Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Best Season for Bream in Years; High Quality and Quantity Has Anglers Keen for Bite

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Best Season for Bream in Years; High Quality and Quantity Has Anglers Keen for Bite

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Byline: DICK RICHARDS sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

REPORTS from all centres are there are stacks of fish in the estuary and, when the boats can get offshore, still plenty of surface fish out wide and reef fish close in.

Local residents say this is one of the best bream seasons for several years both in quantity and quality, and there are still large schools of blackfish around the lower reaches of the estuaries and around the headlands.

Reports from upstream above Grafton are quiet because of the closed season on bass, although a few smaller flathead are being taken in the vicinity of the Grafton bridge.

Anglers are reminded the bass cannot read and do not know they cannot be caught and kept during the closed season - so should be returned to the water.

Fisheries officers at the moment are very active in checking bag limits and catches.

Feature of this week's weigh in has been the number of bream weighed in with quite a few fish around the kilo mark.

The beaches and headlands are fishing well, although uncertain weather conditions has meant much of the angling has been done in the more protected estuary waters.

One of the hot spots, especially at night, has been in Yamba Bay among the trawler moorings, although the fishing area is limited while upgrading work continues.

Biggest bream was taken in the Bay, a fish of 1.062kg caught by John Price of Yamba, but more were taken on the Middle Wall.

R Crichton of Eatonsville did well with bream between 592g and 802g, while Elih Brooks tried Oyster Channel for a fish of 850g

The Middle Wall paid off for Maureen Stone of Iluka for a bream of 786g, but her husband Robert managed to beat her with a fish of 822g

Good catches of blackfish are reported from some of the deeper water along Palmers island, in the vicinity of Oyster Channel and Romiaka bridges, and the various training walls close to the entrance

Greg Biffin of Micalo fished to the Middle Wall and returned with a blackfish of 1. …

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