Flathead prove popular
ANOTHER spell of fine weather has ensured continued fishing activity and with the arrival of the school holidays more visitors are appearing on the weigh-in lists.
Good conditions offshore have produced some quality catches, especially on the southern grounds, while the rock hoppers are doing well around the headlands and along the beaches.
But there always appears to be a dull spot or two and at the moment it is in the lower reaches of the river, where the clarity of the water inhibits some fish from feeding, especially bream.
The fish of the week again appears to be flathead which are coming in from almost the full length of the river.
The run of this species has certainly shown an improvement in size, with the biggest for the week a 4.610kg catch taken from the Middle Wall by Wade Gimbert of Yamba.
It is also interesting that a 2.906kg fish was caught in Shallow Channel by Shannon Simpkins of Yamba.
This would appear to be where the new culvert was installed under Yamba Rd last year.
It is a very popular spot on both the run-in and run-out tides but it is an extremely dangerous spot as most anglers using this spot are within only a few feet of passing cars and a step backwards at the wrong time, or a backward sweep of a rod could have a disastrous effect.
Another favourite spot is the area adjacent to the bridge over Romiaka Channel where Vince Leonard from Ashby Heights scored a 1.620kg flathead on a soft plastic lure.
Fishing from this bridge is a no-no but access to the water is obtained beside the bridge or walking the bank downstream.
Oyster Channel continues to fish well with Vicki James of Yamba scoring a 1.000kg flathead.
The smaller rivers are also coming good and the Wooli River, which starts to produce big fish about this time of the year, proved good for Wayne Davidson of Wooli who scored one of 3.360kg.
At last the quality of the bream is showing an improvement, although the better fish are being taken at night.
Troy Harris, a visitor from Rye in Victoria, landed one of 1.250kg on the Iluka Wall. Rada Babic of Lightning Ridge is back in town and reported in with a 1.000kg bream taken at Browns Rocks.
Gus Davidson, 10, on holidays from Somerton near Tamworth, went close to collecting a certificate for his 1.110kg catch at the Oyster Channel,
With the fish moving further upstream it was not surprising that fishing around Lawrence has shown an improvement and Allan Currie of South Grafton scored a 590g bream.
A few blackfish are continuing to take the bait on the Middle Wall, where Allan Cannon of Yamba scored one of 980g.
Lofty Wilson of Iluka tried out the old ferry approach and landed one of 962g, while Victorian visitor Andrew Parsons found one of 790g at the T Piece.
Most of the jewfish weighed in this week were schoolies landed at Minnie Water.
Wayne Tibbett, visiting from Narrabri, landed one of 9.500kg on worms and Chad from Pillar Valley scored one of 8.000kg.
With better offshore conditions quite a few boats tried the close-in reefs.
Wayne Coulter of Grafton fished off Minnie for a 9.000kg snapper, with Nick Haynes of South Grafton not far behind with one of 7.300kg.
Tony Peterson, of Shellharbour on the South Coast, fished off Angourie for a 7.650kg snapper, while another visitor, Lyndi Pulman from Brisbane, fished wide off Angourie for a 1.010kg teraglin.
Anglers who have scored the largest fish of species in any week can collect an attractive certificate from either the Yamba or Grafton office of The Daily Examiner to record their success.