Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Angling Proving Hit for Holidays; Pattern Altered but Anglers Still Finding a Feed

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Angling Proving Hit for Holidays; Pattern Altered but Anglers Still Finding a Feed

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Byline: DICK RICHARDS sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE school holidays have begun with a bang on the fishing front.

There have been lots of reports about fish on the offshore grounds, the beaches are busy and in the river fish are being taken to well above Grafton.

Of course, there are still long-time holidaymakers to the Clarence who remember the days when one had to hide behind a tree to bait a hook.

Those days are well and truly gone but those who know the area are still able to find plenty of fish and most visitors are usually able to bring home a meal.

While there are still plenty of fish biting, the pattern of previous years has changed substantially.

Only a few years ago anglers could count on a run of big bream starting just after the mullet run which often coincided with Anzac Day.

The bream were followed by blackfish in May/June and big flathead as summer approached.

The talk among anglers at the moment is that the hoped-for run of big bream did not occur this year. Instead they had to be content with plenty of bream around the 700g mark or smaller.

Similarly with blackfish. The main run did not occur on the Middle Wall but patches of the species have appeared around Maclean, Lawrence, Palmers Island and the Middle Wall.

But at no time did the schools stay in one area for very long.

In their place small school jew and a few larger ones have appeared right through the winter season. Some of the biggest fish were taken from the breakwalls at night.

This week, most of the bream weighed in were caught at Wooli.

The best was the 860g fish taken by Luke Bell of Grafton while Catherine Hislop landed a 530g fish from the marina wharf at South Grafton.

Whiting are also being taken from the upper reaches of Oyster Channel, although none were weighed in. …

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