Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Early Anglers Reaping Rewards

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Early Anglers Reaping Rewards

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ALREADY most of the launching ramps around the Clarence and the Wooli and Red Bank rivers are full with boat trailers by mid-morning.

And the old saying the early angler has the best chance of finding the best spots still holds true.

Although weigh-ins have not been big for the past two weeks, it is not because the fish are not biting.

Uncertain weather has limited offshore activity, but the beaches and headlands are fishing well and there are plenty of fish in the lower reaches.

Bream are still on the small size, but there are plenty around the 600 to 800g mark from the entrance of the Clarence to above Lawrence and in Lake Wooloweyah.

The pattern is also much the same in the Sandon and Wooli Rivers, although in these the water has cleared quickly and the fish moved well upstream.

Biggest bream weighed in this week was an 860g catch by Brian Wilkes, of Yamba, who fished Lake Wooloweyah, but there are better catches to be made at night, especially below some of the pocket netting trawlers.

Whiting too are looking good, continuing the pattern of the past few weeks.

There are quite a few around the 400g to 500g mark with this week's best 560g from the Wooli River. caught by Grahame Bowles.

Although this fish was taken on a worm bait, considerable numbers of anglers are switching to tiny plastic lures which are performing very well.

But once again, it is flathead which are providing the holiday stories and pictures to show the folks at home.

Queensland visitor, Steve Fell from Ashmore, as well as any pictures, will also have a certificate to show his workmates for the 3.500kg flathead taken on a herring bait on the Middle Wall.

All anglers who have the biggest fish of species in any week are entitled to an attractive certificate to mark their success available by contacting The Daily Examiner officers in Yamba or Grafton. …

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