Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Flathead Keep Filling Fishers' Bags

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Flathead Keep Filling Fishers' Bags

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FLATHEAD are continuing to fill the creels of most locals and holiday makers, and the quality of bream is showing a small improvement.

However, results from offshore are still restricted by weather conditions, although those anglers able to handle the small windows of opportunity early inn the mornings, and are being rewarded by a few reef fish and a reasonable run of surface fish.

It has been the Middle Walll which has been most productive for flathead this week, with the best fish, caught by Terry Livett, a visitor from Moree, weighing in at 5.500kg.

Local angler, Grafton's Michael Cooper, weighed in a fish of 5.200kg from the same area and Andrew Toybe, of Yamba, one of 1.382 kg.

Grahame Brotherson, of Grafton, tried a little further upstream at Collis's and came home with one of 3.600kg.

Collis's always fishes well for flathead on the northern side of the wall on the run-out tide, and the same applies to the stretch of sand and rock between Whiting Beach and the T-Piece at the start of the Yamba wall.

And Browns Rocks would not be one of the local hotspots without at least one flathead weighed-in - this one 575g for Rita Keep from Casino.

Goodwood Island lad Ben Pilcher has another certificate to add to his collection with the 490g whiting taken on a popper lure at Browns, although Vicki Cameron, of Casino, was not far behind with one of 390g taken in the Wooli River on a yabbie.

There were plenty of bream taken at Browns, ranging in size from 300g to 950g, but the biggest weighed-in this week was the 1.290kg catch of local angler Kevin Cook, who fished at Yamba Point.

The headlands has seen the better quality bream taken during recent weeks, but fishable spots have been limited because of the sea conditions. But when the big seas run, there are frequently fish to be taken in the shallow white water on the sheltered side of the headlands. …

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