Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Weather Kind to District Anglers; Southern Grounds Rewarding but North Catches Patchy

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Weather Kind to District Anglers; Southern Grounds Rewarding but North Catches Patchy

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GONE FISHING

DICK RICHARDS

WEATHER conditions have been kind to the angler during the past week, but catches have started to show uneven patches.

Fishing the southern grounds has been rewarding for anglers targeting snapper but catches north of the Clarence have been patchy.

No blackfish was weighed in this week but anglers targeting this species are still doing well although the numbers of bag limits reached has slipped.

However big jewfish are still around in some numbers near the entrance and flathead are starting to show in slightly better numbers.

Tailor are still being picked up along the beaches and around the headlands, with the largest weighed in this week, 1.539kg, taken by Shea Cooper, of Brooms Head, from local waters.

Choppers are being taken from the rocks at Woody and Iluka Bluff, but anglers trying for snapper close in these areas are picking up small tailor close to the bottom.

The breakwalls and the Middle Wall are still the most productive spots for bream, with quite a few being picked up along the beaches and the headlands.

Largest this week was the 1.050kg catch by Tom Woods, of Yamba, who fished the Middle Wall, beating Diane Swift from Woolgoolga by a mere 2g.

Anglers targeting blackfish are still active inside the estuary, with the Middle Wall attracting many.

However, there is still a considerable number fishing the Peninsula and around the Francis Freeburn moorings

A few small whiting are still being taken on the sandflats above the Harwood bridge and in the upper reaches of Oyster Channel, with Graham Ost, of Iluka, weighing in one of 290g taken at Harwood.

A few big flathead have moved close to the entrance, with a catch of 4.040kg taken by Shane Perkins, of Grafton, who fished Moriartys.

However more fish are being taken further upriver above the Harwood bridge and on the drift from the bridge to the sugar refinery. …

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