Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Estuary Alive with a Flathead Frenzy; Offshore Anglers Land Jewfish despite Rough Conditions

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Estuary Alive with a Flathead Frenzy; Offshore Anglers Land Jewfish despite Rough Conditions

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GONE FISHING

DICK RICHARDS

FISHING activity is now well in to the summer pattern with big flathead making their appearance in some numbers, and more pelagics offshore as the water warms.

As usual, bream are on the bite right throughout the estuary system with some taken well above Grafton, where more rain is needed to freshen the water.

However, the hot spot for the bream continues to be the Middle Wall.

Dianne Scott, from Woolgoolga, continues to do well and this week returned with a fish of 1.252kg, an improvement on the 750g catch of the previous week

Whiting are still being reported from most of the sandflats in the lower river plus the back channels.

Jude Black, of Goodwood Island, scored one of 320g on a worm close to the Browns Rocks wharf.

A visitor from Brisbane, Martin Haynes, weighed in one at the South Grafton weigh-in station which tipped the scales at 660g - which would make it the biggest for the year.

Although caught on a yabbie bait, it was reported as being taken at Station Creek, well above Grafton.

Although the water around Grafton is still salty, it is most unusual for a whiting to be further upstream, and unfortunately, this one must be kept on hold until its identity can be confirmed with a photo.

However, the main story of the week is the appearance of quantities of large flathead approaching the entrance.

This is the time when the female fish, nearly all over the two-kilo mark head for the sea on their spawning run, and this appears the case at the moment.

Biggest weighed in was the 4.650kg catch taken by Eli Pinard, of Yamba, who made his catch in Oyster Channel.

Wayne Farlow, of Angourie, was another who fished Oyster and returned with one of 2.1kg, while Matt Sahlquist, of Biloela (Q), landed one of 1.6kg from the sand flats near the entrance to Lake Wooloweyah.

Charles Pretet, of Yamba, tried his luck in Romiaka Channel and had a catch of 4kg on a prawn. …

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