FISHING: Tucabia boys enjoys week on the high seas
STRONG winds slowed activity offshore for part of the week, but was offset by almost ideal conditions before and after the rough weather.
In some way, the strong winds offshore may help clear up the red/brown algae which has covered part of the ocean for the past couple of weeks.
At one stage it was washing up on the beach around Wooli and creating a nasty odour.
Most surface fish tend to steer clear of the area, and the reef fish show a reluctance to feed.
However, with persistence, it is possible to find a hungry fish, and John Williams of Clarence was able to find a 6.960kg snapper off Wooli which took his pilchard bait.
Around the entrance to the Clarence the worst of the algae was absent, and most beaches fished well.
Peter Campbell of Yamba tried his luck on Pippie Beach and returned with a jewfish of 16.900kg taken on strips of mullet.
This is the best jewfish weighed in for several weeks, although there have been quite a few schoolies taken in the river from the entrance to above Maclean.
With the warmer weather coming up, as expected, the big flathead are moving closer to the entrance, although there are still, plenty of smaller, but legal size, as far upstream as Grafton.
The Middle Wall has been the pick of the spots for the flathead, with Brisbane visitor, Janette West, landing one of 4.400kg on a herring bait.
Several days later, Jason Green of Yamba used the same bait to score one of 4.050kg, and Nev Fergusson of Iluka was not far behind with a fish of 3.450kg, with three smaller ones returned to the water.
Catches of whiting have been reported from most of the sand flats in North Arm, Oyster Channel and in the vicinity of Yamba Tavern.
Nicole Clark of Yamba tried the sand flats at the entrance to Lake Wooloweyah for her catch of 250g on a worm.
Blackfish are hard to find in any number, but a few are being picked around the headlands on the northern side and Collis Wall.
A few blue swimmer crabs are also showing in the upper reaches of the Channel near the Lake.
Browns Rocks continues to fish well with mixed bags coming in.
P Manning of Iluka scored a bream of 790g, but it is the area around Grafton bridge which is paying dividends. Jen Wunderlich of Grafton scored a bream of 490g.
The Bowles family did well on bass in the area, with Graham of Wooli landing one of 980g, but was beaten by Nathan of Swan Creek with one of 1.080kg.
And mangrove jack continue to give a bit of excitement in the lower reaches with Michael Grills of Yamba scoring one of 805g at Reedy Creek near the Tavern.