Fishing is great

EXCELLENT fishing at the moment with all sorts of species hitting the scales all up and down the coast. The Fish of the Year competition saw a good run of entries with some very good fish being captured.

In fact we have three new species leaders. The estuaries are producing good fish with even the odd big flathead being caught.

Geoff Levett of Urunga landed this week's biggest with a nice lizard of 3.9kg from the Kalang River being the first new species leader.

Just around the corner in the Bellinger Peter Bott of Urunga came up with the bream of the week. Peter's fish topped the scales at 1.05kg.

Glenn Filewood of Coffs went chasing luderick and turned up the week's winner in the harbour. The fish weighed in at 900g.

The good run of whiting continues with J. Stuart of Sawtell picking up a nice fish of 700g from Boambee Beach.

Garry Fell had a bit of fun on Woolgoolga Beach. Garry landed some very good tailor with the his biggest going 3.57kg. Almost into the realm of the whopper chopper there, Garry, and the new species leader.

Spanish mackerel have turned up in numbers but you still need to be in the right place at the right time.

Allen Bignell of Bonville was definitely in the right place, the wide bait ground last weekend. Result, one large Spanish at 19.7kg that just eased into the top position on the species leader board.

Don Brook of Bellingen came away with the week's winning snapper. The 5.9kg nobbie took a pilchard bait down off the Third Headland.

There were quite a few jewfish weighed in during the week. Some from the beach and some from out at sea. John Hall of Coffs chose the outside variety and came up with the fish of the week. The Bullocky-caught fish topped the scales at 12.5kg.

So there we have it for the Fish of the Year competition. Don't forget that any whiting over 710g and any luderick over 1.3kg will now have to be verified by either myself at Fishing Tackle Australia or Brian Budd at The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Any certificate just sent in from the weigh stations for fish over that weight for the whiting or luderick sections, without verification, will be disqualified.

Quite apart from that I am still waiting to photograph one of those 1kg whiting or 2kg luderick. Makes you wonder about past years. Time now for news from the clubs

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