.800 kg in the same area.

And the fish were also active din the smaller rivers, with Darryl Johnson of Caboolture landing one of 408 g and Rex Basington one of 702 g in the Wooli River.

Good whiting are still on the bite, with Reece Baker of Gulmarrad scoring one of 332 g in the Sandon River, and Toni Anderson of Yamba fishing closer to home in the channels at Crystal waters for a fish of 555 g

With the weather warming, flathead are more active with Peter McKenzie of Rozelle landing one of 1.610 kg at Romiaka and Ron Waterson of Grafton landing the biggest, 4.800 kg on the Middle wall.

Blackfish have been quieter in the river, by George Wilson managed to find one of 1.010 kg at Iluka,

Conditions were ideal for the rock-hoppers and John Causley made good use of the conditions to land a groper of 6.500m kg at Angourie.

Hendy Appo of Lawrence also fished the same area for a groper of 5.500 kg

Another rock-hopper, John Lewis of Yamba, scored as tarwhine of 1.402 kg from Craigmore Rocks.

And despite the activity on the river with the ski races, bass were still active with Bryan Donoghue landing one of 1.110 kg at Rogans Bridge.


HAVE you landed a great catch? Be sure to check in to one of our weigh-in stations listed on the right.

Each of our weekly winners can pick up a certificate from The Daily Examiner office at 55 Fitzroy St, Grafton.

Every fish weighed in goes into the draw for the annual prize of $500 worth of Daiwa tackle at Big River Bait and Tackle, Maclean, and the monthly prize of a $25 open order at Marina Boat and Tackle, Yamba.

A photo of your catch might also appear on these pages if you send it via email to

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