Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Fishing Conditions Great despite Rain; Storms Haven't Prevented Plenty of Impressive Catches

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Fishing Conditions Great despite Rain; Storms Haven't Prevented Plenty of Impressive Catches

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GONE FISHING

DICK RICHARDS

RECENT heavy storms has put a fair amount of colour in the river, but does not appear to have adversely affected fishing.

Fishing between Lawrence and Maclean where the water is particularly dirty, the only catches reported have been catfish.

Further upstream, around Grafton and above, bass have been biting in good numbers with quite a few being taken in the vicinity of the Grafton bridge.

Best weighed in this week was taken by Bret Lentfer who fished Carrs Creek for a fish of 1.390kg on a lure.

Bream are being taken in good numbers from Palmers Island downstream, with the best being taken among the trawlers in Yamba Harbour, a fish of 1.410kg taken by Billy Evans of Yamba on a pilchard bait.

This area has produced big fish in recent weeks in response to the trawlers cleaning their decks after a night out.

The beaches and headlands are fishing well, with Arie Burley of Iluka scoring a bream of 800g on Shark Bay on a pippie - of which there are plenty to be dug out with the feet on the wasters edge.

Good whiting are still on the bite with Little Bundy from Yamba landing one of 570g on a prawn at Reedy Creek near the Yamba Tavern.

Jair Sahlqvist of Grafton picked up one of 345g round the corner in Crystal Waters, while Allan Hepper found one of 470g at Goodwood.

The beach at Wooli has fished well with Jarod Eichmann landing one of 510g and a joint effort by Doug and Sonya Shields from Coonamble landing one of 442g.

As expected there are plenty of big flathead in the lower reaches, with Tom Bushell of Palmers Island returning to the lists after some time with a fish of 6.010kg taken on a herring bait on the Middle Wall.

Brent Sahlqvist fished at the end of Carrs Drive near the entrance to Lake Wooloweyah for a fish of 1.720kg while Chris Howell of Yamba fished Flat Rock for one of 1.550kg.

Blackfish are back on the Middle Wall where Ron Waterson landed one of 980g while Rada Babic continued to score at Browns Rocks with two of 760g.

As well Rada picked up a school jewfish of 4.820kg on a herring bait, while Phet Bapphaakham of Yamba scored one of 4. …

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