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 visiting 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 13.6.19
Once again big jewfish have dominated this week's catch and the majority were taken within the estuary. Offshore conditions before the long weekend were adversely affected by the big seas, but when the seas dropped back the activity switched to snapper. Most of the catches in this species were taken close in to the coastline in about the 12m depth.
Bream are still around in good numbers and flathead are still on the move, although one needs to be at the right spot at the right time to score.
Rock hopping was restricted last week but by the weekend as the seas dropped, more taoilor came on the bite. However the disappintment has been blackfish. Whatever schools of black fish that are in the river are moving around. One spot might be fishing well for several days and then not a bite for nearly two weeks.
The blasts of cold freezing wind from the west over the weekend and at the beginning of the week slowed many anglers but did not stop the dedicated. The westerlies had the effect of flattening things out but as they drop off at the evening the swell comes back. Even in these conditions there is a plus for a beach angler, with a good high cast in the strong wind carrying bait a lot further offshore and there have been some good looking gutters along Pippi Beach and and back beach Angourie.
The Middle Wall as expected at this time of year is producing some really good bream. Flathead are still on the move, with the Browns Rocks area the hot spot again this week.
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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