Summer fish starting to show up in our waterways
FISHING has settled into the "normal" summer pattern - big flathead, small bream, scattered blackfish and some sizable whiting
Offshore is still affected by both strong winds and the red algae bloom, nicknamed Red October, because that is when it generally appears.
Boats which can avoid the bloom are finding good reef fish, including snapper and pearl perch.
Surface fish appear to be avoiding the bloom but appear in some numbers and size well off shore where the water is clear.
Best snapper weighed in was the 7.150kg catch taken by April Gardner, of Tamworth.
On the same outing another Tamworth visitor brought in a jewfish tipping the scales about 15kg - and a bigger one threw the bait before it could be netted.
However, key feature for the week was the number of big flathead topped by the 7.5kg catch by Matt Hayden, of Woombah, who fished at Browns Rocks.
It beat the previous best fish for the year by a substantial margin.
Rita Want, of Grafton, a regular on the list caught and released a 6kg flathead on the Middle Wall on a herring bait.
A day earlier she had a fish of 2.750kg on the same bait and Bevan Want had one of 4.5kg, all on the middle wall.
Nev Fergusson, of Iluka, also scored one of 4.384kg at Moriatys.
Whiting are in numbers on the sand flats in and around Oyster Channel, but it was at Wooli where the really big ones showed up.
Jason Barry, of Grafton, went to the top of the list with a fish of 735g taken on a popper lure.
Regulars are finding black fish on the middle wall, but are having to look for them.
Ron Waterson, of Grafton, brought in one of 894g and Terry Daly of Yamba one of 760g, both on green weed.
There are lots of bream right throughout the river, but most are best described as throw backs.
However, Lucas Glenn, of Sandy Beach, fished in the canals in Crystal Waters and landed a bream of 1.092kg, gilled and gutted, on a plastic lure.