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.

We would love to see a photo of your catch!  Send your photo to and you could be featured on this page, Instagram, or our Facebook page. 

What's biting NOW?

(Updated weekly on Thursday)

THIS WEEK - Updated 16/08/18

Reports from the charters boats and private offshore anglers tell us that the fishing is first class!   Good snapper catches are being reported both north and south of the Clarence, with a local fishing comp seeing catches of fish up to 10kg.  The big bream seem to have gone into hiding, and this could be because the Tim the Bream competition is looming.  

Tailor are biting well on the beaches and it looks like the flathead are back with a 2.545kg catch reported at Oyster Channel and 2.47kg near the Calypso Holiday Park.   Groper continue to be caught with Pippie bait and rock crabs attracting good catches. 

Drought Relief -  you can do your bit to help our farmers whilst enjoying a great day out.  Reel Time Fishing Charters has offered 20 seats on two charter boats on 26th August, with all proceeds going to drought relief. 


Nearly all boaters who went offshore this week have reported good catches with Groper featuring heavily.  Top weight for Groper was 10.6KG with other good catches reported to have been taken on crab bait from the headlands south of Angourie.  The biggest Blackfish of the year so far, weighing in at 2.170kg, was caught at Frazers Reef.  Whiting have made a reappearance with more reports of whiting showing on Oyster Channel area and whiting beach.  The river and estuary  are seeing catches of Bream, but the biggest of the week (1.1kg) was caught at Frazer's Reef using mullet. 

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 AmarilloNirvana Waters or Sandy Shores

Bringing the family dog with you, then why not try Ponderosa or 42 The MainbraceAmarillo is pet friendly too and all three have pontoons for your boat.

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.

Reel Time Fishing Charters

Yamba Fishing and Charters

Marina Services

For boat hire, bait, tackle, chandlery and more Yamba Marina is the one stop shop 

Bait Outlets

There are numerous outlets offering bait and tackle in Yamba.  

Yamba Bait Place

Yamba Bait and Tackle

Marina Boat and Tackle


Yabbie Pumping

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

The annual competition run by Rotary Yamba.  In 2018 this will take place on 1st and 2nd September. 

Tickets are on sale now