Congratulations to the people of Karuah for the success of the Timber and Oyster Festival held at the weekend. Karuah has a long and proud history of oyster growing, and all those who attended were convinced the local shellfish are first class.
Karuah also is the home of great fishing and crabbing. A Junior Fishing Competition, sponsored by the Karuah Motor Yacht Club, was held along the walls of the swimming pool and the winner was Raymond Terrace champion Joe Trinkler who went home with a new kayak. Joe's dad, George, could catch a fish on a damp lawn and it seems that Joe can do the same.
I'm told by Steve the Butcher that the whiting are going crackers on either side of the Fingal Spit. Big mud crabs are getting restless in the western harbour while thumping flathead are snoozing in the warm shallows along the Karuah River. I spent a few hours off the rocks on Fingal at the weekend and returned with snapper, bream and a bag of drummer.