Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

River, Rocks Fire Up

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

River, Rocks Fire Up

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FISHING conditions were far from good during the week, but results were better than for some time.

Rain during the past couple of weeks has resulted in a fair amount of runoff, especially in the upper reaches, sending most of the fish close to the entrance and along the coast.

The calmer sea conditions gave the rock hoppers and beach walkers a great field in which to work and results justified their efforts.

Although there is still a lot of colour running out of the river on the runout tides, tailor are being attracted to the edges of the dirty water, and big jewfish are working in close to the entrances searching out mullet and other species which have been affected by the fresh.

Results from above the Harwood bridge have been mostly in the form of catfish and eels, but Max Cunningham from Palmers Island fishing near the Fishing Haven Caravan park landed a bream of 1.230kg on a herring bait.

However this was beaten by Roy Renelt of Yamba who landed his 1.500kg bream at Browns Rocks

Danny Freeman, a visitor from Caboolture scored one of 900g on the Middle Wall, but the beach anglers had plenty of success.

Joel Burke, another visitor, from Toowoomba, landed one of one kilo at Red Cliff, while Rudy Meyer and Lindsay Grieve fished Minnie Water Bay for fish to 750g.

And despite the size of the seas on the beaches at the weekend, whiting were biting fairly freely, Mark Ellery of Yamba was successful at Brooms Head with fish to 470g, while Dick Ord spent time on Pippie Beach waiting for the seas to subside so he could try out his new boat, and managed to land a few whiting.

However his patience was more than rewarded with a jewfish of 25.000kg taken on a blue pilchard bait fishing off Black Rock in the north

Dick and his boating mates usually turn right when going over the bar and fish off Angourie, but perhaps their compass had not been set properly and they turned north - with a very successful result.

Charles Charker-Pelle of Benowa did very well off Yamba Point and weighed in a school jewfish of 3.300kg.

The area around the Oyster Channel bridge is also fishing well for schoolies, with Mathew Taylor of Yamba weighing in one of 2. …

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