One of the main attractions of our beautiful region is the variety of fishing opportunities it provides, and the great catches reported by both locals and visitors. Yamba is famous for its prawns, and we would like to ask all visting anglers to help us ensure this key industry is not put under threat. White spot on raw prawn meat used as bait is a serious threat, so please educate yourself before fishing our waters.
If you would like to be in the running for a $500 prize pack from Iluka Boatshed, enter your catch in the Daily Examiner weigh in. Yamba Weigh in stations are located at Yamba Bait and Tackle, BP Bait Place and Marina Boat and Tackle amongst others.
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What's biting NOW?
(Updated weekly on Thursday)
THIS WEEK - Updated 19/7/18
Fine but cooler weather has resulted in good fishing this last week. Offshore the leatherjacket are back again offshore in deep waters, which is not popular with the prawn trawlers but great for the recreational fishermen. Anglers fishing the reefs have reported bagging out on several species. Snapper between 3kg and 5.4kg were caught at Black Rock whilst fishing off Sandon had anglers reporting bagging out on pearl fish and parrot fish. The breakwall continues to be a hotspot for jewfish with fish around 15kg being caught on both sides. Blackfish are still very active with the largest catch at 1.279kg being taken off Middle Wall this week.
Blackfish have been grabbing the headlines again this week, with the biggest fish of the year so far caught by Ryan from Sydney. Ryan's 1.8kg Blackfish was caught off Woody Head using cabbage. Other good Blackfish have beeen caught from Middle Wall, Brown Rocks and even Pippi Beach. Flathead are also biting with catches up to 3kg this week. Off shore fishing has been restricted by the gusty conditions, but this was made up for by the number of whale sightings.
Where to Stay
We have a number of family friendly waterfront homes and units that make ideal bases for fishing holidays. If you are looking for something for a family gathering that has a swimming pool, pontoon and more you should look no further than either Amarillo, Nirvana Waters or Sandy Shores
If you are looking for something more modest in size, our Units at Peninsula Court are hugely popular with anglers and their families. On the banks of the Clarence River, Peninsula Court offers the guest some stunning sunsets and you don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy the outlook and tranquility of this lovely spot.
Best of Both Worlds
Why not leave the boat behind and stay in an oceanfront unit or home to make the most of the beaches? With boats for hire and charters available from the Yamba Marina you can still get in a bit of ocean-going angling. Bring a rod and try a bit of rock, river or beach fishing the rest of the time.
Let someone else do the hard work and take you to the places the fish are biting. With extensive local knowledge the Yamba charter companies have an impressive record of helping visitors find the big fish.
For boat hire, bait, tackle, chandlery and more Yamba Marina is the one stop shop
There are numerous outlets offering bait and tackle in Yamba.
Marina Boat and Tackle
Fancy catching your own bait instead? Popular spots for Yabbie pumping are Oyster channel, Shallow Channel, the end of Whiting beach and many more.
Keep it Legal
Don't forget to ensure that you have the correct licence for the fishing activity of your choice. Consult the NSW Department of Primary Industries to make sure you are properly licenced and not exceeding bag limits or size/weight restrictions.
Tim the Bream
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