Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Weather Gods Smiling on Anglers

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

The Weather Gods Smiling on Anglers

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THE gods certainly turned on first class weather for the holiday makers and as well as the temptation to go fishing many people took the opportunity to watch the Yamba Surf Club's Centenary Carnival.

And the good weather continued into early this week, but as is usual a change could be on the way for the weekend.

Reports from most centres indicate there are plenty of flathead around and the whiting are starting to put in an appearance.

Kevin Cook, of Yamba, after hibernating during the winter months, has come back on the scene with one of his big flathead - a fish of 5.500kg taken in the vicinity of the Middle Wall.

The area around the entrance to the river comes good in the spring time for the big lizards, with the Middle Wall the most productive for those with boats, or from the shore line between Whiting Beach and the T-Piece.

A better class of whiting is starting to show, again with the upper reaches of the Oyster Channel near the entrance to Lake Wooloweyah starting to fire

Jim Baker, of Yamba, knows the secret spots and landed a 430g whiting on a yabbie bait in the Oyster Channel, while six-year-old Damon Grieve, of Grafton, fished well in the Wooli River and weighed in a fish of 380g.

A few more of the better class bream are showing, with the best catches being taken at night.

Biggest bream this week was 1.024kg taken by Louise Shanahan, from Wooli, fishing in the local river, with a yabbie bait.

Logan Hobbes, of South Grafton, caught a small one at Lawrence, but further upstream at Cochrane Park, Merv Cassie, of Grafton, found several around the 600g mark - 620g and 670g.

Although the reports from Grafton indicated there were not many anglers trying the Grafton waters, but the experienced locals are always able to find a fish of two.

Last week I reported Brent Foley, of Grafton, having weighed in a bass of 112g - a real midget - and enough to have him spend some time as a resident of one of Her Majesty's establishments.

But when preparing the table and report late at night it is difficult to check out figures - so sorry Brent - you do not have to leave your wallet and watch at home these days - just do better next time.

Fishing at Browns Rocks has continued at a steady pace, with bream flathead and whiting on the bite, but the best fish weighed in from this area was the 8.500kg jewfish landed by Glen Sturrock from Yamba. …

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