Peter Howard, of Brisbane, tries his luck on the Wooli breakwall.
Peter Howard, of Brisbane, tries his luck on the Wooli breakwall. Lynne Mowbray

Iluka looks for haul of fish

CLARENCE fishing enthusiasts expect catches in the Clarence River at Iluka to improve in the next few days as a fresh in the river washes fish downstream.

One said that fishing had dropped off in the past few days since a light southerly began blowing and some dirty water had flowed into the river.

“Once the fresh washes fish down the river it will pick up,” she said.

However, she said anglers working the beaches had been catching fish, with tailor taken at Shark Bay.

She said there has also been catches of bream.

“It seems the beaches are working OK at the moment, but there are still plenty of people trying their luck in the river,” she said.

Once the fishing begins to pick up she expects to see flathead and whiting among the fish weighed in.

“They’re the type of fish mostly caught here when conditions are good. And bream as well of course,” she said.

Best bait at the moment would include fresh mullet and live worms, although many people also favour soft plastics.

“Really any fresh bait – even your old prawn – could be used,” she said.

Even though catches have fallen off in recent days, it has not affected the number of people out on the river and beaches trying their luck.

“There’s plenty of people out there having a go at catching something,” she said.

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