Fishing hot spots fire
IT WAS almost a perfect week for fishing but it has returned a disappointingly small weigh-in.
There have been plenty of anglers along the beaches and headlands and there have been reports of fish moving further upstream as the water clears.
There has been plenty of activity from Maclean upstream and fish on the bite around Grafton.
Flathead catches, both in size and number, have improved as the weather warms up with a boomer of a fish, weighing in at 7.050kg, taken by Arron Larkin of Grafton who fished almost on my back door in the Oyster Channel, using a mullet fillet as bait.
Another hot spot has been around the entrance to the Broadwater where the fish have been increasingly active as the first decent run of prawns has begun.
The lower end of the river appears to be where the bream are congregating, although the majority are still mostly under the kilo size.
Best this week was the 956g catch by M Kempshall of Iluka who fished at Moriaty's under the Marine Rescue site.
Oyster Channel also came good with a 900g catch by Garbie Croft of Yamba who used mullet as bait, while Chris Wilson of Freshwater scored one of 840g on the Middle Wall on a prawn.
Whiting have gone quiet this week after a spurt last week but the Oyster Channel and the Wooli River are still producing a few.
No blackfish were weighed in this week but there have been several reports of bag limits taken on the Middle Wall and at Collis' but quite a few anglers also managed to miss out.
There has been a fair amount of activity in the vicinity of the Oyster Channel bridge with anglers chasing school jewfish while others have been trying in the vicinity of the Harwood bridge.
The calmer seas, after several days of westerlies, meant plenty of activity offshore with snapper on both the northern and southern grounds.
Reg Pye of Iluka was one who headed north to Black Rock where he scored an 8.500kg snapper.
Bill Hodgetts of Minnie Water stayed close to home and pulled a 5.800kg fish from the local waters using a pilchard bait.
Rock-hoppers continued to enjoy almost ideal conditions with good-size groper still on the bite.
Best this week came from Green Point near Angourie where Peter Pryor of Yamba scored one of 6.100kg.
Anglers are reminded that if they manage to land the largest of species in any particular week, they can collect an attractive certificate from either the Yamba or Grafton offices to record the event.
Those who target bass and other species in the vicinity of Grafton and further upstream are reminded that although one of the weigh-in places in Grafton has now closed, the fish can still be weighed in at Great Outdoors in South Grafton, at the BP Marine Service Station and the Copmanhurst Rest Point Hotel.