Queen of the anglers Kate Luly fires offshore
THE closing of autumn has seen another burst of good fishing results, helped by calmer seas offshore and ideal weather conditions in the estuary.
Schools of big pelagics are running offshore feeding on the schools of mullet starting their spawning run.
And the flatter seas has made it possible for the offshore angler to fish the reefs for quite a few snapper.
However, queen of the anglers this week is Kate Luly, from Tabulam, who was fishing off the North-East corner. Biggest fish she picked up was a wahoo of 17.000kg on a lure. She also used the lure to land several spanish mackerel, the largest 13.200kg and then topped it off using bait to land a cobia of 9.000kg.
Bill Venn of Yamba tried his luck off One-Man below Angourie and scored a yellowtail kingfish of 9.800kg on a yellowtail (yakka) bait.
And on the southern grounds off Minnie Water, Scott Vasey scored well. From his outing at the weekend he returned with a snapper of 6.600kg and a pearl perch of 3.200kg.
And those schools of bait fish and mullet have attracted the big jewfish in close. Damian Cliffe of Yamba scored the best - 26.500kg on a lure at Green Point - taking him to the top of the jewfish list. Andrew Mayo scored his fish of 22.200kg on Iluka Beach, also using a lure.
However there was plenty of activity in the estuary, especially around the Harwood bridge where the big fish gather at night to attack the bait fish attracted by the lights. Brothers Dan and Luke Reimer of South Grafton took an outing to the vicinity of the bridge, and Dan brought in a schoolie of 8.300kg and Luke one of 6.800kg.
And Terry Daly continues to find blackfish when many anglers, including me, miss out. This week he scored one of 880kg from around the trawlers on the Gantry Wall at Yamba.
Big bream are also more in evidence as the time for their spawning run nears. Martin Wicks of Yamba fished the T-Piece for a catch of 1.032kg, while Dan Reimer, as well as his school jewfish also landed a bream of 700g.
However several of the best fish came from the ocean front. Greg Bishop of Wooli scored the best, 1.122kg on the Wooli Beach while Paul Jackson of Yamba found one of 1.055kg at Lovers.
And if it is hard to find a big bream in the estuary, there are plenty of flathead on the bite. Grandson, Ken, caught my lunch at the weekend - a flathead of 1.100kg in Oyster Channel.
But this was well beaten by the 3.020kg catch by Jim Reimer of Iluka who fished the Esk River in his kayak, and Alan Kendall of Woolgoolga who scored one of 2.520kg in Iluka Bay.
And just to confirm that there are still plenty of fish around the Broadwater and Lawrence, Neil Hayton of Grafton brought in one of 994g taken at Lawrence.