Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Anglers Hook in to Great Easter Catch; Holiday Conditions Not Ideal but Fish on Bite

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Anglers Hook in to Great Easter Catch; Holiday Conditions Not Ideal but Fish on Bite

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Byline: DICK RICHARDS sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE Easter Bunny has been very bountiful and has granted anglers one of the best Easter holiday fishing seasons for several years.

The actual weigh-in this week has been fairly small, but most weigh-in stations suggest that the anglers were too busy catching fish.

Of course, conditions are never ideal, and offshore angling activities were restricted, mostly by the big swell, although towards the end of the holidays more boats were able to cross the bars.

And then the cold sou-westers started to blow, but the plus here is that the annual mullet run, usually occurring about Anzac Day could be a little early this year.

The only reports from offshore were from the Wooli area.

Sach Howard, from Greenwich in Sydney, found a patch of warm current and a good run of surface fish.

The biggest brought to the weigh-in was a 20.140kg wahoo together with a spanish mackerel of 10.482kg.

David Watson of Minnie Water managed to find a 3.750kg pearl perch in local waters.

The spaniards and other surface fish are moving closer in shore at the moment chasing the schools of sea garfish schooling around the headlands.

Big tailor are also slashing into the schools, with, as expected, some of the biggest fish being landed in the Woody Head/Iluka Bluff areas.

John Hiscox, from Coffs Harbour, spent the weekend at Iluka, and fished the Bluff where his biggest tailor tipped the scales at 4.764kg, taken on a lure.

As well as the mullet, the big bream are also starting to gather for their spawning run.

Biggest weighed in this week, and so far the largest for the year, was the whopper 1.8kg catch by Jamie Smith, of Wooli, who used a chicken gut bait for his best fish taken from the Wooli River.

Sam Connor, of Grafton, also did well at Wooli with bream of 1.310kg taken from the Wooli breakwall on oyster bait.

The walls at the entrance to the Clarence are also fishing well, with Phil Stoddard, of Yamba, landing a fish of 1.440kg from the Yamba wall on a herring bait while John Price, of Yamba, fishing in Yamba Bay with chicken gut for a fish of 840g

Dallas Davy, of Grafton, was another fished at Yamba for a catch of 790g, while Peter Munro, of Maclean, fished at the Broom for a fish of 1. …

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