Lucky Luke strikes
THE midweek rains, including 200mm at Yamba, slowed up fishing activity in the lower reaches of the Clarence but appeared to have little effect on results offshore.
The hardest task was to get over the bar safely but when that hurdle had been conditions were still not ideal.
However it would appear that the additional colour in the Clarence from the run-off from the rain pushed estuary fish closer to the entrance.
It also activated big jewfish taking advantage of the mullet washed out of the estuary.
Luke Wolseth of Yamba eclipsed his result of the previous week with a 32.700kg jewfish taken off Flat Rock at the southern end of Pippie Beach.
His best catch the previous week weighed 24.000kg.
He landed his latest catch on Saturday after some of his fishing club mates had scoffed at his chances.
Apparently with his second cast the fish took the lure and despite getting drenched to the waist, Luke was able to land his catch and then came the task of carrying the load back to his vehicle.
Luke's was not the only large jewfish landed.
Aida Jerrett of Grafton fished the T-Piece, just inside the Yamba breakwall, and took a 24.000kg jewfish on a mullet.
The prospects are for more big catches during the next week with the full moon just passed.
On the north side of the entrance, Mischa Porter of Iluka landed two from the Iluka wall, the biggest 8.540kg and another at 7.250kg.
Further south, at the entrance to the Wooli River, Mat Beetson of South Grafton landed a schoolie of 1.960kg.
In the estuary, bream appeared to be the species of the week.
Browns Rocks continued to be productive despite the additional colour in the water and C Taylor of Fernvale landed one of 1.000kg on a mullet bait.
Residents of the park at Browns landed fish to 900g with Don Brodie getting one of 850g.
At Maclean, the best landed was taken by Tim Menzies who pulled in a 1.100kg bream.
Biggest for the week came from Wooli, where Danny Barrett of Wooli fished the beach for his best of 1.360kg.
Roger House of Grafton fished at Minnie Water were his best weighed 885g.
Again no whiting was weighed in and this week no flathead although there were reports of catches from the sandflats at the top end of Oyster Channel.
Tailor looked a prospect early in the week but the rain sent them out wider but did not discourage the Australian salmon.
Catches were made on most of the beaches and the biggest weighed in was the 1.890kg fish taken by Mitchell Wilkins of Grafton while fishing in the vicinity of the launching ramp at Crystal Waters.
The sea conditions discouraged most anglers seeking blackfish from the headlands but there were plenty to be taken in the estuary where many anglers managed to bag out.
The general run was just below the 1.000kg mark, with the biggest weighed in taken by 14-year-old Mitchell Gunning of Yamba who started his school holidays with a 950g catch while fishing from the Middle wall.
Will Bushell from Palmers Island was another who fished the Middle Wall for a 700g fish.
Although not many boats were able to cross the bar at Yamba the anglers did better to the south.
Brisbane visitor Mark Summers from Red Hill went to the top of the list with a 10.400kg snapper taken off Minnie Water.
Several days later Bill Hodgetts of Minnie scored one of 8.310 kg.
Taiga Heath of Grafton was another who fished off Minnie for a 6.100kg snapper plus a 1.720kg teraglin.
Ric Green of Ulmarra was able to find a fishable spot at Yamba and landed a 4.350kg drummer on a prawn bait, while Luke Rookes of Maclean landed a 6.350kg groper on a crab bait at Lovers.