NICE: Brooms Head local Paul Schilling has had a fine couple of weeks with the rod in hand. Only last week he landed this 8kg, 74cm groper.
NICE: Brooms Head local Paul Schilling has had a fine couple of weeks with the rod in hand. Only last week he landed this 8kg, 74cm groper. Contributed

Schools of fish on the bite for holiday makers

SUCCESS on the fishing field has continued during the school holidays, with offshore angling really firing.

Schools of mackerel and tuna are moving close to the shore and entrance to the rivers.

There have also been reports of several marlin taken in the vicinity of the Solitary Islands.

Most of the activity during the past week was on the southern grounds from Angourie to Wooli, with several boats managing to bag out on teraglin in a short period.

A Stafford, of Maclean, returned with a tuna of 18.2kg taken on a lure off Wooli, and on the same outing, M Azzopardi, of Bosley Park, scored a spanish mackerel of 13kg on a yellowtail.

Further north off Brooms Head, Craig Vesser, of Brooms Head, brought in a cobia of 10.5kg, and Fiona Verning landed a bar-mackerel of 9kg

Lib Verbeek, of South Grafton, was another who fished off Wooli for a spaniard of 9.87kg, while Graham Bowles, of Wooli, was able to feast on a snapper of 5.99kg.

In a party fishing of Angourie early in the week, Bill Green, of Mungundi, brought in a dolphin fish of 4.5kg.

However a feature of the outing was the 8kg snapper landed by Ryan Free, of Toowoomba, using a prawn bait, while 13-year-old Will Green, of Mungindi, will always remember the 6kg snapper he took on the same outing.

Another offshore angler, J Dawes, of Maclean, who fished off Minnie Water, returned with a snapper of 3.78kg, while Will McConnell, of South Grafton, landed his 2.09kg snapper off Red Cliff.

Meanwhile Tucabia cricket identity Matthew Pigg jumped to the top of the Biggest Fish in 2016 list in the jewfish category with 18.330kg catch on a lure at the Wooli Wall.

TOP KNOCK: Tucabia-Copmanhurst’s Matt Pigg smacked 129 vital runs to lift his team’s total to 294. Photo: Debrah Novak
TOP KNOCK: Tucabia-Copmanhurst’s Matt Pigg smacked 129 vital runs to lift his team’s total to 294. Photo: Debrah Novak

There is also plenty of activity in the estuary.

Young Rodney Coupe, of Maclean, is enjoying the holidays and was successful fishing for bream at Maclean, landing one of 800g on one day and another 616g the next.

However biggest bream weighed in this week was the 1.522kg catch taken by John Price, of Yamba, who fished among the trawler moorings in Yamba.

There are schools of big fish in the bay feeding on scraps washed over from the fishing trawlers after a night of work,

Lucy Rogers, of Yamba, tried her luck on the middle wall for a bream of 650g.

Good flathead are still on the bite in Maclean.

Jason Clacken, of Gulmarrad, landed one of 1.012kg at Maclean, while at Grafton, Dena Hamilton, of Grafton, pulled out one of 1.1kg.

However, biggest for the week came from the ever popular Browns Rocks where Jason Burgess, of Yamba, landed one of 4.3kg

With calmer seas, the rock hoppers were able to get into some good catches.

Jack Daley, of Banora Point, fished the Yamba wall for a school jewfish of 5kg, while Graham Bowles, of Wooli, scored one of 5.99kg on Wooli Beach

And with the water temperature still in the mid-20s, there are still ``visiting' Queensland fish being taken.

Adrian Armstrong, of Yamba, landed a painted sweetlip of 1.582kg on Lovers Point.

The warmer currents may not last much longer.

One angler at Wooli reported a very cold current close in at Wooli at the weekend.

Kids on Reel Time Charters fishing trip landed this almighty 12.5 kilogram Jewfish off the waters of the Clarence Coast.
Kids on Reel Time Charters fishing trip landed this almighty 12.5 kilogram Jewfish off the waters of the Clarence Coast. Contributed


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