Rough seas stir fish into action offshore
THE big seas of a week ago may have caused cancellation of many offshore trips, but it also stirred up the fish.
Good reports have come in of big snapper on both the northern and southern reefs, and there are also plenty of surface fish.
Several snapper were weighed in this week, the best tipping the scales at 5.570kg taken by Cliff Mellon of Gatton (QLD) who fished at Woody Head.
The report was not quite clear as to whether he went offshore or fished from the rocks, but it is not unusual for anglers to pick up this species in that area.
Another snapper, 4.600kg, was taken by Will Lewis from North Boambee who fished off Black Rock in the north.
But their success is due top be beaten in the standings for Biggest Fish of the Year. While I was collecting the results from last week, there was a radio call of an eight kilo specimen taken.
There were plenty of surface fish on the bite. Dean King of Grafton returned with a 17.250kg bar mackerel taken on the northern grounds, while to the south G Morris of Maclean scored a wahoo of 7.600kg off Diggers.
Dean Niland of Grafton was another who fished off Wooli and scored a pearl perch of 2.634kg.
Good bream are also on the bite both around the headlands and in the estuary.
Andy Clay of Grafton landed a bream of 1.088kg at Red Cliff and on the same outing scored another of those Queensland visitors - a spangled emperor of 1.478kg
Biggest bream weighed in was the 1.130kg specimen landed by Will Rogers of Grafton, who is determined to keep his fishing spot secre, and describes it only as 'bream hole'.
Brian McInnes of Alstonville landed one of 834g at Woody, while in the estuary Ashton Randall of Tyndale scored one of 582g ar Lawrence.
Rita Want of Grafton continues to score well with one of 842g taken at Freeburn Island.
Whiting are still being taken on most grounds on the run-out tides, with Lis Sanders of Harwood finding one of 342g on Whiting Beach.
Nor far away at the T-Piece, Simon Cameron landed a flathead of 2.700kg, while Browns Rocks continues to shine with a fish of 2.428kg landed by Charlie Musford of Grafton.
School jewfish are still in the estuary in good numbers, with grandson Ken Richards landing one of 5.950kg on the Middle Wall.
However the best came from offshore, 10.150kg taken by Josh Frazer of Armidale off Plumbago.
Bass are still active, especially in the vicinity of the Grafton bridge and the islands just upstream, where Nick Gleeson of Junction Hill found one of 850g on a lure.
However it was John King of Iluka who switched his fishing to the Broadwater, and in Broadwater Creek scored one of 1.562kg.
Meanwhile Ben Cleary of South Grafton surged to the top of the list. His 1.900kg bass that will be hard to beat.
Other good catches included the trevally of 2.000kg taken by Adrian Armstrong of Yamba who fished at Crystal Waters, and tarwhine of 872g caught by Paul Eichmann of Junction Hill off Wooli.