WEATHER OR NOT: It has been a question for most anglers this week of whether or not they brave the unfavourable conditions to hook a bite. But it was not an issue for Yamba's Ben Mangano who dropped a line at Ilarwill recently.
WEATHER OR NOT: It has been a question for most anglers this week of whether or not they brave the unfavourable conditions to hook a bite. But it was not an issue for Yamba's Ben Mangano who dropped a line at Ilarwill recently. Debrah Novak

Fishing activity has slowed but lizards still on the bite

FISHING: As we inch closer and closer toward the festive season, the fishing activity has slowed on the Clarence and in its estuaries.

Weather conditions have made the job tough on local anglers with rising temperatures during the day keeping many at home, and those that do journey out are being hampered by strong winds.

Nevertheless, most anglers fishing the estuaries are finding flathead in abundance, as can be expected this time of year.

 

Recently while holidaying at Wooli, four-year-old Lewis Ulrick caught this 35cm Luderick using a yabbie while out fishing with his Dad. It was Lewis' first ever
Recently while holidaying at Wooli, four-year-old Lewis Ulrick caught this 35cm Luderick using a yabbie while out fishing with his Dad. It was Lewis' first ever "keeper” but will not be the last by the look of excitement on his face. Contributed

But it is not just the estuary that is delivering success for anglers with several offshore locations proving fruitful.

Iluka Bay has been fishing well and some good catches have been reported from the T-Piece at Yamba and along the Middle Wall.

Bream are also being hooked in some quantity but most are being thrown back as they come in undersize.

However, Queensland visitor Isaac Billian from Moura scored a 1.150 kg bream at Moriaty's near the entrance to the Clarence.

Dianne Scott from Woolgoolga landed one of 790g on a mullet bait on the Middle Wall.

No whiting was weighed in but catches are still being made on the sand flats in Oyster Channel and up North Arm.

 

Athol Fuller pulled up at one of his lucky spots in the shadow of the Grafton Bridge.
Athol Fuller pulled up at one of his lucky spots in the shadow of the Grafton Bridge. Debrah Novak

Blackfish are very much where you can find them but Rada Babic, back again from Lightning Ridge,, found one of 900g near the wharf at Browns Rocks.

Offshore anglers are battling for good catches with their efforts hampered by the wind and, on the southern grounds, continuing dirty water.

Anglers who fished the northern grounds and the north-east corner have however landed good catches.

Isaac Jamieson of Yamba returned with a 14.750kg jewfish while 'Robin' of Kiama was not far behind with a 11.000kg fish.

Brody Rheinberger of Yamba also fished the north-east corner for a pearl perch of 1.150kg.

And Fab D'Antonion will have something to talk about when he returns to Italy after a holiday in Yamba delivered a 13.000kg cobia.

Most anglers fishing offshore are working hard to find any concentration of snapper, but Graham Patterson of Iluka found one of 6.000kg at Black Rock.

And fishing the beaches can turn up many different varieties.

Jessica Phillips of Murwillumbah weighed in a 550g dart taken on Shark Bay on a worm bait.

With the summer months showing up, bass are spreading throughout the estuary.

Annie Burnett of Palmers Island found one of 940g in local waters on a yabbie bait.



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