FISHING: Plenty of catch in the safer estuary
BIG SEAS late last week brought to a sharp stop what was shaping to be a good weekend for snapper offshore.
And it is unlikely that the seas will drop back to any extent before this coming weekend.
Nevertheless, there is plenty of activity in the estuary, with flathead and good bream on the bite.
Most of the snapper activity was early this fishing week offshore from Woody Head.
Top fish weighed in was by Mitchell Codie from Woombah who landed a snapper of 4.500 kg on a squid bait.
And within the next few days, Dan Pianti matched this with a fish of similar weight, taken on a blue pilchard.
Dan also brought in a snapper of 2.4kg , and Joss Edwards from the Gold Coast one of 1.6kg on a lure.
The only Spanish mackerel weighed in from this area, usually a hot spot for the Spaniards, was the 7kg fish taken on a pilchard by Jeff Bernard from Beaudesert.
However, Allan Bodycote of Ashby Island fished out of Evans Head to Chaos Reefs near Black Rock and picked up a Spaniard of 22.5kg on a pink squid lure.
Flathead kept most anglers satisfied in the estuary, with Tom Bushell of Palmers Island, weighing in the largest, 4.19kg taken on a white pilchard from the sandflats around Rabbit Island opposite the Yamba Tavern.
This area is also continuing to produce some good whiting.
Another good flathead was the 3.94kg catch made by Jim Gardiner of Iluka who fished at the Iluka Bluff.
Quite a few smaller flathead are also coming from the area of the river at Lawrence from Munro Island to the entrance of the Broadwater.
Several big bream were a feature of catches in the estuary, with John Cooper from Nymboida doing particularly well at Browns Rocks.
Using mullet for bait, Jim weighed in two bream - 1.214kg and 1.086kg
Others who did well at Browns were Greg Lohnjohn from Woombah with a fish of 950g and Les Sprod from Hallidays Point, with a catch of 452g.
Ry Pirie did well with a fish of 860g on a lure at Spookies Beach.
But the real surprise for the week has been the number of Mangrove Jack still on the bite.
Ry Pirie of Yamba doubled up with a jack of 2.7kg taken on a lure on the Middle wall.
Kurt Jaques and Jeff Churches, both of Yamba, fish Oyster Channel - Ry with a garfish bait and Jake with a squidgy lure.
Jake's catch weighed in at 2.15kg and Kurt with 1.178kg.