Sport

Catches improve as water clears

David Ensbey and Danny Rubenstein with their monster 22.3kg wahoo caught 10km off Brooms Head in gin clear water. The pair was trolling a home-made skirted lure they made the night before and the fish hit while Ensbey was pouring a coffee. The boys said the fish went like a freight train and that the coffee was cold by the time they got it in the boat.
David Ensbey and Danny Rubenstein with their monster 22.3kg wahoo caught 10km off Brooms Head in gin clear water. The pair was trolling a home-made skirted lure they made the night before and the fish hit while Ensbey was pouring a coffee. The boys said the fish went like a freight train and that the coffee was cold by the time they got it in the boat.

REPORTS received during the past week indicate a continuing improvement in catches, especially in the lower reaches, although the thunder and lightning at the weekend may have slowed things up slightly.

There is still a lot of dirty water running out of the Clarence but fish are moving further upstream as the tides push back.

There were even some reports of a school of tailor, not noted for their love of muddy water, spotted in the vicinity of the Yamba tavern. Pat Allen weighed in a 1.855kg fish that struck a lure while he was trolling off Wooli.

The smaller rivers like the Wooli, Sandon and Red Rock, because of their smaller drainage areas and less rural farming around their banks, clear much faster than the Clarence which will continue to show dirty water along most of its length during the next few weeks.

However to contradict that, bass have been biting again around Grafton where Cooper Woods of Grafton picked up one of 1.189kg on a lure near the Fry St launching ramp.

As the seas have dropped off more boats have been tackling the offshore grounds, usually targeting the areas just on the edge or beyond the dirty water.

Dave Ensbey of Angourie went wide of Brooms Head to miss the dirty water and latched onto a 22.300kg wahoo.

Jason Single of Yamba was another who ventured offshore and found a 10kg cobia in the water off Woody Head.

Dick Ord from Coolah and his mate David Green headed out wide to the North-East corner, where Dick scored a 2.5kg tiger flathead and David bagged a 2.2kg snapper.

Another country lad, Angus Ross of Walcha, tried the Corner several days earlier and landed a 3.680kg pearl perch.

However, perhaps Dick and crew should have tried his favourite spot off Angourie for Joel Fowler of Yamba fished the area and hooked two snapper, one weighing 6.170kg and the other 7.840kg. Both were taken on a handline with squid bait.

Further south, off Minnie Water, Scott Vasey of Grafton scored an 8.2kg school jewfish and Paul Curetona landed a 5.000kg pearl perch.

Most of the estuary activity was around the lower reaches and the breakwalls.

Kevin Cook of Yamba, in between pulling fishermen who had fallen off the wall out of the water, managed to find a 1.490kg bream.

John Price of Yamba fished among the trawlers in Yamba Bay for a 930g bream while Andrew Taylor of Yamba landed one of 550g off the Middle Wall.

Eli Brooks hooked one of a similar size in Oyster Channel where the water is already clearing well.

Along the ocean front, Michael Cashel of Glen Innes found tarwhine to 940g at Green Point, while at Wooli, John Monie had a 1.206kg bream and Roma Patricks of Armidale one of 782g.

 Another weigh-in station is being added to the list for the Daily Examiner Fish of the Year Competition.

It is the BP Marina, service station in Skinner St, South Grafton. The station is open seven days a week from 4.30am to 7pm so plenty of time to get bait, catch a fish and weigh it in.

Topics:  coffs coast fishing



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