Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Fish on the Bite

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Fish on the Bite

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ONCE again fishing results have continued at a high level, with plenty of fish stories for holiday makers to take back home after the holidays.

Despite a few sharp storms, the weather has been almost ideal for offshore, around the headlands and in the estuaries.

There has been little change since last week on the location of the fish - bream, flathead, garfish and bass from Grafton upstream, still dirty water around Lawrence, but plenty on the bite in the lower reaches and offshore.

Although not a lot of anglers are bagging out on mackerel, there are plenty to be shared around, with the fish biting from Woody down past Minnie Water and Wooli.

Biggest bar mackerel weighed in this week was 12.000 kg caught by John Poole from Parrots Nest, fishing off Woody, while on the south side, David Lyttle, a holiday maker from Sydney landed a spottie of 5.500 kg fishing off Red Cliff.

Smaller kingfish and the odd cobia or two are testing quite a few anglers.

For those fishing the reefs, there are good snapper, teraglin and pearl perch on the bite.

Best reddie this week was the 5.100kg fish landed by Jason Becker of Junction Hill fishing off Sandon, while Queensland visitor, Noel Clemson of Holland Park, landed a 4.000 kg fish off Minnie Water.

Bruce Bowlin of Grafton, who tried his luck off Angourie a 3.592kg snapper.

On the pearl front, Lynda Harris of Wooli scores a certificate for her catch of 3.800kg, taken on a squid bait, while Blake Bale of Grafton landed one of 2.000kg off Brooms Head.

Bream being caught in the estuaries are still on the small size, with the bigger fish still around the headlands.

Mark Mulligan of Harwood fished at Woody for a fish of 1.200kg on a blade lure, but the best weighed in from the estuary were taken at Browns Rocks by Rada Babic with several around the 900g mark. …

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