Fishing tipped to improve
WITH the winter fishing season fast approaching, results are generally showing a slow improvement.
Offshore results are still patchy, mostly because of weather conditions, but fishing around the headlands has improved and the estuaries are doing well.
Pick of the spots in the estuaries is the Middle Wall, where there has been a run of particularly large flathead.
The biggest weighed in was landed by Bevan Want of Southgate. It was a fish that tipped the scales at 4.26kg, taken on a live herring.
Graham Green of Grafton was not far behind, with several fish taken a few days before, 4.03kg and 1.14kg, both taken on herrings.
Robert Healy of Maclean tried the Yamba breakwall, where his best catch was 1.25kg, also taken on a herring, while Mick Hannah of Maclean used a lure to land his 3.25kg catch, also from the wall.
Wade McConnell of Mororo walked Shark Bay and landed a flathead of 1.2kg.
Big bream are biting around the T-piece and along the wall at night and also along the Iluka Wall.
Mark Mulligan of Harwood had a good day on the Iluka Wall, where his best fish was a bream of 1kg, taken on a blade lure.
However, on several occasions he had some savage hits from "sizeable" fish, which on a second try managed to bite him off.
The discussion was whether it was a Spanish mackerel, because several have been landed from this area, or large tailor.
The eventual consensus was tailor.
Sizeable tailor have been taken in some numbers at Woody, so the prospects for this weekend look good.
Despite Mark's efforts, the best bream this week was landed from the Wooli breakwall, a catch of 1.29kg by Mat Law of Grafton.
Terry O'Neill, a Queenslander from Manly West, landed one of 870g on the Yamba Wall.
The Wooli River is clearing well, and Darren Grainer came all the way from Evans Head to land a whiting of 474g on a prawn bait.
As expected, Browns Rocks continues to fish well, with Rada Babic back in the list with a school jewfish of 6kg.
However, the best jewfish was a 15.6kg catch by Rod Partridge of Grafton, who fished off Wooli.
Another who fished successfully off Wooli was Gaven Roach of Gwandalan, who landed a wahoo of 19.56kg on a lure.
James Little of Tamworth was another who landed a Spaniard off the Yamba Wall, this one weighing in at a massive 16.5kg.
With the winter spawning run not far off, blackfish are starting to school in the lower reaches of the Clarence.
Keith Alford fished among the fallen logs along the banks at Sleeper Creek for a blackfish of 875g, taken on a cabbage weed bait.
There have also been reports of blackfish at the Iluka Bluff and Woody.
In the water above Grafton, bass are biting fairly freely, mostly on popper lures.
However, this week's best was a fish of 730g, taken from the lower reaches of the Orara by Dallas Davy of Grafton.