Wild weather has fishers staying dry
ONCE again the poor weather last weekend has restricted offshore fishing activities, and even taken a toll in the estuaries, with not many anglers willing to wet a line.
The only offshore catch weighed in was a school jewfish of 8.650kg taken on a live bait by Al Morrison of Yamba.
Al scored his catch from the vicinity of the Wreck located out in front of Yamba.
Even activity for the rock hoppers was restricted by the big seas, but those who ventured to try the white water in the sheltered corners of the headlands managed to score.
John Causley of Palmers Channel has a "secret spot" on the headlands south of Angourie, which he is able to fish in most weathers.
This week he scored a tailor of 1.266kg on a lure, one of several he landed, and his usual target fish, a groper of 3.400kg taken on a crab bait.
Blackfish are starting to show in better numbers as the time approaches for their spawning run.
Rada Babic, as usual, is able to find one at Browns Rocks in the vicinity of the shipping wharf.
His catch this week weighed in at 700g.
The fish are also starting to show in the Wooli River, where Jordan Fisher of Ulmarra scored one of 538g from the rocks near the entrance to the river.
Tom Bushell of Palmers Island is continuing to find the big flathead in the vicinity of the middle wall
This week's catch weighed in at 4.050kg taken on a live herring bait.
When I first knew Tom, he used to specialise on blackfish, but he appears to be doing just as well now on flathead.
Whiting are still being taken on most of the sandflats in Oyster Channel and North Arm.
Three-year-old James Murray from Narrabri had a great smile on his face when he weighed in his catch of 365g taken at the Mainbrace in the vicinity of the Yamba Tavern.
And no matter how bad conditions elsewhere, Browns Rocks always seems to come up with something.
This week's catch was the 1.100kg bream taken by Brisbane visitor Tom Weatherman, who used mullet for bait.