Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

What Will Easter Bring?

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

What Will Easter Bring?

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

AS would be expected, the weather conditions last weekend were not conducive to comfortable fishing, but nevertheless, those few who ventured out had success.

But of course the big question is: what will happen over the Easter weekend?

Weather predictions have been quite confusing, with the prospect of dry weather tomorrow, but a return to wet conditions on Saturday and Sunday. But if anglers are prepared to be a bit uncomfortable and put up with a wet tail, there are fish to be caught.

Naturally, the waters from anywhere above Lawrence have just about been cleaned out by the freshes, unless the target fish is catfish or eels (and there is nothing wrong with the eating qualities of these species).

Some of the deeper holes in front of the quarry at Ilarwill will be the refuge for some species, even though early this week the river appeared very muddy to down past the sugar refinery. The water around the entrance to the Clarence, and around the headlands, offers the best prospects for catches, especially from half-tide-in to half-tide-out as the salt water pushes back into the river.

And even on the runout, the breakwalls at Yamba and Iluka offer good prospects for jewfish (and sharks) chasing the mullet and other species being washed out of the river.

Emu Plains visitor Richard John is one who tried his chances on the Yamba wall and managed to land a jewfish of 17.000kg on a lure - the first time he had tried this type of bait'. Another who fished with success near the entrance was Neville Mellish, of Hilltop, who tried his luck at the T-Piece and landed a 4.400kg flathead on yabbie bait.

This section, from the remains of whiting beach to the T-Piece, always fishes well on the runout tide, and with the current conditions should produce more big flathead, bream and the occasional good whiting. …

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