DARE I say that summer has arrived. It certainly feels like it and even the fish are starting to think so.
The bit of rain that we had has made all the difference particularly in the estuaries with some very nice bream and flathead turning up this week. The whiting are still very much on the scarce side but that will change in the not too distant future.
Speaking of flathead we have a new species leader. Well, we have a new joint species leader. Graeme Rose of Urunga was the lucky angler who landed the big lizard of 7kg that shares the top billing.
There has been a few good bream around with the beach gutters and ocean rocks still turning up the odd 'snowy'. S. Ryan of Emerald Beach put in a bit of work along the beach during the week and came up with the week's winning fish of 1.302kg.
Brett Long didn't have to travel far for his big snapper last week. Brett dangled his line at Pig Island and came away with a very nice 3.755kg fish. Great barbie size.
The jewfish of the week went to Dan Adams of Corindi Beach. Dan's fish took a lure and at 4.7kg was yet another great fish for the barbecue.
Steve Whitty of Red Rock ran out the winner in the tailor section. In fact at 2.335kg Steve's tailor stood head and shoulders over the rest.
There has been a good run of luderick of late. Daniel Durie of Sawtell came up with this week's winner from Boambee. The fish weighed in at 795g.
So there we have it for the Fish of the Year competition. Not a bad week all things considered. Time now for news from the clubs