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 15.8.19
This week there appears to be an improvement in the fishing reports althought the cold weather appears to be discouraging some participants. Conditions off shore have been quite difficult due the the strong winds.
This week beach fishing paid off with large tailor chasing the bait fish in the white water around the headlands and in gutters along the beach. One lucky angler scored a 5.3kg tailor.
Bream are still around in good numbers with a nice 1.025kg fish caught off Flat Rock at southern end of Pippie Beach.
The best flathhead this week weighed in at 2.050kg and was taken off the Middle Wall.
Offshore boats are keeping in close to the coast but are still reporting good catches. One being a 6.4kg snapper.
After several weeks of great activity on the weigh in front, the returns this week are well down. This does not mean there are no fish around, for the talk around the traps is that there are plenty of bream in the estuarries and along the beaches, while good size blackfish are still on the bite, particularly from the T-Piece and the Middle Wall.
A lovely 1.178kg blackfish was caught on black weed at Romiaka Bridge, so it appears the site is settling down after the construction of the new bridge.
The calmer seas have seen tailor moving in close. Best jewfish caught off shore this week was a 10.2kg catch.
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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