New year kicks off in style for local anglers
The new Daily Examiner Fish of the Year competition for 2016/17 has kicked off with a slow start, but among the fish weighed in are several good benchmarks.
The strong southerly winds during the past few days have virtually put a stop to offshore fishing, and fishing some of the long open reaches in the Clarence have been uncomfortable.
However there was a good weigh-in with several bream over the kilo mark, a size which has been fairly scarce in recent weeks.
Will Power of Yamba presented the biggest 1.025kg taken at his secret spot identified only as 'the bream hole'.
But other weigh-ins during the week show this species is scattered from the entrance to well above Lawrence.
Geoff Scott of Woolgoolga, who fished the Middle Wall, came close to the best, with a catch of 1.014kg on a herring, only 11g behind the best .
Browns Rocks continued to produce fish despite the open nature of the water in that area. Jack Jenet of Clarenza found a bream of 920g at Browns on a plastic lure.
Further upstream, Rodney and his mate Greg Richardson of Maclean, also did well on bream, with Rodney's catch ranging from 436g to 538g, plus a whiting of 240g and Greg landing a flathead of 932g.
The Middle Wall is still the pick of the spots for big flathead with Matt Cahill of Yamba bringing in a fish of 4.100kg, which put it well into the range of the best in last year's competition.
School jewfish are reported everywhere from the entrance to well above Lawrence, with the best this week taken by Dean Bastian of Iluka who fished at Moriatys, below the Marine Rescue centre.
A trip to the Middle Wall also paid off for Stuart McPhee of Yamba who scored a fish of 5.000kg
The only offshore catch weighed in was taken by Kate Luly of Casino who fished off Red Cliff on Tuesday of last week before the winds came up.
Her catch was a teraglin which weighed in at 2.100kg.