School jewies move in
  |  First Published: September 2007

The Winter bite has slowed down but the school jew have started to move on to their traditional feeding grounds in the Clarence River with some really good fish taking soft plastics throughout the day.

The hot spot has been Browns Rocks with local fisho Scott Lane landing good fish up to 14kg on plastics. This area can run hot and cold from day to day but when it’s been hot, the fish have been big.

I recently had the pleasure of chasing one of Scott’s jew with him, showing just how patient you have to be when fishing light line. Scott uses 2kg leader and hooked a very stubborn fish that refused to come to the surface.

We chased this fish for 35 minutes and covered about 500 metres of river until we decided to move it into shallow water over a sand bank. This certainly upset the jewie and forced it closer to the surface, where the adrenaline levels went up when we saw how big it was.

Now we were close and with the temptation to tighten up the drag now gone, Scott was able to enjoy the rest of the fight, even though he was starting to complain of tiered arms and a sore back. The fish managed a few more short runs and then came to the boat but with such light line, the fight was still not over.

At the boat this fish remanned stubborn right to the end and made us work hard with another three short runs but Scott’s patience held out and after close to 45 minutes the fish was in the boat and we could finally taste dinner.

The best part about this trip was Scott did all the hard work and I got half the fish for dinner that night. Now if this is making you hungry for a feed of fish you can join the club – Spring is jewfish-for-dinner time in my house!

The bream have started to move well up-river now with the area around Maclean and the Broadwater fishing really well over the past month.


The Broadwater lake is a traditional spot for flathead through Winter and Spring but this year it has also had some really good schools of bream which can be seen feeding in the shallows. Fishos using small hardbodies like the Zip Bait Riggy 35 have had a red-hot bite going.  

The area around the mouth of the Broadwater has been the hot spot for the past couple of months for the flathead fishos. These fish are starting to move with the Harwood bridge and Palmers Island beginning to produce good catches.

Lures are still producing the best results but the humble old white pillie is not far behind and is still the best option when using bait for these flathead.

Those looking for the larger flathead will find them starting to school up at the mouth of the river over the next few months. Large soft plastic lures fished over the slack tide will produce the best results in this area.

Tailor and luderick have been schooling around the headlands over the past few months and the fishing has been good. This trend will start to change now with the chopper tailor moving away first. Some big tailor will still be found but only by the experienced fishos.

The luderick season this year has had a lot of big fish showing up along the coast and with the numbers currently on the headlands, we can expect these fish to stay here for a little longer, weather permitting. Those chasing them on the headlands will find fresh cabbage weed to be the best bait.

Snapper have been moving onto the close reefs and some good fishing has been had by those in the know. Gulp soft plastics have been hot items and depending on whom you talk to, the gun colour has been just about every one in the range.

Every fisho has their own favourite colour and it seems to be the spot you fish will dictate the colour you use. My favourites are green, brown and gold so if you’re not sure what to use, start with one of these and go from there.

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