Good fishin' weather

FISHING: With the Australia Day holiday approaching many people will take advantage of the current weather. Most coastal locations will see fishing explored. Be very careful because strong swell is predicted. Catches have been very steady.

Rock and Beach

The past week has seen some exceptional Luderick catches. Mark O’Loughlin from Yamba has been welded to Craigmore Rocks after John Vanagas caught a 2kg luderick to take out the yearly heaviest. Tailor have been very good along the Shark Bay beach and schools of whitebait have been attacked by the tailor. Jim Haynes from Woombah caught tailor and on Wednesday a giant trevally in among the tailor. He made the comment several sharks had been caught on the tailor ‘spinners’.


Morning tides have produced great catches. The Middle and Collis walls are popular and luderick, bream and quality flathead are being caught. The Goodwood Island riverbank is also fishing well for flathead and whiting. Albert (Scales) Thorley was spotted knee-deep in the water on Sunday. Those prepared to pump pink nippers are finding good whiting. Brown’s Rocks has been steady for bream with up to 900 gram examples caught.


The conditions this week have been varied but the swell was calm. Catches of mackerel and bonito have been a day-to-day propositions. There is a fair catch of snapper, pearl perch and trag coming. Bonito will provide some live baits to troll for small marlin and Spanish mackerel.

Tips of the Week

Rock and Beach – Tailor from the headlands and breakwalls. Luderick in the protected rough water spots.

Estuary – Expect large crowds this weekend so try to find a backwater spot. Whiting in Oyster Channel leading into the lake.

Offshore – Australia Day long weekend nearly always brings a big swell. Be careful on the bars at low tide.

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