Luke Makings with a 14kg jewfish he caught while on a Reeltime Charters Fishing Trip.
Luke Makings with a 14kg jewfish he caught while on a Reeltime Charters Fishing Trip. Contributed

‘Grub’ leads biggest fish honours with 4.3kg flathead

FISHING: Estuary catches continue to dominate this week's catches but offshore results should get a boost when the bars calm down.

One angler, Brody Watkins managed to get out during a quiet spell off Wooli and returned with a wahoo of 8.775kg taken on a lure.

Reports from other anglers off Wooli are that there were a few mackerel showing but with little interest in taking bait, while closer in there are a few nice snapper.

Feature of the week's catches have been large flathead - almost all down the lower end of the Clarence although there have been reports of a few taken in the Broadwater.

Best weighed in this week was the 4.200kg catch by Grub Brotherson of Grafton, who fished the Middle Wall with herring bait.

Bruce Gosper of Molong also fished the same area and returned with a catch of 4.100kg, equal to the best weighed in in the previous week.

Robert McClintoch of Grafton also chose the Middle Wall, but with a plastic lure for his fish of 3.700kg.

Greg Causley of Palmers Channel tried his luck on the Iluka breakwall and landed a fish of 2.850kg, while young John Causley returned to his special spot at Angourie for a fish of 2.900kg.

And my grandson Ken, has shown he has inherited angler's blood from both sides of the family with a flathead of 2.134kg take at Lake Wooloweyah.

And Browns Rocks continues to appear in these columns with Tony West of South Grafton scoring one of 3.600kg.

David Herdon of Tamworth is fishing at Iluka Bay on Saturday the 9th January, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
David Herdon of Tamworth is fishing at Iluka Bay on Saturday the 9th January, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Bream are scattered right throughout the river, but most are below the one kilo size.

Best catch was made by Sienna Robb of Oyster Channel, who fished just outside her backyard for a fish of 674g.

Will Power of Yamba targeted blackfish this week and caught several with the best tipping the scales at 1.206kg

He is reluctant to identify his spot which he names, "Tug Island", but blackfish are being taken in the vicinity of the Francis Freeburn moorings at the head of Yamba Bay, while another spot could be at the western end of the Gantry Wall.

Although no whiting was weighed in, there have been several reports of anglers bagging out, especially from the sand flats near the Yamba Tavern at the entrance to Oyster Channel.

The walls around the entrance to the Clarence continue to produce quite a variety of fish.

Mat Haydon of Woombah scored a mangrove jack of 3.030kg on a lure in one of the deep holes near the eastern end of the wall and there have been several sightings among the trawlers in Yamba Harbour.

Paul Cashel of Glen Innes tried his luck on the Yamba wall for a school jewfish of 4.700kg on a prawn.

Talk around the traps is that there are lots of small schoolies throughout the river as far up as Lawrence.

Ace Bernal of Yamba tried Lowers Point for a jew, but the best he could catch was a trevally of 3.650kg.

Another unusual species taken among the trawlers was a hairtail measuring about 1.5m.

Although many years ago, it was thought that Coal and Candle Creek in the Kuringai National Park was the only site for them, but since then species have been reported from many spots along the coast with small ones being taken occasionally in the prawning nets off the coast of the Clarence.



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