Surface fish are back now



FISHING'S on the improve, you betcha!

The mackerel have finally made their way down the coast in a big way with several boats bagging out in perfect conditions last weekend.

Spotties and a few barred mackerel kept boaties smiling for a change with most boats also catching snapper, cobia and pearl perch. All in all a good weekend.

In the Fish of the Year competition the heaviest mackerel for the week went to intrepid Arrawarra angler Polly Stichbury, weighing in a Spanish mackerel of 11.1kg, caught on a live slimey.

The heaviest snapper, a fish of 6.78kg was caught by Ryan Balnave, off Darkum, also on a slimey.

Only two jewfish were caught in the calm conditions, one of 5.094kg by Mr Gudgeon, fishing at Emerald Beach, and the other a winning fish of 9kg by Jacob Lowe, fishing the Hole in the Wall country south of the Lighhouse.

In the estuaries flathead and whiting kept anglers interested but these species are starting to move on upstream.

Bream were conspicuous by their absence with only one entry in the breamsection, a fish of 345g, caught by Jack Meyers, of Coffs. I know of quite a few bigger bream that were caught early in the week off the south side, what happened to them?

A few more whiting were weighed in and the heaviest for the week went to P Corbett fishing at Woopi, a fish of 576g, caught on a pippie.

Erick Frisken, of North Beach, landed a nice flathead of 3.05kg fishing at Mylestom, using a 'livie' as bait, maybe a herring or mullet.

The luderick entries were a bit better. Kevin Frost weighed in a 1.3kg fish just edging out David Williams' fish of 1.012kg. Kevin caught his fish in the Kalang and David's fish came from Emerald Beach.

Last, but not least, in a full card of species, is a tailor of 1.84kg caught up at the Lighthouse by Shayne Davis, of Moonee, on a slimey, destined for mackerel, I bet. David Penn managed a tailor of 1.6kg, fishing at Mylestom, a surprise for David, I think. ? BUDDY

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