Weather doesn't dampen fishers
THE change in the weather has slowed up fishing activity, but not of fish ready to bite offshore and around the headlands and beaches.
Things have gone quiet because of the weather, but there is still plenty of activity in the estuary.
The waster is taking quite a while to clear in the Lawrence-Brushgrove area, but further downstream things are running hot.
Browns Rocks has continued to be probably the hottest spot in the estuary at the moment.
There are plenty of small soapy jewfish on the bite, wide off the green buoy, but a few bigger ones among them.
Largest weighed in from the area was the 16.00kg fish landed by Tim Cason of Iluka using a plastic lure.
There are still plenty of bream on the bite in the same area, but there are still very few bigger than 800g to 900g.
A specialist bream competition based on Iluka last weekend, took quite a few of this variety, but very few of the larger size fish.
Biggest weighed in this week was the 1.150kg catch of G Smith at Minnie Water.
However Larry Moor of Box Hill scored one of the best at Browns , a fish of 1.030kg taken on a yabbie bait.
Radar Babic of Lightning Ridge scored one of 700 g, while Brett Young had one of 820g.
Closer to the entrance, Caroline Kent of Billinugel caught one of 740 g at the Old Ferry approach at Iluka, and Gus Eggins of Grafton had one of 812g from the Middle Wall.
The 30 or so children under 12 years of age who took part in the fishing competition in the last week of the holiday at Wooli organised by the BP Oyster Inn store had a ball on bream .
Lachlan Smith of Sydney took out the first and second secret weight prizes with bream and Chelsea Smith of Grafton won the third with a blackfish of 434g.
Chelsea also is entitled to a certificate from the Daily Examiner for her catch as it was the only blackfish weighed in this week.
This species has been hard to locate in any quantity at the regular spots in the estuaries, although there have been quite a few spotted in the waves around the headlands.
But this summer, the fish of the season has been whiting with consistently good size fish being taken in most of the estuaries.
This week’s best was the 494g catch by W Mussared of Gurranang who fished the beach at Brooms Head There are still plenty of good eating size flathead through the estuaries, and just the occasional big skite size fish.
Biggest this week was the 7.700kg catch of Ben James of Yamba who fished the Middle Wall Doubtful seas has restricted activity of those anglers chasing tailor around the headlands, but a few anglers were able to sneak offshore on quieter days.
Bar mackerel have been on the bite off Woody, but activity has been patchy Noel Makings of Iluka brought in a bar mackerel of 19.500kg, taken on a squid, while off Angourie, Roy Renelt of Yamba scored a 11.000kg cobia off Angourie.
One can never be sure of what is biting at Browns, for Allen Randell of Yamba scored a 2.300kg mangrove jack on a plastic lure.
This week is the very last in the 2009/10 fishing competition, and the winner of the major prize, supplied by Gone Fishin and sure to be great, in Grafton is to be announced very shortly.
The prize will be awarded by a random draw from all the anglers who weighed in a fish during the year, whether or not it was the biggest of species during any week.
The prize is $500 worth of fishing gear to be selected by the successful angler.