Fishing improves as weather cools down

WELL winter arrived with a bit of a blast. One minute we were sitting around in our continental briefs sipping on gin and tonics and next it was anoraks and rum and cokes.

The water temperature has remained constant but the worrying thing is, for how long? Maybe this weekend will tell. The weather looks as if it may improve and we should get a couple of days over the break.

The Fish of the Year competition saw a good round of entries with only the jewfish section not fielding an entry.

Keith Frost of Coffs came up with the week's heaviest whiting from the Kalang River, a fish of 580g. It's good to see the whiting have hung in there this year with good fish coming from the lower estuary and the adjacent beach gutters.

It's was good to see a few luderick show up with some nice fish taking refuge during the blow. Matt Veverka of Corindi weighed in with the week's biggest from Red Rock. The fish topped the scales at 780g.

Graham Cook weighed in with this week biggest tailor. The big chopper was caught on a lure from the South Wall and weighed in at 1.27kg.

Plenty of flathead in the lower estuaries with R. Furlau landed the biggest recorded this week. The Bonville Creek-lizard weighed in at 650g.

Les Rouse of Urunga has been enjoying the good run of mackerel and while they may be a bit short on size the quantity sure makes up the difference. Les landed his 8.8kg fish down at the Third Headland.

The week's biggest bream went to Colin Hocking of Emerald. Colin landed a nice fish of 1.328kg from the Emerald Headland while using chicken gut as bait. I know it's a top bait but just somehow it's one I tend to stay well clear of.

Geoff Pilgrim of Corindi ran out the winner in the snapper section with a top fish from up Arrawarra way. The nobbie topped the scales at the Woopie Mobil at a very nice 6.09kg.

So there we have it for the Fish of the Year competition, all in all not a bad week of entries. Time now for news from the clubs

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