|  First Published: October 2016

The mighty Clarence River is still looking pretty turbid due to an unseasonal amount of rain. This was exactly what the river needed – a fresh flush to invigorate fish and fishing activity. We have seen some excellent bream catches, especially around the river mouth and up to Browns Rocks, and some fine flathead caught as well.

With the last soaking this area experienced, things quietened down and are now picking back up with impressive catches of flathead and bream. Juno Mailey landed an absolute whopper flatty at Moriartys, estimated around 90-100cm. He released it, but his grandad and local Tony Belton managed to snap a great photo during the excitement.

Tailor were up and down and somewhat of a disappointment this winter. There have been fish caught on the headlands and beaches up to the 3kg mark but just not in the numbers we’ve been used to. Trevally have been caught off the Bluff and Woody Head with reports of up to 8kg fish taken. There have been a few nice whiting taken on the Iluka beaches with worms and poppers. There have been great mulloway caught.

Brisbane fisher Young Kim, with a friend, caught two mulloway off the wall on 7 September – 20kg and 10kg. Steve Sherman caught a fantastic Tarwine weighing 1.64kg at Shark Bay on 1 September, using pipis. Luderick catches have been improving especially around the Bluff, the Old Ferry and off the Iluka Wall.

Snapper have been around in good numbers with many cracker 4-8kg fish weighed in. Bruce Lindenburg had a 5.1kg fish caught at Woody Head on the 31 August and Alan Heppers got a 6kg beast Snapper caught at Black Rock on 12 September. Weathers warming up, so here’s to an awesome spring and fish aplenty.


Juno making his catch off the shore.


Some monster mulloway have been caught off the Iluka Wall.


Snapper have been around in good numbers with many cracker 4-8kg fish weighed in.

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