Quiet time on the water for anglers
ONCE more it has been a small weigh-in this week - more likely due to a lack of anglers rather than lack of fish.
Most of the tackle shops in the area have reported that business has been quiet and although they know of anglers on the water, sales of new fishing gear has been slow but with Christmas not far away, prospects are hopeful.
Conditions offshore have not been conducive to comfortable fishing and few anglers have ventured far offshore.
Conditions in the estuaries however have been quite acceptable and there have been reports of plenty of flathead throughout the Clarence to as far as Grafton, where the water is now quite salty because of the lack of rain.
The smaller rivers to the south have also been fishing well with the salt water well upstream.
Blackfish are still being taken in good numbers, although the "regulars" consider , and the Wheels at the Broadwater. I have also seen several anglers putting in time at Romiaka.
The best weighed in this week was the 750g catch taken by Rada Babic at his Browns Rocks hunting grounds.
During the past few months Rada has landed almost every variety of estuary fish and, although he has not weighed any in, his haul would also almost certainly include catfish.them now to be out of season, with the preferred months being July and August.
There have been reports of bag limits taken from the Middle Wall, Collis, Sleeper
Catfish, silver and eel-tailed catties, have dominated the catches for some anglers trying around Maclean.
The results have been better for those chasing flathead in this area with several anglers claiming to have caught a good feed of flathead around the kilo mark on almost every outing.
However, once again, it is Browns Rocks where the best was taken this week. Don Brodie, from the Browns Rock Caravan Park, landed a 3.750kg fish on a mullet bait.
The back channels of Oyster and Romiaka are also producing their share with Tim Cowling, of Illarwill, landing a 1.760kg fish on a plastic lure at Romiaka.
Sally Forbes found one of 1.640kg at Wooli on a pilchard bait.
Bream in the Clarence are still mostly under the kilo size with plenty of throwbacks in among them but several Queensland visitors have shown locals they can handle conditions on our beaches.
Jade Harney, of Caboolture, landed one of 794g at Turners while Billy Harney, of Moorina, got one of 780g on the Yamba wall.
The best have come from the Wooli River where Trent Lawrence, of Grafton, did well with a 1.370kg fish taken on a prawn bait. He also hooked a 1.250kg bream.
Some big tailor have been moving along the beaches but it is rather a hit-or-miss situation.
One the brighter side, bass are still biting well anywhere from the Grafton bridge upstream, especially on the warmer days.
Biggest bass this week was the 800g fish taken by Graeme Miller, of Copmanhurst. Graeme weighed in his fish at our weigh-in station at the Rest Point Hotel at Copmanhurst
Anglers, especially holiday makers, are reminded that if they wish to receive an attractive certificate to record their biggest fish of species in any week, they have only to ask at the Daily Examiner offices in either Yamba or Grafton.