Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

All Good Things Must Come to an End

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

STRONG winds at the weekend brought to an end what had been several weeks of first class results from the offshore grounds.

However, many of the beaches and headlands produced fish before the blow and there were still plenty on the bite in the estuary.

Although the salt water has not yet reached Grafton in any quantity, just the occasional fish is on the bite, and the outlook is hopeful.

After several weeks in which quite a few snapper over the five kilo mark were weighed in, the best this week was the 6.500kg catch of Darren Chevally, who fished off Minnie Water using a soft plastic lure.

Gordon Worrell, of Wooli, was another who tried offshore at Wooli and brought in a parrot fish of 3.500kg.

Although it is still too early for any warm current to bring surface fish off the bite, Neil Relf, of Wooli, landed an 18.000kg cobia on a pilchard bait off Wooli.

The beaches have fished particularly well, although some of the gutters are not carrying much.

However, there has been a good run of Australian salmon mixed in with some big tailor.

Dave Lloyd-Smith, of Byron Bay, was disappointed that his 3.500kg salmon, taken off Pippie Beach, was not a tailor, but it was one of several about the same size which gave him plenty of fun.

Tony Hayes, of Yamba, also got stuck into some salmon while fishing off the quarry under the lighthouse where his best fish was 3.120kg.

Best tailor was the 2.580kg catch of Brad King, of Minnie Water, who fished Minnie Water bay, and area which always seem to produce a few tailor.

Bream are well scattered along the beaches and in the estuary, with the biggest this week a 1.210kg specimen taken by L Brown, of Yamba, which was hooked at Green Point near Angourie with a crab bait.

Perhaps he was hoping for a groper, because Derick Partridge of Inverell used the same bait at Wooli for a groper of 4. …

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