Summer was good, now for the autumn

THE Fish of the Year competition saw another big week of entries with a couple of new species leaders hitting the board.

We have a new leader in the bream section with John Johnson of Coffs. John dangled his line off Muttonbird Island to record the year's biggest bream of 1.6kg. He was using a 20lb line and a yellowtail bait and somehow I suspect a bream was not what he was expecting.

Arthur Murray also heads up the leader board in the flathead section. Arthur landed a very nice dusky lizard of 4.150kg from the Nambucca River while using a live mullet as bait.

We had a very close run in the snapper section with the week's winner just a whisker short of the species leader.

Eric Bennett of Woolgoolga spent a very pleasant few hours dangling a line off Red Rock and the line dangling was rewarded with a very nice snapper of 8.935kg, just a pilchard short of the leader.

Les Rowe of Urunga wet a line down at the Third Headland and landed himself the week's best jewfish. The fish weighed in at 20.6kg and would have made for a lot of steaks for the barbie.

The week's winning whiting came from Boambee Creek. A Baker of Bonville recorded the winning entry of 455g at the Shell Sawtell.

Another close run this week was in the luderick section when L. Kitchener of Boambee popped up with a 1.26kg fish. Remember if a luderick now goes over 1.3kg it has to be verified to be the leader.

Split just had to get into the act. The snapper capital of the North Coast missed out on the nobbie award this week but made up in the mackerel section. D. Cleary of Boambee was the angler who missed out on the snapper but did land the winning Spanish mackerel of 13.8kg.

There were also a number of good spotties weighed in for the week all around that 6kg mark.

So there we have it for the Fish of the Year competition the only blank spot being the tailor section. Time now for news from the clubs

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