Anglers kept busy
THE ideal weather has meant plenty of activity on the fishing front.
Conditions offshore have been good, the headlands and beaches are fishing well and fish are moving further and further into the estuaries.
Big jewfish have been on the bite around the breakwalls and along the beaches with the biggest weighed in this week coming from the beach at Red Cliff. Nev Robertson of Grafton landed a 27kg fish on a worm bait.
In the estuaries, anglers fishing around the Oyster Channel are doing particularly well on schoolies up to 5kg while some a bit larger are being taken from the beakwalls at the entrance at night.
The quality of bream is continuing to improve with good catches in the estuaries and along the beaches and headlands.
Biggest weighed in was taken in Iluka Bay in the vicinity of the trawler wharf outside the Fishermen's Co-op.
This is usually a hot spot early in the morning just after the trawlers have come in with the night catch and are hosing down their decks.
Glen Gorton of Bowraville took advantage of these conditions and landed a 1.144kg bream.
Vivienne LeVers of Wooli tried her luck on the beach at Wooli and scored one of 1.1kg on a squid bait while Col Smidt of South Grafton landed one of 1kg at Minnie Water.
Along the beaches, Josh Arndell of Gulmarrad landed one of 770g on the beach at Brooms Head while Simon Goodson of Yamba fished Turners Beach for a 1.072kg fish.
Michael Corbett of Gulmurrad fished the Iluka wall for his best of 1.050kg on a lure, while further inside Martin Bull of Yamba landed one of 722g on a pilchard at Crystal Waters in the Oyster Channel.
Very few whiting are being weighed in but flathead are bringing smiles to the faces of many anglers, especially those trying the waters between the Broadwater and downstream from the sugar mill.
A drift from the Harwood bridge past the mill is certainly attracting many anglers as there have been a large number of cars with boat trailers attached parked at the launching ramp near the bridge.
Biggest flathead weighed in this week was the 2.8kg catch by Ian Mays of Pottsville who fished the Middle Wall.
Blackfish are appearing in good numbers with quite a few anglers bagging out from most of the recognised spots.
My neighbour Grag Biffen scored again with a 1.114kg fish taken off Green Point.
There was plenty of activity offshore with snapper coming from most of the regular spots both north and south of the entrance to the Clarence
Biggest was weighed in by Snapper George Thorne of Yamba who scored one of 7.2kg on squid off Angourie.
Trent Carr of Palmers Island fished off Shelley Headlands for one of 5.250kg while Kevin Green of Grafton landed a 5.240kg fish off Wooli.
Other anglers fishing the reefs did well.
Paul Doust of Southgate scored a 2.220kg pearl perch off Angourie and his mate Jake Riley-Plater hooked a 1.4kg parrotfish.
Andrew Terrey of Grafton did a little better with a 3kg parrotfish off Minnie Water while Amanda Riordan of Iluka scored a 1.802kg pearlie off Woody.
Quite a few teraglin were also brought in, the best weighing 3.580kg was taken by Selwyn Roberts of Grafton who fished off Wooli.
Although it is getting a little late in the season there were still a few pelagics around.
Craig Newsome of Glen Innes brought in an 18kg cobia taken off Minnie Water. Two days later Andrew Saint of Brushgrove fished off Angourie and brought in an 18kg wahoo.
Matt Lee of Iluka fished off Woody and found a 5.750kg mackeral.
Upstream there are plenty of bass on the bite with Robert Baker of Grafton landing one of 1.540kg near Susan Island, while Peter Laverty of South Grafton landed one of 1.320kg at Rogans Bridge.