FISHING: Mackerel, tuna in abundance for deep sea anglers
IT HAS been a very busy and productive week on the fishing front with good reports coming from offshore, beaches and rocks and in the estuary.
Boats who made offshore grounds over the weekend did particularly well on surface fish, with many bagging out on mackerel, and rounding the catch off with tuna and amberjacks.
And one did not even have to have a boat to take pelagics, with Paul Jackson of Yamba scoring a mackerel tuna of 6.000kg off the Yamba breakwall..
Further south, off Lovers Point, Sealand Hulett of Yamba landed a long-tail tuna of 15.000kg, and another tuna the next day, of 15.350kg on a live bait off Angourie.
However, biggest pelagic weighed in was the 23.000kg bar mackerel taken by Shane Johnson of Maclean who fished off Red Cliff.
The amberjack, of 5.750kg was taken by Philip Greenbaigh of Junction Hill who fished off Minnie Water.
Although no snapper was weighed in, quite a few were taken from reefs on the southern grounds.
But once again, the small snapper, or squire, were taken around the headlands, with grandson, Ken, donating one of about 1.200kg for my lunch, taken at Shelley (Ken is a very popular grandson).
With mullet on the move, big bream are also gathering for their spawning run.
Although the best catches were reported from the lower reaches, good fish are being taken around Grafton.
Biggest fish this week was the 1.430kg catch by Andrew Duncan of Kedron (Qld) who made his catch from the Yamba wall.
Young Eli Brooks of Yamba fished the Middle Wall for a catch of 0.955kg, while further upstream Browns Rocks came good with Geoff Head of Iluka scoring a bream of 1.302kg.
And in between Louise McLeod of Yamba landed a fish of 668g at the end of Shores Drive.
Flathead are still being taken right throughout the river system, ranging from the 1.820kg catch by Nick Haynes of South Grafton who fished Susan Island, to Trevor Gleeson of South who take his catch of 1.200kg on the Middle Wall, while the biggest 1.940kg was landed by Merlene Edmunds at Palmers Island.
And on top of that several anglers fishing out of Maclean were able to bag out on the species.
It is a little early for the spawning run of the blackfish, but nine-year-old Sonny Kilduff of Wooli hooked one of 632g on a yabbie in the Wooli River.
On the Middle Wall, Barbara Sales of Pottsville found one of 444g on green weed.
A few whiting are still being taken in the river, although some of the best catches are coming from the local beaches.
However, best weigh-in was the 532g catch by Allan Hepper of Iluka who fished Browns Rocks with a yabbie bait - a catch which takes him to the top of the whiting list this year.
And for those chasing the really big jewfish, quite a few have appeared this week.
Biggest was the 21.050kg catch by Jake Harris of Grafton whom fished the Middle Wall and this was closely followed by the 20.000kg catch by Ian Smith of Kilcoy (Qld) on the beach at Shark Bay.
Offshore, Gordon Parr of Charleston, scored one of 14.300kg off Black Rock and Gus Skinner one of 12.175kg off Wooli.
And a fish not to be despised on light gear, Jake Hayton of Grafton landed an 840g mullet at Lawrence.
And for those anglers whose tastes stretch to crabs, there is a report that blue swimmers have turned up at last in large numbers off Iluka and into North Arm.