Whiting continue to dominate late-Summer catches
THE NEW 2018/19 Daily Examiner Fish of the Year competition has started with a bang in the estuaries, but big seas offshore have restricted activities outside.
Whiting continue to dominate catches this week, with the channels and sand flats on the southern side of the river proving productive.
Biggest whiting was taken by Kieran Vane of Yamba who made the catch - 462g - on a yabbie bait in the Crystal Waters area.
Don Lee, of Yamba, was not far behind with a fish of 406g taken in Oyster Channel, also on a yabbie.
And to top these, Bevan Soper of Wooloweyah scored two - 384g and 340g , both on Whiting Beach - one with a yabbie and the other a popper lure.
There are plenty of bream on the bite as well, with the best the 1.650 kg catch taken by Dan Painti of Woombah who fished the Iluka wall with a pilchard,
The fish are also on the bite in the Wooli River with Mark Jefferson of Wooli scoring a bream of 668 g on mullet.
There are reports of big whiting still on the bite on the sandflats near the entrance.
As expected, big flathead are also around in good numbers.
Greg Dickinson has started the year well with a "lizard” of 5.100 kg on a lure at Browns Rocks.
Jim Gardiner of Iluka fished the Iluka Bluff for a fish of 3.900 kg and Jace Firth fished at the old ferry approach at Iluka for a fish of 2.000 kg
Adrick Martin of Harwood was another who fished the Yamba area for a fish of 2.600 kg.
Terry Daly of Yamba has started the year well with a blackfish of 960 g taken on cabbage weed from the Middle Wall.
The only fish reported taken offshore was the 6.900kg snapper weighed in by Des Hannah of Woombah who made his catch on a squid bait in Shark Bay.
Anglers are reminded that all who weigh-in a fish during the currency of the competition are entered in a draw for a prize after the Australia Day long-weekend in 2019.
The prize for 2017/18 of $500 worth of Shimano fishing gear provided by Yamba Bait and Tackle was taken out by Brendan Cotterill of Harwood.
Brendan reported that the tarwhine which won him the gear was the only fish he had weighed in during the year, a lucky catch indeed.