'Red October' and strong winds impact offshore returns
OFFSHORE fishing this week has been below average affected by strong winds and the 'Red October'.
The red algae is starting to break up but is still quite patchy in some areas and the water generally is fairly murky, which appears to put the fish off the bite.
However, anglers who managed to get offshore managed to bring home a feed but have to work hard for their catch.
Most of the action is still in the estuary although even at the weekend strong wind affected results.
Browns Rocks which normally fishes well was a wipe out but around the corner in the serpentine there were calmer spots which attracted a few anglers.
Early in the week the middle wall continued to produce some good bream particularly up the northern end near Freeburn Island.
Bevan Want of Grafton, a regular in these columns, scored the best bream for the week, 1.200kg at the western end of the middle wall near the wheels.
On the same outing, Bevan also scored a big flathead 5.200kg also on a herring.
Reports on all the weighing stations indicate that a number of flathead and their size is improving as is expected at this time of the year.
Grandson Ken, has a secret spot at the entrance to Lake Wooloweyah where he does quite well on flathead, but on his last outing, activity was quiet until a change in the tide and within an hour he was well on the way to reaching the bag limit.
The whiting are still on the bite particularly on the sand spits at the entrance to Oyster Channel and in the vicinity of Rabbit Island.
The Sandon is also producing some nice fish with Matt Baker of Gulmarrad landing one of 0.434kg.
For the first time for several weeks we have had a tailor weighed in although reports indicate there are plenty in the white water around the headlands.
Garry Buckley of Yamba fished Back Beach, Angourie with soft plastics for a fish of 1.240kg.
Harry Willett of Palmers Island seems to catch a wide variety of fish in the Palmers Island area.
His latest catch was an 'Old Maid', sometimes known as a butterfish, which weighed in at 1.270kg. The fish is an excellent fighter but not particularly good eating.
Harry apparently was fishing for blackfish at Romiaka because the Maid was taken on black weed, normally the preferred bait for blackfish.