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 18.4.19.
Prospects for the holiday angler this weekend are looking particularly bright. Blackfish are appearing in better numbers, there are plenty of bream and a few large flathead are on the bite.
The offshore angler has plenty of chances of locating a wide range of pelagics as well as some good reef fish. And if you are an experienced rockhopper there is an opportunity to pick up long tailed tuna from the breakwalls. Something for everyone.
Unfortunately school prawns from the river are slim at the moment but there are plenty of large prawns available offshore.
Happy angling everyone!
Anglers going offshore are returning with reasonable catches of reef fish including snapper, perch and teraglin, but most of the activity has been with the pelagics.
In the estuaries this week there have been reports of mangrove jack in the river along with a few bream and flathead, amongst them was a 56cm almost 1kg flattie that landed on my dinner plate this week! Delicious.
Prawn catches from the river are small at the moment but offshore catches have been good and look like holding up over the Easter break.
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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