IMPROVED weather conditions have been matched by a considerable improvement in fish catches during the past week.
Offshore activity has been much better with some reports that mackerel are starting to show off Woody Head and on the southern side off Angourie.
However one of the best catches was reported from Black Rock in the north.
A party led by Rhys Black from Evans Head scored with a catch of three jewfish, all around the 18kg mark, with Rhys claiming the biggest.
Roger House of Grafton tried his luck off Minnie Water and landed a school jewfish of 2.82kg
G Hall of Waterview Heights also tried of Minnie and scored a pearl perch of 2.445kg.
Carson Galloway of Grafton also chose the southern grounds for his outing and returned with a snapper of 5.62kg taken off Wooli.
Lachlan O'Meally of Seelands landed a snapper of 3.4kg on a blue pilchard while fishing off Minnie.
Rock hoppers had a more comfortable time, and were also more productive.
A few tailor are showing in the water around the headlands, with Bruce Kilby of Yamba scoring one of 800g while fishing off Lovers Point.
Anthony Dawson of Maclean was another who fished off Lovers and was loaded with a 9.1kg groper taken on cungevoi on his walk back over the sand.
Theo Woods of Yamba tried Lovers for his bream of 862g taken on a crab bait and Tom Wilson of Grafton scored one of 950g at Minnie, but the best for the week was landed at Frasers by Allan Broughton of Iluka, a fish of 1.262kg on chicken gut.
Over the next two days, he tried at both Woody and Frasers for the blackfish, scoring one of 1.546kg at Woody and 1.744kg at Frasers.
Young Kim Tibbins of Dubbo was taken to the Middle Wall and scored one of 690g on cabbage weed.
Whiting are still being taken in good numbers from most of the recognised spots, with the Wooli River continuing to produce the best.
Jay Knox of Wooli weighed in the best this week 462g taken on a mullet gut bait
Young Jye Collins of Grafton was very proud of his 360g whiting, taken on a yabbie in the Wooli River, while Andrew Notting of Brisbane landed one of 312g in Oyster Channel on a worm bait.
Anglers are reminded that the Daily Examiner is always happy to print pictures of their catches on this page.
Although there are plenty of legal size flathead right throughout the river as far upstream as Grafton, the biggest weighed in this week tipped the scales at 1.5kg, taken by David Boyle of Grafton fishing at Yamba.
Josh Arndell of Gulmurrad was one who recognised the amount of berley gut from the fish cleaning table at the Witonga Drive launching ramp, and scored a flathead of 1.34kg.
It is to be hoped that the current conditions continue for some time, despite the prospects of occasional storms in the afternoon.
Another action to be taken on these sunny days is to take precautions against the effect of the reflection of the sun off the water, which can largely negate the advantage of a good hat.
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