Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Prospects Improve with Changing of Seasons

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Prospects Improve with Changing of Seasons

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Byline: GONEFISHIN' DICK RICHARDS sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

ALMOST ideal weather at the end of last week and at the weekend, combined with the start of autumn, was marked by a continuing improvement in the quality of fish weighed-in.

Big tailor were around the headlands, surface fish were active offshore, and big blackfish are a portent for a good winter season.

Surfers and anglers report large schools of bait fish moving along the coastline and attracting the quality for to them.

Although the size of bream and flathead being taken at Grafton are hardly tackle busters, they are generally of a good eating size, reflecting the clean out of the river with the recent fresh.

Note of this week's catch was the 1.950 kg blackfish landed by Mark O'Loughlin, of Yamba, who took his catch from Craigmore Rocks just around the corner from Yamba's Main Beach.

Fish of this size can often be mistaken for black drummer rather than blackfish, but Mark is an experienced angler whose target fish is blackfish and Rod Moody who weighed the fish in knows his fish.

Allan Broughton, of Iluka, would be disappointed that his fish of 1.766 kg taken at Frasers Reef was beaten, with his catch being only two grams smaller than the previous best for the year.

Terry Daly, of Yamba, stuck to the Middle Wall where his best fish was 850g, while in the Wooli River, Maxine Burnett landed one of 1.014kg and C Lane, of Grafton, one of 738g.

Bream are also showing an improvement in quality, with this week's best - 1.158kg - taken by Ray Greenwood, of Wooli, in the Wooli River.

Diana Hutchinson, of Ulmarra, fished the same area for one of 800g, with Jennifer Green, of South Grafton, catching its twin - 800g - from the same river.

Brenton Smith, of Maclean, fished the Iluka boat harbour for a fish of 852g on a lure, while around the headlands Mark Ellery, of Yamba, had one of 782g at Brooms Head and Dan Smith fished at Flat Rock for a catch of 835g. …

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