Tugun 14-year-old Nick Wilson caught this 6kg snapper on pilchard at Woody Head while he and his father Paul were holidaying in Yamba over Easter. Paul wrote, “It is the best fish he’s ever caught, we’ve only just got our boat and this is our first fishing trip in it. His smile says it all.”
Tugun 14-year-old Nick Wilson caught this 6kg snapper on pilchard at Woody Head while he and his father Paul were holidaying in Yamba over Easter. Paul wrote, “It is the best fish he’s ever caught, we’ve only just got our boat and this is our first fishing trip in it. His smile says it all.” Contributed

SURFACE PARADISE: Big fish provide offshore entertainment

OFFSHORE fishing activity have continued at a high pace, but weather forecasts for the next few days may slow things down for a short period.

Nevertheless, there have been plenty of big surface fish around on both the southern and northern grounds, while, as usual, flathead have been able to keep many anglers happy in the estuary.

Several variety of tuna have been very active during the past week, with a long-tail tuna of 12.400kg taken by Paul Wilson of Tugun (Q) while fishing off Woody. This did not earn a certificate, but the 6.000kg snapper by family member Nick, did.

Chris Singleton of Yamba scored off Angourie with a reddie of 3.600kg, while Rich O'Connor of Maclean brought in one of 3.000kg from Brooms Head. Rich failed to nominate his secret bait, but he is well known for describing his favourite spot as Flat Rock.

Biggest tuna weighed in was the 17.500kg catch by Dylan Slatter of Yamba who fished off Brooms Head, while Dan Harrow landed a blue-fin of 17.000kg

Stories of the good fishing off the Clarence Coast have reached as far as the UK, or will, when Len Clarke of London returns to boast of his 16.000kg mackerel taken off Sandon.

Other pelagics weighed in were the mackerel of 8.400kg taken by Jack Battersby of Minnie whose catch was taken off Wilsons, and Bloom Grills of Minnie who landed another of 12.200kg.

Another long-tail tuna was also taken by Nick Wilson of Tugun, taken wide out on the north-east corner.

Also included in the offshore catches was the 3.200kg pearl perch brought in by Jessica Banford of Minnie who fished off Wooli.

The best jewfish weighed in this week were all taken off shore.

Two Queensland visitors fishing off a local charter boat did well with Andrew Staff of Mr Gravattt East landing one of 10.000kg, and Joseph Lindsay of Camp Hill weighing in the best 12.500kg.

Elsewhere Sheree Shanahan of Gulmarrad caught one of 11.200kg off Shelley.

In the estuary, most anglers were able to find flathead, with some of the best taken around the T-Piece on a runout tide.

Simon Cameron of Tyndale weighed in the biggest, 3.550kg, and family member Simon had one of 1.900kg

Matt Sahlquist fished Lake Wooloweyah for his catch of 1.450kg, with a lure

The Wooli River continues to produce some of the best bream, with Tony Bultitude of Pillar Valley scoring one of 1.122kg , while Bruce Grinter from Geelong caught one of 858 g

Young Tony West of South Grafton enjoyed a weekend fishing close to my front door at Oyster Channel and landed a bream of 800g

And whiting are holding on very well with Jake Harrington of Grafton finding one of 342g in the Wooli River.

With the approach of cold weather, bass are slowing up, but Mahkin Haynes of South Grafton found one of 1.600kg at Copmanhurst and Mat Gleeson of Junction Hill fished near the Grafton bridge for his catch of 1.060kg



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