Spring brings new bites
FISHING results during the week are an improvement on the previous week but there is still some way to go.
It is to be hoped that the better fishing will continue in time for the start of the school holidays.
The improved weather meant that more anglers were able to access the offshore grounds while the cold current that has been around for the past couple of weeks appears to have dissipated.
Many offshore anglers are heading for the wide grounds where some of the best reef fish are being landed.
Top snapper this week was the 8.000kg reddie taken by David Baker of Palmers Island who went wide off Brooms Head.
Trevor Kempnich of Yamba went wide off Angourie where his best catch weighed in at 4.340kg.
The waters off Minnie are also fishing well with Brendan Pie of Grafton landing a 7.500kg snapper on a squid bait.
Jim Singer of Minnie used a pilchard bait to catch a 10.000kg cobia in the same area.
The water in the estuaries has cleared nicely and the fish are moving further upstream.
General run of bream is still under the 1.000kg mark but there are plenty on the bite.
Biggest weighed in tipped the scales at 850g, taken by Ruff Boyle of Bundoora who fished at Browns Rocks with a mullet bait.
Ruff had several other good catches from 500g to 700g taken over a period of several days.
Further upstream at Lawrence Ross Knee of Lawrence landed one of 788g while at Wooli the best weighed in was the 660g catch by David Phillipson of Grafton.
The start of the warmer weather has also got whiting on the move with Shai Hodgson of Brooms Head landing a 610g fish. The catch was good enough to claim top spot on the table, the first change for the species in six months.
Oyster Channel has also come good with six-year-old Will Woldseth of Yamba hooking a 330g whiting while Greg Burse of Yamba pulled in a 370g fish.
Browns Rocks goes to the top of the list for flathead with Ian Bathgate of Grafton weighing in one of 3.300kg.
Darney Laurie of Raymond Terrace scored one of 1.700kg from the same area.
As the water has cleared in the river tailor have moved into the estuary with catches reported from as far upstream as Lawrence.
Graeme Danvers of South Grafton scored one of 2.300kg while fishing at Minnie Water.
Again no big jewfish has been weighed in but there are plenty coming in from the vicinity of the Oyster Channel Bridge and also as far upstream as Harwood.
The weather has also been conducive for groper with another big one taken at Brooms Head where P Zibenes scored with a 12.100kg fish.