Gold Coast and Tweed Report

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 July 23, 2021    

The cool strong westerly winds did the trick on the Tailor last weekend flattening out the beach breaks giving fishos great conditions with very little swell seeing some awesome fishing action with plenty of great quality Tailor being landed. South Stradbroke Island was a prime location with multiple schools of Tailor roaming the beach gutters in search of baitfish to feed on. Finding a good spot to fish is the first step to success, locating a good gutter to try your luck is especially important when targeting Tailor from the beach. A good gutter is pretty easy to spot, you will notice a sandbank at the back of the gutter, deep water between the sandbank and the shoreline and an inlet at one end where the water enters and outlet at the opposite end where the water flows back out to sea. It is still a great idea to keep an eye on the sky up and down the beach for birds diving on active schools of fish feeding. Multiple methods of fishing will all work well on certain days, trying  a few different types until you find what gets the best results is always recommended. Casting baits like WA Plichards, Mullet Fillet and Bonito Fillet rigged on gang hooks is very affective and probably the most popular method amongst a majority of beach fishos. Casting lures such as traditional Metal Slugs, Stick Baits both sinking and floating and also surface poppers is becoming very popular and can sometimes turn the fish on the bite if they are not interested in the more common baits used. Keep an eye on the forecast and when you see a Westerly on the way and the swell drop get rugged up and give it a go.

On the offshore scene since the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure has taken effect, we have been seeing some great catches of big Jewfish coming off the close reefs off the Gold Coast which is great news for local angler’s keen to get out and target a feed. Live baits, WA Pilchards, Mullet Fillet and Bonito fillet have all done the job if you can find a good show on the sounder to target. When fishing the 18, 24 and 36 fathom reefs you will have a good chance of landing multiple species to put a mixed bag together for a feed. Jew Fish have been around in good numbers, fishos have also been landing Spangled Emperor, Moses Perch, Trag Jew, Maori Cod, Cobia, Yellow Tail King Fish, Amberjack and Samson to name a few.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports Tailor for the first time in over a month were almost non-existent but good numbers of Flatties made up for that. The Flathead were taking our vibes jigging in the deep holes and were also abundant drifting as well as trolling in the shallows and channels. The run-out tides produced the best bite times but in general Flathead always seem to favour the draining tides. We also caught several small to medium sized Bream with the odd big one also smashing the lures. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports some mixed weather this week as has been the norm for the whole winter so far. The morning before the wind comes up has been the best time to catch Flathead and big Arrow Squid. This coming week is the lead up to full moon next Saturday, which means there will be good fishing to be had. The mornings tide sizes are ideal for the Broadwater, the afternoon ones are bigger which suit the rivers. Flathead, Tailor, Mackerel, Arrow Squid, Flounder and Bream activity should all pick up suddenly then drop off on and a few days after full moon. Flathead are preferring the run-out tides to hunt at the moment. The ideal time to catch Squid is last three hours of run in, first two hours of run out. Best squid jigs will be Ecogear Dartmax, Daiwa Emeraldas nude, and RUI’s, all in 2.5 and 3.0 sizes. Best blades will be Ecogear ZX40 colour 440, Pro Lure V42 in whitebait, and Samaki Vibelicious forktail 70mm in whitebait and ginger squid colours.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports On the 50s Kingfish and Amberjack getting caught on jigs and live baits even pilchards , bottom bashers on the 36s have been working well on Tuskies, Trag Jew, Moses Perch and also Silver Jew. 

July 16, 2021    

The large swell last weekend and early in the week stirred up the bait and feed for predators making the Gold Coast Seaway a great option for Fishos to target a wide range of species including some more trophy sized Snapper which have been landed over the past month. Keep in mind that Snapper are now off limits until 15/8/2021 in Queensland waters. Anglers have also been landing some quality Jew Fish, Trevally, Tailor, Bream and Flathead just to name a few. The best time to fish the Seaway is an hour before and an hour after a tide change giving you a good bite time when the tide eases making It easier to target schools of fish on the sounder. I recommend mixing it up a bit by trying a few different methods, live bait, dead bait, soft plastics, vibes and jigs will all work well at times.

Reports of some good catches of Bream at Jumpinpin during the week is good news for fishos keen to bag a feed, best spots have been Pin Bar Mouth, Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalley’s Gutter, Dux Anchorage, Short Island Huts, Perrys Hole and  Little Rocky Point. The Broadwater has also fished well around the Gold Coast Seaway Walls, Wave Break Island, Rock Walls around canal entrances at Runaway Bay, Marine Parade Labrador and Lands End Biggera Waters.  Try and keep a consistent burley trail going, sometimes once you start catching fish you forget to burley and the fish will go off the bite. My favourite bait is Mullet Fillet also try, Mullet Gut, Prawns, White Pilchard, Hardy Heads and Yabbies. This time of year, large schools of White Pilchards and Hardy Heads can be found around the Broadwater and the Pin making these ideal baits.

Tailor have been harassing bait schools again this week in the main channels running off the Gold Coast Seaway, Jumpinpin Bar, Crusoe Island, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Neverfails. There has also been quite a few Trevally with the Taoilor school making casting a bit of a lucky dip. Keep an eye on the sky for birds working bait and feeding fish, you can also try towing some shallow diving lures around until you locate a school of Tailor to cast at. Once located and feeding surface lures and metal slugs are the way to go.

The Snapper and Pearl Perch closure for Queensland waters is now current. Click here for more information.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the fishing over the past few days has produced good numbers of fish and a great variety of species. Flathead were once again on fire with the boat averaging over 20 fish a day and even though we did not get any trophy sized fish the quality was averaging around the 50cm mark. Tailor were also in numbers and were easily located by keeping an eye out for the birds dropping and feeding on the bait schools. Some quality Bream were found by dropping Ecogear ZX 40 lures to the bottom under the bait schools where they were schooling and feeding on the crumbs of bait sinking to the bottom under the Tailor. The other species we caught by jigging zx40 and Samaki vibes in the deep holes were Jewies and some small GTs and some hard fighting Luderick which are not normal lure takers. We also caught and carefully released a few bass.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the run-in tides are definitely providing the feeding periods at the moment, with the water turning a murky green and weedy on run out, and cold. Strange for this time of year but everything has been out of whack with fluctuating temperatures and rain. Still there has been some reasonable days and exciting catches. The aggressive Arrow Squid continue to be heaps of fun on my charters. I have been mixing up the jig colours a lot, depending on the time of day and tide. Whites and fluorescent colours seem to work well early, then natural, green and orange when the suns up higher. If cloud comes over then its necessary to change colours again to attract the squid to attack. The fishing and crabbing has been slow at times, but the speedy Mackerel made a welcome appearance. When these guys hit it is a big adrenalin rush, their first run making our light reels scream. As the water clears with bigger tides and the bait fish enter the Broadwater in bigger numbers so will the Mackerel schools increase.

July 9, 2021

We have seen plenty of Tailor showing up this week around the Broadwater and Jumpinpin which is great news for Fishos. Keep an eye on the sky for birds picking up bait fish that the Tailor schools push towards the surface as they feed. You will also see splashes on the surface when the school is active, if the fish are deep on the bait, it is best to troll a diving lure that will get you down into the strike zone as amongst the action. Generally the rising tide is the best time to target Tailor as they tend to prefer better quality water, but in saying that you will also find them far up the rivers and estuary’s hunting in dirty water at times. Surface fishing is great fun being able to watch them smash a popper or stick bait on the retrieve, I also enjoy casting metal slugs which work very affectively on surface fish or you can also let them sink in the Tailor move to deeper water making them a good all-purpose lure option. Some good spots to start looking for Tailor are the Gold Coast Seaway, the main channel north of the Seaway up to Sovereign Islands, Jumpinpin Bar entrance, Crusoe Island, Mouth of Whalleys Gutter, Kalinga Bank, Short Island, Tweed River and Tiger Mullet Channel.   Tailor are a great feed eaten fresh, just make sure you bleed them for best eating quality.

Whiting are a great option to target at the moment with some pretty nice quality fish coming from the local rivers, Broadwater and Jumpinpin. The Nerang River has fished well with local fishos scoring some top-quality feeds lately, other spots producing are Tallebudgera Creek, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Wave Break Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms and the Logan River all worth a look. A light estuary outfit will do the trick, 6 to 9lb main line, 6lb fluorocarbon leader and a size 3 to 5 ball sinker depending on current flow. The best baits are Blood Worms, Beach Worms or Yabbies.

Keep in mind the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure for Queensland waters is fast approaching. For more information, click here.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports Tailor and plenty of them were once again attacking every lure we put in the water. These fish enter our rivers every winter but this year they are in plaque numbers which is fantastic. This is a direct result of the huge amount of rainfall we have had this season.  Speaking of rain I can here it hitting the roof now at the time of writing and going by the forecast it might stay with us for the next few days. Some nice quality Flathead also committed to our lures earlier this week as did a heap of small Bream.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports I had some good Flathead and Squid fishing earlier this week. I do hope we don’t get too much rain on the coast, the water is just getting to the ideal clarity in the river and Broadwater. If it gets too dirty it’ll delay the good Tailor and School Mackerel fishing. Run out tides might need flashy looking lures and squid jigs for the bites. A drop in temperature should stop the snot weed blooming though, which was starting to appear around crab island. In any case I’ll be rearing to go early next chasing fun for my charter guests. New moon is Saturday week, so the lead up should be ideal for targeting big Tiger and Arrow Squid, Flathead, Flounder, big Bream, Winter Whiting, Sand Crabs, Squire, Mackerel and Tailor.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports on the 50 fathom line there has been plenty of Yellow Tail Kingfish and Amberjack getting caught on jigs and live baits and even pilchards, also plenty of top quality Snapper getting caught on floating pilchards and bottom bashers.

June 30, 2021

With the first week of school holidays coming to an end I hope you managed to get the kids out of the house for a fish. Bread and butter species are a great target for kids of all ages to try their luck, conditions have been a bit average at times but luckily, we have plenty of options to hide out of the wind and fish. The main species to target are Bream, Whiting and Flathead which are all an option fishing land based or by a boat if you are lucky to own one or have a mate willing to take you out. All the above species are around in good numbers through the Gold and Tweed Coast waterways, a light estuary or kiddies combo is all you need to have a go. A running sinker rig works fine, use a trace around 40cm long of 8lb to 10lb leader, size 3 or 4 ball sinker and match this with size 2 to 4 bait holder hook and you have a very versatile rig to catch most species. Your local jetty will be a good spot to start trying as they are a great structure that attracts bait and intern predators like Bream, Flathead and even Trevally. Try not to cast out to far away as the fish will be usually right and your feet. Sandy beaches with a few weed beds adjacent are another good option to try as they will hold good numbers of Whiting, Flathead and Bream. The Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Broadwater Esplanades, Paradise Point, Coomera River, Jacobs Well and Cabbage Tree Point are some spots to try your luck. Yabbies make great fresh bait and are fantastic fun for the kids to pump, also try using Worms, Prawns, Squid and White Pilchards.

Jumpinpin has been fishing well lately with a good mixture species showing up like Bream, Squire, Flathead, Tailor, Trevally and Jew Fish being landed by local Fishos. Jumpinpin Bar mouth has been a good spot to try your luck on the run-in tide for Tailor, Squire, Trevally and big Jewfish chasing the bait schools in the deeper water. Also try searching around Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank and Short Island will all be worth a look. Some good-sized Squire have also been landed hanging around the Bream schools at the moment, a good burly trail is a must when targeting Bream and will help to attract fish and keep them feeding for longer periods extending the normal bite time. A few spots to try are Kalinga Bank, Short Island, Crusoe Island, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Little Rocky Point and the Power Lines. 

Keep in mind the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure for Queensland waters is fast approaching. Click here for more information.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it has been another busy week on the water with some massive catches of fish each day. Once again, the Tailor were in plague proportions and these fish are very good quality with most being over the 40cm mark and even the odd 50cm model. Trolling slam 47 lures worked a treat with multiple double hooks ups all week and casting MMD splash prawns across the surface worked as well. These fish are explosive to watch when they crash a surface lure. To mix things up we also utilized the run-out tides and caught a heap of Flatties drifting with some Ecogear zx40 and Samaki vibelicous lures. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it seems to start earlier every year, but the snot weed is already appearing around crab island. Fish the run in tide North of the seaway, and run out tide South of the seaway.

Decent size Dusky Flathead were also a welcome catch in the Gold Coast Broadwater, as were the increasing numbers and size of Flounder. Like the Flathead they are easily caught on Ecogear ZX’s and live yabbies. The School Mackerel started to arrive this week too. They are amazing fun to catch on light tackle too, with whitebait and small metal lures the best offerings. They have a 50cm minimum size limit. The next few months are my favourite time of year in the Broadwater if you have the right conditions, with a day starting off with Mackerel mayhem of sometimes over 50 hooked in the first two hours, then moving onto catching decent size Flathead, Arrow Squid, Tuskfish, Flounder, Squire, Tailor, Winter Whiting, big Bream, Blue Swimmer crabs, and many more. There is also some big Flathead, and School Jewfish to be caught in the Nerang River on lures, and Whiting on bait. So much fun to be had in paradise!

June 25, 2021

The cool Westerly winds late last week were a blessing giving anglers the opportunity to hit the surf beach and try their luck for a Tailor before the strong Southerly kicked in. It has been great to see consistent catches of good-sized Tailor so far this winter. Some good spots to try have been Burleigh Heads, Narrow Neck, Main Beach, Marina Mirage north to the Pumping jetty and South Stradbroke Island all producing Tailor. The best tide to fish has been the incoming tide as the gutters start to fill with water the bait fish head in for shelter and the predatory Tailor have been hot on their heels ready to feed. Trying to time the tide with an early morning or late afternoon session will increase your chances of success as these are prime bite times to chase Tailor. Bait fishing is extremely popular, using a basic set of gang hooks, either wire or mono trace and a running or restricted sinker should do the trick. Best baits are WA Pilchards, Bonito Fillet and Mullet Fillet will all work. If the Tailor are very active and in feed mode you can cast either metal slugs, surface poppers or stick baits for great results, this form of fishing is exciting when you can watch the fish smash a lure. There have also been some great catches of Tailor coming from the Tweed River, Gold Coast Broadwater and Jumpinpin area at the moment.

Fishos are reporting some good quality Flathead being caught at the moment, with the cooler weather set in I recommend starting to search the shallow water which will be slightly warmer at high tide on the top of sandbanks throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin is a good game plan. As the tide starts to fall, I would then start working the edges of the sandbanks, creek and drain mouths and the deeper gutters between sandbanks these areas should produce quality fish. Being mainly ambush predators Flathead will lay in wait ready to nail any bait fish that swims past and hopefully your lire or bait. Always keep an eye on the sounder for bait schools and signs of fish as you never know what might show up when you are fishing. Try throwing soft plastics, working metal vibe lures, soft vibes or trolling diving lures to cover ground. Drifting live or dead baits is a very affective way to fish and cover ground. Flathead will rarely  pass up an easy feed drifter past its nose. Some good spots to look are Wave Break Island, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Aldershots, Never Fail Islands, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Bedrooms, Kalinga Bank, Canaipa Passage, Mouth of the Logan River and Browns Bay.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters this was an interesting week on the water with some fluctuating weather and tidal movements around the new moon. With a bit of transition and a constant awareness we managed to find huge schools of great quality Tailor. These fish are normally more reliable and easier to find in July but reports along the NSW coastline is that they have been moving from south to north quicker this season. This is due to the immense amount of rainfall we have had this year and most of the migration and spawning habits of our fish species have occurred earlier than normal. The Tailor have got favourite holding spots in the river every year and the tip to find them is to keep an eye out for where the birds are working which we call our eyes in the sky. Apart from catching massive amounts of Tailor in the last three days we caught some nice Flathead and of course some Bream that are consistent all through winter. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week yet again the Arrow Squid were in good numbers. The fish were down in size, but their activity and quality will spike in the lead up to full moon. Ecogear Dartmax 2.5 and 3.0 size squid jigs have been smashing the Arrow Squid. These lures have the ideal sink rate for the Gold Coast Broadwater and catch more than anything else. When the squid are in a shy mood, I’ll leave a rod in a holder with the jig just drifting along just above the sand, while I jig a zx40. This often stirs up the squid and they then grab the squid jig. Even better, we catch plenty of Squid and a big variety of fish on the zx’s themselves, all in the same areas. Friday 25 June is full moon, and there are king tides at night. No doubt this week leading up to it the fish will feed hard before they spawn. The only issue is how hard the wind blows, making it tricky to fish the Broadwater. There is good cover in Westerly breezes and often early morning is calm this time of year. Otherwise, Flathead and big Bream will be available in the river. Hotspots for big Bream will be the seaway reef, the main channel markers around Southport, TSS reef, and the Benowa holes. Live Yabbies will work amazing, as will Whitebait, Ecogear ZX40 and 43’s, Samaki  70mm Vibelicious. If you want to try for good size Tailor troll some Slams in the seaway to South Currigee area, particularly early morning and late afternoon.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports the 50 fathoms still holding Kingfish and Amberjack mostly taking live baits and jigs is the best option also some nice Snapper out there also just floating pilchards with 5 ball sinker. On the 36s still Snapper, Trag, Tuskies and Moses Perch on the 24s and 18s plenty of Silver Jew, Cobia and Snapper on live baits and plastics, There is also still the odd Marlin getting around out wider if you’re looking to have a troll. 

June 18, 2021    

Last weekend I headed out offshore on Saturday with Wayne Young and my daughter Bec, the local 18 fathom reef off the Gold Coast Seaway looked like a parking lot with heaps of boats there before first light chasing a feed of Snapper and reef fish. We decided to head out to 45m mark to avoid the crowds, there was not a lot to look at on the sounder, but we found a small show to drop on. We ended up with a few nice Moses and Tusk Fish on sunrise. After the bite slowed down, we headed back into the 18-fathom area where a few of the boats had thinned out, we found a good show of bait and fish and anchored up and started a burly trial. The Snapper we found were small, but we ended up doing well with Bec landing a big Spangled Emperor around the 5kg mark which went hard pulling heaps of string, Wayne scored a great sized Jewfish around 13kg and his new PB Moses one of the biggest I have seen off the Gold Coast. We ended up scoring a great feed at the end of the day, the best advice I can give is keep an eye on the sounder be patient and wait until you can find something worth fishing on rather than settle for a basic show.  The 18 and 24 fathom reefs will fish well during winter with plenty of species on offer like Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Jewfish, Moses, Tusk Fish, Trag Jew, Cobia and Maori Cod to name a few. The 36 and 50 fathom reefs will also fish well as long as the current is not up too much, you will find the above species along with some big Samson, Amberjack and Yellow Tail Kingfish. Float lining is my favourite method to target quality fish allowing you to present your baits much more naturally giving you the best chance at the bigger quality fish which can often be wary. Some good baits are WA pilchards, large Squid, Mullet Fillet, Bonito fillet and live Yakka’s all work well.   

Winter is a prime time for Bream fishos to get out and chase a feed, keen anglers that are ready to brave the cold nights out on the water should be rewarded with great catches of Bream.  Some good spots to start looking will be Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Wave Break Island, Gold Coast Seaway, Tiger Mullet Channel, Perrys Hole, Short Island, Cobby Passage, Kalinga Bank, Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well and the Logan River. A burley trail is a good idea when targeting Bream, it will keep them interested and, in the area that you are fishing. I recommend using Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Bonito Fillet, White Pilchards, Prawns, Squid and Yabbies.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports once again it was a bumper week on the Flatties with some Bream and the odd juvenile Jewie making up the rest of the catch.  Early in the week we mainly jigged the deep holes but for the last three days we turned our attention to fishing the very shallow areas of the river. The reason for the change in tactics was due to the very cold weather that came in that crashed the water temperature to 16 degrees. When this happens, I fish the shallower water as the sun warms the water up quicker and this is where the Flathead were in good numbers. Trolling and casting Pontoon 21 crackjacks provided the best results over the shallows.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports Arrow Squid are getting bigger, with some nice Tiger Squid around too. The green/gold and white/ silver Ecogear Dartmax jigs are working best, and the RUI jigs in natural green, and white colours. Get out there and get a feed of Squid, they are delicious! I cooked some on the bbq grill the other day. Two minutes each side, amazing. Best areas this week were Southport, Wavebreak island, and Runaway Bay. There is also Tuskfish, Flathead, Flounder, Winter Whiting, Bream and Tailor, on the bite in the Broadwater. There are some big Snapper and Jewies feeding in the seaway at the moment.

June 11, 2021    

Flathead seem to love the cooler weather and have started to show up in numbers with Fishos landing plenty of good fish throughout the Gold and Tweed Coast waters. I headed out for a look with my daughters last Sunday around the Jumpinpin area, we had a good day catching and releasing 22 Flathead and kept one fish for dinner. I was using a mixture of Zman 4’ Strekz curl tails soft plastics and Zerek fish trap soft vibes which seemed to work a treat. There are plenty of small fish around ready to nail a lure and a few larger quality sized fish as well. You may need to move around a bit until you can find an area worth targeting, in the deeper water keep an eye on the sounder until you can locate enough bait and cast you lures and work the vibes until you get a hit. On the run out tide you can work the entrances of drains, if you see pelicans feeding in that area it is a great sign there is bait present and Flathead will be there cashing an easy feed. Whether you are casting, or trolling keep in mind that Flathead are an ambush predator that will tend to lay in wait with their head facing into the tide waiting for the bait fish to swim past, when you cast or troll try to target your casts up current or troll with the current for best hook up results. Jumpinpin is a great area to target Flathead, try around Jacobs Well, Neverfails, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Cabbage Tree Point, Canaipa Passage and the mouth of the Logan River. In the Broadwater, some good spots are Tipplers Passage, Aldershots, Brown Island, Paradise Point, Crab Island, Wave Break Island and the Nerang River. Drifting baits is also a great way to target Flathead, just remember to use a bit of trace line as their mouths are very abrasive and when they thrash their heads from side to side, they will wear through your line very quickly and bust off.

Reports of Tailor around Jumpinpin and the Broadwater has seen fishos landing a few nice fish, size of the fish has varied from small choppers up to some quality larger fish showing up. Find the bait or birds and you will be in with a good shot and scoring a fish. There has also been some smaller Queenfish in the same areas which are great fun fish to land. Clean water has held the best fish, I recommend targeting areas closer the open ocean entrances like Jumpinpin Bar and the Gold Coast Seaway. The last 2 hours of the run-in tide will be the optimum time to target, trolling hard body lures until you can find the right signs is a good way to cover ground. Once you locate the fish you can then try casting surface lures, shallow divers or metal slugs at them.

With a good forecast on the way for the weekend heading offshore will be on the cards for anglers, the cold weather should help with the Snapper bite. Fishos have reported some good catches of Snapper, Cobia, Jewfish, Moses, Trag Jew and Tuskfish from the local 18 and 24 fathoms reefs off the Gold Coast. The 36 and 50 fathoms areas will also be fishing well for Samson, Amberjack, Snapper, Cobia and Tuskies.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the fishing on the Tweed slowed down slightly this week with slower tidal flow on the back of last weeks full moon. Regardless we still caught some nice fish with jigging the deep holes with vibes being the best technique. The species we caught included some nice quality Flatties as well as Bream and a bunch of small Jewies. In fact, we caught over 10 jewies on one charter and not one of the fish were over 50cm but this is a good sign of a healthy river to see these juveniles in such good numbers. I predict some really good fishing for this oncoming week with the tides picking up again on the lead up to the new moon. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week was unusual on the Broadwater, with the fishing quite shut down, but some good Squid around. The water in the Broadwater has been a murky green colour which seems to be cold water coming in from offshore. This sudden change can put some fish off, so we have had some days when catching Squid with jigs was the most productive tactic. The fish we have been catching, mostly on Ecogear ZX40’s smeared in Smithy’s UV prawn Sax scent, have been on the small side with Flathead, Whiting, Flounder, Bream, Tarwhine the most common. The fishing will pick up this coming week as we get closer to new moon, and the water temperature and colour stabilises. We should see some nice Tuskies and bigger Flathead, Flounder, Tailor, and Whiting then. Arrow Squid have been the main target, and are best targeted on the last half of run in tides through until the first half of the run out. I’ve been finding the Ecogear Dartmax 3.0 squid jigs most successful because of their slightly faster sink rate. It pays to give them a quick spray of Ecogear Egimax scent spray once a day too. Don’t spray too much on or it deters the squid. The RUI 3.0 jigs work nicely too in the Gold Coast Broadwater. Squid are a lot of fun to catch and even better to eat. I find it very addictive when they suddenly latch on to squid jigs then lunge to try and escape. Fight the bigger ones gently with a light drag or they will get off the hooks. Yesterday we started to catch some big Tiger Squid which is very good to see. They seem to like weed bed areas and rock walls, and a slow wind and pause retrieve. Best areas to fish and Squid have been the Western channel next to Wavebreak Island, Labrador, Lands end area, and Runaway Bay to Hollywell. Find sandy areas with undulating bottom and the Squid and Fish will be there. Squid move around a lot hunting food, so it pays to cover ground to find them.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports Plenty of Snapper, Tusk Fish, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Yellowtail Kingfish, Amberjack and Maroi Cod biting all along the 50 and 36 fathoms using Wa Pillies, Mullet and jigs for the kingys.

June 4, 2021    

Jewfish will be a prime inshore target species during winter on the Tweed and Gold Coast, now that the weather has started to cool down and the nights are very cold you will find that Jewfish will start to get active with the bigger tides at night the best time to target a big, prized fish. With plenty of mullet schools starting to show up the schools of Jewfish will be hot on their heels feeding up big. Targeting a big Jewfish inshore is a bit of an art and nothing like catching them offshore on the reefs where they will tend to just crunch your smaller baits and hook up easily. Inshore big Jewfish are much more wary and very particular how they will take a bait like a large whole Mullet, patience is the key to success and many anglers will put in plenty of cold nights until they are lucky enough to come up trumps. Live bait is the best option, try to catch your live Mullet in the area you are fishing if the bait is hard to find usually the Jewfish will also be, like any form of fishing find the bait and you will find the fish. A cast net is the best way to collect live Mullet, keep them live by changing the water regularly or using a live bait tank. I will generally fish these live Mullet baits un weighted on a set of 2 x 9/0 snelled Gamakatsu hooks rigged on a 60lb leader and 15kg main line, I cast out and leave the reel in free spool and weight for a run, the key is to be patient and let the fish run for quit a bit before trying to set the hook as they will tend to play with the bait and drop it as soon as they feel weight in the shallower inshore waters. The best spots to try will be the Tweed Bar Rock Walls and river mouth, Jumpinpin Bar, Gold Coast Seaway and Wavebreak Island. Put in the hard yards and hopefully you will land that 20kg Jewfish.

The cool winter nights are here which is great news for the Bream fishos keen to chase a feed. Those cold nights are usually the best for finding better quality Bream in numbers.  Some good spots to start looking will be the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Perrys Hole, Short Island, Cobby Passage, Kalinga Bank, Wave Break Island and The Gold Coast Seaway. When fishing land based just look to fish near structure like Jetties, rock walls, snags and bridges. Burley is important when chasing Bream, a lot of fishos will have a secret brew they use, I recommend stimulate or Wilson burley pellets.  Just keep a regular trail going, do not feed them too much just enough to keep the fish interested. Some the best baits will be Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Bonito Fillet, White Pilchards, Squid, Prawns and Yabbies.

Squid numbers will start to increase during Winter, they are fun to catch and even better to eat.  The Gold and Tweed Coast waters will hold a mixture of Arrow Head and Tiger Squid being the larger of the two species.  Try using a Squid Jig between 2 to 3 inches long until you find the size that works the best.  If you are land-based try looking for jetties and boat ramps that are well lit up, the lights will attract bait fish which will also attract the predatory Squid.  Paradise Point, Grand Hotel, and Southport Bridge are just a couple of spots to try your luck.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we mainly focused on jigging the deepest holes in the Tweed River, and the variety of species was bizarre and so was the number of fish we caught. Using the same two lures the whole week being Ecogear zx40s and Samaki vibelicous we caught Flatties and Bream which are to be expected, and also some good quality Jewies, Giant Trevally and even a couple of Australian Bass. It goes to show that by having the right lures and the right technique and very importantly having an abundance of bait in these deep pockets of water all these species are happy to come together to feed. Other highlights for the week were the double hook ups with one client fighting a Bass and the other with a Flattie, and the rush of fighting a Jewie and a Giant Trevally at the same time that were both spooling off line and running in opposite directions. We somehow managed to land both fish which was amazing and let’s hope this crazy action continues this week.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports he had some very good fishing leading up to the full moon, then the fish were a little off on the moon with the bigger fish more intent on breeding than feeding. The Squid were more shy, in less numbers and smaller than they were last week. With their big eyes they were hunting all night under the brightness of the full moon, then less hungry during the day. A variety of zx’s and Squid jigs help catch a bag of Squid in the Gold Coast Broadwater. Every day is different, and it pays to keep mixing it up. Try having three different shades at least of jigs, from darker solid colours to natural and transparent. My favourite jigs are Ecogear Dartmax 3.0 which sink a bit quicker than most jigs, this is great for the Broadwater.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports weather permitting the fishing on the 50 fathoms and 36 fathoms have been very good with a mixed bag of reef fish including Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish, Pig Fish, Moses Perch and also Trag Jew all caught on Mullet, Pillies and Squid. Also in close on the 24s and 18s have been cobia starting to show up in decent numbers.

May 20, 2021

Sand Crabs have been around in good numbers for those keen to throw the pots in, the water has cleared up well and with a cooler water temp the Sandies have been on the chew. You will find Sand Crabs throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin areas, they tend to hang around the edges of the main channels and also weed beds on the drop offs from Sandbanks, these are good areas to try your luck and set the pots. When putting the pots out it pays to drop pots in different depths of water until you can get a gauge on where the better numbers are hanging out to target. Fresh bait is best, whole millet or fish frames make great bait, I recommend using a bait bag of some description to stop little fish and eels from destroying the bait before it gets to attract the crabs to the pot. When Sand Crabbing you can check your pots fairly regularly, it pays not to leave your pots unattended as some people can’t seem to help themselves and think it’s ok to check other people pots. I will take a fishing rod and fish around the general area and try to catch a feed of fish to go with a nice feed of Sandies. Make sure you know the rules before giving it a go.

Reports of some good quality Tailor on patrol in the Broadwater and Jumpinpin the past week is great news if you enjoy chasing these fun sports fish. As the bait schools build during the cooler months Tailor schools should increase in size and numbers and are great fun to target when the bite is on. To locate Tailor start looking for birds working bait pushed to the surface or locate bait sitting deeper on the sounder. I tend to find the best time to target Tailor is early morning and late afternoon and the last 2 hours of the run in tide as the water is at its best quality. Trolling a mixture of deep and shallow diving lures is a great way to target fish, once you get a bite you may be able to switch to surface styles lures or metal slugs depending on how aggressive the fish are. We tend to land a few fish while Flathead fishing but they can be very hard on the soft plastics and vibe lures bite off and very common. Some good spots to try will be the Gold Coast Seaway entrance and main channels leading south towards the Nerang River mouth and North of the Seaway towards Currigee and Paradise Point will hold some good schools at times. Also try around the Jumpinpin Bar mouth and South towards the Jacobs Well turn of, Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank and Canaipa Passage.  

Bread and Butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead are a great target choice at the moment, live yabbies will make great bait for all the above species. Bream will be found right throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed waterways making them a verry accessible target from the shore or on the water. Whiting will be found around the most sandbanks and sandy shorelines on high tide and in the channels surrounding the bank as the tide falls, Flathead will also be found in the same areas. Worms and Yabbies are the best bait for Whiting whilst Flathead will take most bait presented like White Pilchards, Prawns, Mullet Fillet, Yabbies to name a few and will also respond to well to soft plastics, hard body lures and vibes.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports good conditions made it ideal for deep water jigging with a heap of fish caught in the 8 to 14 metre holes in the Tweed River. As always take the time to find where the bait is holding with your sounder before you start jigging for the best results. Flathead took the main stage again this week in fact we caught over 30 fish today of varying size and all were released. Other species caught this week were a heap of Bream and a couple of Giant Trevally. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Gold Coast Broadwater is still fishing well for Tuskfish, Flathead, Flounder, Tarwhine, Bream, Sand Whiting, and Winter Whiting. The Arrow Squid are still not around in numbers, but I suspect they’ll come flooding in as the water clears further and gets colder this coming week. We have had some glassed-out days which does make fishing slower in the shallows. Like last week, pumping yabbies in the morning can make a difference to your catch rate on the calm days. On charters I keep working the zx blades all day to draw in the fish which then snap up the yabbies offered by my guests.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports the fishing on the 50 fathoms and 36 fathoms have been very good with a mixed bag of reef fish including Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot Fish, Pig Fish, Moses Perch and also Trag Jew all caught on Mullet, Pillies and Squid. Also, in close on the 24s and 18s there has been cobia starting to show up in decent numbers. 

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May 14, 2021    

With cooler weather on the way, trying your luck at catching a feed of Squid is a good option for Fisho’s keen for a feed of Calamari. With the water quality getting back to normal now is the time to try, you can target Squid during the daytime or night-time. I prefer to pick an incoming tide for water quality in the Broadwater closer to the Seaway. You will tend to find the smaller Arrowhead Squid hanging in the deeper water closer to the bottom and the bigger Tiger Squid hanging out in the shallows around sandbanks with weed beds proving shelter and food for the Squid. I recommend an average sized Squig Jig between 2 to 3 inches long depending on what they are feeding on. Metal blade vibration lures work well in the deeper channels near the Seaway south to Marina Mirage area. Land based fishing can be better at night, the key is to find somewhere that has good lighting on the water. Light will attract bait fish which will in turn attract the predatory Squid. Some good land-based spots are Paradise Point Jetty, Grand Hotel Jetty and boat ramp, Sundale Bridge Jetty, Marine Stadium Jetty and the Gold Coast Seaway Rock Walls will all produce some quality Squid.

The Broadwater is holding plenty of bait at the moment, bait fish and prawns have been schooling up in the shallows on high tide then making its way into the deeper the channels as the tide runs out. Keeping an eye out for bird activity is a good way to track bait and find predators to target. Some of the species that have been showing up are Flathead, Bream, Tailor, Tarpon, Squire and Trevally to name a few. A mixture of soft plastics and metal vibes have has worked well to tempt a bite.    

The Gold Coast Seaway has been fishing well for school sized Jewfish, these fish have been continually active the past few months. Unfortunately, Sharks (The Tax Man) have been a constant issue laying in wait to steal your catch before you get a look in. Mullet schools have started to appear in bigger numbers which is great news as we head towards winter which is their breeding season. The Mullet schools will attack the attention of the bigger Jewfish average size 13kg up to 25kg you just never know what sized fish can show up. Try cast netting the larger Mullet and upgrade your gear and put in some extra time on the cold nights around the Seaway and Wave Break Island and you just may land the fish of a lifetime.   

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports unfortunately, due to the rain on Wednesday and some family commitments I only got to spend two days on the water. The good news is that the fishing was fantastic and so was the weather with perfect mild temperatures and little to no wind. The water temperature dropped from 22 degrees to 19.5 and this made fishing the deep holes a bit off the pace but by working in shallower water and areas that were draining off the shallow flats that were warmed up from the sun the fishing was very good. This is a handy tip through winter that fish will often migrate and move into areas of the river that has warmer pockets of water. The main catch was once again a bundle of Bream which is going to be a constant reliable species through the next two months, and we caught a heap of Flathead and although there was no trophy sized fish the quality was awesome. The other species we caught were a few Giant Trevally which we caught trolling around the edges of where the birds were bombing the bait schools forced to the surface by the GTs. The best lures this week were pontoon 21 crackjacks, hurricane slams and the ever-reliable zx 40s. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the fishing was mostly great this week, and we had some perfect weather typical of this time of year. Some rain in between will keep the good fishing times rolling on! I had 82mm on Wednesday and Thursday in the rain gauge here at Bundall. The run-out tide runoff will be a bit dirty still near creek mouths. Water temp sitting around 22 degrees, tons of bait fish and prawns are present in the rivers and Broadwater which attracts many predatory fish. That rain set back the arrow squid activity, but it should not take long to clear with the new moon next Wednesday causing bigger tides. I’ll be looking for the arrows on the run-in tides in the channels and on the Broadwater reefs. Best areas to fish, anywhere there’s water haha, literally fish everywhere.

Gaven from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports fishing has been red hot this week starting out on the shelf catching Blue Marlin, we caught 4 out of 8 all around 150kg using lures from 8 inch to 15 inch. On the 50 fathoms was also good bottom fishing with Snapper, Pearlies, Ajs, Kingies and also few Dollies around the fads. 

May 7, 2021

Local Fishos have reported some good quality early season Bream have been showing up after all the rain has given the local rivers a massive flush out last month. There are still plenty of small ones around at the moment but as we head closer to Winter larger Bream will start to school up in big numbers in preparation to spawn throughout the Winter months. I recommend using a light estuary outfit spooled with 9lb mono line attached to a long 8-10lb fluorocarbon leader depending on the type of snags you are fishing; a size 3 or 4 ball sinker and a size 2 or 4 bait holder hook should do the trick. Some great spots to try for a feed is around Short Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank, Logan River, Jacobs Well, Coomera River, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Wave Break Island and the Gold Coast Seaway. Mullet Fillet, Bonito Fillet, White Pilchards, Mullet Gut and Yabbies are great bait. A good burly trail is important when chasing Bream, try using a pellet type option from Wilson Fishing or Stimulate will do the job. As we step closer to winter, all the early signs for a great Bream season are here which is good news for anglers keen to try their luck.   

Some nice Tailor have come from the surf gutters along South Stradbroke Island the past couple of weeks which is great news as we head closer to prime Tailor season during the cooler months ahead. Once the Westerly winds turn up it will be a great time to hit your local surf beach gutters for a look. The swell is tipped to drop for the weekend, a beach fishing session at your local would be a good idea. We have been landing some extra big Greenback Tailor for the past few weeks offshore on the local reefs, these schools will tend to move closer to the mainland and into the gutters to feed. Try using a set of 3 x ganged 4/0 hooks with a 20lb mono trace and start with a 5 ball sinker, this will have to be adjusted according to the sweep in the gutter. Whole WA Pilchards will make great bait along with Mullet Fillet. If the Tailor are thick you may need to change to a wire trace to stop bite offs but try mono first as they can be quite picky sometimes and you bait will present muck more naturally. I have had reports of a few smaller Tailor being landed in the main Broadwater and Jumpinpin channels on the last of the run-in tide, try towing some smaller hard body lures around and if you see birds diving or some top water action try throwing metal slugs for a result.  

 Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports once again Flathead have dominated the catch with trolling working well as jigging the deep holes with Samaki vibes and Ecogear ZX40’s. The deep holes have also produced a couple of small school Jewies and the odd Giant Trevally. The trevally have really hung around this season as usually they start to slow down by now with the water temperature starting to drop and then they come back on the chew around October. As always, Bream have been in great numbers, but the quality has been mainly average but at the end of the day it is always good to have a bend in the rods and a fish on the lures.   

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports some fantastic fishing this week in the Gold Coast Broadwater and Nerang river with the best days producing 70 plus fish per session. Live yabbies have been absolutely slaying heaps of fish, along with the ever-reliable Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki vibes, always with Sax scent goldprawn smeared over them. The fishing was best around the full moon, I took the big fella Tino from the Gold Coast Titans/ Queensland Maroon, and his brother Iszac who is a promising footy player himself, Tino’s partner Jordan, and her Dad Cam who is visiting from NZ. What a great day it turned out to be with everyone catching plenty of fish. On the windier days we headed upstream, where it was hard to get past the widespread, rampaging, aggressive Bream with some big fat ones amongst them. There are some decent Flathead around when you can avoid the Bream hitting lures. You could literally catch 200 Bream a day if you wanted to. We released them all as it is the start of their breeding season. Neap tides will be good to fish the seaway and Jumpinpin mouth area this week, especially after the rain. Expect good Jewies, Bream, Snapper, Tailor, Flathead and the odd Jack and Kingfish. Also, good tides for Arrow Squid in the deeper channels on the run in. I’ll be teasing them up with ZX40’s then dropping the new Ecogear Dartmax squid jigs amongst them.

April 30, 2021    

With the water and air temp cooling down and plenty of bait fish and small prawns around Flathead have started to show up in better numbers throughout the Gold and Tweed coast waterways the past couple of weeks. Try looking around the tops of sandbanks on the high tide and target the edges of the weed beds with soft plastics or hard body lures, also casting lightly weighted yabbies should work as well. As the tide drops work the edges of the sandbanks and then the deeper water and you should find Flathead laying in wait for bait moving off the sandbank. Another great spot to look for action is any small creek entrances leading into a main waterway or gutters and drains leading off a sandbank. These are perfect ambush areas for Flathead to lay in wait to catch an easy feed swimming past. Soft vibes and metal blades will work a treat in deeper water and drifting baits are all great options to entice a bite. Try your luck in the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Wave Break Island, Brown Island, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well and the Logan River for a feed of Flathead.

Once conditions settle heading offshore will be well worth a look with some great catches reported last weekend. I headed out for a look with Wayne Young on Saturday, and we managed to scratch up a good feed of Snapper, Moses Perch, Tusk Fish, Maori Cod and Trag Jew fishing in 45m of water off the Gold Coast. There was plenty of hard fighting Bonito around which make great bait and are also surprisingly good eating fresh. Float lining WA Pilchards, Squid, Bonito Fillet and live Yakkas did the trick for us, finding ground with life to fish is the key to success. I’d rather sound around for half an hour and find life to fish on than just put a mark in the gps and try your luck just because the area has produced in the past. The 36 fathom line has had a bit more current this week, the 50 fathom line has been the better option with some great quality Pear Perch, Snapper, Amber Jack, Samson, Yellow Tail King Fish and Tuskies being landed.

As we transition into May the night-time temp has started to drop, this should start to stir up some better quality Jewfish around the Jumpinpin area. It will be worth a look during the daytime and night-time in the Jumpinpin Bar mouth around a tide change, Kalinga Bank, Canaipa Passage and Marks Rocks in the Logan River. Live Pike, Herring and Mullet are a great option. Also a nice fillet of Tailor or Mullet should do the job. Best time to target a Jewfish is aprox 1 hour before and 1 hour after a tide change as they fire up as the current drops off. The Southport Seaway has been fishing well for Jew for the past couple of months, as the water cools, we should see some bigger fish starting to feed on the mullet schools in this area.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the mornings started off with a slightly chilly light south westerly wind blowing but as the sun came up the wind dropped off and left us to fish in the warm sunshine. The best results this week came from fishing the deep holes on the run-out tides with the Samaki vibelicous lures. We caught an unbelievable amount of particularly good quality Flatties around the 50cm mark as well as the odd bigger fish. There was also the odd, nice Giant Trevally lurking in the same holes and of course the ever-reliable Bream. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports a good fishing week at the Gold Coast with some nice Jewies, Flathead, Tuskfish, Whiting, Flounder and others caught on charters. We found the Jewies by drifting through bait schools located in the Seaway and Nerang river with the help of my ever-reliable Humminbird fish finder. There are plenty of sharks around though ready to tax your catch. There were heaps of bait balls and prawns along the entire Western channel between Grand hotel and Sundale bridge, with Flathead, Sand Whiting, Winter Whiting, Flounder, and Tailor feeding there. Some solid Tuskfish turned up around Runaway Bay in the dirtier water on the run out tide. The water is fast clearing with the bigger tides leading up to full moon, hopefully the arrow squid start turning up over the next week.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports plenty of fish Still biting, Snapper, Amberjack, Samson fish and Pearlies all along the 50 fathom line, try using live bait, jigs, pilchards, squid and mullet for bait. On 36s still Snapper, Parrot and Trag and try on the 18 and 24 fathoms for the Sapper, Jew. Spanish Mackerel also on the 18s and 24s, try down rigging with live bait this a a great option to try your luck. 

April 23, 2021
It’s great to see the local rivers starting to clear up after the rain with a return of most normal target species being landed by keen fishos. Whiting have started feeding again in better numbers with some good catches reported, I also managed to catch and release 30 nice Whiting fishing last weekend in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge with the kids. Try your luck in the Coomera River, Nerang River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek. Make sure you cover all depths of water when fishing until you can find the best spots to target, you can do this by fishing several rods and casting some in the shallows and some in the deeper channel until you can find where the fish are feeding best. I did find that we encountered plenty of Bream, Tarwhine, and Grunter which are great fun for the kids to land in between Whiting. A light estuary combo is best, match this with a long 6ln fluorocarbon leader, size 4 sinker and a size 6 short shank baitholder hook if you are using worms for bait or a size 4 long shank baitholder if you are using yabbies should do the trick.
Offshore the local reefs have fished well with some good catches coming in from the local 24 and 18 fathom reefs this week. Local fisho Wayne Young did well last weekend putting his sister Pam onto a quality Reef Mangrove Jack and some nice Moses Perch (see photo in report). Ben White also had a great day on the water landing a couple of big hard fighting Cobia (see photo in report) which is a great sign as we head into the colder months. As the water cools and the current drops heading out wider will be the go and target the 36 to 50 fathom grounds, you should find some good Snapper, Samson, Amberjacks, Yellow Tail Kingfish, Pearl Perch and Tuskies on offer. A mixture of jigs and live baits and dead baits will work well in the deeper water, I do prefer to float line when using bait.
Chasing a feed of Sand Crabs will be worth a go as the water clears up, try targeting the edges of the weed beds and the drop offs on the edges on the main channels for a feed. Fresh fish frames and whole mullet will make great bait. When setting your pots it will pay to stay in the area and have a fish so you can keep an eye on your pots as some people can’t seem to do the right thing and will help themselves to your hard earnt feed.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports well finally we have had a week of good weather with the sun shining and very light winds prevailing. The story of the week has been bio masses of Bream destroying our lures with constant double hook ups all day. We have been catching up to 50 Bream a session and it hasn’t mattered whether or not we were trolling slams or Pontoon 21s or drifting with Samaki vibes it has been about getting constant double hook ups. Most of the Bream have been small to average in size, there were some nice quality ones in amongst the huge numbers of them. I have also been watching the commercial Mud Crabbers lifting in their pots and the pots are bursting at the sides full of Bream it is hard to believe how many bream can fit in one crab pot. We also managed to catch a few Flatties with a couple of nice quality ones coming on board. The tides ae good for the coming week so I will be sounding around the deep holes and hopefully might pick up a few big Jewies.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Broadwater fished ok this week with lots of medium sized fish. The water has cleared heaps, almost to the point where the run out tide fishes better. This coming week the almanac looks poor which should mean good fishing haha. The past week has been all about sounding around to find the bait then dropping lures and yabbies straight below. It’s been good to see lots of healthy Tusk Fish as well as plenty of Flathead, Whiting, other fish, and a few crabs. Neap tides are around this coming week which will give us a chance to fish the seaway for Jew, and the middle of the deepest channels for longer periods with yabbies, Ecogear ZX40 and 43 blades, Pro Lure blades, and Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes.

For everyone that fished in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge I hope you had a great time. The results will be available on the website on Saturday 1/5/2021.

April 16, 2021

With a great weather forecast on offer last Sunday I was lucky enough to get an invite from Wayne “Youngy” Young to head offshore on the Gold Coast for a look after all the rain last week. Conditions were fairly good early before the southerly wind change pushed through a bit earlier than forecast making conditions a little tuff with wind against current. The dawn bite was a bit slow with only a couple of Snapper showing up, there were plenty of smaller fish around ready to destroy the baits. Once the wind came through and just before the tide change the burly had done its job and some quality fishing started to hit the deck, we ended up landing a great mixed bag of Jewfish, Maori Cod, Snapper, Moses Perch, Pearl Perch, Tailor and even a juvenile Red Emperor which was a welcome surprise. This is the 4th Red Emperor we have landed on the 24-fathom reef in the past month, it would be great to catch an adult one on the Gold Coast. Wayne scored the fish of the day landing a quality Jew Fish 113cm long and around 14kg in weight on a fairly light set up outfit. The weather forecast is looking ok so far for this weekend with light winds predicted early before blowing up later in the morning making a early start for a go if you’re keen. Best baits were WA Pilchards, large Squid, Bonito Fillets and live Yakkas.
As our waterways start to slowly clean up after the massive fresh water flush targeting bread and butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead are all a great target option for a feed on the Tweed and Gold Coast. These species can be targeted by everyone weather you are land based or if you have a boat or Kayak and can venture out. A few locations worth looking at land based are Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point Beach, Coomera River Highway Bridge, Santa Barbara, Jabiru Island, Paradise Point Jetty, Lands End Biggera Waters, Grand Hotel Jetty, Marine Stadium and the Nerang River. On the water try around Currigee, Paradise Point, Wave Break Island, Nerang River, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Tweed River. I recommend using burley when targeting Bream, a pellet burley like Stimulate or Wilson Pellets will work well. The best bait for Whiting is Worms or Yabbies, for Bream and Flathead try Prawns, White Pilchards, WA Pilchards, Mullet Fillet or Yabbies.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this time last week the water was just starting to come good with the fish comprising of some nice Flatties, Giant Trevally and Mangrove Jack smashing the lures but since the rain came back and turned the river into a mess once more. With the sun out we headed down towards the mouth of the river and managed to find a bit clearer water on the last two hours of the run-in tide and caught a few Bream and Flatties but once the tide turned the muddy water flowed down and the bite went off completely. The good news for this week’s report is that the rain has gone, and the tides are gaining every day giving us more time to keep the bite period going. Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend and fish the run-in tide near the mouth of the river and you should catch some fish but please be careful as there are trees and debris floating around everywhere.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it looks like the end of wet season now, and more stable weather ahead in the next week. We are flat out with charters and looking forward to it. My charters have added on options of crabbing and Go Pro 9 filming of the day. The water temperature in the Nerang river is averaging 23 degrees, I ran a charter yesterday with Rod and Ryley and although the water was muddy on the run-out tide, we caught about 25 fish and some nice Blue Swimmer Crabs. Included in the catch were Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Flounder, Trevally and the usual Tarwhine. Best areas to fish were Runaway Bay and the reef just inside the seaway and East of Wavebreak in 9-10 metre depth. Yabbies, prawns, and whitebait work well. Dirty water lures are getting the most bites, and these include Samaki Vibelicious 70mm forktails in Ginger squid and Motor Oil UV colours, and Ecogear.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports try for Yellow Tail Kingfish, Amberjack, Samson Fish and Snapper all along the 50-fathom line try using live bait, jigs, pilchards, squid and mullet. The 36-fathom line has produced good quality Snapper, Pearl Perch, Trag Jew and Tush Fish. It is also worth a try on the fads for Dolly’s with pilchards and live bait. The 18 and 24 fathoms reefs are worth a look for Jew Fish and cobia will start showing up in the next couple of months.

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April 9, 2021

Given the amount of rain that has fallen and combined with our last massive fresh water flush the water quality with be again very average for the next couple of weeks throughout our local waterways. With a good forecast on the way for the weekend at the time of writing my report heading offshore will be the best option to chase a mixed bag of reef species off the Tweed and Gold Coast. The water quality will still be very average on the close Mackerel Reefs of Mermaid and Palm Beach making chasing these toothy critters difficult until the system has time to get back to normal. Start looking around the 18 and 24 fathom reefs where you should find Snapper, big Jew Fish, Trag Jew, Moses, Tuskies, Maori Cod and the odd Cobia. Get the burley trail going and try float lining a mixture of baits including WA Pilchards, Squid, Mullet Fillet and Live Yakkas will do the trick if you can find a show to anchor on. Current depending try your luck venturing out wider to the 36 and 50 fathom reefs for similar target species including the arm stretching Yellow Tail Kingfish, Samson, Amberjack or some extra tasty Pearl Perch. Live baits will work best on these species.

For the inshore Fishos keen to try your luck Bream will again be a top target choice due to their resilience to fresh water, they just seem to feed hard after any amount of rain we receive. Bream can be found in just about all waterways around the Tweed and Gold Coast either land based or out in the boat making them very accessible to everyone. Either man made or natural structure will be a good spot to target the humble Bream as they tend to school up in these areas as they will usually attract small bait fish and jelly prawns with are a natural bait source for the target species above. I recommend using a fairly long 8lb fluro carbon leader around the snags to give you a chance if there are some bigger fish around, a size 2 – 4 bait holder hook and a size 3 to 4 ball sinker tied to a main line of around 9lb mono is a pretty good all round tackle choice. Best baits are something that will hold on after getting picked at by numerous smaller fish until something bigger can come along and crunch your bait, the bigger older fish can be quite wary and often let the little ones have first crack. My first choice of bait is Mullet Fillet, then Bonito Fillet followed by Mullet Gut, Prawns, Squid, White Pilchards and Yabbies. Try the Mouths of the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Gold Coast Seaway Rock Walls, Runaway Bay Canal entrances, Rock Walls at Paradise Point and the South Ars of the Coomera River, Jacobs Well, Jumpinpin Bar Entrance along Kalinga Bank and the Powerlines.

Mud Crabs will again be another go to after the recent rains, local Fishos did very leading up to and over Easter scoring some good feeds. The extra deluge will keep on flushing the Crabs out of the upper reaches of the rivers and push them out into the main channels. Finding them after the rain can be a bit difficult, again it’s a matter of hunting around, soak your pots around the river mouths and also along the deeper channels in search of Crabs that are on the move. Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Mouth of the Coomera and Pimpama Rivers, Never Fails Islands, Jacobs Well, Canaipa Passage, Russell Island and the Logan River Mouth will again be the go-to spots to start your hunt depending where you live on the Coast.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the upper reaches of the Tweed River are still very muddy and unfishable but hopefully if the rain holds off the fish will start moving back up the system following the increase in salinity coming in from the ocean. By careful planning and taking advantage of the big run-in tides that we have had around the full moon we have had some really good fishing. I have been motoring down towards the mouth of the river and fishing the distinct current line where the clean ocean water is pushing back the dirty flood water. These types of areas are a major feeding zone for fish and even the birds are bombing the water along the current line taking advantage of the abundance of baitfish pinned to the area. The birds have been the giveaway for me where the current line is while travelling down the river. The main species that have been smashing our lures are Bream with big numbers of small Bream flopping on to the deck of the boat but in amongst them have been some crackers either side of the 40cm mark. These big Bream are great sport on small lures and light gear with the best lures being the zx 40, Slam 47 and Samaki vibelicous. Trolling and deep jigging the same area has also produced some nice Flatties and the odd Grunter as well as a few Big Eye Trevally.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports after a break and some postponed charters due to bad weather I did my first charter last Friday in three weeks. I headed out with regular customers Jonathan and his Dad Colin, and with the wind blowing SE 20-25 knots early we ventured upstream to the middle reach of Nerang river. As soon as the tide started running in the fish turned on wherever we found bait patches on the fish finder, we had a ball catching over 30 fish on lures and yabbies, with Flathead up to 60cm, lots of Bream, Grunter and Whiting. Best lures were Ecogear ZX40 in 418, 440, 447 and best bait was live yabbies. Usually after Easter the weather settles and we start to see beautiful days and my favourite time of the year to fish with quality Flathead, Squid, Flounder, Tuskfish, Blue Swimmer Crabs, and many other species on offer.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports after another period bad weather again hopefully the fish are still firing where we left off when we get back out there. Try for Kingys, Amberjack, Samson fish and Snapper all along the 50 fathom line using live bait, jigs, pilchards, squid and mullet. Also worth a try is the fads for Dolly’s with pilchards and live bait and 18 and 24 fathoms for the Jew and Cobia will start showing up in the next couple of months.

April 2, 2021

School Holidays are here and getting the kids out and about and trying their luck at catching a fish is a great idea for parents looking for something new to try. Experience is not necessary, just call into your local tackle shop and I am sure they will be all too happy to give you all the advice on the right bait, tackle and a few spots to try your luck at catching a fish with the kids. I recommend a basic light estuary combo with 9 to 12lb line, a running sinker rig with a size 3 to 4 sinker and a size 2 to 4 bait holder hook will do the trick on the normal bread and butter species you will find on offer like Bream, Flathead and Whiting. A few good spots to try either land based or by boat are the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Marine Stadium, Broadwater Parklands, Main Channel near Seaworld, Grand Hotel Jetty, Lands End, Runaway Bay Canal Entrances, Paradise Point Jetty, Coomera River and Fishing Platform under the Highway Bridge, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point and the Logan River. Try your luck at pumping yabbies as they are great bait, also try using Prawns, Worms, White Pilchards or Mullet Fillet.

Mud Crabs have been around in fairly good numbers again this week with locals scoring a great feed for Easter, the rain did its job and flushed out the rivers and creeks stirring up the Mud Crab population. The waterways will be busy even if the forecast is not the best, I recommend where possible try not to leave your crab pots unattended for too long as unfortunately some people just can’t help themselves and are tempted to share you hard earnt catch. Try dropping your pots around the river mouths and also along the deeper channels in search of Crabs that are on the mover, it may be a week or two before they start to move back up into the upper reaches of the Estuaries, this is also dependant on how much extra rain we receive. Some spots to try are the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Mouth of the Coomera and Pimpama Rivers, Never Fails Islands, Jacobs Well, Canaipa Passage, Russell Island and the Logan River Mouth.

Before the Southerly wind hit and the swell picked up the close reefs were fishing pretty well with local Fishos scoring some great catches of big Jewfish, Snapper, Moses, Trag, Tuskies and some extra-large Tailor. Both the 18 and 24 fathoms reefs off the Seaway produced well, once the weather settles it will be worth a look.

Do not forget about the Pirtek Fishing Challenge which is held on 17th and 18th of April this year which is a new format for this competition. It is a fantastic event and all money raised goes towards prostate cancer research. Click here for more details and how to enter. There are some awesome prizes on offer, and everyone gets a hat and brag mat, also this year all the junior entries receive a free packet of soft plastic lures which is a great bonus.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports our local river catchments got some of the biggest rain of these floods. It will be too muddy to fish up the rivers at this stage. Around the seaway will be the place to be and on the run-in tide. The tides are getting bigger with lead up to full moon which means you will need to focus your efforts an hour each side of high tide. At other times try along the edges of the main channel from the spit to marina mirage in that 4-6 metre range, and on all the yabby banks from Wavebreak to Southport. Yabbies will work well as bait, and flashy and dark coloured vibes. The run-out tide does produce water that is too fresh and dirty. Water is still overflowing from Hinze dam.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports after the recent rain the reefs were firing out on the 50 fathoms plenty of nice size Snapper, Kingys and Ajs were on the chew using live bait for the Kingfish and Amberjack and using mullet and WA pilchards for the Snapper. In the closer reefs Mackerel were a no show but some nice Silver Jewfish were on the chew making up for it on live slimeys and yakkas.

March 26, 2021

After hundreds of millimetres of rain has fallen on the Gold Coast the past few days when to choose to head out for a fish is a bit of a gamble with lots of debris being flushed out of all the local rivers becoming a hazard to any boats using the waterways. I recommend if you are keen to get out on the water you will need to be extra vigilant when navigating all waterways including both inshore and offshore grounds and keep an eye out for trees, logs and any other form of rubbish floating around that may pose an issue.

Water quality will make a big difference to catch rates this week with a massive amount of fresh water being dumped into your local systems. It will take quite a few days and multiple tide changes before we will see the water improve in any way. When you finally get out for a fish, I recommend looking for clean water and tides lines where the fresh water meets the salt around the bar entrances will increase your chances of finding some quality fish. A large amount of bait fish and prawns will be washed out of the rivers and estuary systems and will school up along the tide lines and closer to the ocean. The Gold Coast Seaway has fished well before the rain hit so it will be worth a go towards the last 2 hours of the incoming tide which will hopefully bring in some quality water from the ocean. Try your luck between the pipeline and Wave Break Island where there is a bit of scattered rubble. This area has produced some nice Squire, Bream, Tarwhine, Juvenile Spangled Emperor, Moses, Tusk Fish and Trevally. Using a mixture of metal and plastic vibes or drifting baits like White Pilchards, Prawns, WA Pilchards or Yabbies has been successful. Also try the North Wall to the pipeline to see if the Jew Fish and Mangrove Jacks are still on the chew. There will also be plenty of Bull Sharks in the same area on the hunt for a feed. If you are keen to check out the waterways toward the Northern end Jumpinpin Bar will be the place to look as most of the fish species will be chasing a hit of salt water, this area will produce a variety of species including a few nice Bream, Tailor, Trevally and Jew Fish.

Mud Crabs will again be the perfect target species after all the rain, with such a big flush out it may take a few trial drops before you manage to locate a feed. I recommend starting by setting your pots around the river mouths where they meet the main channel, depending on the catch rate try either deeper water or the edges to find out where most of the Crabs are. A few nice crabs have come from the mouth of the North and South are of the Coomera River and the Pimpama River. Also try the Logan River, Nerang River, Russel Island, Canaipa Passage and Cabbage Tree Point. Whole Mullet and fish frames make great bait. I recommend changing the bait regularly, you will catch more crabs with fresher bait.

At this stage the weather forecast is finally looking good this weekend for heading offshore, with light winds and a small swell on the way it will be worth a go. The close reefs may be affected by the freshwater flush like Mermaid and Palm Beach so chasing Mackerel in close may not be the best option. I would start looking around the 18 to 24 fathom areas for signs of life like bait fish and predators to have a drop on. These areas should produce a mixed bag of fish including Snapper, Moses, Tusk Fish, Jewfish, Trag Jew, Tailor and Morwong. Depending on water conditions Spanish Mackerel will also be a target species worth trying for, if you can locate bait the predators should be if that general area. If anchoring I always recommend the use of burley as will make a big difference when it comes to holding the fish you sounded up and also drawing in fish down current of your boat. Unfortunately, it can also attract in unwanted pests like sharks which have been particularly bad lately attacking unsuspecting anglers hard earned catch of the way up.

If you’re looking for a fun weekend of fishing with the family or mates, I recommend you look at the Pirtek Fishing Challenge which is held on 17th and 18th of April this year which is a new format for this competition. It is a fantastic event and all money raised goes towards prostate cancer research. Click on this link for more details and how to enter. There are some awesome prizes on offer, and everyone gets a hat and brag matt, also this year all the junior entries receive a free packet of soft plastic lures which is a great bonus.

March 19, 2021

One target species that loves the rain is the good old Mud Crab, given the amount of rain we have had this week it makes then the perfect choice to target a tasty feed this weekend. Fresh bait is recommended, try using either whole mullet, fish frames from your last catch or raw chicken will all do the trick. I always recommend using a bait bag, it makes baiting the pots a lot easier and also stops little fish, eels and hopefully Mud Crabs from stealing you bait but will allow you longer to attract the Mud Crabs you are targeting. Try scattering a few test pots around your local rivers until you find an area holding better numbers of crab, some good spots to look are the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, the main Coomera River and both North or South Arms, Pimpama River, Tipplers Passage, The Never Fails, Cabbage Tree Point and the Logan River. Just make sure you are up to date with the rules and regs before heading out.

The Gold Coast Seaway has been producing some cracking catches of Jew Fish, Mangrove Jack and Trevally fishing the North Wall and Pipeline on the last hour of the run in and the first hour of the run-out tide, live baits have been working best. When we see a large swell offshore it tends to stir up the feed and the Seaway will fish well seeing quite a range of species on offer. You will often land a great mixed bag of Spangled Emperor, Squire, Grassy Sweetlip, Painted Sweetlip, Moses, Tusk Fish and Bream. Just keep an eye out for larger swells rolling through the area. Fishing between the pipeline and the East Side of Wave Break Island is popular spot drifting over the rubble with baits, lures or soft plastics can be extremely rewarding.
When the weather eases and the swell drop hitting the local reefs will be a good option with a great mixture of reef species and pelagic species on offer. Unfortunately, the Tax Man (Sharks) have been around in larger than normal numbers taking their fair of unfortunate anglers prized catches. The local 18 and 24 fathoms reefs have produced a good mixture of Snapper, large Jewfish, Tusk Fish, Trag Jew, Moses and plenty of great sized Spanish Mackerel. The 36 fathoms reefs will also fish well current depending producing Snapper, Tusk Fish, Cobia, Samson, Amber Jack and the fads are still holding plenty of Dolphin Fish.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays customers have scored a mixed feed of Bream Flathead and Whiting from the Sandbanks and channels around Wave Break Island, Crab Island, Coomera River, The Never Fails, Curtis Anchorage, North Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well around the shoals, Logan River and Canaipa Passage. Bream really love the fresh water flush and should be around in good numbers, using a bit of burly is great idea to fire them up and keep them around the area you are targeting. Yabbies are great all-round bait, the kids will have fun pumping them. I’d also recommend Worms, Prawns, White Pilchards and Mullet Fillet to catch a feed.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports this week the Black Marlin have been very quiet, the bait has disappeared along the outer reefs but still worth having a troll or sounding around for the bait balls. Out on the shelf there has been a few Blue marlin showing up in depths from 300m to 1000m trolling 8 to 15 inch lures work best. On the 50 fathoms for reef fishing the current has been a bit strong at times to fish it but when it has died off for us there has been great catches of Snapper, Kings, Ajs and Samson Fish. In close Mackerel have been still biting 18 and 24 fathoms.

Hope you have a great week! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.
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March 12, 2021

With a decent weather forecast on the way this weekend Prawns will be on the menu for plenty of Fishos with good reports coming in most days this week from lucky anglers able to sneak out mid-week. Grab your top pocket nets and head up towards Jacobs Well for a look around the moored boats, from there head north to check out either Cabbage Tree Point, Little Rocky Point, Powerlines, Logan River, Lamb Island, Karragarra Island and the Salt Works at Macleay Island will all be worth a look for a feed of fresh Banana Prawns. Tide changes are always important especially when looking for Prawns in deeper water, they will usually pop of either top or bottom of the tide making this the best time to target them. It can be over as quick as it starts sometimes so it is worth getting to an area and sounding around for a while before the tide change for signs of life. Looking for other boats casting is a tell tail sign you are in the right area, just remember your manners as it can get hectic in amongst multiple boats all casting at the same time. Make sure you are up to date with all the rules before you hit the water.

For those anglers itching to get offshore at this stage the forecast is looking ok, depending on the strength of the N/NW winds and the amount of the current it will be well worth a look at the 18 and 24 fathom reefs which should fish well for Snapper and Jewfish on the dawn bite. Plenty of burley should do the trick to attract a few nice fish around your boat, some good-sized Spanish Mackerel will also be on offer in the burley trail so remember to pack some wire trace just in case. Other bottom species on offer are Tusk Fish, Spangled Emperor, Moses, Trag, and Cobia. The fads out on the 36 fathom line east of the Seaway will be worth a look with a few nice Dolphin Fish and some big Wahoo have been caught this week. Heading South of the Seaway to check out the Gravel Patch, Palm Beach Reef and Mermaid Reef will be worth a look with some good consistent catches of both Spotted and Spanish Mackerel have been reported. Sharks have been a big issue lately, trying to land your fish as soon as possible is the key to losing your catch to the Tax Man. Just make sure you have the most up to date forecast before heading offshore.

If you are keen to get the kids out on the water locals report they have been landing a decent mixed bag of Bream, Flathead and Whiting from the Sandbanks and channels around Paradise Point, Crab Island, Coomera River, The Never Fails, Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well around the shoals, Logan River and Canaipa Passage. The rain mid-week has fired up the Bream population that seem to thrive after any fresh water flush. Yabbies are great all-round bait, the kids will have fun pumping them. I’d also recommend Worms, Prawns, White Pilchards and Mullet Fillet to catch a feed.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters the Tweed has experienced heavy showers in the mornings this week. When we could go out, there were some Mangrove Jacks and Mulloway about. It looks like the rain is staying away this week which will give the river a chance to start clearing and the fishing to fire up.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it looks like the rain is staying away this week which will give the river a chance to start clearing and the fishing to fire up. In the Broadwater there are mainly smaller Tuskfish, Squid, Flathead and Flounder around.

March 5, 2021

I was lucky enough to take advantage of the great weather last Saturday and head out with Wayne Young and Bec for a fish offshore on the Gold Coast. We were greeted with light winds, small swell and very little current giving us some of the best fishing conditions offshore I have seen for a long time. The plan was to hit the water at 5am and fish the 18 fathom reefs east of the Seaway for a feed of reef fish. After sounding around for a bit we found a nice show of fish worth anchoring on, the first thing I try to do is get the burley trail started to give us the best opportunity to keep the fish we are targeting in the strike zone and also attract any fish in the area in for a look. Wayne had the first bait in the water and he was rewarded getting hit on the drop with a great quality Snapper around the 3kg mark hitting the surface, Bec was next in line with her first drop producing a hard fighting Jew Fish hitting a was presented WA Pilchard floated down on a set of ganged 5/0 Mustad Tarpon hooks. From there we had plenty of action landing good numbers of Snapper, some Pearl Perch, Maori Cod and even a juvenile Red Emperor. Bec then landed an even bigger Jew Fish after a 5 minute battle, it tried to give her the run around but she did very well on 20lb braid. Keeping the burley trail going did the job extending the bite window going for close to 2 hrs, we even used old prawn shells which quite a few fish spat up when landed. A school of Spanish Mackerel then moved in and we ended up loosing a few too many rigs to the toothy critters, Bec did well tempting one to strike on a metal slug jigged off the bottom, after a fairly long fight on a big Mac unfortunately she pulled the hooks. Once the wind eases and the swell drops it will be worth go on the local reefs for a mixed bag of fish.  

A few nice Bream and Whiting have been showing up in the Broadwater and Nerang River this week, try fishing the edges of the sandbanks around the southern end of the Broadwater using live yabbies pumped of the sandbanks. Whiting and Bream tend to move around a bit at times, you will catch a few then they go quiet for a while. If you have not caught any fish for about half an hour just move around and try another spot close by and see how you go. I recommend 6lb fluro carbon leader, and either a 4 – 5 ball sinker to keep the bait in the bite zone, worms and yabbies are the best bait. Also try Paradise Point and Runaway Bay esplanades land based as these areas can produce a great feed. Around the Pin it’s worth a look around Pandanus Island, Tiger Mullet Channel and Jacobs Well Shoals.

The recent rain has been great for everyone after a feed of Mud Crabs with the local rivers producing a nice feed for those keen to get the pots in the water. The Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Canaipa Passage, Logan River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek and the Currumbin Creek all worth a look if you live local. Try using a bait bag if you haven’t before as it helps to some the pickers and vermin from stealing your bait this in turn this gives you a much better chance to  entice a nice Mud Crab into your pots.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it has been a challenging week for both Clint and myself with the huge volumes of freshwater from the consistent rain squalls since Xmas. On the Tweed I have worked the lower reaches of the river on the big run in tides to take advantage of the oceanic water pushing back the dirty water purging down the river. With a combination of trolling Pontoon 21 lures and Slams as well as jigging the ever-reliable Samaki vibelicous and Pro Lure blades we caught a heap of fish. The main species were a lot of small Bream but in amongst them were some great quality Flatties and some ripper Grunters which are also known as Javelin Fish. Hopefully this week I can get back in the swing of things and bump of a few off of my favourite critters on lures, the mighty Mangrove Jacks.       

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports a variety of charters this week, and a variety of fish caught. We fished everywhere from the shallow banks to 20 metres deep in the seaway. The banks have been quieter of late, with the bigger whiting and school Flathead absent. The reef and channels in the Broadwater are holding a lot of fish, but they aren’t big. This will change when the water cools. On Thursday I did a charter with Shane and his son Brody. It was a big day and we caught plenty of livies at first on Ecogear ZX40 blades. We then fished the seaway area, catching one nice school Jew, dropping others including more Jew, a big Tailor, and a Bull Shark which put up a big fight before biting through 100 lb leader. The full moon was on Saturday and the big tides made it tricky but we caught over 60 fish for the day and 20 species, on zx’s, Yabbies, and Beach Worms. In such hot conditions deeper water 5-7 metres is the go. Best areas were Crab island, Lands End, and near Seaworld.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports Marlin out wide have been on and off in the last week we had great session in 50m of water landing 5 Marlin out of 11 bites all on lures and live baits also Dolphin fish around the fads have been on and off as well. On the 50 fathoms a few Snapper, Kingys and few Pearlys have started showing up. In close 24s,18s, Mermaid, Palm Beach and the Gravel Patch Spottie and Spanish Mackerel have been taking pillies, live baits and hard body lures.

February 26, 2021                                                                                                

The drop in wind and swell has given Fishos an opportunity to sneak offshore and try their luck for a Spanish Mackerel during the week with local anglers like Paul and Hunter Wilshire (see photos in report) coming up trumps managing to troll up a couple of great size Spanish Mackerel. Some great methods to try are trolling hard body diving lures around 15 to 18cm long is popular along with trolling well rigged dead baits or slow trolling live baits will temp a bite if the fish are around. Searching for bait fish is the key to finding predators, keep an eye on the sounder and hopefully you fill find an area holding bait that is worth putting in some time. Some good spots to try are the Bait Grounds off the Seaway, Mermaid Reef, Palm Beach Reef, the Gravel Patch and the local 18 – 24 fathoms reefs off Surfers Paradise will be worth a look on the weekend.

The Gold Coast Seaway has been fishing well during the week with some nice size Jew Fish, solid Mangrove Jack and also good numbers of Flathead being caught on live baits drifted from the North Wall to the Pipe Line area. Herring, Pike, Mullet and Yakkas all make great bait. Jew Fish and Mangrove Jack will hit hard and put up a great fight, making sure you have the right gear to target the fish is important or you will end up getting busted up pretty easily. A light offshore outfit would be a good starting point, a rod around 8 to 10kg spooled with 20 to 30lb braid should be able to put the brakes on most of the fish you are likely to encounter. Try to target a tide change, best to plan your trip to fish and hour before or a hour after the tide for best results.

Mud Crabs have been a good target species with a bit of fresh water in the system from the recent rain and storms. Try setting your pots around the river mouths where they meet the main channel, depending on the catch rate try targeting a few different depts of water deeper water until you manage to score a few good sized Muddies. A few spots to try your luck are the mouth of the North and South are of the Coomera River, Pimpama River, the Aldershots, Logan River, Nerang River, Russel Island, Canaipa Passage, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel and Cabbage Tree Point. A bait bag is a good idea making it a bit harder for the small Crabs, fish and eels to steal the bait giving more soak time to entice the larger male crabs into your pots. Mullet, fish frames and raw chicken all make good bait.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports he has been catching school size Flathead around the Chinderah area on Samaki Vibelicious vibes Pearl Shrimp colour, and a few Mangrove Jacks trolling Atomic hardbody lures.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports some Flathead, Whiting, and Bream on the edges of the main channel of the Gold Coast Broadwater on Ecogear blades

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports still plenty of Marlin out wide on lures and live bait also plenty of Dolphin fish around the fads ,in close 24s, 18s, mermaid palm beach and gravel patch Spottie and Spanish Mackerel have been taking pillies, live baits and hard body lures.

Hope you have a great week! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.
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February 19, 2021                                                                                                

Given the forecast chasing a feed of Mud Crabs up the rivers will be a great option if your keen to brave the rain, Mud Crabs should be getting stirred up with the recent downpours and be on the move looking for a feed. Try your luck setting the pots up your local river or estuary, sometimes the rain can flush a bunch of little ones out, but you will usually be rewarded with some good-sized bucks for your effort. Unfortunately, some people cannot help themselves and are tempted to take your hard earnt catch, try to stick around the area and keep an eye on your pots just in case. Use fresh bait for best results, whole Mullet, fish frames or pieces of raw chicken are all a great choice. Some good spots to have a go that are protected from the wind are the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River and the Logan River.

On the fishing front Bream will be a good target choice with rain on the forecast, Fishos have plenty of land-based options to try your luck and plenty of sheltered waters ways if you want to have a go in the boat. A simple running sinker rig combined of sized 4 bait holder hook, a long 8 lb trace and a 3 to 4 ball sized sinker on a light estuary outfit is all you need to have some fun. Bream are a great target species to get the kids out of the house and have a great time landing a fish. Some suggestions of where to have a look land based will be trying your local jetty that is protected from a SE wind direction, get a bit of burly on the go and it fingers crossed it will not be long until your hooked up. Some good bait options are Mullet Fillet, Prawns, Yabbies, Squid and White Pilchards.

Another good option will be chasing a Bull Sharks up the rivers and creeks, the rain will flush them out and they will always have a crack at a well-presented bait given the opportunity. A medium sized estuary combo will do the trick on most of the bullies you will encounter, 15 to 20 lb line is plenty, match this with about a meter of nylon coated trace between 60 to 100 lb, size 6 to 8 hook and a running ball sinker sized 4 to 5 is all you need to give it a go. My favourite bait is freshwater Eel followed by Pike Eel, you don’t need too much just a small piece of Eel will work great just make sure you good hook exposure to help with the hook up when you get a run. The Nerang River, Coomera River and Logan Rivers are all prime Bull Sharks grounds worth giving a go.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it was a bit of a tricky week with massive tides and strong blustery south easterly winds blowing. The big tides combined with the wind put the shallow areas over depth and stirred up the bottom making the water discoloured and unsuitable for topwater fishing. The good news is that the conditions are looking great for next week and I expect some great results fishing with our surface lures once again. The success we did have this week came from trolling some deep diving minnows on the tide changes for a couple of Mangrove Jacks. We also drifted some soft and metal vibes in the protected areas out of the wind and caught some Flatties, Bream and Whiting with the new Pro Lure V42 vibe working very well.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports a tough week of fishing, I’m not a fan of big tides. There were some Flathead and Bream in the Nerang river that we caught trolling Pontoon 21 crackjacks and Slams. Fished some banks yesterday for some Whiting, Flathead, Tarwhine and Bream but they weren’t around in numbers and a lot of small fish. I’m looking forward to smaller tides this coming week to fish the Broadwater reef and banks. I will be mixing up the lures with Samaki Vibelicious, Ecogear Zx’s and Pro Lure V42 blades, plus live yabbies always work amazing if presented well. I use whatever catches as many fish as possible for my guests.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports the current is still very strong out wide, but still Plenty of Mahi Mahi on all the fads and also Marlin from the 24s to the 50 fathoms on lures and live baits. In close Mackerel trolling lures and pilchards working the best. Once the SE wind eases and the swell drops it will be worth giving it a go.

February 12, 2021                                                                                                

Bottom fishing for a Snapper, Moses, Parrot, Trag or Jew will be an option this week depending on the current on the local 18, 24 or 36 fathom reefs.  Hopefully, the Southerly wind during the week has pushed in some clean water onto the shallow reefs also bring the Spotty and Spanish Mackerel with it. For those anglers keen to chase sports fish trolling or live baiting for a Marlin, Wahoo or a Dolphin fish is a great option after the blow. Some lucky boats that braved the swell last weekend were rewarded with some great Marlin fishing action with some boats catching and releasing over 10 Marlin per boat, that is a fantastic effort and memorable days fishing for the lucky crews involved.

The windy weather has not deterred fishos from chasing Mangrove Jack in the rivers protected by the wind, live baits, mullet fillet and butterflied whole mullet have been working a treat in the Coomera River.  Other sports to try are the Rock walls near the Sanctuary Cove in the main river and then work your way down the south arm are producing some good Jacks, Estuary Cod and Trevally this week.  From Jabiru Island East towards Paradise Point is a good spot to try along with Sovereign, Ephraim Island the Nerang River.  The Gold Coast Seaway has seen some Mangrove Jack action with the larger fish starting to school up and feeding before heading out to the reefs before the weather starts to cool down. Anglers targeting Jacks this week have managed to catch and release the holy grail fish of a lifetime Gold Coast Barramundi with one fish going 1.2m in length from the Coomera River on a live Mullet. When fishing you just never know what you will land, put in the time and effort and you can also be rewarded.

Coomera Houseboat Holiday customers have managed to hide out of the wind and score a few nice Flathead, Whiting, Bream, Sand Crabs and Mud Crabs this week. Good spots out of the SE winds have been Tiger Mullet Channel both eastern and western end, Tipplers Passage, Coomera River North Arm, Pimpama River, Crusoe Island North Side, Perrys Hole, Slipping Sands and Coby Passage. These areas will be much better to fish over the weekend as the wind eases and turns more N/NE. Prawns and Yabbies have been a good all-round bait for most species. White Pilchards are great for Flathead and for Whiting worms and Yabbies have tempted some quality fish.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week has fished well on the Tweed but very early morning starts were required for the best results. The reason for starting early was to time the tide changes and at the moment the water temperature has been climbing to 28.2 degrees by the middle of the day. When the water gets that hot the best results come from fishing the deep holes where the water is slightly cooler on the bottom. This week produced some Mangrove Jacks that took a liking to some deep diving minnow lures trolled in tight to structure. These hard-hitting fish are one species that do like the warm water and will stay on the bite for another couple of months. Fishing the deep holes produced some nice Flatties as well as some Whiting and Bream. The best lures this week have been strada dredge and atomic shiners as well as Samaki redics and the ever-reliable Samaki vibelicous.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the mighty Mangrove Jacks have been frothing and aggressive this week with the hot weather and water temp sitting around 29 degrees. It takes a lot of effort and attention to detail to successfully target these amazing fish, but when it all pays off it is so rewarding. This is peak time for the jacks so if you want to have a go at night the only dates still available this season are 19th and 24 February, then 4th and 25th March. This week I’ll be chasing big Sand Whiting again in the Gold Coast Broadwater in the mornings, as well as a variety of fish in the deeper cooler channels on Samaki vibes, Ecogear ZX’s, and Pro Lure V42.

February 5, 2021

Mud Crabs are always a great option to chase after a bit of rain, and this week has seen a bit more activity which is good news. Coomera Houseboat Holidays customers managed to catch a feed during the week. Catches are a bit inconsistent at times with a mixture of small and female crabs to pick through until you are lucky enough to score some good-sized bucks. Try the Coomera River both arms, Pimpama River, Logan River, Cabbage Tree Point, Tiger Mullet Channel, Cobby Passage, Jacobs Well, Canaipa Passage, The Neverfail Islands, Brown Island and Tweed River.

Trevally have been harassing bait schools in the Coomera River around River Links, West of the Highway Bride and Sanctuary Cove Arm of the river. Other good spots to look for Trevally are the Runaway Bay, Paradise Point and Nerang River canals and bridges. Most bridges on the Gold Coast are pretty well light up at night making them a great spot for bait to school up and predators to be ambushing a feed. Surface poppers stick baits and metal slugs will work well.

The Gold Coast Seaway has produced some great catches of Jew Fish and Mangrove Jacks again this week. Schools of Jewfish and Jacks have been hanging around the North Wall and the Pipeline area of the Seaway. Try to pick a time to go fishing around a tide change, live baits are the best way to temp a bite.

Bream have been around in good numbers after the rain, they seem to get ravenous and feed on just about anything you throw at them. They are a great option for the kids to chase with plenty of land-based spots to choose from on the Gold Coast. Try your luck at the Paradise Point Jetty, Jabiru Island Jetty, Boykambill Jetty on Hope Island, Coomera River Highway Bridge Platform, Canal entrances along the Esplanade at Runaway Bay, Broadwater Parklands, Sundale Bridge, Nerang River and the Jacobs Well Jetty. Try using Prawns, White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet or Yabbies should do the trick.  

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week we had some early starts to utilize the tide changes around the lower reaches of the river. The locations I was looking for on the tide changes were very pronounced spots where there was a distinctive current line with clean ocean water meeting the dirty water. These spots are ideal feeding areas for all fish that are present at the moment as there is still dirty water coming down from the Tweed catchment after recent heavy rainfalls. We could not keep a lure in the water without getting double and triple hook-ups from mass schools of Bream but unfortunately although it was fun there was not a lot of size in them. We also mixed it up and combined some deep water jigging and deep water trolling and caught some Flatties and nice Mangrove Jacks. The water is getting clearer by the day and provided we do not receive any more rain the surface fishing will be right back on track next week.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports a crazy week of mangrove jack fishing with 14 caught and released in my boat in five charters. This is peak season around here until March. I’ve been fishing 29 of the past 30 days, and while the water has been busy there’s always somewhere to get away from the crowd. The Whiting fishing has been ok but should pick up over the next week. There was plenty of Tuskfish, Flathead, Whiting, Flounder, Tarwhine and Bream on the reef surrounding Crab Island. The Whiting have copped a serious flogging over the holidays at council chambers and need time to recover. Even the best anglers are only getting small bags. Same for the crabs. This week the big full moon tides drop off which will suit flats fishing nicely. The upper river reaches are best on the bigger tides for Jacks and Trevally.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports plenty of Marlin along the 50-fathom line trolling using live bait and lures. Still Dolphin Fish on the 36 and 50 fathom fads and Spotted Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel in close at Palm Beach and Mermaid Reef. Bottom fishing still Trag Jew, Snapper and Silver Jew biting in the close reefs. 

January 27, 2021                                                                                

Australia Day was a busy one on the water with heaps of people enjoying the great weather. Fishos that hit the water early saw some great action until the traffic picked up stirring everything up. Looks like we may see a bit of swell and a South Easterly change as we head towards the weekend. Let’s see what’s been on the chew.

The Gold Coast Seaway has been the place to be if you are keen to chase a Jewfish lately with consistent catches of school sized fish around 75cm to 90cm being landed by local fishos. Jewfish have been schooling up in big numbers here for the last couple of months and really come on the bite the last week. If you can combine an early start before all the traffic hits and a tide change you will be in with a great chance of landing the illusive Jewfish. Tidal flow is a big issue when attempting to fish the Seaway, if you can time your trip and hour before and after a tide change you should get a nice bite window to try your luck. Live baits like Pike, Mullet, Herring, Diver Whiting or Silver Biddies will do the job nicely rigged on a mono trace of up to 40lb fluorocarbon. For the lure fishos soft vibes, metal vibes and soft plastics should temp a bite fished into the school of Jew. Locating fish to target is to key to success, spend a bit of time sounding around and mark any bait or fish with the GPS and then concentrate your efforts in these areas until you are lucky enough for the fish to switch on and start biting. Some decent schools of Mangrove Jack have also been hanging around the Jewfish making a bit of a lucky dip.

Spotted Mackerel have also been on the chew around Mermaid Reef earlier in the week with reports of some good-sized Macs being landed. An early start is the key when chasing Mackerel, you will find the boats that do well are on the spot and get the burly trail on the go as soon as possible. The schools of fish will patrol the reef system, the positive of the burley trail is when the fish are near your boat you have a better chance of keeping them is the strike zone of you boat for much longer. Keep on casting metal slugs whilst soaking boats, this method teases the fish to the boat and is very affective to get the Macs excited and into feed mode and also produces a good number of hook ups.  Small WA pilchards or half larger WA pilchards are the great bait and also cubed into burley is very affective. Live baits will also work and can also temp a bigger Spanish Mackerel to have a crack. Palm Beach Reef and the Gravel Patch has also fished well the past few weeks.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the river has become very muddy again after another dumping of rain in the catchment. We have been fishing the deeper holes in the mid sections with Samaki soft vibes and catching Flathead and large numbers of Bream. Until the water clears more try fishing the run-in tides leading up to full moon this week with vibes for Mulloway, Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Trevally from the golf club to Stotts.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the water has continued to clear and warm up, which has suited Mangrove Jack fishing. We caught and released jacks up to 52cm this week. If the warm weather continues there should be a good bite leading up to full moon on Friday. The sand flats have been quieter than usual this week due to the tiny neap tides. We have been finding Whiting on vibes and yabbies in the deeper channels where there is more tidal flow. It was also good to see lots of Tuskfish, Flounder, Squid, Tarwhine and Flathead on the calm water reef areas in the Gold Coast Broadwater. The river was slow due to the neap tides. The bigger tides this week will help but hot water in the shallows is not ideal for some species like Flathead. There is unbelievable numbers of Bream everywhere in the canals. Have a go for them with MMD soft prawns.

January 20, 2021                                                                                             

The annual run of Little Black Marlin off the Gold Coast has been the best on record for many years with some lucky boats catching and releasing over 20 Black Marlin per day in the Gold Coast Game and Sport Fish Clubs Light Tackle Tournament held last weekend. Local Fishos and Charter boats have also been getting in on the action with fantastic numbers of fish being caught putting massive smiles on all anglers involved. The best fishing at the moment has been in the 80m mark off the Gold Coast around Spot X holding big schools of bait which has attracted these awesome predators to feed. As the fish have been so concentrated in that area most boats have been dropping live baits rigged on circle hooks into the bait schools and waiting for the Billfish to pick off the injured bait fish out of the school, this is a very affective method given the numbers of fish. Traditionally trolling skirted small to medium lures for small Black Marlin is a preferred method for anglers if you need to cover ground to find the bait and fish this is a very visual way to fish with the surface strike action and the screaming reels from the blistering runs of these speedsters. Conditions change rapidly at times and the fish will not hold in one area for too long, if things are quiet you will need to cover ground and keep your eyes peeled on the sky and water or listen out on the two-way radio for anyone willing to share info. By catch like Wahoo, Dolphin Fish, Cobia and Mackerel are all an option depending on the water depth you choose to target. Water temp plays an important roll in where to look, it’s not uncommon to troll up a Marlin from in close starting at the bait grounds and working you way out from there. Sullies Reef and the Cottons off Jumpinpin are always worth a look as these areas have produced good numbers of fish over the years. Just remember to take care when a Marlin is boat side as they have a weapon of a beak which can do some damage if not treated with respect and they can jump without warning.

Customers reported they have done well scoring a few nice Mud Crabs after the rain during the week using Mullet and fish frames as bait. The Coomera River nearer the mouth of the North or South Arm has crabbed well, also the Pimpama River, Logan River, Nerang River, Brown Island, Jacobs Well and around Brown Bays on Russell Island have produced a feed.

Bream are loving the extra dumping of rain as they don’t mind a heap of fresh water in the system, fishos have been catching plenty this week. Bream will have a crack at just about anything you choose to use as bait and can be found schooling up in numbers around most canal entrances, bridges, jetties, rock walls and  marinas. Find the right structure and you should do well. They are a great target species for the kids to chase on school holidays.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the beginning of the week was especially good with nice overcast and sometimes light summer showers falling. These inclement conditions suit the fish and are slightly cooler which makes things more comfortable for us anglers. We really mixed up the techniques this week with some deep water trolling as well as some deep-water jigging. With the water starting to clear up after the recent flooding it even enabled us to do a bit of surface popper fishing around the top of the tides. The species caught this week were Whiting, Flathead, Bream, Jewfish, Giant Trevally and Mangrove Jacks with atomic minnows, samiki vibelicous and mmd splash prawn lures doing the job. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we mixed it up this week with some fishing in Nerang River getting some good Flathead on Westin soft plastics and Samaki 70mm soft vibes. While in the Gold Coast Broadwater good catches of Sand Whiting continue to provide plenty of entertainment on ultra-light tackle. On busy days you need to find quieter areas away from the water traffic, or the fish get timid as the day goes on. There is big schools of Winter Whiting in the Southern Broadwater. We also fished for Mangrove Jacks, catching and releasing two nice fish 51cm and 54cm early in the week. The big new moon tides have been tricky to fish, I’ve been finding the run out most successful. The first few days of this coming week the flow drops off considerably in the mornings, which will suit the banks at first then the deeper channels and seaway later in the week for Mulloway.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports Marlin have been chewing there heads off in 80m of water on live slimeys, yakkas and trolling lures. Bottom fishing Snapper, Pearlies Trag Jew and also for Mackerel in close has been producing some great feeds for happy anglers. 

January 15, 2021

If the swell drops and the wind eases as per the forecast at the time of writing the report heading offshore in search of a feed of Spotted or Spanish Mackerel will be on the cards for local Fishos on the Gold Coast. Palm Beach Reef and Mermaid Reef have both produced some good catches of quality Spotted Mackerel over Christmas and into the new year, they are great fun to target and put up good fight on lighter tackle.  An early start is a must, make sure you sound around and find some bait to anchor up on and start the burley trail to attract the predators, I usually run a combination of baits and throwing metal slugs around to attract the fish to the boat and stir up fish that are not in feeding mode. Quite often the majority of fish will come on fast retrieved slugs around the 25 to 40gram mark, just change sizes until you can match the hatch of the bait fish they are feeding on at the time. For baits I normally run single strand wire around 15lb combined with a 2/0 or 3/0 chemically sharpened bait holder hook baited with a half pilchard will do the job. Some good size Spanish will be feeding in the same area so be prepared for one of these powerful speedsters to hit at any time. Some other good spots worth a look are the Gravel Patch, Local Bait Reefs off the Seaway and also the 18-fathom line will fish well. Burley is a must and will make a big difference to the days fishing.

We have seen a bit of Bull Shark action again this week in the canals and rivers with a variety of sizes of Sharks being landed. My preferred rig is a plastic-coated nylon trace of aprox 1 to 1.5m in length of either 50 to 100 pound crimped to a suitable sized swivel on one end then matched with either a size 6 to 8 circle or octopus hook depending if are catching and releasing or wanting to keep a feed. A small piece of Pike Eel or Fresh Water Eel makes great bait are a good option especially if there are a few Mud Crabs around munching on the baits. The Coomera River, Pimpama River, Nerang River, Logan River and the Neverfails are all good spots to try your luck. Jumpinpin has also produced a few juvanile Hammer Head and small Black Tip Sharks being caught around the Bar entrance and Tiger Mullet Channel.

The Gold Coast Seaway is still fishing well for school sized Jewfish and has also been holding some decent schools of Mangrove Jack. Drifting live baits is the most productive method to target these awesome fish. Live Yakkas, Pike, Mullet or Herring are the pick of the baits, try to time your trip around as tide change with the bite time usually around an hour before and an hour after the tide change being the most productive.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the deep holes that can be found in the lower parts of the Tweed River proved to be fishing the best again this week. I was going to try some holes further up the river but found that the water was still quite muddy after the recent flood, as well as another 200mm falling in upper catchment 2 days ago. Giant Trevally as well as Flathead and a few small Jewies known as Soapies were on offer in the deep holes. Drifting and deep-water jigging with Samaki vibes and Ecogear zx 40 lures worked the best for this technique with the darker colours producing the goods.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports a busy week as usual for this time of year, and some very good fishing in the river for Flathead, Mulloway, Tarwhine, and Mud Crabs, while the sand banks in the Broadwater produced some stonker Whiting, school Flathead, Tarwhine, masses of Bream and Sand Crab. The weather has been mixed but that has not stopped us having a heap of fun on light tackle. Again, yabbies have worked well, and Pontoon 21 lures crackjack and Samaki Vibelicious lures coated in Sax scent UV goldprawn. The middle half of the run in tide over the flats have been best lately. This week we’ll look for Mangrove Jacks, and during the day the bigger new moon tides should get the flats firing.

Hope you have a great week! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.
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January 8, 2021

Customers had a good run offshore before the South Easterly winds and swell kicked in managing to find a few nice Black Marlin and Dolphin Fish from the Tweed and Gold Coast this week. Off the Gold Coast some of the Marlin have been pretty big in close with some fish between 60kg to 120kg showing up amongst the smaller Blacks giving anglers a good run for their money. Boats are reporting multiple strikes and fish caught and released which is great news to see good numbers of Marlin moving through the Gold and Tweed Coast reefs. The fads on the 36 fathom reefs have been holding good sized Dolphin Fish as well and Black Marlin, also work the 36 fathom line, spot X and the 50 fathom line to find good fishing. Always be on the lookout for surface activity, birds working bait schools and the skipper keep an eye on the sounder for any signs of life, on a good quality sounder a single Marlin can be picked out around a bait school as a single big arch.  

Reports of quality Mangrove Jack have been coming in this week, the warm water temp up the rivers is making them quite active especially after the rain has stirred up the bait fish. The Coomera River holds some top-quality fish, try the Highway Bridge, Regatta Waters boat ramp and rock bar, Railway Bridge for those with boat access.  Also next to our shop at the end of Shipper Drive, Santa Barbara boat ramp, Coomera Waters boats ramp and jetty or the Hope Island Bridges are all worth a go. Other good spots are Sovereign Island, bridges at Paradise Point, Runaway Bay canals and the Nerang River bridges, pontoons and rock walls. The Gold Coast Seaway has also been holding some big schools of Jacks waiting to head out to the offshore reefs to menace bait fish and anglers. The Jacks have been hanging around with schools of Jewfish which have been feeding well the past week. Live Mullet, Winter Whiting, Herring or Pike are great. Also throwing a mixture of Zman plastics and Zerek hard body lures have been working a treat for those that prefer to fish lures.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports I had my first trip back on the water yesterday after having a Xmas break with my family. My clients Steve and his son Jimmy were keen to focus on deep water jigging with hard and soft bodied vibes in a few of the many deep holes that can be found in the Tweed river. This suited me as it is a great technique, and the tides were perfect with two tide changes during the duration of the trip. The key to success when fishing the deep holes are tide changes and finding big schools of bait on the sounder that are holding close to the bottom. The result was fantastic with a variety of species coming up from the depths which included Bream, Whiting, Big Eye and Giant Trevally as well as a heap of Flatties and a nice Jewfish. We had a bit of bad luck with the trebles on the samiki vibe pulling free on a massive Jew right beside the boat and just out of net range but that is fishing. As I predicted the recent flood has really fired up the action and the fishing is looking great for the start of the 2021 season. Please use absolute caution on the river as there a still big logs floating around everywhere after the flood. We saw one boat hit a log at speed and tore the transducer off the back of his boat but the damage could have been much worse. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it’s been two weeks since the Gold Coast received drought breaking rain and the middle reaches of the Nerang river are fishing extremely well for an abundance of Flathead, Whiting, Bream, Trevally, and a crazy amount of Bream. All these fish are feeding on jelly prawns which have been flushed out of creeks and drains. River Prawns, Yabbies, Ecogear ZX blades, Samaki vibes, and Pontoon 21 crackjack 48 sp dr hardbodies are all proven to catch huge numbers of fish in these areas. I’ll be fishing both the river and Broadwater at times this month depending on tides and weather. The Mangrove Jacks will start to become easier to find this month if we don’t get more floods. The monster Whiting I’ve been targeting on Broadwater flats charters will be around still, and what a season it’s been already with 24 of them now exceeding 40cm, and many over 35cm. The seaway will fish well on the smaller tides for Mulloway and Jacks, while the Broadwater reefs will start to fire for Tuskfish, Flathead and Whiting.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters Reports Plenty of marlin along the 50 fathom line, try trolling live bait and lures. Still some nice dollies on the 36 and 50 fathom fads and good catches of Spottie Mackerel in close at palm beach and mermaid reef.

December 31, 2020                                                      

Hi Everyone, hope you have all had a good week, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have been lucky so far with some good weather conditions for everyone to enjoy over the break with fairly light winds and not too much swell on the Gold and Tweed Coasts. There has been no shortage of boat and jet ski traffic for anglers to dodge so far this week. With a few showers on the way for the weekend let’s have a look at how the fishing has been.

Great news for Mackerel fans with good numbers of Spotted Mackerel showing up just in time for Christmas, local anglers Paul and Hunter Wilshire (see photo in report) have had a couple of good sessions downs around Mermaid and Palm Beach reefs to finish up 2020. They did well coming up trumps slow trolling WA Pilchards with a pink overskirts attached, this is a great method for covering ground and locating schools of Mackerel to target. If you are lucky enough to find bait schools holding Mackerel, you can anchor up and start a burly trail to get the fish feeding and then feedback some unweighted half or pieces of WA pilchard rigged on light single strand wire this is an extremely productive method. I also recommend casting metal slugs around to cover ground when bait fishing as fish will quite often follow the slugs back to your boat and burley trail if they don’t get hooked first.

Anglers have reported more pelagic action with good numbers of little Black Marlin showing up off the Gold Coast just in time for Christmas with reports of up to 6 fish being tagged and released in a day. Most of the action has been around the 70 to 80 metre mark from the 36 fathoms out to spot X East of the Gold Coast Seaway. Smaller boats should have no issues accessing the fishing grounds on a good day, just keep your eye the weather to pick a good safe window. Trolling small to medium sized skirted lures is my favourite way to target Billfish, the surface action including the strike, screaming runs and multiple jumping action is one of the best adrenalin rushes you can get as an angler. Bait is the key to finding Billfish and conditions are changing daily, if you have mates on the water in another boat try working together to find action, this is particularly important ingredient to having a successful days fishing. If the fish are sitting deep on the bait and cannot be raised to the surface the other option is to drop a live bait down on a circle hook to entice the bite. All the fads along the 36-fathom line will be worth a troll as they will tend to attract bait which will intern attract Marlin, Dolphin Fish and Wahoo which are all great fun to target.

In the estuaries try your luck for a feed of Whiting and Flathead, they have been biting well now the water quality is staring to clean up a bit after the rain. Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Crab Island, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel and the Logan River should produce a feed. Yabbies will make the best all round bait for both Flathead and Whiting, worms are great choice to target Whiting. For Flathead also try Prawns, White Pilchards, WA Pilchards or Mullet Fillet.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the river has been too muddy and too dangerous to fish with lots of debris still flowing down the river with the massive rain event with well over 500mm of rain falling in the upper catchment. I timed yesterday’s exploratory trip close to the river entrance on the run in tide to take advantage of the clean oceanic water pushing in against the dirty river water. I only spent a couple of hours prospecting around a relatively small section of the river and managed to rustle up a few Flatties, Bream and Whiting by trolling and jigging a combination of hard and soft bodied lures. By next week I am expecting things to be fantastic with some great fishing on offer and a great start leading into the new year. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports I just fished a couple of days this week after waiting for flood waters to start clearing, once again finding some nice big Whiting, Flathead, and Bream for my customers. I’m having a few days off over Chrissie, then back on the water after Boxing Day. I am fully booked until February but there may be a few days becoming available in January due to the border situations and Jack charters getting postponed due to the fresh. I had the fishing tussle of my life doing battle on 2 lb line for over three hours with a flathead that looked close to 90cm. I came off sunburnt, cramping, and beaten by the beast. I also lost my Iphone xr in the process. A lesson learnt. Thanks to Glenn for your patience, he did well though landing a beautiful 41cm Whiting on 3 lb line. On Tuesday return guests Gerard and son James came fishing, and went home with a nice feed of fish, and both caught some solid Whiting. The water up the rivers is still a chocolate milk colour but there will be Flathead and Whiting feeding on the bottom in the heavier salty water. Near the mouth the run in tide is pushing in clearer water so there’ll be lots of fish around the colour change lines. Yabbies and flashy or bright lures will work well.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports Black Marlin are showing up in good numbers anywhere from 36 fathoms out to the 50 fathoms trolling skirted lures or using live baits, we are also catching some good size Dolphin fish as well. The current has been very strong making it harder for the bottom fishing, still try your luck around the fads for the dolphin fish.

December 25, 2020

Christmas is traditionally a very busy time on the water, we hope everyone heading out enjoys a well earnt break with family and friends.  Just because there will be a bit more boat traffic around it does not mean the fishing will be quiet, the fish on the Gold Coast are used to lots of boat and jet ski traffic, It’s always worth wetting a line and trying you luck.

After the latest flush out the southern Broadwater has been producing a great variety of different species. The big swell and tides have really stirred up the feed, it’s great to see plenty of juvenile Snapper and some bigger models along with, Spangled Emperor, Grassy Sweetlip, Tuskfish and Moses hanging around the gravel and coffee rock areas.  The Gold Coast Seaway, Wave Break Island, the main channel from the Seaway north to Currigee, Sovereign Island and Ephraim Island all offer great structure to target these fish. Drifting with Prawns, White Pilchards and Yabbies works well.  For the lure fisho’s try working TT Switch Blades, Zerek Fish Trap soft vibes or Zman Soft Plastics.  No matter what size fish you catch they certainly will put up a great fight, just be aware of the legal-size limit if you want to keep a feed.  

Mud Crabs have been on the move as predicted around the Tweed and Gold Coast waterways after all the rain. Anglers lucky enough to get out last weekend and put in the effort and were rewarded with some quality Mud Crabs like Brett Doolan (see photo in report) landing a great haul just in time for Christmas. The big tides also help giving all the feeder creeks up the river a big flush, now the weather has settled it’s just a matter of hunting around until you find an area and depth of water that is productive. The Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Cobby passage and Logan River will be prime areas to soak the pots. Sand Crabs have also been around in fairly good numbers, the flush also pushes them around the main channels in schools. Try targeting the edges of the drop offs of main channels and sandbanks with weed edges as these areas will tend to hold Sand Crabs. Just like Mud Crabs the Sandies will much rather fresh bait like fish frames and whole Mullet. It’s worth keeping a good eye on your pots as some undesirable people can’t help themselves and will unfortunately check your pots. It’s worth taking the rods and having a fish nearby. 

Bread and butter species like Bream and Whiting have been actively feeding after the rain. Bream tend to love a good flush out and are very tolerant of fresh water being able to happily feed in close to brackish water and have been around in good numbers and will pretty much have a crack at any bait thrown at them. Whiting have been pushed out of the rivers last week but should slowly be making their way back upriver this week. Most yabbie banks have produced some quality Whiting in the Broadwater and around Jumpinpin.

Customers have reported a bit more Bull Shark activity this week in the Coomera River, The Broadwater Main Channels, Logan River and Nerang River systems. Nice hot humid days after all the rain tends to stir the Sharks up as they search for a feed of bait fish that have been flushed out from upstream. It does not matter whether you fish during the daytime or night-time fishos have been getting plenty of hook ups. I recommend using a nylon coated wire trace between around 50 to 100lb that should sort out most of the average sized Sharks you are most likely to encounter. Rigged with a size 6 to 8 hook and a sinker to get in onto the bottom. Fresh Water Eel, Mullet or Catfish make great baits, I also recommend using burley to increase your chances of finding your target species.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports at present the Tweed River is still a bit dangerous with the water being extremely muddy and all types of debris floating around including lots of trees and big logs floating around. When the conditions start to clean up, we are looking at some seriously good fishing for the start of 2021. Huge rain events induce the spawning of bait and fish so the Mangrove Jacks, Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Jew Fish will be biting their heads off. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this is the flush out our creeks needed for excellent fishing over coming months. I headed out solo yesterday to have a look, and while the water is muddy in places there is still fish to be found on run in tides. I caught about 20 Flathead, Whiting and Bream and 8 big Blue Swimmer Crabs. The water cleared quite quickly on the run in, then got dirty again quickly on the start of the run out. The fish then move to deeper, more saline water. Yabbies work very well in dirty water, and if you are using lures try flashy, dark, and UV colours. The king tides make way for neaps this week which allows the water to settle more too. For the holiday anglers I would stick to the downstream areas. Yabbies on light lines and small hooks and sinkers are the go when fishing with the kids. Always start fishing near where you pumped them as there will be fish close to their food source. 6 lb monofilament line is all you need. Ecogear ZX40 & 43 blades, and Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes will work well jigged in the deeper channels. Best areas will be the edges of the main channel between Sundale bridge and the tip of the Spit, the Western side of the main channel next to Carters bank, and the reef area in 5-7 metres depth between South Currigee and North Currigee. Smear some Smithy’s UV prawn Sax scent on your lures regularly to enhance them in the dirty water. The Seaway pipe and North wall hole will fish well for mulloway. Concentrate your efforts around tide changes with live baits such as pike, mullet, and whiting.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports after the rough weather last week the black Marlin have started showing up in good numbers anywhere from 36 fathoms out to the 50 fathoms trolling skirted lures or live baits also catching some good size Dolphin fish as well. The current has been very strong and making it harder for the bottom fishing, still try your luck around the fads for the dolphin fish.

December 18, 2020

Wild windy wet conditions for the Gold and Tweed Coast last weekend and early in the week put a hold on outdoor activities until conditions settled down. Massive swell, strong winds, high tides and rain runoff has stirred up the fishing conditions considerably for the next week or so. The good news is the run off will do wonders for the coming months and should get the Mud Crabs on the move just in time for Christmas. Let’s have a look at some options for the weekend.

After hundreds of mm of rain has fallen on the Gold and Tweed coast knowing what to target and where will need a bit of thought if you are keen to come up trumps. A good flush out of rain will usually get the Mud Crabs on the move and with Christmas around the corner I would recommend getting the pots in the water as soon as possible as there should be a great feed on offer. I would generally start looking more towards the river mouths around either the Tweed, Tallebudgera, Currumbin, Coomera, Pimpama and Logan Rivers as the crabs will tend to be pushed out of the feeder creeks and be looking for a bit more salty water. You will probably have to move your pots around until you can find a bit more of a concentration of Muddies to target, when setting the pots make sure you spread them out over a few different depths of water. Fresh bait is the key, I prefer to use fish frames I keep after a trip. Mullet Fillet or raw chicken will also work well. I recommend changing the baits regularly for best results as crabs would prefer fresh than smelly old rotten bait.      

When looking for fish to target I would again start to look around the river mouths, deeper main channels and ocean entrances for some tell tails signs. A tide line is where the fresh water meets salt water and will make quite a distinct line of different colours of water. These areas are prime spots to target predators ambushing bait fish that have been washed out of the rivers. Some of the common species you can expect to find in these areas will be Trevally, Jewfish, Tailor, Tarpon but you just never know what might turn up. Live bait like herring, pike or mullet will work well, I also really like using metal vibe lures around the half ounce weight as they make a vibration that mimics a wounded bait fish are irresistible to most species in the system.

Bream love a fresh water flush and will be chewing their heads off in most areas you would normally target them like jetties, bridges and rock walls. These are a great fish for kids to target as we have a bunch of land-based areas to choose from around the coast.

Once the swell finally settles trolling for a Black Marlin will be a great option as the strong winds have pushed in a heap of warm water closer to the coast, water temp jumped from 21.9 to 25.5 degrees which is prime temp to hold pelagic species like Marlin, Wahoo and Dolphin fish. The fads on 36,s will be worth a go the along with the 50 fathom line. Sullies and the Cottons off the Pin will fish well if holding bait and also the local 24 fathom and 18 fathom grounds will produce there fair share of fish during a season. Trolling small to mid-sized skirted lures such as Pakula’s is a great way to cover ground and they work a treat accounting for plenty of hook ups during a season.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we once again attacked the shallows and caught good numbers of Whiting and Bream with some monster sized fish hammering our surface lures. The tides were also perfect this week as we started and finished our trips around tide changes which is the best times to deep water jig some Samaki vibelicous vibes in the deep holes. Bouncing the vibes along the bottom in the 10 to 12 metre line in the holes produced some school sized Flatties the odd big Bream and some good sized Jewies. The thing I like the most about the Tweed apart from the lack of boat and jetski traffic is that you can be fishing in one foot of water across the flats and then move only 50 to 100 metres and be fishing in deep holes that are 10 to 14 metres deep. I went back out for a couple of hours after finishing a trip and banged this quality Jewfish on a Samaki vibelicious vibe

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports I had a new Yamaha 90 hp 4 stroke motor fitted at Stones Corner marine in Brisbane. I picked it up on Wednesday and was impressed by the highly professional and super helpful approach by James and the team. Completely stoked with the motor, they do not come better than Yamaha, and I highly recommend these premium motors and the dealership at Stones Corner. Last weekend I had Bruce and his son Mitch on board, and we had a great day and some memorable catches. Mitch caught and released his first ever flathead, and first fish on a lure, a lovely 76cm girl on a Daiwa Bait junkie 3.2 inch lure. Bruce then caught the biggest whiting of the day, a beautiful 41cm model.

December 10, 2020

School Holidays are finally here, and it is a great time to get the kids out of the house and have some good old-fashioned fun and go fishing. We have plenty of fishing locations on the Gold and Tweed Coasts for kids to try their luck either land based or out in a boat if you are lucky enough to own one. Some good spots to try are the Coomera Waters boat ramp or Highway Bridge, Grand Hotel Labrador, Broadwater Parklands, Southport Bridge, Marine Stadium, Paradise Point, Hope Island, Nerang River Tweed River and Tallebudgera or Currumbin Creek. A basic kiddies combo or light estuary outfit with a running sinker rig will do the job on bread and butter species like Bream, Tarwhine, Whiting, Flathead and Trevally just to name a few. Yabbies make great bait and are also fun for the kids to pump, they can be accessed on selected beaches on the Gold Coast on the run out tide, try fishing the same areas you catch your bait in as the tide rises and fish will most likely be feeding in these areas. Prawns, Worms and White Pilchards also make good bait.

With some wind on the way trying your luck up the rivers for a Whiting will be a great option, good numbers of fish have been caught consistently over the past few months and as Summer kicks off they should start biting well especially around the moon phases with larger tides. The Nerang River is a great spot to try when it is blowing with may sandbanks and corners to get some respite from the wind. The best bait is Bloodworms up the River followed by Beach Worms then Yabbies. Fishing gear of choice would normally comprise of a 7ft -11ft  light estuary rod rigged with either 6 -9lb mono, 6 lb fluro carbon trace and either a 4 – 5 ball sinker with a hook designed for the bait of choice, for worms a sized 6 short shank baitholder hook is best. You may have to move a few times to find the schools of Whiting actively feeding, I would normally try for about 30min, if the fish are quiet just move onto the next spot until you get consistent hook-ups. Other spots that produce quality Whiting are the Coomera River North and South Arms, Pimpama River, Logan River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek and the Tweed River.  

Wayne Young and Brett Van Latham (see photo in report) had a good trip earlier in the week before the wind and swell kicked in scoring a great feed of good sized Snapper Float Lining on the inside of the 24 fathom reef off the Gold Coast. You can still catch a feed of Snapper during the summer as long the current isn’t running to hard to get your bait down in the shows of fish. Once the swell settles down it will be worth a look.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it was great to get back on the water for the back end of this week after being off the water, after some serious skin cancer operations in hospital. Spending a lifetime on the water fishing and surfing finally caught up with me so remember to be sun smart especially coming into what has already been an extremely hot start to the oncoming summer season. My clients once again frothed this week with the rush of catching a heap of quality Whiting, a few Bream, and the odd Flattie on surface lures.  This has been a sensational top water season with the good news being the season goes right through to April so don’t fret about missing out on getting an opportunity to come out and try it. A few tips for anyone wanting to try it themselves is to look for very shallow water and you need some wind blowing to break up the surface tension of the water. Fish are very reluctant to rise when the conditions are glassy so what might seem great for us does not suit them. Although we have not done much deep water jigging, we still managed to produce the odd Flattie, Bream and Whiting on Samaki soft vibes.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we are into December! That means the summer fish are in full swing. Like Brad’s Tweed report, the big Whiting are feeding hard, and we are getting 40cm+ horses just about daily, a lot of School Flathead and Bream were about this week on the sand flats. A tip for the flats: Find the stingrays and you will find the big fish. Just be incredibly careful not to stand on them while wading! A general rule of thumb do not stand on anything dark. This week there are some small tides at night which are not much use generally, but the morning ones are still productive for the sand flats. The next heat wave will certainly suit Mangrove Jacks if you can be in the right place at the right time. Any storms will get them fired up big time. Monster Whiting will best on middle of the run-in tides. Yabbies are the best bait for them in the Broadwater. Blood worms are best for up the rivers.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports fishing a few Black Marlin have been turning up in 35m to 90metres of water, try trolling skirted lures. On the 50 fathoms has been hit and miss with Dolly’s Kingys ,Ajs and Samson fish being caught, the current has been up and down the last week so it changes constantly. Out on the 36s there has been Dolphin Fish, Snapper, Trag Jew, Pearlies, Tuskies and Moses Perch.  24s has produced Jewfish, Trag Jew, Snapper, Flathead and Tuskies.  

December 4, 2020

With another great weather forecast on the cards last Saturday I headed back out offshore with my mate Wayne Young to try our luck. This time we decided to head out winder and have a look for a feed on the 36-fathom line, plenty of other boats had a similar idea with the fads seeing lots of anglers trying their luck for a Dolphin fish. We were bottom fishing looking for a feed of reef fish, the current was up making conditions a bit challenging at times, we had plenty of good shows of fish on the sounder but getting your bait down in front of them was difficult. A combination of a large sinker and just ticking the boat over in reverse did the trick and we ended up landing a few small Snapper and Bonito. We persisted for a while with good shows on offer until I got lucky getting hit on the way down, my line screamed off and after a good 15 min fight on 30lb thread line set up I was extremely happy to see a 112cm, 18kg Samson Fish hit the deck (see photo in report) making all the effort very worthwhile. We also had a drop the 24-fathom line on the way home and managed some nice size Trag Jew, Snapper, Tailor and got busted up by a couple of monsters. Float lining WA Pilchards, Squid and butterflied Yakka’s did the trick rigged on 3 x gang of 5/0 7766 Mustad Tarpon Hooks ganged with swivels between the hooks with 20 and 30lb trace.

Trolling Skirted Lures or Live baits this time of year anywhere from the Seaway to the 50 fathom line off the Tweed or Gold Coast is worth a go as we have had reports of good numbers of juvenile Black Marlin being landed from the Sunshine Coast down to Moreton Island the past week as they migrate south. Bait is the biggest indicator that predators will be close by feeding, just keep an eye on the sounder as well as in the sky for birds feeding on bait balls and scraps pushed to the surface.  Other pelagic species will be on offer as the water temp increases up like Dolphin Fish, Wahoo,Tuna and Mackerel.

Local Fishos Have reported a few Mangrove Jack being landed from the Nerang and Coomera Rivers. The Coomera River is holding good schools of Herring and Mullet at the moment which is good news for anglers chasing Jacks, Trevally and Cod.  The Nerang River has also been fishing well around the bridges from Sundale all the way down river. Try targeting jetties, pontoons, bridges and rock walls, these types of structures will be the best places to encounter a Jack or other species. Casting hard body lures or Zman 3’ or 4’ minnows are a popular choice, 30lb trace will be a good starting point to avoid getting busted off although you may have to upgrade to 40lb+ around heavy structure as you just never know what sized fish you may encounter. My preferred method is bait fishing, this can be very successful using  Live or well-presented dead baits. Herring, Mullet, Silver Biddies and Pike will work, if you can’t access live bait mullet filet also works a treat.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we have had some reasonable weather this week and we’ll take it while it lasts! Next week looks likely to be extremely hot. My wading charters have been extremely popular lately. It’s always nice to stand knee deep in cool and clear water catching a feed of delicious fish, no matter how hot it is outside. This week we once again bagged some big Whiting as well as Bream, Flathead, Flounder, and Tarwhine. All the sand banks from Labrador to Crab island produced the goods. It was just a matter of fishing on top of the banks at rising and high tide, and off the edges on the last half of the run out. Full moon usually means good whiting fishing at night. However, the evening tides do not have much coefficient to them. The best fishing times I feel are going to be during the mid-morning run out tides. This time of year, the stingrays will feed hard on the yabby banks and the big Whiting will follow them hoping to get an easy meal after the rays dig the sand up. There will also be some huge 80cm+ Flathead in the shallows preying on the big whiting.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports fishing on the 50 fathom line has been hit and miss with Dolly’s, Kingys ,Ajs and Samson fish, the current has been up and down the last week so it is making a bit difficult at times. On the 36s there has been Dolphin Fish Snapper, Trag Jew, Pearlies, Tuskies and Moses Perch on the chew again.  

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November 27, 2020

I was lucky enough to get an invite from Wayne Young last Saturday to head offshore, with an awesome forecast on the way I was looking forward to an early start. With the sun rising earlier every day we hit the water at 4am and headed out through the Gold Coast Seaway to get the dawn bite. We fished around the 24 and 18 fathom reefs, there was plenty of bait around most areas we looked at, the early bite was a bit slow with plenty of small Snapper, Pearl Perch and Trevally on the bite. We then changed tactics and tried to look for an area with less bait off the main reef and found some better quality fish sitting on more isolated structure and straight away we scored some nice Maori Cod and better sized Squire. My daughter Bec ended up with the fish of the trip hooking onto a quality Snapper making getting up early a bit more fun. We ended up getting busted up and dropping a couple of nice ones but that is all part of fishing giving you incentive to get out there again to try your luck. We used a mixture of WA Pilchards, Large Squid, Fresh Trevally Flesh and butterflied Slimy Mackerel for bait coupled with a solid burley trail ended up doing the trick nicely. Float lining is the best method to present your baits, my rig of choice is 3 x gang of 5/0 7766 Mustad Tarpon Hooks ganged with swivels between the hooks and a small ball sinker, just adjust your sinker weight to suit the current strength on the day and hopefully you will come up trumps with some nice fish.

Local Fishos reported some good numbers of Flathead in and around the Gold Coast Seaway entrance, a single large breeding female fish can attract big numbers of smaller male fish around that good eating size of 45 to 55cm. If you manage to catch and release a big Flathead keep working that area as there is a good chance of larger numbers of hungry Flathead lying in wait nearby. I like to mix up methods when targeting Flathead in deeper water, half ounce Blades or soft plastics around 4 inches long are the perfect allrounder to use. Jumpinpin Bar area will also be worth a go, Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Pandanus Island and the Bedrooms should all be holding fish.

Jumpinpin is producing good numbers of quality Whiting at the moment with Fishos scoring some great feeds of these tasty fish. Yabbies have been the best bait for fishing the sandbanks and flats around Pandanus Island, Northern Bedrooms, Green Bank and Tipplers Island. Closer to Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point and The Logan River Bloodworms will make a much better bait and will usually attract the larger elbow slappers to bite.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports once again, we battled through some very hot and extremely windy days but the fishing was fantastic. The good thing about a big natural river like the Tweed is that it offers a lot of variety, and places that provide good fishing and shelter from the prevailing wind directions.  The surface fishing with bassday sugerpen and mmd splash prawns was dynamic and as a guide it is so rewarding to watch my clients excitement as they watch the Whiting , Bream and Flathead rise from the bottom to take the surface lures. I know that I write about the surface fishing every week, but it is the in thing all through our summer months. My friend and regular client Robbo who came surface fishing with me last week booked again and asked if we could go further up the river and deep-water jig for the day and that also produced some good results. We sounded the holes looking for some bait and fish marking on the sounder which were hard to find but once we found a drop the action was great. Jigging ZX40 and Samaki vibelicous vibes through the bait in around the 10-metre line through the holes produced a bunch of school sized Flatties, Giant Trevally and nice Jew Fish.     

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports some nice variety caught on my charters this week with Mangrove Jacks, Estuary Cod, monster Whiting, Flathead and more . It was great to see some big Jacks again since the off season, there is nothing quite like them for an adrenalin thrill in estuary fishing I reckon. The Estuary Cod that Lex caught and released on Tuesday night put up a hell of a fight too, it weighed 7 kg. The rest of the week we chased and found some big Sand Whiting and there were plenty of Flathead mixed in with them as well as Flounder and Bream. We have some good tides over the coming days for the monster Whiting, and with some wind they will be on the chew. Forget the almanac, if fish are hungry, they will eat, simple as that. The best areas to fish have been the banks near the Broadwater caravan park and Wavebreak island, especially during the middle two hours of tidal flow. Yabbies are the best bait and MMD splash prawns the best lures, especially in honeybee, and banana bender colours on calm, clear days and Sunburnt jelly in cloudier and/ or windier conditions.

On the 50 fathoms there has been real big Dolphin fish, Kingys, Ajs and Samson fish, the current has been up the last week that changes a few things. On the 36s there has been Dolphin Fish, Snapper Trag Jew, Pearlies, Tuskies and Moses Perch.

November 20, 2020

Locals have reported some great fishing in the Gold Coast Seaway the past week with some good catches of Jew Fish and Mangrove Jack being landed by lucky anglers willing to put in the time and effort. Live baits like Yakkas, Pike and Herring have been working well fished around the North Wall and Pipeline area. As the tide flows very quickly, timing is key to success with the best time to try your luck being an hour before and an hour after a tide change. A bit heavier outfit is recommended around 20 to 30 lb braid and 30 to 40lb leader is a good starting point, it you get busted off just upsize the leader a bit. If things are a bit quiet just have a drift around until you come across bait or fish to target. You also have a good change of some nice by catch like Snapper, Cod, Trevally, Flathead, Tailor and Sweetlips which are all great fun to land.

With the wind and swell tipped to ease this weekend heading offshore is a good option with a few different species to target as the water temp warms up. The closer 18 to 24 fathom reefs will still be holding big Snapper, Jewfish, Moses Perch, Tusk Fish, the odd Cobia and Trag Jew if you are keen to chase a feed of reef fish. You may also come across a few Mackerel this time of year, so it is always worth keeping some wire in the tackle box and some metal slugs onboard just in case. Further out the 36 fathoms have been producing some nice Dolphin fish around the fads lately, I recommend having a few options to throw at them such as live baits, WA Pilchards, Soft Plastics, Stick Baits and Surface Poppers will hopefully get the job done. Trolling lures will also be worth a go around the 36 or 50 fathoms reefs with some great Dolphin Fish around at the moment, again if you can find the warmer water you may also be in with a chance of an early season Black Marlin or Wahoo. When trolling keep an eye on the sounder for temperature breaks which can be a sign that bait and fish may be in the area. Also I recommend to keep an eye on the sky for bird activity and also the water for any splashes or surface action that may mean fish feeding on bait.  

There has been plenty of nice Whiting, Bream and a few good Flathead on offer around Jumpinpin and the Broadwater for anglers both land based and out in the boat. Try the Nerang River, Marine Stadium, Broadwater foreshore from Charis Seafoods north to Howard Street, Crab Island, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Pandanus Island, Cabbage Tree Point and the Logan River. Live yabbies are great bait and will work well on all the above species, for Whiting and Bream worms are also fantastic bait. Bream and Flathead will also bite on White Pilchards, Prawns and Mullet Fillet.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports on the water this week was once again it’s all about  fishing the flats and having fun with some good quality Whiting, a few Bream and the odd Flattie rising up from the bottom to smash the mmd splash prawns and bassday suga pen surface poppers. It was also exciting to find a new ridge line in the middle of the river that I have motored over all my life which I experimented with at the bottom of the tide and did not get a lot of fish but my client Robbo got some serious quality whiting on surface lures. To round up the week one of the deep holes had some good bait schools holding and deep-water jigging with the samaki vibelicous vibes produced a couple of Jewies.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week It’s been great to get my customers onto some good bags of Whiting and some big ones once again this week. Although the tides haven’t been ideal with big draining ones during the day, we have worked hard to find where the fish are holding. Using ultra-light tackle with Atomic Arrowz 1-5 lb rods, and Shimano Sienna 1000 reels spooled with 3 lb line is so much fun while wading the sand banks in shallow water. Often ankle to knee deep water is where the big Whiting, School Flathead and Bream are. I always look for where the stingrays are feeding, and the fish are usually nearby. The rays are a friendly bunch however care is needed to not stand on one. Always approach them from front so they can see you and slowly move off. Yabbies are the best bait around the banks, while MMD splash prawns and Pro Lure ST72 lures are great for surface luring and cranking.

I had a look around Crab island to try the vibes but the Northerly wind had blown in the dreaded snot weed again. It’s best to concentrate fishing at the Southern Broadwater and the edges of banks at the moment.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms is still fishing well with some good size Amber Jack and Yellow Tail Kingfish hitting live baits. Try fishing the 36 fathoms line for a feed of Snapper, Trag Jew, Tusk fish and some top quality Dolphin have been holding up on the fads. The 18 and 24 fathoms reefs are producing a few nice Jewfish, Snapper and mixed reefies. 

November 13, 2020

As the weather heats up targeting Bull Sharks throughout our Rivers, Canals and main systems will be at the top of many Fishos list of things to do. Sharks are prolific through out the Gold and Tweed Coasts and will just about show up anywhere. You don’t need a heavy tackle outfit to target the average Bull Shark, I recommend a medium sized estuary outfit rod between 6 to 7ft and 15 to 20lb pound mono will just about take care of the majority of sharks you will encounter. Wire trace is essential as they have razor sharp teeth, I usually run a mixture of 50lb to 100lb trace, a single 8/0 hook on a running sinker rig. Most tackle stores will sell pre maid shark rigs if you are not sure how to make them up, nylon coated wire trace is a must have as Sharks have multiple sensors in their nose as will pick up electrical current from plain wire which will limit the amount of bites you get. My favourite bait is Fresh water Eel by far the standout then followed by Pike Eel, you only need a small section of Eel usually about 5 to 8 cm long is heaps. Eel is a durable and hardy bait that can withstand being attacked by Mud Crabs and Bream unlike Mullet Fillet etc which will not last long. Hook exposure when using Eel is important and will help to increase hook up rate. Live baits are also a great option, Mullet, Whiting or Bream will all work, just make sure your baits are legal size. Some good spots to start to look either by boat or land based are the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Broadbeach Canals, Coomera River, Pimpama River, The Never Fails Islands, Jacobs Well and the Logan River. Just be careful when you are de hooking or handling these Sharks as even the smallest pups have a very mean set of teeth.

Good numbers of quality Whiting have again been landed this week around the Gold Coast, the Nerang River has produced some quality feeds for lucky anglers on bloodworms and yabbies as bait. Most of the sandbanks around Jumpinpin and the Broadwater which hold good numbers of yabbies are also holding schools of Whiting feeding during different stages of the tide. As the saying goes no run no fun for Whiting so as long as the water is flowing just keep moving around until you can locate fish to target. Other favourite spots are Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well Shoals, Bedrooms and the Logan River. Fishing at night this time of year is recommended with the bigger fish tending to feed after dark. Fishing light is the key, a long 6lb fluorocarbon leader, sized 6 bait keeper hook, 4 ball sinker is a pretty standard rig for worms just upsize your hook a bit of you are using yabbies for bait.  

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports we worked hard again this week with most days pretty windy and the water was a bit grainy as a result of the wind and rain. Nevertheless we still produced some fun fishing and some nice quality fish. The surface action was fun with the MMD splash prawns in the cooked prawn colour working well and producing a lot of Whiting, some Bream, and the odd Flathead. Flathead are dramatic when they rise from the bottom as they leave a swirl of sand and mud on the bottom and a hole on the surface of the water as their bucket mouths scoff down the lure. As always we mix up the techniques and caught some Flathead, Bream, Whiting and a few small GT’s jigging Samaki vibes and trolling hard bodied minnows. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week similar to Smithy’s report we had a fair amount of strong wind at the Gold Coast Broadwater. It did help the fishing though, with the sandbanks producing many solid Whiting close to 40cm, and nice Bream, Blue Swimmer Crabs and Flathead. The wind creates surface chop which gives the fish confidence in the shallow water, even on sunny days. The peak bite session occurred in the four day lead up to full moon and two days after, with mornings best. The slowest time around the banks was at high tide. Using light fluorocarbon is essential to fool the bigger ones during the day.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms is still fishing well with some good size Amber Jack and Yellow Tail Kingfish hitting live baits. Try fishing the 36 fathoms line for a feed of Snapper, Trag Jew, Tusk fish and some top quality Dolphin have been holding up on the fads. The 18 and 24 fathoms reefs are producing a few nice Jewfish, Snapper and mixed reefies. 

November 6, 2020                                                                                             

Customers have reported that some quality Mangrove Jack are being caught as the weather heats up, they really like those humid stormy conditions which tend to switch on their feeding patterns making them aggressive. We are blessed on the Gold and Tweed Coasts to have a great variety of spots to target Mangrove Jack from on the water or from the shore. The Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River and the Canal systems south to Broadbeach, Runaway Bay, Paradise Point, Coomera River and Logan River all being prime locations. After the rain, the River and Canals have good numbers of bait schools of Herring and Mullet moving around, this is great news as the predators will be on the hunt in these areas. Lure fisho’s have also been doing well tempting some top-quality fish on a mixture of 3” to 4” minnow style soft plastics and hard body lures, just keep putting in the casts. Bycatch is common when targeting Jacks, Cod, Trevally and even the illusive Gold Coast Barramundi (keep in mind its closed season to target Barra) are awesome fun if the Jacks are slow. Just mix your methods and try either daytime or night time sessions and I’m sure you will come up trumps if you put in the hours.

Sand Crabs have been around in good numbers around the Southern Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Target a few depths of water until you find better numbers of Crabs. Fresh fish frames work well and whole Mullet are also great bait.

If you are keen to get offshore just keep an eye on the forecast, at the time of writing my report Saturday was looking ok depending on the swell which is a bit big and unpredictable this week. The close reefs have been fishing well with some great catches of Jewfish being landed, Arman had a good trip with local fisho Ben White (see photo in report) coming up trumps with a pair of Jewies for a feed. Some good Snapper are on offer at the moment with a few nice fish also showing up amongst the Jew Fish. Live Yakkas and Pike make prime baits, also try butterflied Yakkas, WA Pilchards, Squid and Mullet Fillet around the 18 fathom line.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports it has been a wild week of weather some wild thunderstorms and some much-needed rain. The surface fishing action was once again dynamic with the Whiting, Bream and odd, good Flathead keen to rise off the bottom to inhale the mmd splash prawns. When the water is a bit discoloured as it is at present after the rain, I like to use a darker coloured surface lure like the cooked prawn colour for example. Apart from the surface fishing we have done some trolling with slam lures and a bit of drift jigging with the Samaki vibelicous lures for once again some Flatties, Bream and Whiting.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week mornings have been nice weather for fishing with storms developing during the afternoons so far as the weather heats up, it would be great if this trend continues over the spring and summer months.  I have been fishing the shallows once again, you have to work the tides right to get the fish and crabs but there is some quality around. They have been feeding on the lead up to full moon on Sunday. The water temp at Capri today was 26.6 which will see Jacks and Whiting in an aggressive mood. There has also been big Bream, School Flathead, solid Luderick and Tarwhine biting around Wavebreak Island.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms have been producing some good size Kingfish and Ajs on the jigs and live baits and still few Snapper and reef fish being caught also. The 36 fathom reefs still producing Trag, Snapper, Tusk Fish ,Cod also Dolphin Fish around the fads. On the 24’s some good size Jewfish were caught along with Trag, Reef Flathead and Tailor. 

October 30, 2020                                                                                             

The Gold Coast Seaway has been fishing well the past couple of weeks with good numbers of school sized Jewfish showing up for lucky local anglers putting in the hard yards. Live bait has been the best method to temp a Silver Slab to bite, live Yakkas, Pike, Garfish and Herring all make great Jew baits. The Seaway can be a hard place to fish at times with strong currents ripping through the entrance, try to time you trip to coincide with a tide change. Usually the best time to fish will be an hour before and an hour after the tide change which will also be a great bite time for predators. Try drifting around the North Wall and the pipeline until you can locate fish to target on the sounder. You will always have a chance at catching other more common species as bycatch such as Flathead, Trevally, Tailor and Bream.

Offshore fishing maybe worth a look from Sunday onwards after the swell and wind ease, just make sure you have the latest weather forecast before deciding on heading out in open water. The close reefs will be worth a go, Snapper along with a feed of Moses, Pearl Perch, Tuskfish, Trag Jew, Cobia and Jew Fish should be on offer. As the water warms up, we should start to see Spotted, School and Spanish Mackerel making an appearance on the Gold Coast. If you are fishing at anchor just remember to keep a burley trail going to increase your chances of catching a feed. 

The Rivers will be getting a bit of a flush out this week, Bream love the fresh water and will be around in good numbers chasing the bait fish and prawns being flushed out. You should also come across a few nice Trevally in the same areas. The Nerang River, Coomera, Pimpama, Logan, Tallebudgera and Tweed River will all be worth a look for a feed. The River mouths should also see some good schools of Whiting on the move after the rain.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports once again it has been a cracker of a week on the Tweed river. The surface fishing was on fire with the Whiting queuing up to smash our lures with most days averaging over 20 fish a day. We also caught some Bream and a couple of Flathead on surface as well.  Flathead are classic to watch as they rise from the bottom and use their big bucket mouths to inhale the surface lure. We also mixed it up a bit and did some trolling and deep-water jigging for some Flatties, Bream and Whiting and also managed to get a nice Jewfish so overall a great week of fishing.   

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week I went for a short family holiday Tallebudgera Creek holiday park from Monday until Thursday. It is a lovely spot and the father in law Harry and I caught heaps of big Whiting, Bream and Flathead. Last Saturday on a Broadwater charter we caught some good size sand whiting up to 42cm. Whiting have really increased in numbers and size recently and have been widespread along the Western channels from Biggera waters to Bundall council chambers. They are feeding hard on yabbies and bloodworms. We have caught 6 whiting over 40cm in the past week. Today I did a charter with regular guests Terry, Mark, and Jonathan and it was such a fun day and great weather. We caught over 40 Whiting, Bream and Long Toms on 2 and 4 lb line while wading the Southern Broadwater yabby banks.

October 23, 2020

Hi Everyone, hope you have all had a good week, some great conditions mid-week for getting out for a fish on the Gold and Tweed Coats was well received by local fishos. It looks like we will see some storms and much needed rain over the coming weekend and week, this will be great for fishing in the coming weeks as the weather heats up. let’s check out what’s been on the bite.

As the weather heats up Mangrove Jack have been more active on the Gold and Tweed Coast, with a few storms forecast to roll in over the weekend this is a great time to target these hard fighting estuary thugs as the atmospheric pressure changes just before the storm hits. Customers have reported a few Jacks showing up in the Coomera River from the Weir downstream to Coomera Waters in the North Arm and the South Arm to Paradise Point around Sovereign Islands.  These areas will start to fish better when the bait fish get flushed out when we receive more rain as we head towards summer months. Structure is essential and these areas offer multiple options to fish such as rock walls, bridge pylons, natural rock bars, and pontoons with or without moored boats. Spots like these are all prime target areas as they will hold bait fish trying to shelter from predators in the main river. Throwing soft plastics is a popular method, popular plastics are Zman Minnowz in the 3 or 4 inch range matched with heavy duty TT Headlockz jig heads. I still enjoy bait fishing and it is my go to option if things are quiet on lures, live Herring, Mullet, Silver Biddies and Winter Whiting are great bait. If you have trouble catching live bait Mullet Fillet will also work well. The Nerang River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek and Logan River all offer great structure to target Jacks, Cod and Trevally.  

Good catches of Big Snapper and quality Jewfish again this week has been the norm on the shallow reefs with local angler Ben White (see photo in report) coming up trumps with an impressive 89cm Snapper he landed from the close reefs off the Seaway. He also found a couple of great sized Jewfish later in the week. With storms on the forecast and the wind set in increase just make sure you have the latest forecast at hand before deciding to try your luck offshore.

In the Broadwater and around Jumpinpin try your luck for a mixed bag of Whiting, Flathead and Bream with some great catches coming in last weekend during the week. Yabbies have been by far the best bait for all three species and worms are always a favourite for the big Whiting. A few spots to try are the Nerang River, Marine Stadium, Wave Break Island, Crab Island, Tipplers Passage, Jacobs Well Shoals, Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Canaipa Passage and the Logan River worth a go to try and  score a mixed feed.

L: Rodney Taylor with a couple of nice Snapper
R: Lonnie with a big Whiting caught in Nerang river with Brad Smith Fishing Charters

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports this week was once again highlighted by some excellent top water action with the surface lures producing a lot of fish. Double hook ups on Whiting and Bream were a common occurrence using a combination of bassday sugerpen and mmd splash prawn lures. The exciting news is the topwater action is here to stay for months now through to April and is something that all anglers should get a chance to experience. To mix it up and show my clients some variety we have done some shallow and deep water drifts with zx 40s and samiki vibelicous vibes and caught some Flatties, Bream, Whiting and Trevally.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week at the Broadwater the highlight was some excellent fishing for Sand Whiting and Bream. The yabby banks were the place to be with the bigger new moon tides, and we caught up to 30 Sand Whiting a session with the biggest measuring 44cm during the day. On 3 lb line they are awesome fun, as are the healthy Bream that feed in the same areas. My tip is finding where the stingrays are feeding and you’ll find the fish. It’s hard to beat live yabbies locally as bait, but surface lures such as MMD splashprawn in honey bee colour will work well early in the morning before the water traffic increases. The snot weed is clearing again, but Northerly winds this weekend could bring it back. There’s no doubt our local rivers need a rejuvenating flush of flooding rain, and it will happen fairly soon.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports out on the shelf there are Blue marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna and some Big Mahi Mahi, try using up to 15-inch skirted lures. Back in closer to the 50s Amberjack, Kingfish, Snapper and Pearlys are still biting. Just be mindful the current is running hard up to 2.5 knots at times. On the 36 fathoms Dolly’s around the fads and still Trag, Snapper, Tusk Fish and Pearlys.

L: Sea Probe Fishing Charters has been landing some top quality Dolphin Fish
R: Ben White did well landing this 89cm Trophy Snapper this week off the Gold Coast

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October 16, 2020

Reports of some nice Snapper and Jewfish coming from the close reefs off the Seaway was good news, local anglers Ben and Paul reported they had a great trip at the start of the week landing trophy sized Snapper up to 88cm. Jew Fish will school up so if you find one you have a good change of landing multiple fish if they are is feeding mode.  Float lining is my preferred method of presenting baits and will often produce a bite on the drop which an exciting way to fish. Soft plastics have also come up trumps with Paul’s larger Snapper falling victim so a well worked plastic it found irresistible. Saturday looks like the best day to head offshore at the time of writing my report with lighter winds and a decrease in swell looking inviting for anglers to get out and have a crack.

Whiting have been around in fairly good numbers and size throughout the Gold and Tweed Coasts rivers, estuaries and waterways as we transition into warmer spring weather. October has seen some good schools of fish moving around for anglers to target a tasty feed. Land based fishos have some great options on the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast Broadwater esplanades, Nerang River, Jacobs Well and Logan River all being great spots to catch a Whiting from the shore. Worms or Yabbies are the 2 best baits, run in or run out tide should not matter too much if the fish are around, they will just be feeding in different depths of water. The most important thing is tidal flow, if the run is too slow the fish will not be biting well, just the right flow and they will usually go into feeding mode. The surf beaches swell permitting are a great option to target some top quality clean surf Whiting, target beach gutters just like Tailor fishing are you should be in targeting the right area to catch a feed of Whiting, Beach Worms will be the best bait in the surf. Fishing light is the key, try using mono as the main line 6 -9lb is heaps, 6-8lb trace and make your trace as long as possible for best results.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports it has been a great week on the Tweed as I have mentioned in recent reports that the surface fishing season would take off with the water warming up and yes it has. Fishing with mmd splash prawns around the shallows in the lower reaches of the Tweed River has produced some great quality Whiting, a few Bream and the odd Flathead. Double hook ups on surface has been common and to see and try this technique is fantastic and has both this old guide and my clients frothing. I could not help but rip a lure out myself for one cast and banged a 41cm Whiting yee ha. To mix it up we have done some drifts with with Ecogear zx 40s and Samaki soft vibes and have caught some Bream, Flatties, Whiting and GT’s.

L: Bec Clarke scored a quality 40cm Whiting on yabbies in the Broadwater
R: Mitch with a nice 38cm Whiting he landed in the Broadwater using Yabbies for bait

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the snot weed returned after a day of Northerly wind and is now starting to clear again. It is a natural occurrence every year at this time and will be gone in the next few weeks. It’s best to find areas clear of snot weed and we have been catching Flounder, Squid, Tarwhine, Bream, Flathead in recent days in the Gold Coast Broadwater. There are Flathead and Trevally in Nerang river, as well as Sand Whiting at night at the council chambers. This summer I will be spending time surface luring for Whiting at the Gold Coast Broadwater. It is great fun to see them charging at the lure then hooking up. Weekdays and early mornings are the key to success here. The water is super clear on the run-in tides until we get big rain. Look for any areas of slightly discoloured water to find the bait and fish.  

L: Another happy Sea Probe Fishing Charters customer with a large Cod caught off the Gold Coast
R: Clint & Benny catching arrow squid on a Broadwater charter with Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports out on the shelf there is Blue Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna and some Big Mahi Mahi. Back in closer to the 50s Amberjack, Kingfish and Snapper are still biting but just be mindful the current is running hard up to 2.5 knots at times making conditions difficult. On the 36 fathoms Dolly’s around the fads and still some Trag, Snapper, Tusk Fish and Pearl Perch.

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October 9, 2020

Over the long weekend and early in the week was the best time to head offshore before the big swell moved in making Bar Crossing conditions hazardous on the Tweed and Gold Coast. Local angler Ben White (see photo in report) reports good catches of Snapper up to 75cm and a nice feed of Trag Jew float ling on the close reefs off the Southport Seaway. You should also find a bit of a mixed bag of Tusk Fish, Maori Cod, Moses Perch and a few big Jew Fish kicking around. Looking the forecast at the time of writing my report the swell is tipped to ease off by Sunday and the start of next week is looking good for heading offshore to try your luck at landing a feed of reef fish.

It was great to see plenty of teams try their luck over the Long weekend competing in the Gold Coast Sports Fishing Clubs Ultimate Flatty Dash, this catch and release comp saw some monster Flathead up to 92cm landed on the Gold Coast. Jumpinpin fished well for the big girls in the deeper water around the Jumpinpin Bar entrance producing some good numbers of big fish. Big Soft Plastics rigged on heavy jig heads worked well and also large Soft Vibe lures produced the goods for lucky anglers. Targeting Flathead over the next couple months is a great option as this species will be schooling in large numbers during breeding season, if you can locate a big female fish there will usually be good numbers of male fish around the 45 to 55cm mark hanging around the larger fish. Just keep on working the general area and persistence should pay off. Keep in mind if you are handling these big fish for a photo when releasing it’s a good idea to always support their body weight and never hang them by the head on lip grips as this can hurt the fish. Some other good spots to try are Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Canaipa Passage, Tipplers Passage, Crab Island and the Gold Coast Seaway. Big fish will also eat small lures or vibes which are much easier to cast and work for longer sessions, usually a lure around the 3 to 4 inch sized rigged on either a 1/4 ounce or 3/8 jig head is the perfect all-rounder. 

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters Reports I have been moving around a bit this week and doing some charters on the Gold Coast Broadwater as well as the Tweed River. On the Broadwater we have been mainly jigging some Samaki vibelicous lures around with the result being a mixed bag of Flathead, Bream, Tarwhine, Whiting, Squid, Tuskfish and the odd small Snapper. Fishing the middle reaches of the tweed river combining some trolling and jigging produced a lot of Bream with some good-sized ones in the mix. We also caught some Flatties, Whiting and some Big Eye and Giant Trevally. Remember that the border bubble has been expanded which is great news for all Queenslanders wanting to fish the picturesque Tweed River.  

L: Tyler and Cruise caught some great Whiting on school holidays
R: Sea Probe Fishing Charters have been fining their lucky customers some quality Dolphin Fish off the Gold Coast this week

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes have been the standout lures this week, accounting for Flathead, Jew Fish, Giant Trevally, Tuskfish, Squid, Flounder, Tarwhine and more. In the clearer water during the spring tides the best colours are ghost bait, whitebait, midori mullet, lime crush, and chartreuse uv head. The best way to fish them is by drifting at 0.6-1 knot speed, and tea bagging on the bottom with a very slight pause. Smear on some Sax scent every 15 minutes. We did a few charters at night getting some Sand Whiting at the council chambers bank on yabbies and beach worms. Yabbies are also catching Tuskfish, Flathead, Winter Whiting and Tarwhine along the Western side of Crab island. Flathead are schooling up at Currigee in 5-7 metre depth and responding well to Samaki vibes.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports out on the shelf there is still Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin being caught on 8 to 12 inch lures In 1500metres of water north east of the Seaway. On the 50 fathoms Snapper, Pearl Perch, Pig Fish and Tusk Fish have been biting on the bottom droppers. Fishing the 36 fathoms line has produced Dolphin fish, Trag and Snapper have been on the chew also with some nice Big Cod showing up. 

L: Ben White with a cracking 75cm Snapper caught off the close Gold Coast Reefs
R: Alex with his first ever Mulloway caught with Brad Smith Fishing Charters up the Nerang River

October 4, 2020

For those that ventured out offshore were rewarded with some great catches of Snapper and Trag Jew from the 36-fathom line producing a nice feed. The current has picked up a bit, but it is still quite fishable as long as you use the correct size sinker to suit the conditions. Customers also picked up a few Pearl Perch, Tusk Fish and Cobia. This weekend is looking ok on Saturday being the pick of the days so far at the time of writing my report. The swell will increase a bit on Sunday, just remember to have the latest forecast before deciding to go offshore and also be aware of bar conditions if you are a bit inexperienced as the extra swell will cause issues especially on the run out tide. Float lining is my preferred method to fish as it presents a more natural looking bait, you control the sink rate and can be ready to strike when a predator picks up your bait. My float lining rig consists of 3 gang of 5/0 Mustad 7766 hooks with swivels between each hook and a ball sinker run straight through to the hooks. I usually use 20lb leader and will go up to 40lb depending on my bait choice or target species. The 24 and 18 fathom reefs will also be worth a go with some good Snapper and Cobia showing up along with a mixed bag including Tusk Fish and Moses. Best baits are Mullet Fillet, Bonito Fillet, Yakka’s, WA Pilchards and large Squid.

It’s good to see customers having fun this week making the most of School Holidays catching some nice Flathead, Bream and Whiting around Jumpinpin, Logan River, the Broadwater and Tweed River. Yabbies, White Pilchards, Worms and Prawns have been the best baits producing some good quality fish. Some spots to try your luck over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend are Canaipa Passage, Cobby Passage, Short Island Huts, Slipping Sands, Crusoe Island, Gold Bank, Eden Island, Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel, Logan River, Coomera River either North and South Arms, Paradise Point, Crab Island Wave Break Island and the Nerang River. Land based try Paradise Point, Esplanade at Runaway Bay, Coomera River, Grand Hotel Jetty, Sundale Bridge, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well. 

As the water temp increases, we will start to see more Mangrove Jack, Cod and Trevally showing up giving anglers plenty of fishing options to target on the Tweed and Gold Coast. These fish are the thugs of the estuary and are great sport fish to target amongst structure which will test even the best of anglers. Mangrove Jack and Cod once hooked will tend to head straight back to their snag or hiding spot, you always have to be ready to put the brakes on these hard fighting species.

L: Ben White did well landing a quality Gold Coast Snapper
R: Les Morisset caught this 50+cm bass on Hinze dam on a recent trip

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports i was lucky to fish with AFL legend Luke Hodge and his son Cooper. Luke won four AFL premierships with Hawthorn and was club captain. What a champion and tough competitor! I asked him what it’s like to win one flag let alone four. He said incredible but it all goes so fast. We caught some Tuskfish, Flathead and Whiting around Crab island. On other days this week we fished similar areas while the tide was running and caught up to 100 fish per day on Ecogear blades, Pro Lure blades, Samaki soft vibes, yabbies and beach worms. We did a couple of nights too in the Nerang river catching some nice Sand Whiting on worms and yabbies. This coming week is leading up to full moon on Friday, which will fire up the pelagics. The day time tides are a good size to target the Broadwater Channels too. Remember to use 6-10 lb fluorocarbon leader to get more bites. The rivers now need a big flush of rain to rejuvenate them and are best fished at night until then.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports plenty of Snapper on the 50 fathom line along with Kingys and Amberjack mixed in amongst them all taken on Mullet, Pillies, Squid and live bait . 36 fathoms is still producing Tuskies, Pearlys, Trag and the odd Dolphin Fish still around the fads. 

L: Afl legend Luke Hodge and son Cooper with a Tuskfish caught on a Broadwater charter with Brad Smith Fishing Charters
R: Sea Probe Fishing Charters finding their customers some quality Yellow Tail Kingfish

September 25, 2020

Weather permitting, we have seen some great catches coming form the offshore grounds this week. Local Fisho Wayne Young (see photo in report) did well landing new PB horse of Cobie going 140cm fishing on the 24 fathoms grounds off the Gold Coast Seaway. He did a great job landing this big Cobia using 20lb tackle, it put up a great fight that went for 45min until he finally wore it out. Wayne said fresh Bonito Fillet did the job. Cobia can be attracted in by a consistent burly trail as they love to scavenge around, they will eat pretty much anything you put in front of them.

Reports of good catches of Snapper is great news with plenty of anglers bagging out on the 50 and 36 fathom reefs, float lining has seen some big fish trophy up to 92cm showing up. Current has been an issue at times, choosing the right sized sinker is the key to success when chasing big Snapper.    

Whiting are a good target as we head into the warmer months, they can be found schooling in numbers during the day and night. We have quite a few land based options on the Tweed and Gold Coast as well as spots to try in the boat. Best baits are Worms and Yabbies, I recommend using a long trace of 6lb fluorocarbon leader matched with a size 6 bait holder hook for worms or size 4 hook if you’re using yabbies. Choosing the right sinker is important, if your sinker is too light you tend to just get annoyed by Bream.  I recommend using a 4 or 5 ball sinker to keep you bait on the bottom where the Whiting feed. Tidal flow is very important when targeting Whiting, “no run no fun” is very true when targeting Whiting.  Some good land based spots are Paradise Point foreshore, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well.  In the boat try Coomera River, Logan River, Pimpama River, Wave Break Island, Tweed River, Currumbin, Tallebudgera Creek or Nerang River.

L: Wayne Young with a 140cm Cobia he caught fishing the 24 Fathom reef off the Gold Coast
R: Mike with a 39cm Tusk Fish ready for release he caught on Brad Smith Fishing Charters

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports there ares still some school mackerel at Southport this week, they are usually active in the mornings near the main channel markers. The Schoolies respond well to float lines rigged with White Pilchards on small gang hooks, or fast cranked Samaki 20 gram slugs. When the snot weed’s not too bad the area around Crab Island has been producing Tuskfish, Flounder, Flathead, Tarwhine, Squid, Sand Whiting, and Winter Whiting. Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes, Ecogear ZX43 blades, live yabbies, and beach worms have worked best. The estuary water will continue to warm up this week for those early season Mangrove Jack fans, and those keen to chase a feed of big Sand Whiting which are turning up in numbers downstream.

L: John Doolan did well landing a quality Flathed on the Gold Coast
R: Bill Powell with a feed of Dart from the surf at South Stradbroke Island

September 18, 2020

As School Holidays kicks off why not take the kids out for a fish and get away from the hustle and bustle and technology that can take over day to day life. Fishing is a great way to unwind and re connect with our children, we have plenty of Land based  options on the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Southern end of the Broadwater around Marine Stadium, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade Labrador, Paradise Point, Coomera River and Jacobs Well to have a fish of the beach or from a jetty. A basic estuary outfit or handline will do the job, I recommend using Prawns, Worms, White Pilchards or Yabbies all make great bait. Pumping Yabbies is great fun for the kids to be involved in and they make great fresh bait. Fishing from the shore you will have a chance of landing Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Trevally, Flounder, Tarwhine or Tailor just to name a few.

Customers have reported some good catches of Flathead again this week, local anglers Brett and Jason (see photo in report) managed to land some top quality fish from around the Jumpinpin and Coomera River working lures and also using yabbies for bait. Large fish from 80+cm have been caught in the Pin Bar mouth and surrounding area and also in the Gold Coast Seaway. If you manage to land a large fish just keep on fishing the area as there should be plenty of males in the 45cm to 50cm range hanging around, these guys make a nice feed.  When you catch a big Flathead fish remember to handle them with care as they are the future of fishing, a quick photo and then release your prized catch.  The legal size limit in Qld is min 40cm Max 75cm. It looks like the snot weed has started to break up a bit making fishing just a tad easier which is great news. Finding fish can be a bit difficult sometimes, I recommend if you are bait fishing try drifting your baits along the shoreline, deeper gutters around the edges of sandbanks at low tide or over the top of sandbanks on high tide until you find an area holding numbers of Flathead to target. The same method applies if you prefer to troll lures or throw a few soft plastics around. When you finally catch a fish, I would recommend to work that area for a while as Flathead will usually be schooling in better numbers this time of year.  

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports I have had a very busy week of fishing manoeuvring my charters between the Tweed and Gold coast. Flathead, Bream, Trevally as well as the odd big Whiting have dominated the catches in the Tweed using a combination of trolling slam and Pro Lure d36 lures and jigging Ecogear zx40 and vx40 vibes in the deep holes. Up on the Goldie I have ventured out to the Broadwater on the calm days and have drifted along the shell grit grounds with ZX43 and Samaki vibes for a mixture of Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Tuskfish, Flounder, Tarwhine and Squid. On the windier days I have been sneaking down the protected canals around Broadbeach and mermaid waters and have caught a heap of Bream with some thumpers amongst them and a few Flatties and Trevally. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports another very busy week of charters with plenty of fish and squid boated daily making for some exciting fishing on our Broadwater trips. The snot weed has been clearing, enabling us to fish the northern section between the Seaway and Sovereign Island. Most reef and seagrass areas have been holding good numbers of big purple Tuskfish, with the three to seven metre depth zone fishing particularly well during the neap tides. Ecogear blades, yabbies and beach worms are the go to offerings with Winter Whiting, Sand Whiting, Dusky Flathead, Bar Tail Flathead, Flounder, Arrow Squid, Grass Emperor, Leatherjacket, Bream and Tarwhine all common catches. There are still some School Mackerel in the main channel near Seaworld, although not in the huge numbers they were during the full moon phase.

Gavin form Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports there are still Kingfish and Amberjack biting on the 50 fathom line with the odd Snapper, Pearlie and Tuskfish. On the 36s still Snapper and Trag Jew biting in the early morning. Also with the water warming try all the government fads for Dolphin fish 

September 11, 2020

I was lucky enough to get an invite out to fish with my mate Wayne Young last weekend, we headed offshore at 5.15am and sounded around until we found a good show of bait and fish on the 18 fathom line. Getting an early start is important as the bite time on the close reefs can be over pretty early around the full moon. We started a consistent burley trail, our method for fishing is float lining a mixture of baits including WA Pillies, Squid, Yakka’s and Bonito fillets. Things were a bit quiet to start with, but we ended up with a feed of Snapper and Moses and a few mixed bits and pieces. We  found a pair of good-sized Mac Tuna keeping us tied up for a while and we also got blasted by a few unstoppable sea monsters. The current was quite fishable, other anglers reported a few nice Tusk Fish, Trag Jew, Tailor and the odd Cobia.

Reports of big Flathead showing up in the deeper water closer to the ocean entrances signals a start to breeding season on the Tweed and Gold Coast. The Tweed Bar Mouth, Gold Coast seaway and Jumpinpin Bar areas will be prime fishing grounds over the next couple of months with big female fish attracting large numbers of male fish to these areas. In Queensland, the minimum size limit is 40cm and the maximum limit is 75cm with most anglers opting to release most fish 60cm and over back to fight another day. All the male fish will usually be around the 55cm mark or under making them the best option if you’re chasing a feed. https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/rules/limits-tidal#flathead if you’re keen to fish the deep water larger soft plastics rigged on heavy jig heads around 1 ounce, big soft or metal vibes make a great option to target big Flatties in the deep.

Whiting are still around in good number up the Nerang River with local fisho Pete (see photo in report) scoring a great feed from a recent trip. Moving around until you locate the fish is the key to success, good quality bait like live worms or yabbies will increase your chances of landing a quality feed. The Coomera River both North and South arms, Pimpama River, Logan River and the Sandbanks throughout Tiger Mullet Channel will all be worth a look for a Whiting.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports as we called it last week this week saw some great weather with light winds a rising barometer and pleasantly warm sunshine. The fishing was very consistent and we mixed up our techniques doing some trolling, drift casting and deep water jigging with slam pro lure 36, Ecogear zx40s, Samaki vibelicous and Ecogear vx43s which all shared some fortune used in the right locations. The main species caught were Flathead, Bream, Giant and Big Eye Trevally and the odd big Whiting which is a sign that the water is starting to warm up now that we are in spring.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports another week of Mackerel madness in the Southern Broadwater, and great fishing in general. As Smithy will tell you, being an ex-commercial Mackerel fisherman, the Mackerel are most active in the lead up to full moon. Their activity will taper off over coming days but there are still big schools of them and they are awesome fun on light tackle. Small metal slugs around 20 grams in weight and White Pillies have been working best. At the peak we were catching 50+ a day and dropping 30+. Not a good idea to use zx’s around the Southern Broadwater at the moment unless you like bite offs. There has also been heaps of Bream, Tailor and Yakka around the Mackerel. The shallow areas around Crab island has been fishing well too for solid Tusk Fish, Flathead, Flounder, Squid, Tarwhine, and Bream.

Gavin form Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports on the 50 fathoms line there are still good catches of Kingfish, Amberjack. Snapper have died off a lot due to the water rapidly warming up, there has been a few dolphin fish around on the 36 fathoms fads also Striped Tuna on the 24s stripe tuna , Snapper, Trag Jew and Tusk fish have been biting. 

September 4, 2020                                                                                             

Offshore has seen the Snapper bite continue with some good catches coming from the 50’s, 36’s 24’s and 18 fathom reefs off both the Tweed and Gold Coast. Bait schools are holding around the reefs attracting predators like Snapper, Cobia and Jew Fish. Picking the current has been a bit difficult with conditions changing regularly, picking the right size sinker to suit the current is very important. Burley is the key to attracting predators, just a consistent amount but not too much to fill them up. A mixed bag of Yellow Tail Kingfish, Amberjack, Pearl Perch, Moses, Tusk Fish, Trag and Jewfish have made up the bulk of other species being caught.

Inshore Spring conditions will see a transition from cooler to warmer water which in turn should see a return some of our favourite estuary target species like Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod, Trevally and the good old Bull Shark. It will be worth having a hunt around the Coomera River, Paradise Point and the Nerang River with some live baits. 

Large schools of baitfish in the Broadwater have been attracting heaps of little School Mackerel the last few weeks, Ben White reported he had a great session catching heaps of these fun fish in the Gold Coast Seaway this week.

Heaps of bait fish is also great news as we head towards the prime time to target Flathead from now until October around the Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Some rain would be good to flush the weed away making Flatty fishing a bit easier for anglers.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it is fantastic that the strong west to northwest winds have dropped out and the barometer is on the rise. This great weather pattern will really help our catch rate over the coming week ahead. The couple of cooler nights and mornings that we have had over the last few days has dropped the water temperature, so the shallow water has been fishing the best. The shallow water heats up quicker with the sun and the fish seem to move into the warmer pockets of water. A combination of both trolling and casting our lures has produced Flatties, Bream and the odd Whiting and Giant Trevally. Now that we are moving into spring and then summer it will not be long before we start throwing around our surface poppers on all our trips. 

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week there has been a lot of School Mackerel in the main Southport channel, with some bigger ones amongst them biting and busting off lines. They are a lot of fun to catch on light tackle, and love whitebait and small metal lures. Samaki Torpedo V2 20 gram slugs are a great lure to throw for them and Tailor too, as they imitate baitfish perfectly. Just throw out into the tide, let it sink to the bottom then crank as fast as you can. The strikes are very exciting. We have also been catching some tasty keepers for the plate, with Flathead schooling up more as well as big Flounder, Winter Whiting, and a few Squid. Best lures have been Ecogear ZX43 in 402, 404, 440 colours, Pro Lure paddle grub in uv motor oil, and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm in uv squid and whitebait patterns. Best fishing areas have been Ephraim reef, west side of Crab island, and Southport. The snot weed is still bad at times along the Northern channels. 

Gavin form Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms were on and off over the last week 1 day catching a heap of snapper then the next day a little bit quiet but then the next day firing with Kingys, Ajs and Snapper mostly caught on Live bait , pillies and squid. On the 36s snapper Tuskies and Trag Jew just coming off the full moon were on the chew. The 24 fathoms saw catches of Cobia, Big Snapper and Silver Jew try live baits and plastics.  

August 28, 2020                                                                                             

Customers have reported some good catches offshore on the Gold Coast this week with a mixed bag of Snapper, Moses Perch, Tusk Fish, Trag Jew, Jewfish and the odd Cobia. Tailor have been schooling up on the 24 fathom reef off the Seaway this week, Cobia have been targeting these schools. Legal sized live Tailor will make the perfect bait to temp a big Cobia, I recommend when targeting Cobia to run you lines at different depths by using a balloon to control the depth you fish at. To set your fishing line deep use a sinker and just let it down to the depth you prefer and then attach the balloon and let it drift back behind the boat, I also recommend to have an un weighted Tailor on the surface as well.

Flathead have been a bit more spread out this week with a few nice fish being caught around Jumpinpin the Broadwater and the local Rivers. Coomera Bait and Tackle customers have been doing well fishing both the North and South arms of the Coomera River Mouths. Some places to try around  Jumpinpin are Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well, Eden Island, Canaipa Passage, Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel and the Logan River Mouth. In the Broadwater try Tipplers Passage, Aldershots Eastern side, Sovereign Island, Currigee and Wave Break Island. The Nerang River is holding a few nice Flathead and the Pimpama River is also worth a look. Snot weed is still an issue this week, we will not get much respite from the weed until the next good rains. Working Soft Plastics, Soft Vibes, Metal Blades and trolling Hard Body Lures depending on the weed situation are the best methods to temp a Flathead to bite.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports it has been a bit of a tough week at the Tweed with strong west to north westerly winds and an exceptionally low barometer. But as always, we managed to get some fish by choosing the right lures and using good techniques. Flathead were once again the star players with some small Giant and Big Eye Trevally and the ever-present Bream also hitting the lures. With the tough conditions our best bite periods came by choosing the right locations around the tide changes with a combination of both trolling and jigging. The standout lures this week were the pro lure d36s and samiki vibelicous as well as the ever reliable Ecogear zx 40 and 43s.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week we had some fun filled days on the Gold Coast Broadwater catching Flathead, Tailor, Winter Whiting, Sand Whiting, Flounder, Squid, and various others. Other days the barometer crashed, and fishing was tougher. The snot weed has again made it difficult, but you often only have to move a few hundred metres to escape it.  There has been plague numbers of Tarwhine, and while they can be annoying, the other fish are usually close by feeding in the same areas. Know the latest bag and size limits and carry a fish and crab measurement ruler with you. Best lures this week have been Ecogear ZX43 in 402 & 404 in the morning, then 440 through the day. Yabbies are working extremely well. There are Tailor and School Mackerel around so carry a rod with metal lure tied on ready to cast and fast crank. One that works great locally is Samaki Torpedo V2 in chrome silver colour and 20 gram or 35 gram size.

Gavin form Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports on the 50s and 36s Snapper have Been firing on bottom bashers and float lining rigs using squid and pilchards for bait. Majority of the Snapper being around 2 to 5kg mark making them really good schooling size fish. We are also getting catching some quality Pearlys, Tuskies and Blue Spot Flathead with the odd Amberjack and Kingfish showing up. 

August 14, 2020

The dreaded snot weed is still hanging around in most areas around the Broadwater and Jumpinpin making fishing difficult and frustrating at times. I was hoping the last downpour would have helped to flush out the system, we really need another good dumping of rain to break it up. The run-out tide is usually the worst affected tide time to fish, unfortunately that’s the prime time to target Flathead.

Schools of Tailor responded well to the cool nights this week with plenty of lucky fishos getting stuck into some good quality Greenbacks. Beach gutters along South Stradbroke Island produced good numbers of nice fish, also Narrow Neck North to Pumping Jetty resembled scenes of the good old days with plenty of anglers lined up trying their luck. Also try Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads and from Fingal north to the Tweed Bar. Throwing metal slugs, surface walkers and poppers is a fun and very visually rewarding way to target Tailor with some awesome bite action to fire you up. Whole WA Pilchards were the best bait followed by Mullet, Bonito or Tailor Fillet on ganged hooks. I prefer to use a long mono trace rather than a wire trace, the mono presents the bait more naturally which intern can often produce the bite rather than the wire trace being quite stiff and sometimes a little thing like this can make all the difference if the fish are fussy. You may get the odd bite off, but I reckon it is worth the gamble.

Bream are still biting well again this week making them a good target species for the long weekend, if the N/NW winds are up you can find plenty of spots to hide a get stuck into a good feed. A couple of spots around the Pin that should be out of the breeze and be holding Bream are Tiger Mullet Channel, Kalinga Bank, Whalleys Gutter and Cobby Passage. The main Broadwater can be quite open to that direction of wind, you will be better off trying your luck up the Coomera River, Pimpama River, Nerang River or further South the Tweed River also has some great options for locals to try. Frozen bait like Prawns, White pilchards, Mullet Gut and Squid will do the job but fresh Mullet Fillet or live Yabbies will be irresistible to a hungry Bream.

I have included the link to Fisheries Queensland with information on the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure which commenced on the 15th of July and finishes 16th of August 2020. Make sure you know your responsibilities https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/sustainable/sustainable-fisheries-strategy/fisheries-reforms

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports that after the rain the middle reach of the Tweed River is fishing well for big numbers of various size Flathead, as well as Tailor and Bream. Trolled minnows are doing the damage over the flats, while working the deeper areas with Samaki soft vibes, Ecogear VX45, and Ecogear ZX40’s is resulting in double hook ups during the peak bite times.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports a great variety of fish in the Broadwater and we even spotted Turtles, Dugongs and Dolphins. What a wonderful place the Gold Coast Broadwater is. The fishing action in the Broadwater did slow up as the week went on, as fishing always does in general. I have no doubt it will be back firing in coming days. It was good to see some bigger Flathead coming on the bite, and the Trevally have been around all winter. Species we boated this week on Ecogear ZX40 and 43’s included School Mackerel, Dusky Flathead, Bartail Flathead, Giant Trevally, Tealeaf Trevally, Whiting, Tarwhine, Bream, Yakka, Squid, Tuskfish and Fantail Leatherjacket. Best areas to fish were Ephraim reef, Southport main channel, Wavebreak south channel, and the keyhole. The snot weed is still a pain during run out tide but is gradually clearing. If it gets too bad to fish you can always head to the Southern end of the Broadwater between the Spit and Sundale bridge. It doesn’t come through there and there are plenty of fishing options using vibes lures or live yabbies.

August 7, 2020

Customers have been doing well in the Broadwater and around Jumpinpin this week scoring some nice Flathead on a mixture of bait and lures. Some good spots to try in the Broadwater are Wave Break Island, Paradise Point, Brown Island, Aldershots, Coomera River, Never Fails and Tipplers Passage. Around Jumpinpin try Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Pandanus Island, Crusoe Island, Cobby Passage and Kalinga Bank. Zman soft plastics in the 3 – 4” sized range have been producing some nice fish, my favourite plastic is the 4” Streakz Curl tail rigged on a 3/8 3/0 headlocks jig head fished on 12lb trace. Trolling hard body lures like Zerek Tango Shads, Rapala, Storm, Manns or Tilson lures in the shallower areas has also been working well. If you prefer your bait fishing try drifting bait, it’s a great way to temp Flathead that tend to be lazy and wait for a feed to come to them, WA pilchards, White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet Strips, Prawns or Yabbies are great bait. Flathead are ambush predators so keeping the bait on the move to cover more ground and increase your chances of finding better numbers of fish.

Good catches of Bream have been taken this week, the recent rain has made them extremely active during the Winter breeding season. If you are keen to get the kids out for a fish over the weekend chasing Bream is a great option, there are so many spots on the Gold and Tweed Coast to try land based as well as from the boat. Land based just try your local jetty, rock walls or bridges is a good place to start looking, get a burly trail going and hopefully you will come up trumps. Good land based options are parks that access the Nerang River, Seaway Rock Wall, Broadwater Parklands Jetty, Grand Hotel Jetty, Paradise Point Jetty, Coomera Waters Boat Ramp Jetty, Coomera River Bridge Fishing Platform and the Jacobs Well Jetty just to name a few. If you can get out in the boat try the Gold Coast Seaway, Wave Break Island, Paradise Point Bridges, Runaway Bay, Coomera River Bridges, Dux, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Short Island and Logan River are worth a look.  Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, White Pilchards, Squid, Prawns and Yabbies are a good option.

The Fisheries Qld website has information on the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure which commenced on the 15th of July and finishes 16th of August 2020. Please make sure you know your responsibilities.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Gold Coast also received some good rain last weekend, with totals around 180mm recorded at Carrara, Bundall and South Stradbroke. I fished a few days after the rain in the Broadwater, conditions have been tricky with Southerly winds, water temps, and air pressure all up and down. The good news is that rain and wind has cleared much of the snot weed. The fishing hasn’t been great but there is a stack of big Bream around the seaway and Southport main channel markers gorging themselves to be in prime condition for their full moon spawning. Otherwise there has been scattered Winter Whiting, Flathead, Tuskies, Flounder, Tarwhine and School Mackerel. 

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports out wide on the shelf there has been Marlin , Dolphin Fish and Yellowfin Tuna up to 50kgs. On the  36 fathoms grounds there has been a lot of Trag Jew,Tusk Fish, Moses Perch and Blue Spot Flathead on the chew.

Hope you have a great week! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.
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July 31, 2020

With a big swell on the way for the weekend offshore fishing will be off limits. The good news is the swell will stir up the bait and feed for predators combined with the fresh water run off pushing out of the local rivers will make the open ocean entrances like the Gold Coast Seaway, Jumpinpin Bar and the Tweed Bar great areas to target a wide range of species inshore like Jew Fish, Trevally, Tailor, Bream and Flathead just to name a few. The Gold Coast Seaway Pipeline can hold Jew Fish, Juvenile Yellow Tail Kingfish, Amberjack, Spangled Emperor and Grassy Sweetlips making fishing this area a bit of a luck dip at times. It would be worth mixing it up a bit by trying a few different methods, live bait, dead bait, soft plastics, vibes and jigs will all work well at times.

Plenty of Bream being caught this week after the flush out, they love the fresh water it just seems to make them feed harder. The Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Seaway Rock Walls, Paradise Point Bridges, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Kalinga Bank and Short Island have all produced a good feed. Just remember to keep the burley trail going, Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, White Pilchards, Hardy Heads, Prawns, Beach Worms or Yabbies all make great bait.

Tailor have been harassing bait schools again this week on the afternoon high tide in the main channels running off the Gold Coast Seaway and around Jumpinpin Bar, Crusoe Island and the mouth of Whalleys Gutter. The dusk bite has been producing some action on surface lures and metal slugs. If it is a bit slow you can tow some shallow diving lures around until you locate a school of Tailor to cast at.

Hopefully, the rain has had a positive effect on the snot weed issue and will help to flush out the system and make fishing a bit more enjoyable for all anglers.

The Fisheries Queensland website has information on the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure which commenced on the 15th of July and finishes 16th of August 2020. Please make sure you know your responsibilities.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week we had a quite a cool week with the south westerlies blowing and once again the Flathead were the dominant species. Trolling slam and spike lures worked well as did jigging in around the 4.5 to 5.5 metre line with a combination of Ecogear zx40, vx45 and Samaki Vibelicious vibe lures. We also got a couple of quality Whiting on the vibes and some nice sized Tailor that are starting to move up the Tweed River.  

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports our Broadwater charters have continued with daily hauls of Tuskfish, Flathead, Flounder, Winter Whiting, Tarwhine, Arrow Squid and others. We are so lucky to have so many tasty species available in calm water. We never go anywhere near bag limits, to ensure there is plenty of fish for the future. The snot weed has been annoying, but it is still fishable. If you encounter thick amounts keep moving, the fish do not like it and they move. Best lures have been Ecogear ZX40 in 440 colour and Ecogear ZX43 in 414 colour. On cloudy days, run out tide, and early morning I smear some Smithy’s UV prawn Sax scent on the vibes, and on calm, clear days, run in tide I use Sax scent goldprawn. Yabbies are extremely effective bait at the moment and can be pumped even at high tide during the smaller day time tides. Fishing the run in tides will be the go, less weed.

Hope you have a great week! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.
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July 17, 2020

There are reports of some good-sized Bream showing up around Jumpinpin during the week, best spots are Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalley’s Gutter, Short Island Huts, Perrys Hole, Little Rocky Point and the Power Lines. In the Southern Broadwater try the Gold Coast Seaway Walls, Wave Break Island, Rock Walls around canal entrances at Runaway Bay and any bridge pylons, Marine Parade Labrador rock wall and Lands End Biggera Waters.  I recommend keeping a consistent burley trail going, sometimes once you start catching fish you forget to burley and the fish will go off the bite. My favourite bait is Mullet Fillet also try, Mullet Gut, Prawns, White Pilchard, Hardy Heads and Yabbies. This time of year, large schools of White Pilchards and Hardy Heads can be found at Jumpinpin and the Broadwater making these ideal baits.

The Westerly Winds did the job and fired up some great Tailor fishing on South Stradbroke Island during the week with local Fisho’s spinning up some good sized green backs using metal slugs targeting the Tailor schools harassing bait in the gutters. Picking the right gutter can be hit and miss so be prepared to cover ground at times to find the quality fish. I prefer to target the last couple of hours of the run-in tide when the gutters are full of water this is a prime time to fish day or night. I find visual signs like diving birds picking up the scraps whilst the Tailor are feeding is one of the best indicator’s when fishing during daylight hours. The big swell tipped for the end of the week will make beach fishing hard work, and not ideal. Usually in these conditions more Tailor schools will push into the Gold Coast Seaway or Jumpinpin Bar chasing bait then actively move through the deeper main channels as the tide rises which is great news for anglers. I have seen heaps of bird activity this week towards the late afternoon around the Runaway Bay moving then moving North towards Paradise Point which indicates Tailor feeding as the tide rises. Once the swell eases it will be worth a look at your favourite beach fishing spot form the Tweed Coast North to the Gold Coast Seaway.

I have included the link to Fisheries Queensland with information on the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure which commenced on the 15th of July and finishes 16th of August 2020. Make sure you know your responsibilities https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/sustainable/sustainable-fisheries-strategy/fisheries-reforms

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Trevally in the middle reaches of the Tweed river using Samaki Vibelicious vibes, Ecogear ZX45, and Slams.

Clint reports again this week good tides for the Broadwater during the day with a a big range of great eating fish including Tuskfish, Flathead, Flounder, Whiting, Arrow Squid and Blue Swimmer Crabs, on yabbies and vibes. Nerang River will be slow with not much tidal flow. Good chance to try deeper holes for Mulloway and Flathead though. Another week of awesome fishing in the Broadwater, best I’ve seen in four years. The dredging operation that just completed plus floods earlier in the year most likely have contributed to the quality fishing on offer. While Flathead have been smaller on average I’ve found, everything has made up for it. Clint used the new Ecogear ZX43 vibe yesterday for the first time and my goodness this lure is going to be deadly on everything that swims. This week the Northern Broadwater will continue to be the place to fish. If the wind is up there is plenty of good fishing at the Southern end around the pelican beach area, main channel near Seaworld, the keyhole, and Labrador.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms did slow up a little after the full moon and the current picked up , but still some very nice fish taken such as Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjacks, Pearl Perch and Tusk Fish. On the 36s and 24s plenty of Trag Jew, Snapper and Tusk Fish.

July 10, 2020

Hi Everyone, hope you have all had a good week, we have been lucky so far with some great weather for School Holidays, a bit of rain and wind around mid-week  on the Tweed and Gold Coast but the weekend is looking much better. Lots of activity on the water at the moment with the easing of restrictions, just remember with the waterways being so busy safety is very important if your heading out for a fish. Let’s see what’s on offer for all the Fisho’s this week.   

Just to keep everyone up to date, here is a link to Fisheries Queensland with information on the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure which commences 15th of July and finishes 15th of August 2020. Make sure you know your responsibilities.

Locals have been doing well on the Whiting, brothers Tyler and Cruise (see photo in report) had a great day fishing with their relative Wayne Young up the Nerang river landing an awesome feed for the whole family. The key to finding Whiting is to give each spot a go for 30min or so and see how many fish you catch or bites you get, if minimal even just a short move can pay off once you find where the school is mainly feeding. The Nerang river is a prime location, we also do well in the Coomera River, Pimpama River and Logan River during winter. Live worms are the best bait, a long 6lb leader, size 6 bait holder hook and a good-sized sinker either 4 or 5 ball will keep your bait on the bottom in the strike zone. Don’t be tempted to strike at the fish, just leave it alone and let the fish hook itself, this style is great for the kids as they sometimes get distracted.

The Gold Seaway has been on fire the past couple of weeks with plenty of school size Jew Fish on offer, just remember that 75cm is the legal-size limit of these species. Work your sounder until to see the school of fish, live baits have been the go and have not lasted long in the water getting smashed. Some good-sized Trevally also starting to school up in the Seaway area, they fight hard making a great sport fish to target. Best time to try is at the end of the tide cycle, especially the last of the incoming and start of the run out when the current is a its slowest.

Surf fishing will be a good option as the swell starts to drop off, hopefully the schools of Tailor will move into gutters from the Tweed Coast up to South Stradbroke Island. Early morning and late afternoon and night is the best time to target Tailor, another species worth targeting is Jewfish. Big Jewfish will enter the gutters as the tide rises chasing the Tailor or Mullet, using a fresh fillet of either Tailor or Mullet is a great way to land a prized Jewfish. We have also seen a few good Tailor showing up throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin areas, size of the Tailor will vary depending of the school but they are great fun to catch off the surface even if they are little.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week was spent working around the middle reaches of the Tweed River working the tide changes in the deep holes. Flathead were the most dominant species smashing our lures which is to be expected as this is the best time of the year for them. There was also a few big Whiting, Bream and those small GT’s are still moving around the river creating havoc on the schools of herring. This month and next month it’s not uncommon to see some big tailor move into the river so I will keep you posted if they arrive.

Clint reports another sensational week of fishing in the Broadwater. The dredging operation that has been going on in the Western channel North of the seaway has been a magnet to the whole food chain. In the last three weeks there has only been a couple of days with 20 or so fish, most days we are catching 50-100 various fish, Blue Swimmer Crabs, and big Arrow Squid. In the last month we’ve boated over 1000, kept a feed for guests, and released heaps too.This winter has been the best Squid season I’ve seen in the Gold Coast Broadwater, and they are so much fun to catch and delicious to eat. They only live for a year and grow very fast to over 50cm in total length. The little Ecogear blades we use with our new UV prawn Sax scent smeared on, fully gets them all fired up! The daily fish catch has included lots of big Winter Whiting, Flathead, Tusk Fish, flounder, Tarwhine, Bream, Trevally and Squire. Best areas Crab island, Ephraim reef, Paradise point.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms have been on fire this week with good quality Snapper in good numbers on paternoster rigs and floater rigs. Best bait has been Mullet and Squid adjust your sinker sizes to the current speed. Also on the 36s and 24s Snapper, Trag Jew, Tuskies and also big Silver Jew on live bait.

July 3, 2020

With School Holidays underway this week it is a great time to get the kids out of the house, off the xbox, phone’s and spend some quality time trying your luck to catch a fish. You don’t need fancy gear if you are just getting started or want to try something different with the kids. A light estuary outfit with a running sinker rig will work well, Prawns, White Pilchards, Worms or Yabbies are great bait. Fishing from a jetty or the beach is a great option especially with kids as you can access facilities in most of the local parks. Some good spots to try are Coomera River, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well. You will mainly be targeting Bream, Whiting and Flathead from these areas, they are a great fun for the kids to catch. Make sure you get a photo of them holding their catch and email it to me to go in the paper.

Jumpinpin has been fishing well this week with a mixture of Bream, Squire, Tailor and Jew Fish being landed by local Fishos. Try the Pin Bar mouth on the last of the run-in tide for Tailor and big Jewfish chasing the bait schools in the deeper water, Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank and Short Island will also be worth a try. Some good-sized Squire have been landed hanging around the Bream schools at the moment, spots to start looking are Kalinga Bank, Short Island, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Little Rocky Point and the Power Lines. 

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we had some chilly starts this week with the cool mornings turning into perfectly comfortable winter days. It has been a bit of an unusual week in the fact that it has been about quality more than quantity. Some of the Whiting taking the lures in the deep holes have been crackers and the same goes with the Bream with the average size being between 35 to 40 cm long. The best lures have been zx40s, vx45s and Samaki Vibelicous soft vibes and they have all worked equally well. We did not get a Jewie this week but there was still a few small but hard fighting Giant Trevally in the deeper holes. Trolling along the edges of the channels with slam 47 and pontoon 21 crackjacks also produced some quality Flathead around the first hour of the run-out tides.  

Clint reports the fishing is amazing in the Broadwater with big daily hauls of up to 100 Fish, Squid, and Crabs. This is the best time of the year to catch a superb feed of fresh seafood. The big Arrow Squid have been thick and a heap of fun to catch, not to mention delicious in the pan! Ecogear ZX40’s really fire them up, and they then eagerly grab squid jigs. We have also been getting lots of nice big Blue Swimmer Crabs, Winter Whiting, Bream, Bar Tail and Dusky Flathead, Tarwhine, and heaps of Flounder. Ensuring our guests go home with a seafood basket from heaven. Best bait by far is live yabbies, best lures are Ecogear ZX40 in colours 440, 418, 411, 415, coated in Smithy’s UV Sax scent.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms has been still fishing well with nice size Kingys , Amberjack, Samson Fish, Snapper and Pearl Perch. Live baits like yakkas and slimeys are doing the best with a BKK circle glow hook and a good size sinker to get down to the bottom, also try pillies and squid. 36 fathoms try for Snapper Tuskies, Pearlies and Dolphin Fish and  24s and 18s Snapper, Jewfish and Cobia. 

Hope you have a great week! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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June 26, 2020

Winter has certainly taken hold on the Tweed and Gold Coast with cold Westerly winds causing the temperature to plummet, especially at night we have been seeing single digit temps. That is a great sign for those Fishos that prefer to target Bream, Tailor and Jew Fish as these species fire up in the cool weather.

The winter westerlies are a prime time for keen Bream fishos to get out and chase a feed. Those who are keen to brave the cold nights out on the water should be rewarded with some top-quality Bream.  Some good spots to start looking will be Upper Reaches of the Tweed River, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Perrys Hole, Short Island, Cobby Passage, Kalinga Bank and Marks Rock in the Logan River. Some good land spots are Lands End Biggera Waters, Marine Parade Rock Walls, Gold Coast Seaway, Southport Bridge, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Coomera River and Jacobs Well.  Burley is important when targeting Bream, a lot of fishos will have a secret brew they use. I recommend stimulate burley pellets or Wilson Fishing Pellets are easy and not so messy.  Just keep a regular trail going, don’t feed them too much just enough to keep the fish interested. Some the best baits will be Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, White Pilchards, Prawns and Yabbies.

Tailor are a great species to target on the Tweed and Gold Coast as our surf beaches are well protected from the Westerly winds which help to calm the surf down and make it much more fishable depending on how much swell is running offshore. The cool snap that comes hand in hand with a Westerly just seems to flick a switch on Tailor and if all lines up they will make there way into the gutters as the tide rises, early morning and late afternoon into the evening are the prime time to catch a feed. During daylight hours casting metal slugs is a good way to find fish. At night I prefer to fish with bait, WA Pilchards are my favourite, I also like using Bonito and Mullet Fillet on a 3-gang hook rig with a mono trace to increase the chance of a getting the bite.

Customers have reported a few Flathead in the shallow water on the top of sandbanks throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin at high tide.  Try the deeper edges of the sandbanks as the tide starts to fall along with creek and river mouths, Flathead will lay in wait to ambush bait fish as they exit the creeks.  Deep gutters are also a good spot at low tide to look as Flathead are ambush predators as the bait swims off the sandbank on the falling tide they will sit in the gutter waiting to pounce. Casting Zman soft plastics, working TT Switch Blades, Zerek Flat Shads, Zerek Fish Traps and Storm soft vibes are all good methods to target Flathead. Drifting dead baits like White Pilchards, WA Pilchards, Prawns and Yabbies is a very affective way to target Flathead.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we have been mixing it up a bit this week some shallow water techniques. It is not uncommon through winter for fish to move up into shallow water during the day as the sun warms up the water temperature quicker than in deep water. We have been trolling and casting small minnows like pontoon 21 and slam lures as well as a bit of surface popping with mmd splash prawns for Whiting, Bream and Flathead. With all trips I always take the time to do a bit of deep water jigging in a few of the many deep holes in the Tweed River especially around the tide changes. Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Trevally have been the main takers of our vibe lures as well as the odd Bass. Australian bass move well down the river through winter to spawn so I must mention here that if you accidentally catch one while targeting other species please handle them properly and quickly release them. It is important to note that in NSW that there is a zero bag limit on bass in rivers and estuaries from the 1st of May to the 31st of August.

Clint reports he has been sticking to the Broadwater where light winds in the mornings have made for pleasant conditions. Weekdays are great with less jet skis and big fast boats on the water. The fish have been off the bite with very slow, tentative bites but the Squid and Crabs have made up for it. The Arrow Squid seem to have bite periods when they are very aggressive on blades. I was fishing with regular guest Mick on Wednesday and we had some good success teasing them up to the surface with Ecogear ZX40 blades in 440 colour, then dropping a Daiwa nude squid jig 3.0 in weed shrimp colour. We coated the squid jig in Sax scent UV prawn too. They were grabbing it instantly, so much fun to watch. Fresh arrow squid are delicious to eat. We’ve been getting over 20 blue swimmer crabs per session in our pots baited with mahi mahi and mullet frames. Keeping just enough legal-size males for a feed for everyone on the boat. The Southern Broadwater in 2-4 metre depth on run out tides has been working best for the Sand Crabs.   

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms has been firing this week since the water is starting to cool down with nice size Kingys , Amberjack, Samson fish and snapper, live baits like yakkas and slimeys are doing the best with a BKK circle glow hook and a good size sinker to get down to the bottom. 36 fathoms few Dolphin Fish around but the cool water has slowed them up a touch, 24s and 18s Snapper and Cobia around.

June 19, 2020

Local Fisho Ben White (see photo) did well scoring his bag limit on big Jew Fish from the close reefs off the Gold Coast Seaway, we have seen some great catches over the past couple of weeks which is a good sign as winter kicks in. Big bait schools will call our local waters home and finding these schools will be the key to landing the predators like big Jew Fish, Snapper and Cobia which are a prized catch and top eating quality. Make sure you have a good look on the sounder before choosing your fishing spot, if you are in the right spot you should be able to jig your live bait from where you fish, after all that’s what your target species will be eating.

It’s been great to see our Houseboat customers back on the water and scoring some good feeds of bread and butter species this week including Bream, Whiting and Flathead have been the main target for anglers in Broadwater and Jumpinpin area chasing a feed. Customers have done well scoring a nice feed from the Tweed River, Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalleys Gutter, Short Island and Logan River. Prawns, Yabbies, Worms, Mullet Fillet or Live Herring are all great baits.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports well once again it has been a great week of fishing on the Tweed. Although we have not caught anything too big in size the numbers and variety have made up for it. Keeping a bend in the rod is what it is all about and being able to swap lures and techniques through the day is very exciting and eventually that big one will come along. In saying this we have caught the odd cracker Whiting and on most trips have been getting a few Flatties over 50cm. Jigging the deep holes with ecogear zx and vx vibes has been producing Flatties, Bream, Whiting, Big Eye and Giant Trevally as well as the odd small School Jew. 

Clint reports on the water though we are seeing a typical winter pattern. The bigger Flounder and Squid have arrived in numbers, and the Flathead and Winter Whiting are increasing too. We should see schools of spawning Tailor over the next few months unless the netters take most of them. Ecogear ZX40 vibes in colours 415, 440, 447 and Ecogear VX45 vibes in colour 439 are doing well. Best of the Samaki Vibelicious soft vibe colour are white bait and ghost bait. This coming week I am fishing most days, and the Broadwater looks good, I will be fishing along the edges of the main channel South of the Seaway, and also near Marina Mirage, Anglers Paradise, Carters Bank, North Currigee, and Runaway bay.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports on the 50 Fathoms Still Kingys, Amberjack some nice Pearlys and Snapper around use flesh baits pilchards squid and Live bait. On the 36 fathoms plenty of Dolphin fish on all the fads ,on the bottom at the 36s plenty of Tusk Fish also Snappers and Pearlies with odd big Samson fish being caught. On the the 24s fathoms Cobia have been starting to show up with the Whales coming through live bait is the key and don’t be afraid to throw down a big live bait.

Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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June 12, 2020

Local angler Wayne Young reported last Sunday he did well fishing the 24 fathom grounds east of the Seaway scoring a nice Pearl Perch and a mixed bag of reef fish float lining WA Plichards and Bonito fillets. With good reports the past few weeks it is great news as we head into Winter. Late last week Wayne also headed up the Nerang River with his mate Pete in search of some Whiting, the boys did well landing a great feed of quality Gold Coast Whiting using Blood Worms for bait.

Fisho’s did well in the Gold Coast Seaway this week managing to find some top-quality Jew Fish using live baits to temp a bite. Timing is key you have to make sure you are fishing the last hour of the run in and the first hour of the run out to maximise your chances. Best live baits are Mullet, Yakkas, Herring and Pike, use a twin hook Snell rig and a 40 to 60lb mono trace.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Tweed is much the same as last weeks in that the fish are still holding in the mid to upper reaches of the river.  The weather has been fantastic with light to no wind at all and warm winter sunshine making the conditions very comfortable. The lack of wind has made the conditions perfect for drifting and jigging both soft and metal vibes in the deep holes. The deep holes are still producing some Flathead and nice sized Bream as well as the odd good Whiting and small Jew. Trolling the flats between the deep holes has also been consistently producing a mixture of Flathead, Bream and Whiting with the slam lures working well. I have been experimenting with slam lures for the past three weeks and i have to say I am very impressed with them for both their tight action and the fact that they will dive down to about 4.5 metres when trolled with the tide with light braid and leaders. Lets hope the action continues until we talk again next week. 

Clint reports in the Broadwater he had Sammy Hitzke’s Dad Terry and his mate Norm were on board. We started off by drifting around the Southport area with vibes catching Flounder and Winter Whiting. We then pulled up on a big bank at Wavebreak Island to pump some yabbies, leaving the boat in knee deep water on the run out tide. Time went by and we got a bit distracted while having a land based fish and before we knew it the boat was high and dry, and not going anywhere for the next five years. First time it’s ever happened to me. Anyway we had no choice but to fish on, and for the next few hours we caught a bucket full of big tiger squid, some solid Luderick, and flathead, bream, whiting. All in a small, sandy, shallow channel. Amazing what you find sometimes when you stop and look at things closely. Once we were loating again we caught a number of nice size Arrow Squid and Flounder. There is still a lot of bait fish in the Broadwater, and Sand Crabs around Ephraim Island. The Nerang River has produced  a few legal Flathead on hardbody Slam lures, plus some Tarwhine and Bream.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports starting out wide on the shelf around Jim’s and riv ground still few Blue Marlin getting caught on lures between 8 and 15 inch lures. Closer on the 50 fathom areas still a few Kings, AJ’s, Snapper and Pearlies, you do have to work hard for them at the moment due to the water being warm still. On the 36s dolphin fish around the fads also on 24s have seemed a few bigger Snapper staring to show up using really light sinkers with whole pillies, squid and live bait early morning being the best . 

Hope you all have a good week and stay healthy and safe. If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

June 6, 2020

What a great start to Winter on the Tweed and Gold Coast with plenty of sunshine making fishing a great option. Looks like the wind will ease by the weekend, which is great news. Just watch the swell if you are looking at heading offshore, make sure you have the latest weather forecast. Let’s see what’s been on the bite.

Weather permitting Offshore has been producing some good catches lately, I was lucky enough to get out for a fish last Sunday. My good mate Wayne “Youngy” Young was generous enough to lend me his pride and joy for an offshore fishing mission with my daughter Bec. The current was flowing pretty hard making bottom fishing difficult at times, there was plenty of bait and fish showing up on the sounder just getting your burly and bait in front of them took a bit of technique. We ended up with a few Snapper, Moses and a cracking 15kg Jew Fish which made getting up early and getting rained on worthwhile. I fished the 18 fathom reef east of the seaway, I have had other reports of similar catches coming through which is great news as we transaction into the Winter months ahead. The best baits were whole WA Pilchards, Large Squid, Bonito and Yakkas. Some nice catches also came from the 36 fathoms reefs with a mixed bag of Pearl Perch, Snapper, Tusk Fish and a few Dolphin Fish off the fad.

Bream will be a prime target during Winter on the Tweed and Gold Coast, it’s great to see large schools of White Pilchards turning up around Jumpinpin and the Broadwater as the Bream love eating them. Burley is a Bream Fishos best friend, just keep a steady trail going to attract the fish and them keep them feeding in the area. The secret is not to over do it, a bit at a time will do the trick, you can cube with WA Pillies, bits of flesh baits or Burley bombs and pellets all work well. My favourite bait is Mullet Fillet, White Pilchards, Prawns and Yabbies. Bream can be found everywhere throughout our waterways, best to target areas with good structure like Jetty’s, Bridges, Rock walls and Fallen Trees. Some popular spots are the Gold Coast Seaway, Runaway Bay Canal mouths, Southport Bridge, Nerang River, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island and  Kalings Bank.  

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Tweed has been fishing very consistently over the last few weeks for a variety of species. The deep holes in the Tweed River are the best places to try but make sure you take the time to study your sounder and locate the bait schools that are holding along the bottom before you start to fish. The species that have been feeding on the bait have been Flathead, Bream, School Jew and the odd big Whiting and Big Eye Trevally.  As nearly always the time around the tide changes has seen a spike in the fishes feeding patterns especially the Jewies. The lures that have been doing the damage are the ever reliable ecogear zx 40s and the samiki vibelicious soft vibe lures. Now that the water is starting to cool down we should see the fishing getting even better especially for the Flatties and Jew so i am looking forward to the oncoming winter months. 

Clint reports in the Broadwater there have been good numbers of Squid, Tuskfish, Whiting, Sand Crabs, and Flounder around Crab Island this week. The big dredger working along the Western channel is stirring up the water and attracting fish. I catch most of my Squid with Ecogear ZX40 440 colour lures with a bit of Sax scent smeared all over them. The little assist hooks on these lures are “sticky” and have a knack of pinning the squid through one of their candles. They also hold bottom very well in flowing water, and draw the Squid out of weed beds and reef. The Squid are getting bigger as winter draws on, so set a light drag to avoid pulling hooks through them. 

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports on The 50 fathom line there has been little current and bit of a mixed bag has being getting caught like Ajs, Samson, Kingys, Cobia, Snapper, Tusk Fish and Pearlies. Using paternoster rigs have been doing the best with pillies squid and live bait. On 36 fathoms a lot of dolphin fish on all the fads just use pillies and little slugs for them. 

May 29, 2020

Reports of some quality fish around the southern end of the Broadwater this week seeing Fishos land a good variety of species such as Snapper, Tusk Fish, Tailor, Yellow Tail Kingfish, Jew Fish, Flathead, Flounder, Bream, Squid and Morwong. Fishing around the mouth of the Gold Coast Seaway has been extra productive with large bait schools of Hardy Heads and Yakka’s proving irresistible to predators. The run-in tide has fished well, try starting a drift form the mouth of the Seaway and heading either North in the main channel towards Currigee or South towards Marina Mirage. Live baits have been getting smashed, dead baits like White Pilchards, WA Pilchards, Mullet Fillet, Prawns and Yabbies will all do the trick. Soft Vibes and Metal Vibes up to half ounce in weight work well in the deeper water and is a favourite form of fishing for me. I try to target the last 2 hours of the run in tide and the first hour of the run out tide for best results.  

As the water starts to cool down quality Whiting are heading back up the rivers in numbers, local angler Wayne Young has had a good week finding a nice feed of some great quality fish. The Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River and Logan River are all great spots to try your luck. Whiting bite best when the tide is running at a decent pace, fishing can be quite slow during a tide change. I recommend live bait is the way to go, Worms and Yabbies are at the top of the list and can be great fun to catch, especially for the kids. Fishing lite is the key, 6 to 9lb main line, a long 6lb fluorocarbon leader matched a size 6 hook for worms or a size 4 hook for Yabbies. A decent sized sinker is recommended, I usually use a 4 or 5 ball even in quite shallow water. Just keep moving around until you start to find consistent numbers of fish on the bite.

Tailor are starting to show up more regularly around Jumpinpin towards the top of the tide and the first hour of the run out. The Pin Bar Mouth, Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel, Mouth of Whalleys Gutter and Canaipa Passage are all worth a look. When targeting Tailor it’s important to find the bait to find the fish, birds actively feeding are a great indication of a school of Tailor. If things are a bit quiet try trolling shallow diving lures around 65 – 90mm in length until you can temp a fish, once located you can try casting metal slugs or surface lures. Matching the size of bait fish they are feeding on is very important, once feeding fish are fixed on bait if you don’t offer a similar sized lure they will not be interested, this is called matching the hatch.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Tweed River continues to produce good Flathead, School Mulloway, Bream and the odd Whiting in the middle to upper reaches. On the flats in lower light with hardbodies that dive to 3.5m, and on Samaki Vibelicious white bait and Ecogear ZX40 colour code 447 in the deeper holes that are holding bait.

Clint has had a bit of maintenance to do this week so only did a couple of trips to the Nerang river and Gold Coast Broadwater. I will be doing a lot more trips soon and very much looking forward to it. The Nerang river is producing Mulloway, Flathead, Giant Trevally and Bream on soft vibes and blade lures. The Broadwater has Squid, Flounder, Winter Whiting and Flathead biting around the Hollywell area, on yabbies and Ecogear ZX40 blades colour 440.

May 22, 2020

As the weather cools down chasing a Jew Fish particularly at night-time becomes a great option. I have noticed some good-sized schools of Mullet have started to show up on the southern end of the Gold Coast, this is a promising sign as quality Jew Fish will be hunting close by. I prefer to fish the Gold Coast Seaway area at night as the Jew Fish tend to rise up in the water column and can hit the Mullet on the surface, the day time boat traffic will spook the both Mullet and Jew Fish. During daylight hours you are best to anchor up over the pipeline and drop-down live baits or fresh mullet fillet as the fish will be feeding in the deeper water. Jumpinpin Bar is another great area to target big Jewfish especially around the entrance on the Northern side which has some great deep holes for bait and predators to hide in. Large soft plastics and big soft vibe lures work well when drifting through the area. I find the best time to target a big Jewfish is the last 2 hours of the incoming tide, the tide change and the first hour of the run out is the prime bite time. Big Jewfish can be a bit illusive but if you put in the time and effort the rewards are well worth it.

Reports of some nice Flathead being caught in the Tweed River, Broadwater, Jumpinpin and joining estuary systems. Try drifting and throwing soft plastics in the 3” to 4” size range like Zman Minnowz and StreakZ on a 1/4 to 3/8 jig head or working soft or metal vibes depending on water depth. Drifting enables you cover as much territory as possible until you find an area holding good numbers of fish to concentrate your efforts on. 

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Tweed is still offering up nice Flathead, Whiting, Bream and School Jew. Now the water has cleared fully, the deeper holes in the middle to upper reaches are fishing best. Try the flats during lower light periods or cloudy days by trolling hardbodies or twerking with vibes.

Clint reports in the Broadwater bit of light at the end of the Covid tunnel? I reckon we’re very lucky to live in Australia. Especially Gold Coast! Water and fishing everywhere, it’s not hard to get out and enjoy it with so many options available. I’ve been doing a few trips on the Broadwater while the wind was light and tides were neap. Fishing the run-out tides is most productive, or the deeper water on the run in. I’ve been using Ecogear VX45 and Hurricane blades alongside the usual trusty Ecogear ZX40’s and Samaki soft vibes. The VX’s are very good lures and mimic small baitfish very well, while the Hurricane Sting 37 blades in Bling prawn colour are super deadly! All of the above are accounting for School Flathead, Squid, Squire, Whiting, Tarwhine and lots of Flounder. Many great eating fish are plentiful in our local waters this time of year.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports after the weather settles down get out there and try the  fads for Dollies using pillies and live baits. Out on the 50s also try live baiting for Ajs, Yellow Tail Kingfish , Snapper and Pearl Perch, in close on the 24s try for Snapper ,Trag Jew and Silver Jew.

May 15, 2020                                                                                  

With the cooler weather hanging around looking for a feed of Squid has been a good option for some Fisho’s landing a great feed of fresh Calamari. You can catch Squid during the daytime or night time, I prefer to pick a run in tide on the Southern Gold Coast giving better water quality and as the tide rises access by boat over some of the more productive weeds beds where the Squid hang out. We have two main species inshore to target, the larger Tiger Squid or the Arrowhead Squid. I recommend a average sized Squig Jig between 2 to 3 inches long depending on what they are feeding on. Also metal blade vibration lures work well in the deeper channels near the Seaway south to Marina Mirage area. Land based fishing can be better at night, the key is to find somewhere that has good lighting on the water, the light will attract bait fish which will also attract the predatory Squid. Some good land-based spots are Paradise Point Jetty, Grand Hotel Jetty and boat ramp, Sundale Bridge Jetty, Marine Stadium and the Gold Coast Seaway Rock Walls will all produce some quality Squid.

Reports again this week of some quality Tailor showing up along the Surf Beaches from the Tweed North to the Northern End of the Gold Coat and South Stradbroke Island. I still prefer to fish the incoming tide if targeting Tailor from the beach, the bigger fish will usually follow the bait into the gutters which are scattered along the coast. The Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar are also fishing well with some big Tailor showing up. Best tip is to keep your eye on the sounder for bait fish, also watching out for birds diving on the water can indicate fish feeding on bait. Best baits are whole WA pilchards, Mullet Fillet and White Pilchards, for the lure Fishos Tailor tend to respond well to trolling Shallow diving lures, Surface lures and Metal Slugs.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the Tweed River is awesome this time of year. Mild and calm weather, Flathead and Mulloway are pushing upstream to their winter hunting grounds, I love it! The odd trip is producing some quality Flathead, with some big Whiting and Bream amongst them. Popping MMD splash prawns in honeybee colour over shallow water is getting the surface strikes, while in the deeper channels teabagging with Ecogear ZX40 blades in 440 and 447 colour and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes in Ghost bait and White bait colours are getting plenty of solid fish.

Clint reports in the Broadwater good numbers of bigger Flathead are showing up which is great to see, and expected this time of year. Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes and Ecogear ZX40 account for their share share of Flatties, in much the same colours as Smithy mentioned above, in the clear water normal for the dry months. The water temperature dropped to 20 degrees in the Nerang River after the cool weather. This will bring on more Flathead, Squid, Mulloway, Snapper, Flounder and more tasty species. A good time to fish is just past the full moon and into neaps, my favourite tides for working the deeper sections of the Northern Broadwater such as Currigee reef, Ephraim reef, around the Seaway, and the main channel East of Carters bank.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports out on the shelf there has been Blue Marlin around Jim’s Mountain, Riv Grounds with boats catching up to 4 Blue Marlin a day and also the odd big Yellowfin Tuna  using lures anywhere from 8 to 15 inch lures. On The 50 and 36s Fathoms the current was raging up to 3 knots so very hard to fish but still few nice Snapper, Pearlies and Tuskys have been biting with the Dolphin Fish still around the fads.

Hope you all have a good week and stay healthy and safe. If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

May 8, 2020                                                                                  

With the wind and swell up during the week combined with big tides due to the full moon hitting the protected estuary’s and rivers was the best option. Some great catches of Whiting are still on offer as the water starts to cool down. Some good spots to try are the Logan River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Coomera River, Pimpama River and the Nerang River which all offer protection from the wind. Quality bait is the key to success, live worms or yabbies are the best choice when it come to catching a feed of Whiting. Choose an area where you can target both shallow water and deeper water at the same time with your rods until you can work out which depth the majority of the fish are feeding in. Once you can work out a pattern then concentrate your efforts in the most productive depth. Big tides mean good water flow which is important when targeting Whiting, the old saying no run no fun does apply. Make sure you are using a heavy enough sinker to keep your bait in contact with the bottom, I usually use a size 4  ball sinker and even go a 5 ball in the river depending on current flow. If the fish are quiet just keep on moving until you find some life, I usually move if I have not caught a fish in 30 minutes. Light main line and light leader will attract more bites, I normally go for a 6lb fluro carbon leader works best.

Reports of some good early season Bream around Short Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Logan River, Jacobs Well, Tipplers Passage, The Coomera River, Paradise Point and the Gold Coast Seaway. Mullet Fillet, White Pilchards, Mullet Gut and Yabbies are great bait. A good burly trail is important when chasing Bream, pellet options from Wilson Fishing and Stimulate will do the job. As we step closer to winter, all the early signs for a great Bream season is good news for anglers.

Some nice Tailor have come from the surf gutters along South Stradbroke Island the past week, the early cool Westerly winds combined with lots of bait fish have attracted some quality sized fish. The swell is tipped to drop for the weekend, a beach fishing session would be a good idea.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports he has been getting out when he can, the Tweed this time of year fishes well for Flathead, and the Whiting and Bream are still active on surface lures.

As the water cools more the bigger Bream, Mulloway, and Flathead appear and are best targeted in deeper water with vibes and soft plastics.

Clint has been fishing the Gold Coast Broadwater during the settled weather and neap tides. So many good eating fish around at the moment and the fishing was on fire this week. The best fishing coincided with the smallest tides of 0.5-1 metre range, allowing us to fish the open channels more, 6-8 metre depth has been best. We have been catching a lot of good size Tuskfish. These fish are very feisty and hit our Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki Vibelicious 70 lures with venom then tear off on a screaming run, great fun on light tackle. Best ZX colours at the moment are 411, 414, 440, best Samaki soft vibe colours are ghost bait, pearl shrimp, and white bait. Flathead are increasing in numbers and size, as are Founder, Squid, and Winter Whiting.  The cold change will bring on Snapper, big Bream, Mulloway, Flathead and Squid. Heaps of great fishing to look forward to!

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports weather permitting on 50 fathoms there is still a good mixed bag of Snapper, Pearlies, Amberjack, Samson fish and Pig fish Out there just using squid, pillies and live bait are the best options. Also try the fads on the 36s and 50s for some Mahi Mahi (Dolphin fish) with pillies and little lures working  best and in closer around the pin there is plenty of Mac Tunas and Long Tails in the mix as well to target on soft plastics and metal slugs.

May 1, 2020                                                                                  

The benefits of all the rain at the back end of Summer have paid off with heaps of bait fish schooling up throughout the entire Broadwater, Jumpinpin and adjoining rivers and estuaries. Fishing will just get batter and better as we edge closer to winter. Currently the Gold Coast Seaway has been a hot spot with massive schools of Yakkas taking up residence. The Yakkas have attracted all kinds of predators for fishos to target including a few prized Mackerel, Tuna, Tailor, Jew Fish, Mangrove Jack, Snapper and big Flathead. The Seaway can be a tricky place to fish with strong currents making going tuff at times. The best time to fish the area is the last hour before and the first hour after a tide change which is also a prime bite time. Just watch how close you get to the pipeline or you will donate your tackle.

Mates James (see Snapper photo in report) and Jason did well trying their luck on the 24 fathom reef off the Seaway last Saturday landing a prized Snapper along with a mixed bag of Moses, Trag and top eating Tusk Fish float lining WA Pilchards and Squid. Once the swell eases up it will be well worth a look for a great feed of reefies.

Customers have landed some nice catches of Whiting in the rivers and throughout Jumpinpin and the Broadwater this week. Local Whiting expert Wayne Young (see photo in report) had a great trip landing a top quality feed in the Nerang River, also try Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Canaipa Passage, Shoals at Jacobs Well, Coomera River North and South Arms and Paradise Point. Worms and Yabbies are the best bait.

Clint and Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters report the Tweed River continues to provide fun surface action with Whiting, Flathead and Bream willing to chase MMD splashprawns in Banana bender and Honey Bee colours. More Mulloway are showing up in the deeper holes of the middle reaches, Samaki Vibelicious in White bait colour and Ecogear ZX40’s work well for them.

There are a lot of fish moving around the Broadwater chasing big schools of small bait fish. The seaway is the main fish focus with a big variety of fish feeding there including Mackerel, Snapper, Bream and Flathead. 

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports another week of great offshore weather, on the 50 fathom line. There is still a good mixed bag of Snapper, Pearlies, Rosy Jobfish, Amberjack, Samson fish and Pig Fish out there just using squid, pillies and live bait are the best options. Also try the fads on the 36s and 50s for some Mahi Mahi with pillies and little lures working best. 

Hope you all have a good week and stay healthy and safe, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

April 24, 2020

I recommend before heading out on the water that you make sure you check out the latest news from the Queensland Government, New South Wales Government and Maritime Safety Queensland. Fishing for food is allowed at the time of writing this report.

I hit the water last Sunday with my daughter Jess looking for a feed, we fished the deeper channels and edges of Sandbanks in the Broadwater from Wave Break Island in the South to Couran in the North and managed to land over 20 fish on lures. Jess had an awesome day catching and releasing a quality Jew Fish on a metal blade lure fished on 8lb (see photo in report). We basically sounded around until we found shows of bait and fish on the sounder then drifted the lures through the area until we scored a bite. Once we located numbers of fish we would concentrate on that area until the fishing slowed then we moved on. We also kept an eye on the diving birds picking up bait fish from the current lines, these areas were producing some good-sized Tailor. We ended up landing Jew Fish, GT’s, Pennant Trevally, Flathead, Tailor, Bream, Tarwhine and Moses Perch. The lures of choice were 1/2 ounce TT Switch Blades and 4” Zman StreakZ Curly TailsZ rigged on 3/8-3/0 TT Head LockZ jig heads.

Reports from Offshore early in the week saw a good mixed bag of Snapper, Trag, Moses and Tuskies landed on the 18 to 24 fathom line off the Seaway, the current was up at times making fishing light difficult. Some good bags of Pearl Perch were landed from the 50 Fathom line mid-week, fishos said the current had slowed down considerably out wider making bottom fishing worth a go and were rewarded with a top feed.

Clint and Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports we all know that going fishing at the moment is subject to debate. Of course, we don’t want boat ramps to be overcrowded and seeing people doing unnecessary stops to get fuel and bait. However, being out on a boat or shore fishing alone or with family or one mate is way safer than visiting the supermarket. Each to their own I guess, as long as it’s safe and legal. if you are getting out to nature and you’re allowed within your postcode, it is great for morale and spirit.

The Gold Coast Broadwater has been fishing well. During the neap tides I took the opportunity to fish some deeper water around the seaway and North of there. Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki Vibelicious vibes accounted for Flathead, Snapper, Whiting, Tarwhine, Bream, and Flounder. As always find the bait and you will find the fish. Best areas to fish this coming week in lead up to new moon: Runaway Bay foreshore, Budds Beach, Seaway around tide changes, edge of main channel near Marina mirage.

Tweed is still producing Whiting on MMD splash prawn surface lures, with Honey Bee and Banana Bender the stand out colours, while flathead are growing in number and size in all local rivers.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports awesome conditions outside at the moment with light westerly winds in the mornings, try the 50 fathom line at the moment with no current and a real good mixed bag of fish out there. Snapper, Pearlies, Amberjack, Pig Fish and Silver Jew just using squid, pillies and live bait. Also try the fads on the 36s for feed of Mahi Mahi. 

April 17, 2020

Before hitting the water make sure you check out the latest news from the Queensland Government, New South Wales Government and Maritime Safety Queensland. Fishing for food is allowed at the time of writing this report.

Bread and butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead are a great target option if you’re keen to chase a feed of fresh fish for on the Gold Coast or Tweed. All these fish can be targeted by everyone either land based or if you have a boat or Kayak. Just remember your social distancing rules when fishing in the boat or land based. Some land based spots to try are Jacobs Well Jetty, Cabbage Tree Point Beach, Coomera River Highway Bridge, Santa Barbara, Jabiru Island, Paradise Point Jetty, Lands End Biggera Waters, Grand Hotel Jetty, Marine Stadium, Nerang River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek and Tweed River. If you own a boat try around Currigee, Paradise Point, Wave Break Island, Nerang River, Tiger Mullet Channel, Canapia Passage, Jacobs Well, Logan River and the Tweed River. I recommend using burley when targeting Bream, a pellet burley like Stimulate or Wilson Pellets will work well. The best bait for Whiting is Worms or Yabbies, for Bream and Flathead try Prawns, White Pilchards, WA Pilchards, Mullet Fillet or Yabbies.

Sand Crabs have been around in good numbers throughout most of the main channels in the Broadwater and Jumpinpin this week. Try setting your pots on the edges on the channel near the drop off will work well. At high tide the crabs have still been moving on top of the sandbanks in amongst the weed beds.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports there are still Blue Marlin and big Dolphin Fish on the shelf anywhere from 200m to 1200m metres of water , places like riv grounds and also Jim’s Mountain and Micks. Try trolling 8 to 15 inch skirted lures. On the 50s still Aj’s, Kings, Snapper and few Pearl Perch using live bait, squid and pillies. Back on the 36s plenty of Dolphin Ffish around the fads still . 12 ,18 and 24 fathoms Spanish Mackerel , Spotted Mackerel and schoolies have been biting real well.

Clint and Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters have been doing a bit of solo fishing close to home.

Brad reports Whiting, Trevally and Bream are still actively smashing lures on the Tweed River. MMD surface lures in honey bee colour and trolling or casting Pontoon 21 crackjacks hardbodies are both deadly. 

Clint has been solo fishing at the Gold Coast Broadwater for a family feed, catching Whiting, Bream and Flathead for a family feed on surface lures and unweighted yabbies while wading sand banks which is awesome and relaxing fun.

Fishing when you need a feed is the key, don’t abuse the privilege and only be out for that valid reason to feed the family then the Government should not have a reason to make changes to the current rules. Be responsible anglers and don’t give them a reason to stop us fishing, everyone is playing their part.

April 10, 2020                                                                                  

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a good week, it’s great to see the majority of people doing the right thing and following the new fishing rules of only going boating to catch a feed. With Easter Holidays upon us lets have a look at what’s on the menu for Good Friday and Easter Long Weekend on the Tweed and Gold Coast.

Before hitting the water make sure you check out the latest news from the Queensland Government, New South Wales Government and Maritime Safety Queensland. Fishing for food is allowed at the time of writing this report.

I have been fishing when we I need a feed, I think if we don’t abuse the privilege and only be out for that valid reason to feed the family then the Government should not have a reason to make changes to the current rules. Be responsible anglers and don’t give them a reason to stop us fishing, everyone is playing their part.

The Broadwater and Jumpinpin is alive with big schools of bait fish at the moment, this is the spoils of all the rain we received over Summer. Predators are out feeding up hard in the lead up to spawning season. Bream are around in massive numbers which is great news as the temperature starts to drop and we head towards the winter Bream season. For a feed of Bream try fishing around structure like natural snags, rock walls, jetty’s and bridges. Ocean entrances like the Tweed Bar, Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar have seen good schools of bait being harassed by a good variety of species including Jew Fish, Trevally, Mackerel, Tailor, Bream and Snapper.

Flathead are starting to make a come back in good number with all the bait around, I have seen plenty of good fish on top of sandbanks at high tide. Flicking soft plastics or trolling hard body lures should produce a nice feed of flathead. If you prefer using bait just drift the area with yabbies or white pilchards for good results. Most sandbanks throughout Jumpinpin, the Broadwater, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Logan River and the Tweed River will be worth a look. As the tide drops target the edges as the predators will lay in wait for a feed to swim past.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports whilst his charters have been postponed due to covid 19 he has been doing some fishing inshore to feed the family. Gavin has been finding a great mixed bag of species fishing the Southern Broadwater including a prized Cobia to his son Cullum (see photo in report) which is a great effort inshore. Other species caught were Bream, Garfish and Flathead. Try the banks and channels opposite Seaworld and Marina Mirage.

Clint and Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters have been doing a bit of solo fishing close to home. The Gold Coast Broadwater and Nerang River area between Buds beach and Sovereign Island is still producing big Whiting, Flathead, Flounder, Tuskfish, and the Squid are returning. There are still heaps of bream everywhere and they are getting bigger. A lot of baitfish and prawns are moving around and there are Trevally busting up around the Seaway area. The Tweed river is producing heaps of Whiting, Flathead and Bream on surface lures, vibes, hardbodies.

Hope you all have a good Easter and stay healthy and safe, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

April 3, 2020                                                                                  

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a good week and are hanging in there with all the changes to our lives. Tuff times ahead for many locals unfortunately, keep positive and we will come out on the other side. I’m no expert but if you choose to go fishing for a short trip as your outdoor activity that should be acceptable so long as you are sticking to the rules of social distancing. Fishing is a great escape for many anglers, and we don’t like fishing on top of each other anyway. Let’s see what’s been happening lately.

Before you choose to head outdoors make sure you are well informed.

Check out the latest news from Maritime Safety Queensland on boating rules in Queensland @ 30/3/2020. As policies are changing rapidly make sure you are up to date and aware of your responsibilities.

https://www.vision6.com.au/v/63604/1029687/email.html?k=NlnDXQ3XlN_nm9wNHrDxQOigKcJ2ZtdDZFvHADeSnKQ

And also the latest update from Fisheries Queensland at the time of writing this report, but remember to get the latest info https://www.facebook.com/141031799242532/posts/3208605089151839/?d=n&substory_index=0

Fisheries Queensland 31/3/2020

The latest advice from Queensland Health is to #StayHomeSaveLives so we strongly encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings that aren’t essential.

Queensland boaties can still take their boats out locally to fish for food or travel for essential reasons.

Public gatherings such as fishing are limited to 2 people (other than your direct household). If you do choose to go fishing, stay close to home, keep a distance of 1.5 m from others and practise good hygiene, especially when fuelling up and at boat ramps.

State Government boat ramps will remain open to boaties. Boaties should also be mindful of hygiene when putting boats in the water at public facilities.

At this point in time, QBFP officers are still patrolling and fishing rules remain in place. QBFP are avoiding close contact, conducting interviews and discussions on open deck, cleaning their hands frequently and have sanitisers on all vessels and cleaning all internal components of vessels. If anything changes, we will be sure to let you know, but for now, do your part to slow the spread.

This advice is current as of 31 March 2020 and may change in response to new or amended CHO Health Directions and the government’s response to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Stay up-to-date with accurate, reliable information by visiting www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus

After all the rain the estuaries and rivers have been firing producing a good feed of quality Bream, Whiting, Flathead and a few Trevally. If you’re keen to escape for a few hours try the Nerang River, Coomera River, Paradise Point, Tiger Mullet Channel, Pimpama River, Logan River, Jacobs Well and Canaipa Passage. Soft Plastics, Metal or Soft Vibes and Hard Body Lures will do the trick on the above species. I do prefer to bait fish for Bream and Whiting, Yabbies and Worms are the best bait and Mullet Fillet is a favourite for Bream. It’s also worth dropping the crab pots in for a feed of Mud and Sand Crabs with some nice catches reported.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports offshore in the deep water there was plenty of Ajs and Kingys on the 50 fathom line using live bait and jigs , 36 fathoms still plenty of Dolphin Fish on all the government fads out there using live bait and WA Pillies. The 18s and 24s are producing a fair few Spanish Mackerel, Spotties and School Mackerel. Plenty of Mac Tunas In close, best method is casting small little laser and raider lures .

Clint and Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters have stopped running charters until further notice due to the coronavirus epidemic. Sad times but we’ve been around a long time and we will be back as soon as possible!

Brad and Clint sincerely hope everyone takes care and heeds warnings. We’re all in the same boat, and we all need to stay calm and see it through.

The fishing has still been very good, and we’ll continue to each go fishing solo while allowed, to let you know what’s biting and where. If anyone is struggling and would like to chat about fishing, feel free to message our page and we will get back to you. There’s nothing like fishing to take your mind off things. Just remember to play it safe and practise social distancing. We have caught 2 Flatties over 70 cm on mmd splash prawns this week. It is a rush when a big flattie takes a surface lure.

At Tweed river Brad has been having a great time landing some big Bream, Flathead, Mulloway, and Whiting. 

The Gold Coast estuaries have been fishing well for the usual big variety of species. There has been that many Bream it’s hard to get past them but the numbers of Flathead, Whiting, Flounder and Tuskfish are starting to increase.

Hope you all have a good weekend, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

New fishing regulations now effective fisheries Queensland http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/9/1/new-fishing-regulations-now-effective

Fisho Tackle and Coomera Houseboat Holidays now have Hire Tinnies follow the link to view http://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/our-fleet-type/hire-tinnies/    

Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/ 

If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to  brett@fishotackle.com.au    Good luck with the Fishing.  Brett    

March 27, 2020

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, from fantastic weather for fishing over the weekend to uncertain times ahead during the week for everyone on the Tweed, Gold Coast and Australia in general. If we all work together hopefully we will be all back living as close to normal lives in the near future and enjoying our passion for fishing and the great outdoors. Let’s see what’s been biting.

Last weekend saw 2 days of great weather giving anglers an opportunity to head offshore, local Fishos did well landing some nice pelagic and reef species. Some fantastic Spanish Mackerel were landed on trolled live baits and hard body lures from the 18 and 24 fathom reefs off the Seaway, Palm Beach Reef, Gravel Patch and Nine Mile off the Tweed. Some top-quality Snapper have been on the bite early in the morning, try the 18, 24 or 36 fathom line depending on the current. Once the Snapper bite slows try chasing pelagic species. 

Congratulations to my daughter Bec Clarke for winning 1st place Junior Angler Queensland Whiting in this year’s Pirtek Fishing Challenge fished back on the 15/3/2020, a fantastic effort on a wild and windy weekend.

Locals have been scoring a mixed bag of Bream Flathead and Whiting from the Sandbanks and channels around Paradise Point, Crab Island, Coomera River, The Never Fails, Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well around the shoals, Logan River and Canaipa Passage. Yabbies are great all round bait, the kids will have fun pumping them. I’d also recommend Worms, Prawns, White Pilchards and Mullet Fillet to catch a feed.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed this week’s fishing report is much the same as last weeks with the fishing being the best we have seen for many years thanks to the record rainfall in late January and all through February. The average daily catch rate on board the boat is over 40 fish on lures and these figures by law are put on a logbook and sent to the government for the charters operators monitoring program. Flathead, Whiting and an abundance of bream are the main catch with the odd trevally which will really come back in size and numbers. The other great thing about the big numbers of fish around is it is allowing us to use a variety of different lures and techniques. Trolling, casting, deep water jigging as well as surface lures are all working with double hooks ups being a common scenario.

Clint from the Broadwater reports we have had a lot of fun on charters in Nerang River and the Gold Coast Broadwater over the past week. The water has cleared to a colour we love fishing in, and a variety of fish are responding to lures and bait. When the wind was up we found shelter in the river bends, and there were huge numbers bream hitting Pontoon 21 crackjack lures in Spanish Red and Bloody Tiger Prawn colours. If you could get past the thousands of Bream there were some Flathead, Grunter and Trevally starting to show up. The Gold Coast Broadwater has been producing some awesome fishing sessions on light tackle, with 40-80 fish a trip. My favourite ever lure the Ecogear ZX40 in colour code 440 tempts so many species and numbers of fish it’s ridiculous, as guests on my daily charters will testify. The Northern Broadwater and surrounding areas fished very well on recent trips with over 60 fish and 18 different species such as Flathead, Whiting, Tuskfish, Flounder, Squire, Tarwhine and bream being landed.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

March 20, 2020

The weather gods greeted us with some wild winds last weekend and early this week on the Gold and Tweed Coasts. The good news is the weekend is looking great, light winds and sunshine is the forecast which means all systems go for angler’s keen to hit the water and find some fish. Let’s see what’s been biting.

I braved the wild weather last Sunday to fish the Pirtek Fishing Challenge with my kids, 30 plus knot Southerly winds wreaked havoc on us all day making Fishing difficult at times. We chose to fish the Coomera River for our target species Whiting using blood worms and yabbies for bait. The River and Broadwater is still affected by fresh water with the water quality still being below average. Bream and Tarwhine were everywhere and ravenous pretty much beating the Whiting to the bait nearly every time we cast out. I was using light estuary outfits with 6 and 9 lb main line, running a 1m + long 6lb fluro carbon trace matched with a size 6 bait keeper hook for worms and a size 4 for yabbies and a 4 ball sinker. In the end the kids had a ball landing 50 plus Bream/Tarwhine and 15 Whiting, not a bad effort given the conditions. We are very lucky on the Gold and Tweed Coast having plenty of sheltered inshore estuary systems to be able to get out of the wind enough and have some fun. The results of the Pirtek Challenge will be available on Saturday on their website for those interested. Some other areas to chase some Bream and Whiting are Tweed River, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Jacobs Well, Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Slipping Sands and Logan River.   

With a good weather forecast on the way this weekend Prawns will be on the radar for plenty of Fishos. Grab your top pocket nets and head up towards Jacobs Well for a look around the moored boats, from there head north to check out either Cabbage Tree Point, Little Rocky Point, Powerlines, Lamb Island, Karragarra Island and the Salt Works at Macleay Island will all be worth a look for a feed of fresh Banana Prawns.

For those anglers itching to get offshore at this stage the forecast is looking good, depending on the current situation the 18 and 24 fathom reefs should fish well for Snapper on the dawn bite after the big swell earlier in the week. Plenty of burley should do the trick to attract a few nice fish. Other bottom species on offer are Tusk Fish, Spangled Emperor, Moses, Trag, Jew Fish and Cobia.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters recommends after the weather settles down get out there and try for Spanish Mackerel and Spottie Mackerel around the 12s ,18s and 24 fathom areas. Try using live bait , WA Pillies and also up to 25 gram slugs. On the way out to the 50s check out the fads for Dolphin Fish. Out on the 50s also try live baiting for Amberjack, King Fish and Snapper.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the lower reaches of the Tweed is throwing big numbers of fish in all my favourite haunts with casting, trolling and surface lures all producing the goods. If you were a keen lure fishing Bream angler you would be in your element as we have been catching over 30 fish a day and then moving around to different areas to target some Flatties that are liking the slightly cooler water. There are some thumper Whiting around that are crunching our lures if they are fast enough to beat the Bream. There are also quite a few whiting around as well but the bream are that thick in numbers they are out competing them for the lures. We have also been working the areas where the birds are working and have been catching some small GTs and the odd good Tea Leaf Trevally on surface lures. The mass amount of rain we had in February as we predicted is really laying the platform for some great fishing from now and through our oncoming winter season. 

L: Allan with a 80cm estuary cod caught and released on Brad Smith Fishing Charters.
R: Jess Clarke with a Coomera River whiting caught during the Pirtek Fishing Challenge.

Clint reports from the Broadwater reports a busy week for our charters, the great thing about running estuary charters around here is the availability of sheltered areas to fish comfortably and catch heaps, even in windy conditions.

The water has continued to clear nicely since the floods nearly four weeks ago. A few more showers will only help the good fishing continue. The wind direction makes for good fishing this coming week. If the wind is up early we’ll be further up the rivers where there is plenty of action to be enjoyed. 

Offshore fishing may be limited but we are still going out every day.

The Jacks are still in the lower to mid reaches. We’ll target them at night the next few weeks around the current breaks in the lower river, then in the open river and bridges as the tides back off towards neaps at the end of the week. The wind is up but we have plenty of sheltered areas in our rivers to fish and catch plenty. I have been catching good numbers of Bream, Winter Whiting, Sand Whiting, Grunter and Trevally. Best areas have been Pelican beach, Bums bay, and Benowa.

Yabbies are working very well for me, as are Ecogear ZX40 in 440 and 447 colours, and Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes. I always smear a bit of Sax scent goldprawn on my lures for added natural effect.

L: Cos landed a nice whiting in the Broadwater using yabbies for bait.
R: Mick with a flathead from the Coomera River using a ZMan soft plastic.

Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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March 12, 2020

Wind and rain pretty much sums up this week on the Tweed and Gold Coast, with tough conditions making fishing difficult. At this stage the weekend is looking very windy, finding a good spot to hide from the S/SE will be key to fishing success. Let’s have a look at some options.

Average would pretty much sum up fishing conditions this week on the Tweed and Gold Coast with Strong Winds and Heavy rain dominating the weather. Finding some shelter up around Jumpinpin, Logan River, Pimpama River, Coomera River, Nerang River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek and the Tweed River will be a plan for the weekend and week ahead. Customers have been scoring some quality Whiting, Bream, Flathead, Trevally, Estuary Cod and Mangrove Jack between the showers.

Weather permitting the Gold Coast Seaway has been producing a few nice Jew Fish and Trevally fishing the pipeline on the last hour of the run in and the first hour of the run-out tide, live baits have been working best. When we have a larger swell off shore it tends to stir up the feed and the Seaway will fish well seeing quite a range of species caught like Spangled Emperor, Squire, Grassy Sweetlip, Painted Sweetlip, Moses, Tusk Fish Bream and Tarwhine to name a few. Just watch out for the extra swell rolling through the area.  Fishing between the pipeline and the East Side of Wave Break Island is popular spot drifting over the rubble with baits or lures will be worth a try.

Anglers that headed out early last Saturday morning did well on the close reefs getting stuck into schools of Spotted Mackerel, hopefully after the blow some clean water will be pushed in the fish will still be around and hungry offshore. 

Good luck to all fishos taking part in this year’s Pirtek Fishing Challenge held on Sunday 15/3/20, it’s a fantastic comp with some awesome prizes on offer. All money raised goes towards research for Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia, that’s a good reason to get out and show your support. You can check out all the details at https://pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au/making-difference/

L: Rodney Taylor scored a good feed of Flathead from the Broadwater.
R: Mick tempted this Coomera River Bream on a Zman GrubZ soft plastic.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports before the wind kicked in Marlin were still biting around the 85m at Spot X and Deep Trag on live bait. If you do find it a little quieter try trolling 6 to 8 inch lures and also deep divers for them so u can cover more ground and try to find some other  bait schools ,doing this you can pick up Wahoo, Dolphin Fish and Stripe Tuna. In close around the 12 and 18 fathoms Spottie Mackerel have been still biting and on the 24s around the diamond reef trolling live bait or dead baits have been doing the trick for Spanish Mackerel

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the fishing this week has been outstanding with my clients catching over 20 fish a day on lures. Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Trevally have been lining up to smash a variety of lures using a variety of different techniques. Trolling pontoon 21 crackjacks along the edges of the channels has worked well as has deep water jigging with vibes in the deeper holes around the tide changes. Fishing the sea grass flats around the top of the tide in the clean water coming in from the ocean with mmd splash prawns has been productive as well with the Whiting and Bream queuing to smash them.

If you have never tried fishing surface lures it is something worth trying as it is so much fun watching the lure get pack attacked as it splashes along the surface all the way to the boat.

L: Jim with a 42 cm whiting caught on the Tweed River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.
R: Sea Probe Fishing Charters customers with an impressive Black Marlin caught off the Gold Coast.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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March 6, 2020

A run of nice weather early in the week has been welcomed by anglers on the Tweed and Gold Coast giving everyone some great fishing conditions at times. A few showers will be hanging around as the week progresses, at this stage it looks like the wind is tipped to pick up over the weekend unfortunately. Let’s see what’s been biting this week.

Local fishing guru Wayne Young (see photo in report) did well this week landing an impressive 79cm Snapper from the 18-fathom reef east of the Gold Coast Seaway. Wayne said there was only a slight current making conditions perfect for float lining baits, the big Snapper hit his bait on the drop and then put up a great fight. The best advice is to get out there early to catch the dawn bite as the fishing was all done and dusted by 7am. When looking for a spot to fish sound around the general area until you locate life whether it’s bait or fish, once you have found life I do prefer to anchor up and start a burley trail straight away. Customers have reported some great catches of Spotted Mackerel from the close reefs off the Gold Coat this week, start looking at the bait grounds then make you way out to the 18 fathom grounds in search of a feed. Mermaid Reef and Palm Beach will be worth a go, keep your eyes peeled for birds working or top water activity like splashing or fish jumping. Slow trolled whole WA pilchards, small skirted lures or small shallow water diving lures should work, I also enjoy casting metal slugs and retrieving them fast. Sometimes you will have to try a few sizes of metal slugs until you match the bait size they are feeding on. For bait fishos WA pillie pieces will do the trick, a burley trail is a must.

A few nice Whiting have been showing up in the Broadwater this week, junior fisho Bec (see photo in report) did well landing a quality feed fishing the edges of the sandbanks around the southern end of the Broadwater using live yabbies she pumped. Whiting seem to move around a bit at times, you will catch a few then they go quiet for a while. If you haven’t caught any fish for about half an hour just move around and try another spot close by and see how you go. I recommend 6lb fluro carbon leader, and either a 4 – 5 ball sinker to keep the bait in the bite zone, worms and yabbies are the best bait.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports Marlin have been a little quieter this week but still a few around thou, some lucky boats are still getting up to 5 billfish a day. The best spots to catch a Marlin have been Deep Trag, Spot X and along the 85m grounds using live Bait and lures. The 18 fathom reef is producing plenty of Spottie Mackerel which have moved in with the Blue water. Try using simple half pillies and full pillies and also casting 25gram slugs into the bait balls.

L: Local fishing guru Wayne Young with an impressive 79cm Snapper from the 18 fathom reefs off the Gold Coast.
R: Dick with a nice Flathead from the Tweed River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed what a difference a bit of rain makes with the whole area returning to its lush green self once again. Apart from dodging a few showers and getting caught by few out on the water the fishing has been very good by utilising the conditions. The upper reaches of the Tweed River are still to dirty to fish so we have been staying downstream and working the areas where the clean water is being pushed in by the tides. The area where the dirty water and clean oceanic water is meeting is holding a strong concentration and variety of species. Trolling pontoon 21 crackjack lures is producing Flathead, Bream and Whiting, we have been mixing it up by drifting and casting metal and soft vibes for the same species. The shallow flats around the last couple of hours of the run-in tide has also been fun for casting surface lures for Whiting and especially Bream that seem to be in numbers foraging over the shallow seagrass beds. We have also caught some small Giant Trevally on surface lures and by trolling around the areas where the birds are feeding on baitfish schools holding along the current lines.  

Clint reports the Gold Coast estuary fishing is really starting to improve after the rain events and this will continue in coming weeks. Whiting were feeding in the Southern Broadwater along the channel edges between Sundale bridge and the Spit. Using freshly pumped yabbies or Ecogear ZX40 blades or Samaki soft vibes coated in Sax scent goldprawn will catch you a feed of Whiting, Flounder, and Flathead. As the dirty water dilutes further the fish will start to head slightly more upstream chasing food. Expect Mangrove Jacks, Bream, Grunter, Tarwhine, and Trevally to be on the bite.

L: Bec Clarke scored a nice feed of Whiting from the Southern Broadwater.
R: Sea Probe Fishing Charters customers with a cracking Black Marlin from a recent trip off the Gold Coast.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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February 28, 2020

A bit of a wind and rain has been hanging around on the Tweed and Gold Coast making conditions a bit average at times for outdoor activities. Braving the showers and making the most of weather windows finding good fishing spots out of the wind has paid off for those anglers keen to get out. Let’s have a look at some options for the weekend ahead.

Keen Fishos have been doing well on the Prawns despite the wind and rain making conditions pretty tuff at times. Plenty of boats have been out chasing a feed this week with some good hauls landed from around the Powerlines, Russell Island, Lamb Island, Karragarra Island and Macleay Island. Keep a good eye on the sounder as Prawns will usually sit pretty deep in the water column, they sometimes look like they are sitting in a long flat line rather than a bait school of fish which can often ball up. Luck of the draw will dictate whether you get a bag limit in a few casts or you will have to grind away a few Prawns at a time. It can get hectic with large numbers of boats rubbing gunwales, everyone usually has a good attitude and are friendly for those that are new to prawning it can be a bit intimidating at first.

If you’re looking for a fun day out fishing with the family or mates, I recommend you look at the Pirtek Fishing Challenge which is held on Sunday 15th of March this year. It’s a fantastic event and all money raised goes towards men’s prostate cancer research. Check out the link for more details and how to enter https://pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au/ There are some awesome prizes on offer and everyone gets a hat and brag matt, also this year all the junior entries receive a free packet of soft plastic lures.

L: Ben with a solid 53cm Mangrove Jack caught on Brad Smith Fishing Charters.
R: Darren Denton scored a Mud Crab from the Coomera River.

Local fisho Paul Wilshire (see photo in report) braved the wind and weather on Monday and did well landing a few nice Spotted Mackerel trolling skirted lures around. Paul also found a few quality Spanish Mackerel but didn’t manage to stay connected. Palm Beach Reef, The Gravel Patch, Mermaid reef and around Nine Mile on the Tweed are fishing well.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports offshore weather permitting there has been plenty of Black marlin being caught at Spot X and along the 80m line at the moment with up to 10 Marlin a day or more being hooked. Best method for catching these Marlin lately is live baiting for them using Slimey Mackerel and a combination of either weighted or unweighted single circle hook rigs so you are covering all depths of water. Customers have been having a great time tackling these awesome Marlin that put on a fantastic aerial display when they fight. There has also been the odd Dolphin Fish and Wahoo hanging around these bait balls adding to the fun. We are so lucky to have such a world class fishery on our local doorstep on the Gold Coast.

L: Stone and the happy Crew from Sea Probe Fishing Charters with a good sized Black Marlin landed off the Gold Coast.
R: Paul Wilshire with a nice Spotted Mackerel caught off the Gold Coast.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed some nice Flathead, Trevally and Bream have been showing up in the lower reaches of Tweed River. Run in tides are also starting to produce more fish upstream.

Clint reports a few Whiting, Bream and Flathead on the run in tides at the Broadwater and Mangrove Jacks are still downstream too.  For the bread and butter species pump Yabbies at low tide then fish the run-in around Southport or try the reef East of Wavebreak Island with flesh baits for Snapper and Bream. Worth a go in the lakes around Robina for bass, look for bait and smaller schools of Bass.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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February 21, 2020

The Sunshine has been a sight for sore eyes on the Gold and Tweed Coasts after the massive dumping of rain we copped last week. Hundreds of millimetres of rain wreaked havoc throughout the Tweed and Gold Coast rivers and waterways with massive amount of fresh water and debris scattered everywhere. The systems look like they are all recovering well this week. Let’s see what’s been biting.    

Mud Crabs have been a good target species after all the rain, with a big fresh water flush like last week it is a bit hit and miss but once you can locate a few you should come up trumps with a great feed. The best bet would be to start working your pots around the river mouths where they meet the main channel, depending on the catch rate try either deeper water or the edges to find out where most of the Crabs are. A few nice crabs have come from the mouth of the North and South are of the Coomera River, Coomera Houseboat customers caught a few nice bucks in the Pimpama River. Also try the Logan River, Nerang River, Russel Island, Canaipa Passage and Cabbage Tree Point. Whole Mullet and fish frames make great bait. I recommend changing the bait regularly, you will catch more crabs with fresher bait.    

Water quality will make a big difference to catch rates this week, looking for clean water and tides lines where the fresh water meets the salt around the bar entrances will increase your chances of finding some quality fish. The Gold Coast Seaway has fished well this week on the incoming tide between the pipeline and Wave Break Island where there is a bit of scattered rubble. This area has produced some nice Squire, Bream, Moses, Tuskies and Trevally. Using a mixture of metal and plastic vibes or drifting baits like White Pilchards, Prawns, WA Pilchards or Yabbies has been successful. Jumpinpin Bar area has also produced a variety of species including a few nice Tailor for lucky anglers making the effort to get out.

L: Mark Rodgers with a quality Coomera River Mud Crab.
R: Peter with a nice Bull Shark caught on Eel from a local Gold Coast Canal.

Customers reported some red-hot Bass fishing last weekend and earlier in the week at Hinze Dam, after the big stir from all the rain and run off up it sounds like the Bass were hungry hitting a mixture of lures and bait.

The benefits of all the rain should pay off for all anglers as over the next few months with bait fish being distributed throughout the waterways of the Tweed and Gold coast helping to keep predators on the bite as we transition into Autumn.

At the time of writing my report it looks like we may see a bit of swell return to the offshore grounds and some wind and a bit rain hanging around. The sheltered waterways of the Gold Coast Broadwater and Tweed River will be the best bet.

Joe did well catching a pair of quality Mud Crabs.

Clint and Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters have reported this week the target species will be either Whiting, Mulloway, Winter Whiting or Flathead to be on the chew, and we will be doing a few charters chasing the legendary Australian bass in the coming week too! We can run charters chasing estuary fish in the Broadwater and Bass in lakes in the same day too. Jacks will still be around but will become more active in the coming weeks as the water warms back up to 28 degrees. It has been super muddy up the rivers, try the dams for Bass, also try lakes and near the river mouths on last of run in tides. Pump yabbies at low tide and try for Whiting, Flathead, Bream in deeper water off the edge of channels in the Broadwater on the run in.

Don with a nice Australian bass from Robina Lakes with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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February 14, 2020

The wet weather has continued once again seeing a massive amount of rainfall on the Tweed and Gold Coast. Conditions have been average to spend time outdoors, those keen enough to brave the rain have managed to find a feed. Good news the weekend is looking much better for heading out for a fish. Let’s have a look at a few options for the weekend.

It’s been a tuff week for fishing on the Tweed and Gold Coast with heavy falls on rain and massive tides making conditions very testing even for the most seasoned anglers. Keen fishos have been targeting Prawns, Mud Crabs and Sand Crabs with success. When going for a Prawn session it would pay to drop the pots in for a soak as we have seen some good feeds of Mud Crabs from the mouth of the Coomera River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point and Karragarra Island. The Prawns have been scattered after the massive flush out, it’s just a matter of doing the miles to get the smiles. Traditional spots to look are Jacobs Well, Rudy Maas, Logan River, Redland Bay Channel, Russell Island, Power Lines and Macleay Island are all worth a look. Best to keep and eye out for other boat casting nets, it can get very extremely busy with large numbers of boats squeezed into a small area competing for the schools of Prawns. Just remember your manners and have fun.

At the time of writing the report the weekend is looking much better with the wind and rain easing and the return of some sunshine. Fishing will be a bit of a gamble, you could try your luck targeting the ocean entrances around the Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar on the incoming tide. You will be able to see the water lines where the fresh run off meets the salt water as it runs in from the ocean, these areas will be a lucky dip of bait and predators like Jew Fish, Trevally, Tailor, Squire and Bream to name a few species.

The humble Bream is a great target species that is not too affected by the fresh water in the system, they are scavengers and can be found picking off all the bait and scraps washed out of the rivers and storm water run offs. Fishing areas with structure like rock walls, jetties, pontoons and bridges should produce fish. Burly is important to attract fish and then keep them in the general area you fish. We have plenty of good land based spots on the Gold Coast, try either Grand Hotel Jetty, Broadwater Parklands, Southport bridge, Gold Coast Seaway Walls, Nerang River, Lands End, Runway Bay Canal entrances, Paradise Point, Coomera River Highway Bridge or Jacobs Well Jetty. Prawns, White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet and Yabbies are all good bait to try.

L: Kayla Priekulis was all smiles with a quality Mud Crab landed in the Nerag River with her Dad.
R: Clint from Brad Smith Charters has been finding customers some nice Grunter in the Nerang River.

Smithy and Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters with a combined Tweed and Gold Coast report due to the wet weather. The guys report in the Tweed River, Nerang River and the Broadwater there has been some Flathead, Tailor, Mangrove Jacks, Grunter and Whiting being caught. Yabbies and live Bloodworms are catching big sand Whiting in the Broadwater as well as Tuskfish and Flathead. Whilst there is rain around now, the unbelievable fishing to come in the weeks and months ahead will make the wait worthwhile. Plenty of thrill-seeking fishing action is to come and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the flush out and reset we needed, and will spread and breed bait fish and prawns, which will attract predators. Tweed river will be an amazing place to fish, and nobody in the world knows it better than Brad Smith. He is South East Queensland’s longest running fishing guide and the original lure only guide as well.

L: Rodney Taylor with a good sized Trevally from the Gold Coast Seaway.
R: Brett Van Latham with a quality Nerang River Whiting.

February 5, 2020

Chasing a feed of reef fish has been a good option the past week with some good consistent catches of Snapper, Moses, Trag Jew, Tuskies and Bonito coming for the 18 and 24 fathom reefs off the Gold Coast Seaway. Ben White had a great trip last Saturday nailing a monster Snapper (see photo in report) from the 24 fathom reef. When looking for a spot to fish keep an eye on the sounder for life whether it is bait fish or individual fish. Start a burley trail to attract the fish or switch them on to feed, I find the best method to fish is to float line. For those not used to this method I use a set of 3 x gang Mustad Tarpon 766 5/0 hooks with swivels between the hooks with the sinker sitting on top of the hooks which makes it free to run up and down the line. When lowering the bait hold your main line in your fingers and just drop it at a nice slow steady rate which is a much more natural way to present a  bait. Depending on current just use a sinker big enough to let the bait fall slowly and hopefully you should get a hit on the way down.

Mud Crabs are a great option to target after a bit of rain, this week has seen a little more activity which is good news. Coomera Houseboat Holidays customers managed to score a nice feed from the Coomera River. Catches are a bit inconsistent with a mixture of small and female crabs to pick through until you score some good sized bucks. Try the Coomera River both arms, Pimpama River, Logan River, Cabbage Tree Point, Tiger Mullet Channel, Cobby Passage, Jacobs Well, Canaipa Passage, The Neverfail Islands, Brown Island and Tweed River are producing a feed.

Trevally have been smashing bait schools in the Coomera River around River Links, West of the Highway Bride and Sanctuary Cove Arm of the river around jetty’s this week. Other good spots to look are the Runaway Bay and Paradise Point canals and bridges especially the well light up ones at night that attract bait schools. Surface poppers and stick bait will work well. If the Jacks are a bit quiet it’s always good to know you have a chance at hooking a hard fighting Trev.  

L: Zen with a 59cm Jack caught and released in the Nerang River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.
R: Darren McCaw landed this Giant Herring from a Gold Coast lake.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the Tweed River is back to its tranquil self again after the rush of boats and jet skis that were on the water during a very hot holiday season. The dirty water is clearing up after the much needed deluge of rain we received and the fishing is bouncing into gear. The shallows are fishing well on the run in tides for Bream and Whiting on surface lures, and there is the odd Giant Trevally also moving around the shallows. Fishing the deeper holes around the tide changes is producing a few Flathead and Jewies using vibes.

Clint reports the Gold Coast Broadwater is starting to fire up after the rain and the water is clearing. Schools of Whiting and decent size Tailor are feeding at the Southern end of the Broadwater. Look for birds diving and you’ll find the Tailor and odd Trevally. We are starting to catch more Flathead too, and the Squid are returning. The whiting are sitting in deeper water on the edge of the channels during the day. Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki vibelicious 70mm soft vibes coated in Sax scent goldprawn will catch fish all day long. Drop them to the bottom and jig with short lift and drops of the rod. The Mangrove Jacks are spread out after the big rain. Huge schools of Mullet and Jelly Prawns have been moving around which will be followed by predators. You may find the bigger fish are not overly hungry in areas where there is an abundance of bait fish.

L: Wayne Young and Bec Clarke with a Snapper and Trag from part of their catch off the Gold Coast.
R: Ben White had a great day on the 24-fathom line off the Gold Coast landing this impressive snapper.

January 31, 2020

After a great flush out thanks to recent rain the fishing and crabbing will getting better as we head into February.  Let’s have a look at what’s been happening this week. 

After recent heavy rain giving the rivers a flush out a few early season Prawns have started to show up around Russell Island, Logan River, Cabbage Tree Point and Jacobs Well, it’s worth getting out and having a look. A top pocket cast nets is a must and we do have a few in stock ready to go. If your new to chasing a prawns just keep an eye out for other boats casting nets, just remember your manners as it can get a bit hectic at times especially if your new to prawning. Make sure you are up to date with all the rules and regulations.

Local Fisho Ben did well (see photo in report) taking advantage of the flush out scoring a great feed of Mud Crabs from the Coomera River. Customers did well over the Australia Day Long Weekend catching some quality Mud Crabs in the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Logan River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point and Russell Island.

Offshore fishos have seen plenty of pelagic action with customers landing some quality Dolphin Fish around the fads and Black Marlin scattered from the 24 fathom reefs out to the 50 fathom line with spot X still holding bait and predators.  Quality Spanish Mackerel have been on the chew on the close reefs in the 18 to 24 fathom depths from Southport south to Palm Beach.

Some nice Whiting have been taking Yabbies and Worms around Wave Break Island, Crab Island, Paradise Point, Tipplers Passage, the Coomera River North & South Arms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well, Mouth of Cobby Passage, The Logan River, Nerang River and The Bedrooms.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed what a wonderful relief it has been for our land and of course rivers to at last receive some much needed rain. The rivers are running very muddy at present but this is just what we needed and the fishing over the next couple of weeks will fire right up as the clarity and salinity levels return. 

L: Quinn and Sylvie landed a nice Flathead on their Coomera Houseboat Holiday in the Broadwater.
R: Brad Priekulis with a solid Dolphin Fish landed off the Gold Coast.

We are fishing the lower reaches of the river at the moment on the run in tide and getting some good results fishing the colour change of the ocean water pushing in against the dirty water. Flathead, Bream and Whiting are the target species as well as Mangrove Jacks. There are  some big Trevally feeding around the discoloured tide line.

Clint reports we’ve been hoping for a big dump of rain for a long time and it finally arrived. The Nerang river catchment getting more than anywhere else for once and it is very muddy at present from Surfers Paradise upwards. Your best option at present is fishing in and near the Seaway, with the bigger run in tides there is some clearer water pushing through the northern Broadwater. 

L: Ben White with some top quality Coomera River Mud Crabs.
R: Mark with a Golden Trevally caught on a deep diving lure at Tweed River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

A spike in the barometer will see Jacks and Mulloway on the feed around the Seaway Pipe, while the reef between the Seaway and Wavebreak Island always has little Squire and Bream for a bit of fun. Drop lures and yabbies in the 6-8m depth there when the tides not running too hard and you should be on. Yabbies and Ecogear blades will also work very well in the Southern Broadwater for Whiting, Flathead, Squire, Grassy Emperor, Squid, and Tarwhine. Use lures with metallic and darker colours in the dirty water. The fishing will be great in the next few weeks thanks to the big flush out the rain provided.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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January 24, 2020

We have been desperate for rain on the Tweed and Gold Coast for months now, it seems it’s either feast or famine with some parts of the Gold Coast copping up to 300mm of rain last Friday night and Saturday morning. Unfortunately some residents didn’t fare so well with localised flooding of houses and units, our thoughts go out to you.  With so much fresh water in the system let’s have a look at some options for the upcoming Australia Day Long Weekend.

Local Fisho Paul Wilshire had a great trip recently getting stuck into some top quality Spanish Mackerel on the shallow reefs (see photo in report). It’s great to finally see these great fighting fish show up, Paul used a couple of methods to temp a bite. He was slow trolling live baits and when that slowed up he switched to trolling diving lures. Spanish can be found on most of the reefs on the Gold and Tweed coast from the bait reef out to about 24 fathoms will fish the best. Same principals apply as any other form of fishing, keep an eye on the sounder for bait schools, bird activity or surface feeding action and you should find the fish. Mermaid Reef, Palm Beach Reef, Gravel Patch, Fidos, Nine Mile, and the 18 to 24 fathoms reefs off the Gold Coast should all produce Spanish. For live baits I recommend using a single strand wire trace with a stinger rig of a Mustad hoodlum on top and a quality treble hook on the bottom.

After a massive flush out fishing closer to the open ocean entrances is recommended, either the Pin Bar mouth or the Gold Coast Seaway should be fishing well around the tide changes. The best areas to target will be the current lines where the fresh water meets the salt, these areas will hold bait fish and the predators like Tailor, Trevally, Jew Fish, Squire and Bream just to name a few will be targeting these areas.

Regular customers have done well on the Mud Crabs after the rain scoring a great feed using Mullet as bait. The Coomera River nearer the mouth of the North or South Arm has crabbed well, also the Pimpama River, Logan River, Nerang River, Brown Island, Jacobs Well and around Brown Bays on Russell Island have produced a feed.

Bream are one species that love the rain and don’t mind a heap of fresh water in the system, fishos have been catching plenty this week. Bream will eat just about anything and can be found scavenging in numbers around most canal entrances, bridges, jetties, rock walls, marinas. Find the right structure and you should do well. They are a great target species for the kids to chase on school holidays.

Our local waterways will be extra busy this Australia Day Long Weekend, be safe on the water and enjoy our great backyard.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the boat traffic on the river this week has been a lot quieter with the constant wind and early morning showers. The inclement weather has not stopped us fishing and with some good planning we have had some fairly consistent results. Fishing the flats around the top of the tide with surface lures has been fun with Whiting and Bream being the main players. The top water fishing with Bassday Sugapen lures and mmd splash prawns worked across the top of the shallows gets better from now through to April. The key has been keeping an eye out for the birds working in the deep channels as there has been some big Golden Trevally feeding under the birds and baitfish.   

Clint reports it has been a good week for fishing with some variety caught in the Broadwater and big Mangrove Jacks still coming in at night and late afternoons. The lighter winds and smaller tides have made for pleasant conditions for fishing the broadwater. There has been a lot of Squid around. On one trip we caught over 20 of them, 30 Whiting, and some small Squire, Grassy Emperor, Flounder, Tarwhine, Pike, and some Tailor. Flathead have been scarce with just odd legal size ones about. Best areas to fish have been Southport, Bums Bay, the West side of Carters Bank, and the Currigee area at times.

January 17, 2020

A bit of rain is a welcome surprise on the Tweed and Gold Coast. Falls have varied depending on location but any rain is good for fishing and well overdue for our dam levels. Some nice Mud Crabs have been stirred up so now is a great time to get those Crab Pots in the water.  Let’s have a look at some options this weekend.

Rain last weekend combined with some showers during the week is welcome and long overdue for the Tweed and Gold Coast catchments and it looks like this weather pattern may hang around next week. When it rains is the perfect time to get those crab pots into the water as the bit of fresh water in the system gets them on the move and into feed mode. Locals have done well this week in the Coomera River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Neverfails, Tiger Mullet Channel and Canapia Passage producing a great feed of quality Mud Crabs. Whole Mullet and fresh fish frames make great bait. If you’re new to crabbing in QLD waters, click here to see the regulations.

Mangrove Jack have been liking the hot weather lately with plenty of good sized fish hitting a mixture of lures and baits on the Gold Coast and Tweed. Local have been doing well landing some fantastic Jacks using live Mullet, Herring, Pike, Garfish or Mullet Fillet is also a great option if live bait is hard to get. When bait fishing it pays to have a fairly heavy drag set as they will hit like a freight train and try to drag you back into any nearby structure in the blink of an eye. Good fish have been showing up the Coomera River, Nerang River, Logan River, Jabiru Island, Sovereign Island, Ephraim Island and Tweed River.

We have seen plenty of Bull Shark action again this week in the canals and rivers with a variety of sizes of Sharks being landed. I use a trace size of around 1 to 1.5m of either 50 to 90 pound nylon coated leader crimped to a suitable sized swivel on one end then matched with either a size 6 to 8 circle or octopus hook. Mullet have been great bait and also Pike or Fresh Water Eel are a great option especially if there are a few Mud Crabs around munching on the baits. The Coomera River, Pimpama River, Nerang River, Logan River and the Neverfails and all good spots to try your luck.Jumpinpin has also seen quite a few baby Hammer Head and small Black Tip Sharks being caught around the Bar entrance and Tiger Mullet Channel.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the middle to upper reaches of the river continues to be the best place to look for fish. With the prospect of some rain in the coming weeks, we should see the Mangrove Jack and Whiting fishing improve, and the Mud Crabs will get moving. Jacks caught on our charters this season are averaging over 50cm in size. Whiting are still taking well-presented surface lures over the shallow sand banks, with MMD splash prawns one of our favourite lures to use. There is also some trevally around way upstream.

Clint says to head over to Brad Smith Fishing Charters Facebook page for a bushfire fundraising relief auction they are running, you can bid to win a spot on a mangrove jack fishing charter with a sporting legend.

This week once again the Mangrove Jacks were around, with the bigger fish feeding aggressively at times. These fish often have small bite periods and it pays to be patient and wait for them to switch on. The Broadwater has fired up with a few nice Flathead, lots of Squid, Squire, Tarwhine, and Whiting. We have been boating 10-15 squid a day and these tasty critters are absolute suckers for Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki Vibelicious lures. Smear some Sax scent goldprawn on the lures and lift and drop them in water 4-8 metres deep.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any catches or photos you would like to share, please email us.

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January 10, 2020

The Tweed and Gold Coast just keep on turning on perfect weather for getting outdoors and enjoying our awesome part of the world. The New Year’s crowds have slowed down a bit with lots of people heading back to work this week making fishing conditions a bit nicer on the water with a bit less traffic. Let’s see what action has been happening this week. 

Customers are having a good run landing plenty of Black Marlin and Dolphin Fish from the Tweed and Gold Coast this week. Off the Gold Coast Dave Faizzo did well landing his first ever Black Marlin fishing the 36 fathom fad off Surfers Paradise (see photo in report). Boats are reporting multiple strikes and fish caught and released which is great news to see good numbers of fish moving through the Gold and Tweed Coast reefs. The fad on the 24 and 36 fathom reefs have been holding good sized Dolphin Fish as well and Black Marlin, also work the 36 fathom line, spot X and the 50 fathom line to find good fishing. Always be on the lookout for surface activity, birds working bait schools and the skipper keep an eye on the sounder for any signs of life. 

Current permitting the 18 and 24 fathom reefs have been producing a great feed of Snapper for those willing to get up early and take advantage of the sunrise bite. Leigh (see photo in report)  did well fishing with Wayne Young last weekend landing a cracking 93cm Snapper. A mixed bag of Snapper, Moses, Tusk Fish,  Maori Cod, Trag and a few Jew Fish have been caught float lining WA Pilchards, Squid, Live Yakka’s, Butterflied Yakka’s or Mullet Fillet. Sinker size is important, just use enough weight to get to the bottom as you want your bait to float down at a slow pace to attract a bite on the way down. Soft plastics have also produced some great Snapper on the drop and also dead sticked by leaving you rod sit in the holder and let the boat move up and down on the swell do all the work.

Reports of some quality Mangrove Jack have been coming in this week, the warm water temp up the rivers is making them quite active. The Coomera River holds some top quality fish, try the Highway Bridge, Regatta Waters boat ramp and rock bar, Railway Bridge for those with boat access.  Also next to our shop at the end of Shipper Drive, Santa Barbara boat ramp, Coomera Waters boats ramp and jetty or the Hope Island Bridges are all worth a go. Other good spots are Sovereign Island, bridges at Paradise Point, Runaway Bay canals and the Nerang River bridges, pontoons and rock walls. Live Mullet, Winter Whiting, Herring or Pike are great. Also throwing a mixture of Zman plastics and Zerek hard body lures have been working a treat for those that prefer to fish lures.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the surface action continues at the middle to upper area of Tweed River  with Whiting, Bream and Flathead getting caught on daily charters with MMD splashprawns and Bassday Sugapens. There are some shallow sand banks which are holding good numbers of Whiting. Mangrove jacks will feed aggressively as the water keeps warming, especially if the river experiences some decent rainfall.

Clint reports in the Broadwater the Mangrove Jack action has been insane on our evening charters. We have boated 24 in the last month and 10 in the last three trips. The river water temperature is now over 29 degrees on the run out tides, speeding up their metabolism, and they are very hungry. There seems to be Jacks at all spots in the river hunting schools of Mullet and Whiting at night. All jacks on our charters are released unless gut hooked, as we believe they are too nice a fish to catch once.  There have been big jacks too with a good number of fish measuring 57 to 60cm. They’re all fat and healthy looking which shows what a healthy system we have. One night we had a fish that looked 70cm plus bust the leader right next to the boat. The ups and downs of jack fishing! Apart from the red devils, we have been catching Whiting, Blackspot Tuskfish, Flounder, the odd Flathead,Tailor, Tarwhine, Bream, Squire, Grassy Emperor, Spangled Emperor, and a lot of Squid. Best lures have been Ecogear ZX40’s in the colours 440, 411 and 441. We smear a dab of Sax scent goldprawn all over the blades for added effect. Best baits have been live beachworms and yabbies. Deeper areas on the edges of the main channels are where the fish are holding, due to the water traffic and clear water.

December 20, 2019

It was nice to see some much needed rain last Friday, giving the rivers a bit of a flush out. With Christmas just around the corner it’s a great time of year to get out for a fish with the family and friends on the Tweed and Gold Coast.

Christmas is a very busy time on the water, and we hope everyone heading out enjoys a well-earned holiday.  Just because there will be a bit more boat traffic doesn’t mean the fishing will be quiet, the fish on the Gold Coast are used to a bit of boat and jet ski traffic and should be on the bite for those that want to chase a feed.

Some good rain last Friday combined with the full moon larger tides was just what the rivers needed giving them a bit of a flush out. The good news is it stirred up the Mud Crabs just in time to Christmas lunch, customers did well scoring a few nice healthy looking bucks. I’d recommend getting the pots in and having a go at catching a great feed of Mud Crab, try the Coomera River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Tiger Mullet Channel and Canaipa Passage. Whole Mullet and Fish Frames work well. Changing the bait regularly is a must as they prefer fresh a fresh feed, I also recommend using a bait bag to keep the little fish and eels from stealing the bait.

We’ve had reports of the odd Little Black Marlin showing up this week off the Gold and Tweed Coast is good news for anglers keen to get out over Christmas. Fish have been spread out mostly between the 18 to 50 fathom line. The old saying is find the bait and birds and you should be lucky enough to find the fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the smallest log or bit off rubbish acting as a FAD floating on the water, even large jelly fish will attract small bait fish and will also hold pelagic predators like Billfish, Dolphin Fish and Wahoo. Trolling small skirted Pakula lures rigged on 80 to 100lb mono is my method of catching pelagic species, it’s a very exciting and visual way to fish.

Whiting have been around in numbers this week, customers have been landing a nice feed with some good sized elbow slappers on the chew.  A few good spots to try are Canaipa Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Coomera River both arms, Paradise Point, Pimpama River and the Nerang River.  Worms and Yabbies are the best bait. Another fun and popular method is casting small surface poppers and surface walkers in the shallows, Whiting are very aggressive feeders and will chase down your lure and smash it.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed this week’s report is much the same as last weeks with the highly visual surface fishing producing the results. Flathead, Bream and Whiting as we know are all predominant bottom feeders but by choosing the right lures that skip along the surface like MMD Splash Prawns and Bassday Suga pens these fish will readily rise and explode from the bottom to devour them. It is also important to choose the correct areas to use this technique which are the shallows that contain a mixture of sea grass and yabbie banks and the Tweed River has plenty of these types of grounds. This is the right time of the year to try this fun technique with the surface fishing being at its absolute best from now right through to April.    

Clint reports in the Broadwater Mangrove Jacks have been feeding aggressively at times in the Nerang River, and we have been doing well on our evening charters with some big fish boated and released. Most are over 50cm and up to 58cm with bigger fish out there that are hard to stop. Live Whiting is quickly becoming the bait of choice as the season goes on. Winter whiting are best as they have no size limit and are easily caught on Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki Vibelicious in the Gold Coast Broadwater. Fishing the broadwater there is variety on offer but not much size out there at the moment. We have been catching Winter whiting, Flathead, Tarwhine, Squid, Tuskfish, Snapper, Grassy emperor, Spangled emperor. We have been running night charters for Mangrove Jacks in the mid to lower reaches of the river, timing the tides is crucial to get the bites. No run no fun but too much run no fun either. There are that many big Bream in Nerang river at the moment it is insane. The biggest ones of 40cm and over come out at night and are very hungry and in huge numbers.

We wish everyone a very Happy and Safe Christmas, keep in mind it’s the busiest time of year on the water and extra patience will be needed especially at the boat ramp.

 Hope you have a great weekend! If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

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December 12, 2019

I can’t believe that School Holidays are here and Christmas is just around the corner! The standard weather pattern on the Tweed and Gold Coast continues with stronger Northerly winds hanging around.  Let’s have a look at a few options to get the kids out of the house and go fishing.

School Holidays are here, it’s an opportunity to get the kids out of the house and go fishing. We have plenty of fishing locations on the Gold Coast and Tweed for kids to try their luck. Some good spots to try are the Coomera River Highway Bridge, Grand Hotel Labrador, Broadwater Parklands, Southport Bridge, Paradise Point, Hope Island, Nerang River and Jacobs Well are all good options. A basic running sinker rig on a kiddies combo and a prawn should do the trick on common species like Bream, Tarwhine, Whiting, Flathead, Trevally, Moses or Mangrove Jack to name a few. We have plenty of sandy beaches in the Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Southport Spit, Biggera Waters, Runaway Bay and Paradise Point which are great spots to take the kids.

Customers have been scoring a mixed bag of Whiting, Bream and a few Flathead this week throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Local kids on holidays are catching a few Bream, Trevally and the odd Jack off the bank next to our shop in the Coomera River.  Our Houseboat customers have found a few nice fish around Tipplers Passage, Dux, The Never Fail Islands, Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Jacobs Well, North Arm of the Coomera River and Wave Break Island.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the bulk of the success over the past week has come from finding protected areas of the river out of the constant howling Northerly winds and fishing the shallows.  Fishing the flats with top water lures such as mmd splash prawns and Bassday sugapens is a ton of visual fun, as you watch the fish smash these lures on the surface.Whiting are the main players when it comes to taking surface lures especially now and all through the summer months and they fight hard on light equipment in only a few feet of water. Flathead and Bream are also players when it comes to crunching lures on the surface. We had a session earlier in the week where the Flatties dominated the catch. 

It is an awesome sight to see when that big bucket mouth of a flattie comes up from the bottom and devours a surface lure.   

Clint reports in the Broadwater as expected with the hot weather Mangrove Jacks are firing up more each week. A lot of bigger 50cm plus fish are getting caught on lures and bait. I run Gold Coast afternoon/ evening trips for jacks, using bait and livies. For more info on our mangrove jack charters SMS me on 0432 990 302. In the Gold Coast broadwater this coming week neap tides will make it easier to fish, look for areas clear of weed then bait on the fish finder and you’ll find some Tuskfish, Flathead, Bream, Tarwhine and Whiting.

Pump some yabbies with the kids at low tide at the big sand banks near the Western shoreline at Southport and Labrador. Then start fishing with light sinkers and no.4 size bait holder hooks, right near where you pumped the yabbies. The neap tides will make it easier to fish the lower to mid reaches of the rivers for big Mangrove Jacks. Up the rivers could be slow on the smaller tides with the lack of run. There are still a lot of Trevally getting about, they’ll feed more aggressively on days when a South or South Easterly wind change pushes through.

 Hope you have a great weekend. If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

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December 6, 2019

We had a rough start on the Gold and Tweed Coasts with a howling W/SW hammering us on Monday making finding a spot to fish very hard. Luckily the rest of the week has been nice with light to moderate winds and a nice forecast as we head into the weekend.

With a nicer forecast during the week, local fisho Wayne Young and Ben hit the local 18 fathom reef and came up trumps with a good mixed bag including a nice Jew Fish, Snapper, Moses and plenty of Trag Jew. This time of year the bottom fishing can be a bit hit and miss depending on the amount of current running as getting bait to the bottom can be near impossible. Trolling Skirted Lures or Live baits this time of year anywhere from the Seaway to the 50 fathom line of the Gold Coast or from the Tweed Bar to the close reefs is a great option as we should start to see a few juvenile Black Marlin moving past our Gold and Tweed coats as they migrate south. Bait is the biggest indicator that predators will be close by feeding, just keep an eye on the sounder as well as in the sky for birds feeding on bait balls and scraps pushed to the surface.  Other pelagic species will be on offer on the closer reefs such as the weather warms up like Dolphin Fish, Wahoo and Tuna and Mackerel.

Customers have done well landing a few nice Flathead on the Tweed and Gold Coast. In the warmer conditions try hunting in the deeper water or in the rivers look for deep holes as the fish will be looking for a bit of cooler water. When the fish are a bit scattered trolling diving lures is a great method to cover as much territory until you can locate a few fish in the one area. Once located you can switch to throwing soft plastics or vibes to tempt a bite. Drifting Live baits like Yabbies, Herring or dead bait like White Pillys or Blue Biats are a great option to cover an area.

Some solid Mangrove Jack have been caught and released in the Nerang River and Coomera River the past week on a mixture of live bait, dead bait and lures during both the daytime and night time.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the best fishing is still upstream, Whiting are the main target on surface lures with MMD splash prawns the lure of choice. A few Bream are also falling for these great looking lures. The best chance of catching Flathead is by trolling hardbody lures in the 2-4 metre depth range, or tea bagging blades and Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes in the deeper holes up Tweed River. The hot weather will further bring on big Mangrove Jacks which can be caught on deep diving lures trolled close to structure such as rock walls.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports in the Broadwater we caught a few Flathead and Whiting on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax scent goldprawn, then moved up Nerang River to find shelter from the breeze.  Trolling Pontoon 21 crackjack and Savage Gear 3d xdr shrimps produced a birthday feed of Flathead for John. The Flathead are very scattered and you have to cover a lot of ground to find them. The rest of the week we focused on targeting Mangrove Jacks in the evenings. With the Northerly winds persistent in the Broadwater we ventured into the local canals with cast nets to catch Winter Whiting, Silver Biddys, and Poddy Mullet. We have managed to catch Jacks on every charter this week, all fish measured over 50cm and all were released. Mixing up baits pays, like any fishing keep trying different things to find what works. Always hold on tight to your rod, they hit like trains and often there is no warning. There is a lot of big Bream around at night up the rivers. There has been large schools of Bigeye Trevally feasting on jelly prawns during the run out tides. These guys are terrific fun on light tackle and small lures.

If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

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29/11/19

Looking for feed of Whiting would be a great option this weekend on the Tweed and Gold Coast, the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River and Logan River all offer you some good spots to hide out of the wind and chase a feed of yummy Whiting. Chasing Whiting is a nice relaxing form of fishing, great for young kids who can get invoked in gathering bait and winding in their catch. You only need a basic light estuary combo 2-4kg spooled 6 to 8lb mono,  run a long 6lb fluro carbon leader, size 4 to 5 ball sinker matched with a short shank size 6 bait holder hook for using worms or a size 4 long shank hook bait holder hook if you are using yabbies. Gathering bait is fun for the kids, pumping Yabbies or catching beach worms is a great experience.  You are looking for a spot that has good tidal flow with a sandbank on one side and deeper water on the other, just vary where you cast until you find the depth of water the fish are feeding in. Other species like Bream, Tarwhine, Grunter, Flathead and Jew Fish just to name a few are always an option and will put up a great fight.

Plenty of solid Mangrove Jack have been landed this week from the Nerang and Coomera Rivers. The Coomera River is still holding plenty of bait schools of Herring at the moment which is good news for anglers chasing Jacks, Trevally and Cod to name a few species on offer. The Nerang River has been fishing well around the bridges from Sundale all the way down river. Try targeting jetties, pontoons, bridges, rock walls and snags will be the best places to encounter a Jack or other species. Casting hard body lures or Zman 3’ or 4’ minnows are a popular choice, 30lb trace will be a good starting point to avoid getting busted off although you may have to upgrade to 40lb+ around heavy structure as there are a few submarines been getting around. Bait fishing is a very successful method and either Live or well-presented dead baits will prove irresistible. Herring, mullet and pike will work or mullet filet will also work a treat.

The Gold Coast seaway Pipeline has produced a few nice Jew Fish and Trevally this week, drifting through the Seaway and in the main Broadwater channel is also a good option.  Live Pike, Herring or Mullet are great live baits.  Large Zman Plastics, Micro Jigs and Switch Blades will do the job.  Best to fish this area the hour before and hour after the tide change when the tidal flow slows down.  

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed fishing around the areas close to the Tweed River mouth has been tough again due to the huge amount of cornflake weed being carried in by the constant northerly winds that have been blowing. The mid to upper reaches of the river is the place to be for success. Casting mmd splash prawns and bassday sugerpen lures across the surface around the shallow flats has provided some great visual action on some whiting and bream. We had the opportunity to watch a huge flathead trying to swallow one of the Whiting my client was trying to land. The flattie was snapping at the fish all around the boat in about a foot and half of water it was dramatic to watch and shows what mean and aggressive fish flatties can be. Speaking of Flathead we have been getting a few but mainly very early in the mornings around the tide changes. During this hot weather period the water temperature has been getting a bit too warm for them through the middle of the day.    

Clint from the Gold Coast reports this week a nice mix of fishing trips this past week for me with some night time Mangrove Jack charters, Whiting charters, day fishing up the Nerang River for Trevally, Grunter, Flathead and Whiting, and a few trips to the Broadwater. The bigger jacks are firing up more with the water temp exceeding 28 degrees in some places. We have had some monster fish hooked up for guests and soon we will stop one haha. The Whiting are not in big numbers yet but there are some decent ones around, our biggest this week was 41cm caught by Evan, who also caught a solid bigeye Trevally on a whiting rod with yabbie as bait. Some nice Giant Trevally are hunting baitfish in Nerang river, these bruisers are top fun on light tackle and definitely keep us on our toes. Trolling hardbody lures such as Pontoon 21 crackjacks and Savage Gear xdr 3d 50mm shrimp over shallow sandflats will often result in a savage strike and long sustained run on 6 lb line. The Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes are still working well in 5-7m deep holes for flathead and trevally.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

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22/11/19

I headed out last Sunday with the kids to look for a Mangrove Jack in the Coomera River land based, there was plenty of Mullet and Herring around making gathering live bait pretty easy. Fishing was a bit quiet until after we got hammered by hail and rain, once the sun came out the humidity peaked and we got a few bites. The Jacks were a bit tentative on the live baits so I decided to butterfly a mullet and got slammed, after a good fight and seeing the 60cm+ Jack a few times I unfortunately got busted off by a snag before we could land it. My daughter Bec did well landing a hard fighting 46cm Jack (see photo in report) using Herring for bait the next day. There are plenty of land based options from the Tweed to the Northern Gold Coast. Google maps are a great way to pick an area to target. Just look for structure like Jetties, Rock Walls or Bridges and put in the time and effort am I’m sure you will get lucky. We also have seen plenty of Trevally smashing bait throughout the Coomera River on a daily bases this week.

Young Jai had a great Houseboat Holiday (see photo in report) catching a quality Bream in the mouth of the Coomera river, it’s great to see the smile on the kids faces after landing a fish they will remember for years to come. Catches of some nice bread and butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead have been have been reported by customers from the middle reaches of the Tweed River, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Canapia Passage, and the Logan River.

It’s that time of year when focus turns to targeting Bull Sharks, we have seen plenty free jumping in the Coomera River and the main Broadwater the past couple of weeks and we have also landed a couple in the main Coomera up to the 1.2m in length. For targeting the average sized Sharks you really only need a medium sized rod around 7ft long matched with a 5000 to 6000 sized reel, 20lb line and trace up to 100lb will work fine. Either a circle or J hook around 7/0 should work well baited with a piece of Fresh Water Eel, Catfish or Mullet are all good options. You can target Sharks during the daytime or night time quite successfully. Some good spots are the Coomera River, Nerang River, Main Broadwater Channel, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well, Logan River, Upper Reaches of the Tweed River and Tallebudgera Creek.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed conditions this week have been a bit tricky with strong winds blowing most days and an influx of cornflake weed being pushed in around the river mouths. Finding protected areas well upstream allowed us to do some deep and shallow water trolling for some Flathead, Bream, Whiting and a few small GT’S. When the tidal conditions suited we took advantage of it and started casting some mmd Splash prawns and caught a few Whiting and Bream on the surface which was great fun. 

Clint from the Gold Coast reports this week featured mixed wind directions and temperatures. In such conditions we do need to cover a lot of ground to find where the bait and fish are holding to keep our guests entertained. David and his six year old son Mathew booked a Nerang river charter with me. Matty clearly out fished us, catching 20 fish for the day including some nice Whiting, Bream and Trevally. I like the look of the air temperatures in the week ahead. When the day time raises to around 30 degrees Celsius and night time only drops to around 20, the Jjacks will get more aggressive and fishing for them will be more consistent, as will the fishing for big Whiting. In the Broadwater there will still be some strong run. Get out there early to take advantage or the optimum fishing time. Let’s hope we get some rain at some point and lighter winds soon to provide some relief to all those suffering from the bush fires.

If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to  brett@fishotackle.com.au. Good luck with the fishing!

15/11/19

Local angler Wayne Young (see photo in report) did well catching and releasing a nice Jew Fish from the Gold Coast Seaway using a soft plastic fished on the tide change. The key to fishing the Seaway is to try to time your trip to fish the hour before and after a tide change giving you an opportunity to fish as the current slows down making it easier to get your lure or bait into the strike zone. A few big Flathead have also been landed as they get towards the end of spawning season.

Good numbers of quality Whiting have been landed in the Tweed River more towards the entrance by locals using beach worms and yabbies for bait. Local fisho Bree (see photo in report) did well on her Houseboat Holiday landing a great feed including a quality 37cm Whiting at Jumpinpin. The Nerang River has been fishing well at night, also try the Logan River for a feed.

The rivers are still holding plenty of bait, in turn predators have been quite active especially early morning and at dusk. Quality Mangrove Jack and good sized Trevally have been showing up with anglers having a great time tangling with these bruisers. The Nerang River, Coomera River, Paradise Point, Hope Island, Jacobs Well, and Logan River should produce for anglers will to put in the time and effort.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed there are some solid Flathead feeding upstream, feeding on bait fish. Small minnow lures and vibes are working best. Trevally are still coming through and hunting food in the middle to upper reaches of the Tweed River. Giant Trevally are very exciting to hook on light tackle, trolling and casting hard bodies and soft plastics will get strikes. As the water warms the big Whiting which the Tweed is renowned for are aggressively hitting mmd splash prawn surface lures. In the clear water and sunny days use translucent colour lures in shallow water.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports strong Northerly and then Southerly winds in the past few days will stir up the water, I can’t wait to get out explore the area once everything calms down. Whiting in Nerang River should be feeding hard leading up to full moon, as will Mangrove Jacks. In the Gold Coast Broadwater Winter Whiting will be in good numbers, and some Flathead. Surprisingly there is a lot of Squid out there at present around moored boats and weed beds. The best lures to catch all of the above are Ecogear ZX40 blades in non UV colours such as 411, and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes in white bait, clear mullet, pearl shrimp, and squid colours. I have a few jack charters coming up over the next week, as well as Broadwater trips. Looking forward to catching and releasing some big ones!

There has been a lot of big bream around at night. It’s when they go quiet that you know the Jacks are coming through.

Hope you can all get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

Report 8/11/19

Last weekend Gold Coast Fishing Fanatics Facebook Page and My Catch Australia held the Tilapia Busters comp at Robina backed by the Gold Coast City Council Wow! What a great day! 404 participants attended today’s event and contributed to catching 347kg of Tilapia. An outstanding effort in conditions that weren’t exactly favourable. Keep your eyes out for the next comp and do your bit for our local waterways.

Local Fisho Alex (see photo in report) did well managing to drag a hard fighting Mangrove Jack out of structure while fishing live baits at night in the Nerang River. Customers have reported that numbers of Jacks being caught is increasing as the weather heats up, they really like those humid conditions switching on their feeding pattern making them very aggressive.  We have plenty of great spots to target  Mangrove Jack from either land based or by boat from the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek,  Nerang River and the Canal systems south to Broadbeach, Runaway Bay, Paradise Point, Coomera River and Logan River all being prime locations. At the moment the Coomera River has good numbers of bait schools of Herring and Mullet moving around, this is great news as the predators like Jacks will be around in good numbers. Lure fisho’s have also been doing well tempting some top quality fish on a mixture of 3” to 4” soft plastics and hard body lures. By catch like Trevally, Cod, Jew Fish and even the odd Barramundi (keep in mind its closed season to target Barra) are awesome fun if the Jacks are slow. Just mix your methods and try either day time or night time sessions and I’m sure you will come up trumps if you put in the hours.

Customers caught some good sized Whiting and Bream off the sandbanks east of Cobby Passage this week, also the Logan River, Western end of Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Bedrooms are worth a look.  Yabbies and Worms are great bait.

Sand Crabs have been around in good numbers from the Southern Broadwater all the way to Russell Island. Target a few depths of water until you find better numbers of Crabs. Fresh fish frames work well and also whole Mullet are great bait.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed considering the amount of seriously strong winds this week the fishing was fairly good. Both casting and trolling Pontoon 21 crackjack lures across the front of drains and feeder creeks on the run out tides produced some nice school sized Flathead and 2 fish over the 70 cm mark. Trolling the deeper channels of the river is still consistent for finding some small but hard fighting Giant Trevally. We played one monster fish for over 40 minutes to unfortunately lose it right beside the boat. We found protection from the wind in a couple of shallow sea grassed bays on a mixed things up by casting some MMD splash prawns on the surface and cranked some shallow running lil mate lures. This produced a lot of fun with some nice Whiting and a lot of Bream eager to play the game.   

Clint from the Gold Coast reports some interesting catches on my boat this week includes Mangrove Jack, Mulloway, Giant Trevally, Tailor, Flathead, Squid, Whiting. Best areas in the Broadwater were Labrador and Runaway Bay in the three metre depth. Best time to fish during bigger tides is last two hours of the run out and first two hours of the run in. Nerang River has been very inconsistent during the daylight hours, due to the long term lack of rain. Fishing structure and doing the miles to find bait schools is the way to go. I’d recommend night fishing for jacks in the upper reaches while the tides are still bigger, then the middles reaches as we move into the neap phase of the moon. Tim, Steph, Grant, and Soba noodle toy poodle booked a jack trip on Sunday night. We moved spots several times after Tim caught a big bream and tailor, eventually finding his first ever Jack for him way up river on the start of the run out tide. I have been using live baits for Jacks but we are getting more hits on well-presented dead baits such as mullet and bonito fillets. Jacks will hunt in shallow water in the evenings. Don’t go too light on tackle and line/ leader. The bigger models will smoke you, there are some 70cm plus fish in our local rivers. 

If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

Report 1/11/19

Offshore the fishing has been quiet good on the close reefs with regular contributor Wayne Young and mate Rob (see photo in report) doing well on a recent trip scoring a great feed of mixed species including Rob’s new PB Jewfish, Snapper, Moses, Tusk Fish, Pearl Perch and Bonito from the 18 fathom reef south east of the Gold Coast Seaway. Current permitting sound around until you find bait or fish on the sounder worth fishing on then anchor up and float line WA pilchards, Squid and flesh baits will do the job.

Local Fisho Ben White (see photo in report)did well landing a nice Jew Fish and some Flathead fishing the Gold Coast Seaway, best time to fish the Seaway is an hour before to an hour after the change of tide when the current flow slows down making fishing the structure much easier. Soft Plastics, Vibes, Live Baits or Flesh baits will all work depending on the angler’s preference.

The upper reaches of the Coomera River has been producing some good catches of Trevally, Mangrove Jack and Estuary Cod. Local angler John Lewis had some fun landing a nice Trevally (see photo in report). Trevally fight hard pound for pound making them a great target on light or medium tackle. Depending on where the fish are feeding surface lures, metal slugs, trolled hard body lures or Live bait are all good options.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed this week on the Tweed was much the same as last week with both Giant and Big Eye Trevally on the prowl, and some thumper Whiting smashing our lures. The Trevally have at times been busting up on the surface which has allowed us to cast surface lures at them with the MMD Splash Prawns working well. When the Trevally has not been visually spotted we are getting them by trolling Pontoon 21 lures in the deeper channels. The Whiting have been feeding in the dirtier water where we are getting them on the troll with both Pontoon 21 and Ecogear SX48 minnows, and a few casting Ecogear ZX40’s. In between there are also a few Flatties around to mix up the species count on the day. 

Clint from the Gold Coast reports fishing the area from the Seaway to Crab island mainly in the six metre depth zone, catching a variety of fish and getting a feed of Flathead, Squid, and Whiting. Best lures for the Broadwater now to catch a great mixed bag are Ecogear ZX40 blades in colour 411, 414, and 417 (non UV in clear water and sunny days) and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes which come in an incredible range of deadly colour. On the other days we fished up the Nerang River, covering the ground and working the tides to catch Whiting, Flathead, Giant Trevally, Grunter and Bream. Mangrove Jacks slowed down a bit at night with the cooler winds but warmer conditions this week are looking good, especially with the bigger tides. Whiting will be feeding hard on worms and yabbies when there is flow. Best fishing is at night in the with the clear water around due to prolonged lack of heavy rain. Try worms and yabbies on a run in tide in the Southport to Capri area.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

Report 25/10/19

As the weather heats up Mangrove Jack have been more active throughout the Tweed and Gold Coast waterways, this is a great sign for those that enjoy chasing these hard fighting Red Devils. Customers have reported some nice Jacks up to the mid 50cm mark in the Coomera River from the Weir downstream to Coomera Waters in the North Arm and the South Arm to Paradise Point.  These areas offer multiple structure options to fish such as rock walls, bridge pylons, natural rock bars, and pontoons with or without moored boats. All these spots are prime target areas as they will hold bait trying to shelter from predators in the main river, the Jacks will just sit and wait for the bait to swim past before they nail it. Local anglers have been doing well casting and retrieving Zman Minnowz in the 3 or 4 inch range matched with heavy duty TT Headlockz jig heads. Bait fishing is one of my favourite options, live Herring, Mullet, Silver Biddies and Winter Whiting are great bait. If you have trouble catching live bait Mullet Fillet will also work well. The Nerang River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek and Logan River all offer great structure to target Jacks, Cod and Trevally.  

Customers have been doing well fishing for a feed of Whiting, Dart, Bream and Tarwhine off the Surf Beaches from South Stradbroke Island south to the Tweed Coast. Collecting fresh bait from the Surf Beach is always great fun digging for Pippies and catching Beach Worms which make awesome bait. Yabbies or Prawns will also work well. Smaller swell this week has made fishing easier, just look for a gutter and you should find fish. If it’s a bit slow just keep moving up the beach until you find a school of fish feeding. I use light beach outfit around 10 or 11ft long spooled with 8 lb mono and 8lb fluro carbon trace.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed wasn’t it great to get a bit of rain the past couple of weeks, hopefully we might get well over 50 mm plus of rain in the near future and give all our local waterways a much needed flush out. The report this week is much the same as last week with small Giant Trevally, Flathead and a few Bream and Whiting being the main players. The Trevally are migrating up and down the river following the tides and we have been trolling a combination of deep and shallow running lures for the best results on them. Fishing the deep holes with blade lures around the tide changes has worked to pick up a few Flatties and fishing the pockets of dirty water when we can find them is the place to find the Bream and Whiting. 

Clint from the Gold Coast reports he loves the rising temperatures as it means the Jacks will keep firing up and so will the Whiting and various species of hard fighting Trevally. Spots are booking fast for Mangrove Jack trips in the Spring and Summer months so contact us asap to secure your date. The Broadwater has been fishing ok on a run out tide with the staples being school size Flathead, Whiting, small Squire, Queenfish, Tarwhine and Bream. While up the river there has been Trevally, big Bream, Whiting, Jacks, and the odd Mulloway and Grunter. Best tips this week is pump yabbies and use on lightly weighted hooks at both the Broadwater and Rivers, Ecogear ZX40 colours 440 and 411 will catch fish too. Try Mullet, Whiting, and Bonito fillets for Jacks around tide changes, near structure, and just after sunset.

Report 18/10/19

It was nice to finally get some long overdue rain over the weekend on the Tweed and Gold Coast. It will take a lot more rain to give the system the flush out required to help with the fishing and crabbing but we are happy to take any rain for now.

Local Fisho Paul Wilshire took advantage of a great weather window on Monday and headed out to the 18 Fathom reef off the Seaway and scored a couple of big Snapper (see photos in report) fishing soft plastics. Off shore has been a bit hit and miss depending on the water depth you fish and how strong the current has been running. Reef fishing is always a great option as long as the current allows you to drop bait or a lure into the strike zone. As the water warms up the focus will shift to chasing pelagic species like Spotted and Spanish Mackerel, Dolphin Fish, Wahoo and the much anticipated run of lithe Black Marlin we have off the Gold and Tweed Coasts. It’s time to dust off the game fishing gear, re rig the lures and keep an eye on the sea surface temp charts for signs of quality water to fish in.

As the temp heats up chasing Whiting at night time in the rivers is a good option, local angler Wayne Young had a great trip up the Nerang River last week landing a fantastic feed of good sized fish up to 40cm long. Wayne was using Blood Worms for bait, Beach Worms and Yabbies will also make good Whiting baits. Moving around to find the fish is important, once you find a school and catch a few you may need to move on to the next spot until you find good numbers of fish feeding. How you rig your rod is important, use a long 6lb Fluro Carbon Leader , size 3 – 5 ball sinker depending on how strong the current is and a size 6 short shank bait holder hook. The Logan River, Pimpama River, Coomera and the Nerang River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creek will all produce a good feed. 

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed the water temperature in the River this week rose up 25 degrees on some days which slowed the Flatties down a bit. The good news is that schools of both Giant and Big Eye Trevally were around terrorizing the local baitfish and our lures. Trolling pontoon 21 lures along the middle of the deep channels in the river was the most consistent way for us to find these trevally. The warmer water also helped the Whiting to start hitting our lures and they will become even more vigorous as we go into our summer months.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports the Gold Coast Broadwater is still the most consistent fishing area for me. I run charters daily anywhere between Sundale Bridge and Sovereign Island. There is always fish and squid to be found somewhere in that area provided the wind is light enough to get out there. Again as the drought continues it’s best to fish on a run out tide and deeper areas 6-10 metres when the water is calm and clear. I like to mix up lures to keep it interesting and my favourites are Ecogear ZX40, Pontoon 21 crackjack’s, Samaki Vibelicious, and Strike Pro cyber vibes.   It’s often hard to go past the Ecogear ZX40’s in the Broadwater, they just catch so many fish and squid, and produce results even on slow fishing days. Flathead are still around and scattered with the average size on our light tackle varying from 30cm to 65cm lately. There has also been Squire, Tarwhine, Bream, Flounder, a few Tuskfish, Best areas to fish have been between Sovereign and Ephraim, halfway between North and South Currigee, and Labrador to Southport main and Western channel. I have some specialised mangrove jack trips coming up so hopefully we find and release some more red dogs to add to the early season tally.

Report 4/10/19                                                                                  

The Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend is looking good with plenty of sunshine on the way. School Holidays has been a busy time on the waterways with lots of people enjoying time outside Gold and Tweed Coasts. Let’s have a look at some fishing options.

Exciting times this week with hundreds of anglers out competing in the Gold Coast Sports Fish Club 2019 Flathead Classic. Conditions have been pretty tuff leading up to kick of Wednesday 2/10/19 with plenty of weed clogging up normally productive fishing areas. I will have more details how everyone went in next week’s report.

It’s good to see a few local anglers have started to target Mangrove Jack around the Gold and Tweed Coast as the days get longer and the weather warms up. A few good spots to look are the Coomera River, Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Logan River and Nerang River. Targeting structure like jetties, pontoons, moored boats, bridges and rock walls in the search for a Red Bruiser. Zman 3” & 4” minnows in Pearl White & Red Calico Candy seem to be a favourite choice in the river. Just keep on casting and varying your retrieve and eventually you will be rewarded. Fishing live baits is very rewarding and productive if they are not looking at your lure. Herring, Garfish, Silver Biddies and Mullet will all get crunched by a Jack. Bycatch like Estuary Cod and Trevally will be a bonus whilst searching for a Jack.

Customers have had some fun this week making the most of School Holidays catching some nice Bream and Whiting around Jumpinpin and the Southern Broadwater. Yabbies, Worms and Prawns have been the go to bait producing some quality fish. Some good spots are Canaipa Passage near the mouth of Cobby Passage, Short Island Huts, Slipping Sands, Crusoe Island, Gold Bank, Eden Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Coomera River either North and South Arms, Paradise Point, Crab Island and Wave Break Island. Land based try Paradise Point, Esplanade at Runaway Bay, Grand Hotel Jetty, Sundale Bridge, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well. 

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed the water in the Tweed River is probably the clearest I have seen it due to the obvious lack of much needed rain. At times like this the fish spread out and are happy to move well upstream with the high salinity levels. Trolling is a great way to go when the fish are spread out as trolling allows you to cover a lot of ground. Flatties have been the main player while trolling with a few small Bream and Whiting taking the pontoon 21 lures as well. This could be a good season for Giant Trevally as they normally start their campaign from October onwards but we have caught the odd small one while trolling and have seen some bigger models busting up the baitfish. 

Clint from the Gold Coast reports the water is now around 24 degrees in Nerang River and the Mangrove Jacks will be getting active, especially with warmer days and muggy, stormy nights. With the lack of bait around the Jacks will be hungry. 

In Nerang River our charter catches have consisted of school Flathead, good size Spotted Grunter, Bream, and a few small Jewfish. Best spots to fish have been the deeper holes and also the canals off the main river. On the Gold Coast Broadwater there are school Flathead, Squid, Tarwhine, small Trevally, Bream, Flounder, Cod, and Whiting. Best areas have been all around Crab Island and the main channel around Southport. For Jacks try Mullet and Whiting fillets in the evenings around the tide changes and near structure. Make sure you use strong hooks like Mustad hoodlums or the jacks will straighten them for you.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

New fishing regulations now in effect in QLD

Report 27/9/19

Hi everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, It’s nice to see all of our Houseboats out on the water with lots of families and friends enjoying the School Holidays and catching a few fish and crabs. The weather has been nice on Gold and Tweed coasts for getting outdoors and having fun. Let’s see what’s been on the bite this week.   

The Gold Coast Sports Fish Club 2019 Flathead Classic kicks off on Tuesday 1st of October with hundreds of teams of keen Fishos ready to hit the water in search of the famous big Gold Coast Flathead. Good luck to everyone, hope you enjoy the event and are lucky enough to find some quality fish.

Customers have reported great catches of Whiting this week, as we transition into the warmer months the fishing will just get better. Whiting are a great target species and can be found schooling in numbers during the day and night time. We are lucky on the Tweed and Gold Coast as we have quite a few land based options as well as spots to try in the boat. Worms or Yabbies are the best bait to try, I recommend to use a long trace of 6lb fluorocarbon leader matched with a size 6 bait holder hook for worms or size 4 hook if you’re using yabbies. Sinker choice is important, if you go too light all you will catch is Bream.  I use either a 4 or 5 ball sinker to keep you bait on the bottom where the Whiting feed. Tidal flow is also a big factor, as the old saying goes “no run no fun” and this is very true when targeting a feed of Whiting.  Some good land based spots are Paradise Point foreshore, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well.  In the boat try Coomera River, Logan River, Pimpama River, Wave Break Island, Tweed River, Currumbin, Tallebudgera Creek or Nerang River.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed River once again Flathead have been the main fish caught on my charters this week, with Whiting also beginning to appear in numbers again, they will get bigger and more numerous over the warmer months. Until we get heavy rain the middle to upper reaches of the Tweed River are the best areas to fish. Trolling finesse lures such as Pontoon 21 crackjack and Ecogear SX48 minnows over sandbanks at high tide early in the morning will always get strikes from a variety of species including Flathead, Whiting, Trevally and Bream. I have begun surface fishing over my super banks with MMD splashprawns and Bassday Sugapens. This exciting and visual form of fishing will provide my clients with plenty of thrills through Spring and Summer.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports he has been running some charters this past week up the Nerang River and also in the Gold Coast Broadwater as far North as Sovereign Island. We are noticing the continuing effects of lack of heavy rain for months now, with the estuary systems needing a reset and flush. We can’t do anything about the weather, so we have to work even harder to find fish daily for our guests.  Neutral and non UV colour lures are working best, such as Ecogear ZX40 in 411 colour code, and more transparent soft vibes. Bigger numbers of fish are hard to come by up Nerang River but there are some nice Flathead around the bait schools in the far upper reaches, and also Grunter, Trevally, Whiting, Bream. In the Broadwater Flathead, Flounder, Whiting, Squid, Squire, Bream, Tarwhine and small Queenfish dominate the daily catch.

Try the deeper areas around the tide changes then move to the shallower areas when it starts running.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.    

New fishing regulations now effective fisheries Queensland http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/9/1/new-fishing-regulations-now-effective

Report 19/9/19

School Holidays is the perfect time to get the kids out into the great outdoors and have some fun trying your luck. There are plenty of Land based options on the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Southern end of the Broadwater around Marine Stadium, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade Labrador, Paradise Point, Coomera River and Jacobs Well to name a few spots that will produce some action. A basic running sinker rig on a light estuary outfit will do the job, Prawns, Worms, White Pilchards or Yabbies make great bait. Fishing from the shore you will have a chance of landing Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Trevally or Tailor just to name a few more common species. The kids should have a fantastic time, make sure you send in a photo of their catch.

Customers have reported some big Flathead have been caught this week, Andy had an awesome session catching and releasing a 90+cm Flathead (see photo in report) this week on his Houseboat Holiday at Jumpinpin. Large fish from 80-90cm have been caught in the Pin Bar mouth and surrounding area and also in the Gold Coast Seaway. The big females are getting ready to spawn in the deep water around the ocean mouths just in time for the Flathead Classic. If you find a large fish just keep on fishing the area as there should be plenty of males in the 45cm to 50cm range hanging around, these guys make a nice feed. When you catch a large fish remember to handle them with care as they are the future of fishing, a quick photo and then release your prized catch. The legal size limit in Qld is min 40cm Max 75cm. Large Soft Plastics, Vibes and Blades rigged on 20lb fluro carbon leader is a good way to fish deep water.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed River the strong winds that have been blowing over the past week have been enough to blow the milk out of your coffee and have unfortunately helped the tragic bushfires raging in our Hinterland.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the people along the range that have lost homes and property and the emergency services that are fighting a dangerous battle to try and control this devastating blaze. On the water I often take advantage of the wind especially finding shallow areas where the wind is blowing hard against the tide as this rough area rolls the bottom over and discolours the water which I call stirring the pot. The Flatties and Bream in the Tweed over the past few days have been smashing the vibes and hard bodied minnows in this agitated water. On the flip side I have had to find some calm water out of the wind to fish the deep holes where we caught some Flatties and small Jewfish.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports as Smithy said we are thinking of those affected by the bushfires, and we are donating to help, hope you can too. Let’s hope we get some rain soon to settle everything down.

This week the weather has forced us to fish upstream and it has not been easy, the GT’s are making a welcome appearance. The next few months are prime time for these brutal speedsters, and other species of trevally. They provide nail biting fun on light tackle. My charters up Nerang river have also provided some school size Flathead, Bream, Grunter and Whiting. There are small patches of bait way upstream as expected with the lack of rain. When the wind drops I will be eager to get out to the deeper reef in the Broadwater again, to find Flathead, Squid, Whiting, Tuskfish, Flounder,Squire and many more for my charter guests. School holidays are coming soon so book your charter asap to avoid missing out. The warmer weather will see the mighty Mangrove Jacks become more active. Your best bet in the clear water will be to fish in the early mornings and evenings around the tide changes, getting your lures or baits in close to structure such as bridge pylons, drains, rock walls, pontoons, and moored boats.

Report 29/8/19

Snapper fishing has been first class the past couple of weeks with all depths fishing well from 18 to 50 fathoms depending on current.

Local fisho Paul Wilshire did well on Monday (see photo below) scoring his bag limit of quality eating sized Snapper from the close reefs south east of the Seaway. Float lining lightly weighted baits is the best way to target Snapper, and the majority of the time they will hit the bait on the drop. This is the best feeling as an angler as the line starts peeling off the reel, it’s just a matter of closing the bail arm or engaging the reel into gear to set the hooks. Snapper will feed fairly high in the water column, especially if you have an effective berley trail going. My favourite bait is a WA Pilchard followed by whole large Squid, Mullet Fillet, Bonito Fillet, Tailor Fillet then live Yakkas. At the time of writing the report it looks like the weekend will be a bit windy for heading offshore, early next week is looking better. Just make sure you have the most up to date forecast before heading out to sea.

I took the kids out for a look last Saturday, we started in the Pimpama River and found a few small Flathead casting Zman StreakZ 4” on 3/8 TT Head LockZ jig heads. We then headed south towards Brown Island and started to work Eco Gear and TT Switch Blades along the channel until we reached the Currigee area. We scored a good variety of fish including plenty of Flathead, Flounder, Bream, Trevally and Squid. The best fishing was in the deeper water around 5m, this depth seemed to be holding a fair bit of bait.

Customers reported some quality Tailor from the Tweed and Gold Coast beaches this week, the tides were perfect with the evening high producing the prime bite time. Depending on wind and swell, this weekend will also be great tides for night fishing.

Suggested reading: Better beach fishing with bait

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed there is no doubt that the old saying “August is the windy month” is true with Westerlies being the dominant wind. In saying this we have had some great weather and the water temperature is on the rise which means i will be starting to do a bit more surface lure fishing in the near future. We have had the odd Bream rise and take the MMD splash prawns and Bassday Sugapens but no luck at this stage getting a Whiting or Flattie to rise off the bottom. The most consistent results have still been coming from trolling the shallows and fishing the bait schools in the deeper holes for Flatties. We did get on to a school of Trevally, Queenfish and Tailor over the weekend. Although they were all very small they did provide some fun on light gear. To catch these juvenile size fish is a healthy sign for the waterway with the big Giant Trevally usually arriving and destroying the bait population from October onwards.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports the average water temp increased this week and there are more bait fish in the Gold Coast Broadwater. It looks like Jack season will start early and be a good long one, especially if we get some decent amounts of rainfall in Spring. We have been catching Tailor, Flathead, Flounder, the odd Squid, Bream, Tarwhine, Squire, and a few Tuskfish on our charters this week. Our guests have enjoyed keeping a few for dinner. Best lures have been Ecogear ZX40 and Zerek Fish Traps. It pays to smear a drop of Sax scent goldprawn over your vibes to attract that return bite when fish miss the hooks.

The most consistent spot has been the area between South and North Currigee along South Stradbroke island, in the early mornings. An effective technique when the flathead are spread out like they are now is shallow water trolling. This helps firstly get a few fish on the boat, and secondly if they are schooled up it helps you find “nests” of feeding flathead. You can then stop and cast at them with lures.

Report 23/8/19

Customers have been scoring some nice Bream this week, Jumpinpin has been fishing well around Tiger Mullet Channel, Short Island, Crusoe Island, Eden Island, Mc Kenzies Channel, Kalinga Bank and the Powerlines. Most bridges and jetties around Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Southport and Nerang River are all holding some nice Bream. Prawns, Mullet Fillet, Squid, White Pilchards, Worms and Yabbies are all great bait. Small soft plastics, Vibes and surface lures worked around structures are an exciting way to fish for Bream if you like to mix up your fishing methods.

A few Tailor have been showing up the in the surf beach gutters along the Tweed and Gold Coast on the night time incoming tide for those that like their beach fishing. Whole WA pilchards on gang hooks will work, I start by using a mono trace rather than wire. You will find you get a lot more bites if the fishing is a bit slow, I only go to a wire trace if the fish are thick and you are getting regular bite offs. The Broadwater has been fishing a bit hot & cold for Tailor, there is no shortage of bait schools around it’s just a matter of looking for the feeding birds and activity on the surface. Try the main channel near Currigee and around the Seaway and the Pin bar mouth and around Crusoe Island.

Some big Snapper have started to move into the closer reefs last week which is great news, local anglers Bob did well landing an 10kg monster and Ben(see photos in report)a 80cm fish on separate trips. We have a big spike in swell due over the weekend so offshore fishing will be best when the swell eases early next week. Big bait schools have been hanging around the 18 and 24 fathom reefs off the Seaway, just keep an eye on the sounder for fish arches around the bait this will be a predator such as a big trophy Snapper. Live Yakkas or Slimy Mackerel are great bait, the old humble WA pilchard is still my favourite go to bait, whole large Squid the Mullet or Bonito Fillet will also work well.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed what a hot then cold and windy period we have been through earlier in the week. The fishing and the conditions were very tough with wind as well as water temperature and barometer drops. The great news is that as from today and right through until next week the weather is looking fantastic with the water temperature and the barometer already starting to rise. The wind made conditions very hard to do much deep water jigging earlier in the week so trolling a combination of deep and shallow running lures around the mid to upper reaches of the river was the way to go. Some Flatties, Bream and the odd Whiting was caught on the troll with the majority of the fish favouring the shallow warmer stretches of the river.

Now that the weather has come good I will be able to mix it up with some deep water jigging for some Jewies around the tide changes as there are good schools of baitfish showing on the sounder in the deep holes. Deep water jigging under these bait schools should also produce some Flatties as well and hopefully some nice Bream and the odd Tailor. I also intend to start doing some surface fishing for some bream and maybe a couple of early season whiting of the shallows.

Clint form the Gold Coast reports Typical winter days warm up nicely here with light winds as the Westerlies drop. The fish have been coming on the bite as the week goes on, especially as the barometer rises again. I’m finding a lot more bait fish are now present in the Broadwater everywhere from the Spit to Ephraim Island, resulting in catches of big Flounder, Dusky Flathead, Bartail Flathead, Sand Whiting, Winter Whiting, Squire, Tarwine, Bream, Grassy Sweetlip, and a few Squid. Simply look for bait on the fish finder and drift with it, changing lure colours until you crack the code on the day. The mid size tides have made it possible to fish the deeper areas, which helps when the water is clear. On the run out tide there has been some slightly discoloured water running along the inside of South Stradbroke island. This helps predators such as Flathead ambush their prey at close range, and it’s in these areas you’ll find nest of fish feeding, ideally with a water temperature of around 18 degrees. Tarpon are still around, you’ll find then near the seaway and along the main channel running North. Best lures this week: Ecogear ZX40 in colours 415 and 440, Gulp Crabby in camo colours. Yabbies are catching plenty too.

Report 15/8/19

Flathead have been quite active this week leading up to the full moon, Coomera Houseboats customer John (see photo in report) did well catching and releasing a cracking 78cm fish at Kangaroo Island Jumpinpin on a Yabbie as bait on his holiday. Some bigger Flathead are starting to show up more consistently as we head closer to the prime breeding time in September/October. The big females will attract quite a number of smaller males which are a good size fish if you want to keep a couple for a feed, just remember the rules in Queensland minimum size is 40cm and maximum size limit is 75cm. Drifting with bait is a good way to cover ground and find Flathead if you not used to using lures. Yabbies, White Pilchards, Blue Bait and strips of Mullet Fillet make great baits.

For the lure fisho’s trolling hard body lures along the Mangrove lined banks of Islands and edges of Sandbanks is a great method as Flathead will sit head into the current waiting for bait fish to swim past. Trolling against the tide is not recommended as the fish will have to turn to attack your lure and will 9 times out of 10 result in no hook up. Some good areas to try your luck are Bedrooms, Tipplers Passage, Paradise Point, Aldershots, Never Fails Islands, Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel, Cabbage Tree Point, Currumbin Creek and the Logan River Mouth.

Schools of Tailor responded well to the cold westerly winds last weekend with keen anglers getting stuck into some nice quality catches. Gutters along South Stradbroke Island produced good numbers of nice fish, also Main Beach North to Pumping Jetty, Palm Beach, Burleigh Heads and from Fingal north to the Tweed Bar. Throwing metal slugs, surface walkers and poppers is a fun and very visually rewarding way to target Tailor with some awesome bite action to fire you up. Whole WA Pilchards were the best bait followed by Mullet, Bonito or Tailor Fillet on ganged hooks.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the ongoing great winter weather continues with cool clean morning starts and warm windless days. Not a lot has changed from last week’s report and the Flathead are still dominating the catch rate. Being in the right spot around the tide changes is the time that really triggers their feeding instinct. A pattern that is not uncommon for all our species. The deeper holes in the rivers are producing the odd nice size Tailor and very small School Jew but these little guys still go well on light line. The slight increase in water temperature has also allowed us to have a bit of fun chasing some Bream on surface lures. The water is very clear in the river at present so very natural coloured lures are working the best.

Clint form the Gold Coast reports typical beautiful winter weather has made for some very pleasant days out on the Gold Coast Broadwater. Flathead tended to start feeding later in the day, and the large schools of Winter Whiting have moved out to the open ocean to find food. There has been a distinct lack of bait fish in the ultra-clear water, apart from white bait. As the old saying goes “match the hatch” and try Strike Pro blades, Zerek fishtraps in Olive Guppy colour. There has been a few nice Flathead, Bream, Whiting in the canals, and the odd small mulloway up the river. The Broadwater Flathead can be found at the Aldershots, on the eastern side of Crab island, Anglers Paradise, and upriver from TSS on the western side. The rest of the catch in the Broadwater has consisted of Flounder, Squid, and Winter Whiting. Look for signs of activity such as patches of bait and arch shapes for bigger fish on the fish finder.

Report 1/8/19

With good weather conditions hanging around heading offshore has been a great option on Tweed and Gold Coasts. Last Saturday we took advantage of the weather and headed out with my mate Wayne and my daughter Bec to try our luck on the 24 fathom area SE of the Gold Coast Seaway. We hit the water early and found some good shows of bait and fish to try our luck just as the sun was rising which is the best bite time. We started well landing a couple of nice Snapper and Tusk Fish, we kept a burley trail going but then the bite slowed down and lots of small undersized Squire started to show up. We then decided to head back into the 18 fathom area for a look, we found plenty of bait schools but unfortunately no good fish on offer.

After a bit of talk we then decided to make a late run out to 36 fathoms SE of the Seaway as there has been reports of good Snapper, Pearl Perch, Amberjack, Sampson and Cobia. The NW wind made conditions a bit choppy but not too bad. On arrival we sounded around and found some nice signs of fish on the sounder so we anchored up and float lined WA Pilchards and straight away got hit on the drop and landed some nice Snapper. Next drop Bec got smacked on the way down and her line took off peeling drag flat out, the fish then headed for the surface then back down to 65m before slugging it out. 20 minutes later Bec (see photo in report) had landed her first Cobia going 17kg on the scales, a great effort on 20lb gear. The 24 fathom area seems to be fishing better than the 18 at the moment with better numbers of Snapper, Moses, Trag, Tusk Fish, Cobia and Tailor being caught. Just keep an eye out when navigating as there is a large number of Whales moving along the coast at present.

The Broadwater has been fishing well around the Gold Coast Seaway seeing quite a variety of species showing up, reports of schools of hard fighting Tarpon have been keeping anglers on their toes. Fishing a mixture of soft plastic, vibes or bait around the entrance of the Seaway and into the Currigee channel has produced Grassy Sweetlip, Spangled Emperor, Tusk Fish, Squire, Bream and a few Tailor.

Bream are still the main target for anglers chasing a feed around Jumpinpin, Crusoe Island, Short Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Kalinga Bank, Whalleys Gutter, Little Rocky Point, Power Lines and Marks Rocks up the Logan are all worth a look. My favourite baits are Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Prawns, White Pilchards or Yabbies.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed reports it has been a week of great weather and a massive work load finding Flatties for our guests, and helping train visitors from the United Kingdom and Sweden, here to compete in the World Hobie Bream tournament on the Gold Coast. The Flatties are still fishing well in the deep holes on blades and are taking our trolled lures over the shallow warmer water. We have been training our bream tournament anglers on how to fish rock walls and jetties but the most fun and best results came from cranking shallow running lures over and around the seagrass beds. We also caught Bream on surface lures in the same area which is always great visual fun.

Clint reports on our Gold Coast Broadwater charters we have found the fish are moving around a lot searching for food, which has forced us to cover a lot of kms to find them some days. They may be in one area one day and gone the next. As always if you don’t spot activity on the fish finder keep moving.

Inevitably the bites will come if you find patches of bait. The water is very clear at the moment so it may pay to fish areas like the Aldershots and Tipplers channel to find bigger and more Flathead. They’ll be there in the more discoloured water ambushing baitfish to feed themselves up before breeding season. There have been a lot of 40-45cm flathead in the Currigee area at South Stradbroke island, as well as big winter Whiting up to 28cm, Flounder, Squid, Bream, Tarwhine, and a few Tuskfish. The Nerang river is getting harder to find numbers of fish due to lack of bait, but we did manage some good Whiting, Flathead, and a nice Mulloway caught by Rebecca.

Report 26/7/19

Last Saturday I headed up around Jumpinpin with the kids to have a look around for a few Flathead using my favourite 4” Zman Streakz curl tails. We started in the mouth of Tiger Mullet Channel on the rising tide throwing lures around the weed beds landing a number of smaller Flathead that were tending to be sitting on the patches of sand between the weed. We then changed tactics as the tide neared its top heading to the Pin Bar mouth to catch the turn of tide. This produced a few nice Bream on Switch Blade vibes and even 20 gram metal slugs that we were jigging for Tailor. There was not a lot of bait around the Pin Bar so as the tide turned and started to run out we headed up Canaipa Passage to fish the sandbanks opposite Cobby Passage entrance. This area produced a few nice school sized Flathead up to 50cm. Tiger Mullet Channel and Whalleys Gutter also fished well, the key was to find the bait schools and the Flathead were hanging around. Good numbers of solid Bream were also hitting the soft plastics hard as they are feeding up ready to spawn throughout the winter months.

[Suggested reading: Are your flatty skills up to scratch?]

Small swell and light winds have been a great combination for anglers heading offshore the past week. Customers have reported mixed results on the Snapper, the current has been a bit unpredictable at times running pretty hard on certain days making fishing tuff. Best catches of Snapper are still coming from the 36 and 24 fathoms reefs off the Gold Coast. A good mix of species is also being caught like Tusk Fish, Trag Jew, Moses, Cobia and some big Jewfish. Try float lining WA pilchards, Squid, Mullet Fillet or Live Yakkas

Coomera Houseboat customers have been getting stuck into some great quality Bream from Jumpinpin this week. Numbers have been ok during the day but fishing at night is still the best option for bigger quality fish. Best spots are Short Island Huts, Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Perrys Hole and Tiger Mullet Channel.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the good news is that after the chilly early morning starts the days warm up, and the fish are on the bite. The deep holes are producing some nice sized Bream and small Jewfish on the zx40 and strike pro vibes providing you find the holes that are holding bait. We have also been catching a few Flatties in the deep holes but the best results have been coming from trolling pontoon 21 crackjack and greedyguts lures in the warmer shallower water around the top of the tide.


Clint reports this week the cooler early morning weather has not stopped the fish biting, with sessions at Nerang river producing 20 plus Sand whiting at times, as well as school size Flathead and the odd 50-60cm fish. The whiting have been quite big and fat, which goes to show how well fed they are locally! Best bait for them if you can’t get bloodworms is Prawns. The Broadwater has been a bit quiet at times with clear water. The bigger tides have been at night, which could be when the fish are feeding more aggressively. There are Bream and Tarpon at the Seaway but the better eating species such as Flathead are best targeted at Southport, Lands End, Wavebreak Island, and Paradise Point. The Tarpon are terrific sportfish and have been busting up on bait balls every day this week, mostly near the canyon off the Northern wall of Wavebreak Island.

Report 18/7/19

Fisho Tackle customers have had perfect weather for fishing this week. They have been doing well trolling hard body lures on the edges of weed beds around the Never Fail Islands, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Tipplers Passage, Tipplers Island and the Bedrooms temping a few nice Flathead. Trolling lures is a great way to cover ground and find fish this time of year. Once you locate fish there will usually be quite a few in the general area. Try switching to soft plastics or vibes and pepper the area to find the big Flathead that is attracting the school sized fish.

With nice weather conditions continuing finding a day with smaller swell has paid off for crews fishing the offshore grounds of the Tweed and Gold Coast with customers consistently catching some great feeds of Snapper. The Gold Coast reefs from 18 to 36 fathoms have been producing some good mixed bags of fish including Snapper, Moses, Tusk Fish, Cobia, School Mackerel, Trag Jew, Pearl Perch and plenty of big Jew Fish. Hope you get out for a fish whilst the weather is good.

Some big Bream are showing up around Jumpinpin, some good spots are Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Short Island Huts, Perrys Hole, Little Rocky Point and the Power Lines. Best tip is to keep a consistent burley trail going, sometimes once you start catching fish you forget to burley and the fish will go off the bite. Try using Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Prawns, White Pilchard and Yabbies.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed that now that we have clear skies and the comfortable Winter sun it’s got the Flatties on the bite. Flathead are still dominating our catch rate and will continue to do so over the next couple of months. The fish are holding up in the deep holes that have good bait schools in them with the blades and Ecogear zx40 lures doing the job on them with the odd big Bream as well. Some nice size flathead are moving up in the shallows during the day to take advantage of the warmer water and are taking trolled pontoon 21 Crackjack and Greedy Guts lures.

Clint has been catching some good Flathead and Bream in shallow water in the middle to lower sections of the Nerang River and its canals. Drifting with Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax Scent goldprawn, especially colours 440 and 447, and trolling with Pontoon 21 crackjacks and greedy guts in Bloody Tiger prawn and Spanish Red colours, have been the most effective methods. This usually ensures a fresh feed in the esky and plenty more released to keep growing and breeding. We caught a variety of fish on lures in the Broadwater, everywhere from Cronin island to Sovereign Island. There are heaps of arrow squid around, easily caught on Ecogear ZX40s and squid jigs, Jewfish love a squid too so try them as live bait.

Report 12/7/19

I was lucky to score some nice weather so we headed out for a fish on Tuesday, Crab Island and Currigee produced a few smaller Flathead on Zman soft plastics. The Seaway was holding some bait and schools of fish on the pipeline and the Seaway entrance opposite the North Wall. We scored a few nice Bream on TT Switch Blades, got smoked by some bigger fish and even landed a Leather Jacket. The weed beds around Wavebreak Island fished well for Squid on high tide, the 2 to 2.5 inch jig worked well, even the Flathead tried to smash the jigs in the clear water.

After all the rain the rivers seem to be holding good bait schools of Herring, Mullet, Silver Biddies and Garfish. The water is still quite clear in the Broadwater making fishing a tuff at times, the rivers will be worth a go on the weekend. Try the upper reaches on the Tweed, Nerang, Logan, Pimpama and Coomera. Flathead will be a main target along with Bream, Whiting, Trevally and the odd Jewfish might even show up. The dirty water gives the bait fish a bit more shelter, try to target areas where there is a change of water quality or a current line. As the tide runs out fishing the river mouth is a great option as this can be an area where the predators will wait for the bait to be flushed out.

Surf fishing will be a good option now the swell has started to ease, hopefully the schools of Tailor will move into gutters from the Tweed Coast up to South Stradbroke Island. Early morning and late afternoon and night is the best time to target Tailor.

Suggested reading: Gold Coast tailor fishing

Another species worth targeting is Jewfish. Big Jewfish will enter the gutters as the tide rises chasing the Tailor or Mullet, using a fresh fillet of either Tailor or Mullet is a great way to land a prized Jewfish.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed It has been good to receive some much needed rain to get the rivers, creeks and drains running which are a vital need for the health of our waterways. Good quality bream are making their presence felt and are taking Pontoon 21 crackjack minnows around the shallow sea grassed areas, and blades in the deeper holes around the tide changes. Flathead are still the main target species and will continue to improve in both size and numbers over the few months .The rain will also help to encourage Jewfish to come on the bite so I will be very focused on locating some of these great fighting fish around the tide changes in the deep holes.

Clint ventured out to the Broadwater once this week with regular guests Scott, Tim, and Terry. Tides were a bit slow and the water was clear and calm at high tide, so we had to work hard to find fish. The night tides leading up to new moon have been a lot bigger, and this is when the fish could be feeding more actively. Some Squid, Winter Whiting and Flathead came on the bite on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated with Sax scent goldprawn.

The rest of the week was dominated by Southerly winds which made fishing up Nerang River and the canals a more comfortable option producing some great catches like Jacks thumper Bream (see photo in report) on a Pontoon 21 crackjack 48mm SP DR lure, plus a bunch of Flathead and a solid Sand Whiting. Best areas to fish were the Broadbeach waters canals, Benowa, and Carrara. Shallower water to 3m in depth held the most fish.

Report 5/7/19
With the wind and swell stopping fishos from heading offshore, I’d recommend fishing around the open ocean entrances inside the Tweed Bar, Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar in the calmer water. The large swell offshore tends to stir up close reefs which in turn stirs up bait fish and can often push some quality Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Moses just to name a few species into these areas. The bit of rain we have had will also push bait out of the rivers and into the bar entrances, big Jewfish, Trevally and Tailor will be patrolling waiting for a feed.

Customers have done pretty well this week managing to hide out of the wind and put up with a bit of rain scoring some quality catches of Bream around Jumpinpin. Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank, Perrys Hole, Short Island, Mc Kenzies Channel and Whalleys Gutter are some great spots to look. Logan River around Marks Rocks, Nerang River and the Tweed river are all fishing well around structure like rock walls, jetty or bridge pylons holding good numbers of Bream. Burly is a big part of a successful Bream session, I use a pellet based burley from Stimulate or Wilson. Just a bit at a time will keep them interested, if you feed them too much they may lose interest in your bait. Best baits are Prawns, Yabbies, Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut and White Pilchards. You can pretty much just leave the rod when you’re getting a bite and they will hook themselves, don’t be too keen and strike and just pull the hook and bait away from the fish.

[Suggested reading: Winter bream on blades]

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the rain will get the creeks and drains running, washing food and nutrients into the rivers which will all go towards the success of a better winter fishing season. It is still the Flathead show at present with good numbers of fish still holding in the shallower middle reaches of the river. Some nice quality bream are starting to show in the deeper holes and will continue to increase in both size and numbers throughout July.

Clint reports from the Broadwater fishing around the Seaworld area produced some Winter Whiting, Flounder, Flathead and Cuttlefish. In the Nerang River Birthday Girl Jan (see photo in report) skilfully landed a monster 87cm croc Flathead after a 10 minute fight, showing great patience to net the big girl on 2.7kg braid and 8lb fluorocarbon leader. The fish first came up when hooked and had a look at the boat, giving us a glimpse of its massive head and girth, then produced a couple of big runs in the shallow water. The Nerang River is a great option in the wind and is producing some good catches of Whiting, Bream and Flathead.

Report 28/6/19

With School Holidays kicking off this weekend it was nice to see plenty of family’s heading out on our Houseboats and also calling in to ask advice on how to get the kids involved in fishing. A light estuary outfit with a running sinker rig will work well, Prawns, White Pilchards, Worms or Yabbies are great bait. We have seen some nice Bream, Whiting and Flathead landed and the smiles from the kids say it all. With so much technology at your fingertips nowadays it’s nice to get back to basics and enjoy some quality time fishing. If you have a boat on the Gold Coast you have lots of options from Rivers, Canals, the Broadwater or Jumpinpin. Land based fishing is a great option especially with younger ones as you can access beaches and facilities in most of the parks that have water and jetty access. Some good spots to try are Coomera River, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well.

Customers have reported Flathead in the shallow water on the top of sandbanks throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin at high tide. Try the deeper edges of the sandbanks as the tide starts to fall along with creek and river mouths. Deep gutters are also a good spot to look as Flathead are ambush predators as the bait swims off the sandbank on the falling tide they will sit in the gutter. Casting Zman soft plastics, TT Switch Blades, Zerek Flat Shads, Zerek Fish Traps and Storm soft vibes are all good methods to target fish.

Pryor to the wind and rain offshore fishing has been good off the Tweed, Gold Coast and Jumpinpin with some quality catches coming in. Fido’s and Nine Mile off the Tweed have produced a good mixed bag of Snapper, Tusk Fish, Maori Cod, Trag and some nice easting Wrasse. The 36 fathom grounds off the Gold Coast and Jumpinpin has seen some quality Snapper taken on bait and soft plastics. Once the wind and swell eases it will be worth targeting Jewfish and Cobia on the close reefs with good numbers of these prize eating fish around so far this winter.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports fishing has been very good with the Flathead still dominating the scoreboard and are holding through the middle to upper reaches of the river. Brad has done some exploratory runs down to the mouth and lower reach of the river in search of the big bream and tailor that would normally be around by now without much success but they will come. When these fish start their spawning run late it is not a bad thing as it usually means an extended season and can see them come on thick through to the end of August.

Report 21/6/19

Cool Winter nights signals Bream season with customers finding some quality fish the past few weeks. Bream are a great fish for the kids to target as they will keep the little ones occupied and you can teach them the skill of how to land a fish. Depending on the areas you fish Bream are usually hunting and feeding on schools on White Bait throughout the Tweeds River, Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Some good spots to try your luck are Short Island, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalleys Gutter, Jacobs Well, Dux, Wavebreak Island, Paradise Point, Logan River and Tweed River. Land based anglers have multiple choices which all produce good catches of Bream, try the Grand Hotel Jetty, Lands End at Biggera Creek, The Southport Bridge, Hope Island Bridge, Paradise Point Jetty and Coomera River highway bridge. Bream love structure and land based anglers have a great advantage with so many rock walls and jetty’s that can be easily accessed. When fishing for Bream a good burly trail is a must, keep your baits close to the snags or rock walls where the fish school up. Fishing line of around 8lb and also 8lb fluro carbon trace will work for most areas, just adjust the sinker size to suit the area and tides you fish. I recommend a bait holder hook around size 2 – 4 depending which bait you are using, they are a good choice to keep the bait looking more natural. I like to use Prawns, Mullet Fillet, White Pilchards, Mullet Gut or Yabbies.

Offshore fishos have had a great run of weather landing some top quality fish. Staff member Adrian and his mate Steve had a great morning on the 24 fathoms grounds east of the Seaway scoring a mixed bag including a great sized Snapper and a quality Yellow Fin Tuna (see photos in report). Reports of big Jewfish from 15+kg have been coming in consistently the past week, the best time to target these fantastic fish has been late afternoon into the early evening. Collect your live baits like Yakkas, Slimy’s or Pike, find a good rock holding bait to anchor on and float line your live baits until you get slammed. Snapper numbers should increase as the water temp starts to cool off, early morning and late afternoon are prime time to target a feed.

Flathead are starting to dominate catches through the estuaries of the Tweed and Gold Coats, best time to target a Flathead is a falling tide. Target the edges of sandbanks and drains as they will be lying in wait as the bait moves off the shallows as the tide falls. I prefer to throw soft plastics like Zmam 3 inch MinnowZ or 4 inch curl tailz in these areas rigged on a 3/8 or 1/4 ounce jig head tied to 12lb fluro carbon trace.

Fisho Tackle customers have been scoring a great feed of Sand Crabs from the channels near Wave Break Island, Aldershots, Never Fail Islands and Canaipa Passage.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports Flathead are still dominating the catch rate in both the Nerang and Tweed river systems which is not a bad problem to have as an angler. There has been a few Whiting taking our lures but the size of the fish have not been big as have the Bream which have been slow to start this season in both size and numbers.

Report 14/6/19

With light winds and a small swell hanging around chasing Tailor from the surf beaches from the Tweed to the Southport Spit is a great option. Finding a good gutter is essential, going for a look at low tide makes spotting a gutter easier, you are looking for a deep section of water with a sandbank behind it and with deeper water at either end. The best time to target Tailor is the last 2 hours before high tide either early morning or late afternoon into the evening. Hopefully bait fish will make their way into the gutter to hide and the predatory Tailor will follow. The most common rig is a set of 3 or 4 gang 3/0 or 4/0 hooks depending on the size of bait combined with a running sinker rig. I do prefer to use a long mono trace and you will always get more bites, sometimes you will get bitten off but it will be more productive than a wire trace. If the fish are thick the wire trace will work fine. The best baits are WA Pilchards, Mullet Fillet, Bonito Fillet and even Tailor Fillet if you running low on bait. Throwing metal slugs is another great option if you prefer lure fishing, try a few different size slugs until you can match the size of the bait fish they are feeding on. If the Tailor fishing is a bit slow you can also down size your rig and target Dart and Bream for a great feed.

Fantastic conditions for those lucky anglers keen to get offshore for a look, the 50 and 36 fathom reefs off the Gold Coast are fishing well with some quality Snapper, Pearl Perch, Amber Jack, Cobia and mixed reef species. The 24 and 18 fathoms reefs have also been producing for those with smaller boats or not wanting to travel out so far seeing some nice Snapper, Cobia, School Mackerel, Jew Fish, Trag Jew, Moses and Tusk Fish.

Bread and butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead have been the main target for anglers fishing the Tweed River, Broadwater and Jumpinpin area chasing a feed. Customers have done well scoring a nice feed from the Tweed River, Nerang River, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalleys Gutter, Short Island and Logan River. Prawns, Yabbies, Worms, Mullet Fillet or Live Herring are all great baits.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the middle reaches of both the Tweed and Nerang Rivers are producing amazing numbers of Flathead of all sizes at present, with most days producing over 20 fish per trip. There have been some good numbers of Bream attacking our lures as well in the same area but at this stage they have been small. The big Bream are not far from entering our river mouths. Small Giant Trevally are still hanging around the deeper holes in the middle reaches and are hitting the lures around the first of the run in tides.

Report 6/6/19

Weather permitting the off shore action has been great the past couple of weeks with a good variety of species being caught. Reports of good sized Amberjack, Samson, Yellow Tail Kingfish and Snapper from the 50 fathoms line NE of the Seaway. Customers have been doing well on the 18 and 24 fathoms reefs east of the Seaway scoring some monster Cobia and great quality Jewfish on live baits and fresh Tailor and Mullet Fillet. When chasing Cobia or Jewfish you should be looking for an isolated rock structure that is holding bait, anchor up and start a burly trail. Try the 36, 24 and 18 fathom reefs for a feed of Snapper, Moses, Trag jew, Tusk Fish and Pearl Perch. Float lining WA Pilchards, large whole Squid, Mullet Fillet or live Yakkas will do the job.

The winter westerlies are a great sign for the Bream fishos keen to hit the water and chase a feed. Those who are keen to brave the cold nights out on the water should be rewarded with some top quality Bream. Some good spots to start looking will be Upper Reaches of the Tweed River, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel, Perrys Hole, Short Island, Cobby Passage, Kalinga Bank and Marks Rock in the Logan River. Land based try Lands End Biggera Waters, Marine Parade Rock Walls, Gold Coast Seaway, Southport Bridge, Nerang River, Paradise Point. Burley is a must when chasing Bream, a lot of fishos will have a secret brew they use, I recommend stimulate burley pellets. Just keep a regular trail going, don’t feed them too much just enough to keep the fish interested. Some the best baits will be Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, White Pilchards, Prawns and Yabbies.

Squid numbers will increase during Winter, they are fun to catch and even better to eat a fresh feed of Calamari. The Gold and Tweed Coast waters will hold a mixture of Arrow Head and Tiger Squid being the larger of the two species. Try using a Squid Jig between 2 to 3 inches long until you find the size that works the best. If you’re land based try looking for jetties and boat ramps that are well lit up, the lights will attract bait fish which will also attract the predatory Squid. Paradise Point, Grand Hotel, Southport Bridge are just a couple of spots to try your luck.

School sized Flathead are showing up in good numbers throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed River, they love the cooler weather and can school up in big numbers at times. Flathead will be slowly on the move making their way out of the rivers and heading towards the ocean entrances over the next three months as we head into breeding season during September and October.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports as the days are getting shorter and the mornings are definitely getting cooler as we inch our way into winter.
Flathead are in good concentrations in the warm shallow areas through the middle reaches of the Tweed and Gold Coast waterways and are taking both cast and trolled lures.

There has been a report of both Tailor and Bream making their annual migration up our coastline which is very exciting as they will move into our rivers in mass proportions from now until August.

Report 31/5/19

As we make the transition into winter the offshore bottom fishing should started to improve with the current dropping. You can expect a mixed catch of Snapper, Moses Perch, Samson Fish, Hussar, Spangled Emperor, Tusk Fish and Pearl Perch on the 18 and 24 fathom reef east of the Seaway. As the water cools some bigger Snapper and Cobia will move in once there is plenty of bait around.

Flathead have dominated catches this week, one local angler has been getting amongst some nice fish up to 80cm the past couple of weeks. Try the Aldershots, Brown Island, Tipplers Passage, Coomera River, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Logan River. Whilst targeting the weed beds keep an eye out for squid, plenty have been caught. Try Plastics and hard body lures.

Jumpinpin Bar entrance has been producing some nice Jew Fish, Tailor and Trevally this week, plenty of bait in the area has attached the hungry predators. Live baits and lures will work, best to fish the last 2 hrs of the run in and the first hour of the run out tide.

Our houseboat customers have reported some nice Bream around Short Island and Tiger Mullet Channel along with a couple of good sized mud crabs. Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Prawns and Yabbies are great bait for the fish while whole mullet is best for the crab pots.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters have reported a few big bream starting to appear on the Tweed and expect the size and numbers of fish to increase during the months to come. Through the Winter months Flathead will often move up out of deep water to feed in the shallower sun heated flat areas. Trolling and casting lures over the shallow flats on the run in tides is where the best number of Flathead can be found.

Report 24/5/19

Our houseboat customers have been having a great time this week and reporting good catches of muddies and flathead. Seems most of the action has been up around the pin and Tiger Mullet channel areas, with the really big muddies coming from the Pimpama River.

If you have a boat and are thinking of trying your luck for some muddies this weekend, try setting your pots in the mouth of the North Arm of the Coomera, Pimpama River, Tipplers Passage, The Never Fails Islands, Whalleys Gutter, Tiger Mullet Channel and the Mouth of the Logan River. If you don’t have a boat, anywhere you can fish along the Coomera River is worth a go. Set your pots, throw in a line and you may get a bream or a flathead to go with the Crabs. You will have yourself a seafood smorgasbord.

Quality Bream are still being caught in good numbers, so as we head into winter it looks like a great season on the way for the Bream fishers. Jumpinpin and the Gold Coast Seaway are good spots to try.


Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters fished the deep holes in the middle reaches of the Tweed River this week targeting some flathead and jewies. Fishing around the tide changes will always give you the best chance at hooking a jewie as they spike in their feeding pattern at this time. Hopefully it won’t be long before some schools of tailor and bigger sea bream start to enter the river now that we are pushing more into winter.

Clint reports he has caught 17 species of fish this week on the Broadwater. The winter species are starting to come thorough, with legal size flathead spreading around to feed after disappearing from their summer breeding grounds. Squid are becoming more common too. Clint catches them on Ecogear ZX 40 vibes, these lures work well during the day time and draw the squid out of weed beds. Flounder this time of year are a lovely eating size, we are catching dinner plate size ones often on vibes. Tuskfish are plentiful this month too, plus there are tons of winter whiting around the Broadwater anywhere between Southport and Sovereign Island. Young Maclay with his dad Duane were on a private charter with Clint last week and caught a released his first Tarpon on 6lb line. Good size too and on a live yabbie in 10m deep water. He also caught a hard fighting morwong and a variety of other species.

Report 17/5/19

We had quite a windy start to the week which has now eased off and looks like a less windy start to the week end. Earlier in the week we had the report of Cyclone Ann working her way to the coast around the top of Queensland in the Port Douglas area, fortunately the threat has now passed and that cyclone has become a rain depression and was never any threat to us here on the Gold Coast.

For anglers lucky enough to head offshore this week end, fishing the local 18-24 fathom reefs off the seaway will be a good option to chase a feed. May is a great transition time of year sometimes you just don’t know what can show up. Main target species will be Snapper, Tusk fish, Moses, Trag Jew, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod and Jew. We should see Cobia, Sampson and even Yellow Tail King Fish as the water starts to cool down. Once you find a good area to fish keep a regular burley trail on the go to attract the fish, you might even find a late season Spanish Mackerel on the closer reefs.

Customers have scored some nice Whiting in the rivers and throughout Jumpinpin and the Broadwater this week, some good size fish up to 40cm have been landed by our Houseboat customers. Try Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Canaipa Passage, Shoals at Jacobs Well, Coomera River North and South Arms, Paradise Point and Wave Break Island. Worms and Yabbies are the best bait. Our customers have also scored a feed of Mud Crabs this week from the Broadwater and Pin areas.

Flathead have started to show up throughout the local rivers, Jumpinpin and the Broadwater as the water cools down a bit, not monsters but most fish have been between legal 40+cm range. Try looking around the North Bedrooms, Gold Bank, Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel, Canaipa Passage, Jacobs Well, Brown Island, Currigee and Wave Break Island.

On the Tweed Brad Smith Fishing Charters report Flathead are starting to increase in numbers in the deeper holes between Chinderah and Tumbulgum this week, probably due to the cooler weather.

Clint lets us know that good size tuskfish, flounder, flathead and heaps of winter whiting are feeding in the Broadwater at South Currigee, Runaway Bay, Land End and Seaworld resort. It’s great to see flathead around the 40 – 50 cm mark turning up in bigger numbers in the Broadwater. This month I technique that works very well is drifting with yabbies which can easily be pumped on the lower tides from the sandbanks between the Broadwater caravan park and Wavebreak Island. Use 6lb braid main line, then a no.2 size ball running sinker or bigger if needed to reach the bottom, onto a small swivel then 1 metre fluorocarbon leader with a size 4 Mustard baitholder hook, and a 2-4kg rod with 2500 size reel. This is all you need to catch a good size fish, just remember to not tighten the drag too much and play bigger fish carefully. Drift along the edges of channels in 2 – 4m of water and you’ll catch various species of fish. If you don’t know the area well, drift between the channel makers and you can’t go too far wrong.

Report 10/5/19

Fantastic conditions over the May Day Long Weekend saw plenty of boats heading offshore in search of a feed of reef fish. May has seen a drop in current and water temp which has helped stir up a few early season Snapper on the Gold Coast and Tweed. Some great eating size Snapper have been showing up along with a few big trophy models. Being on the water early is a must, find your spot and start a berley trail before sun up to take advantage on the sunrise bite time. Feeding down lightly weighted WA pilchards, whole large Squid, Mullet Fillet or live Yakka’s is a great method to temp the big Snapper. A few spots that produced are the local 18, 24 and 36 fathom reefs off the Gold Coast Seaway, Sullies and the Cottons off the Pin and Fido’s and Nine Mile off the Tweed. Customers have also scored a feed of Pearl Perch, Tusk Fish, Moses, Trag and some good sized Jew Fish.

Some nice sized Tailor have been showing up along the Surf Beaches from the Tweed Coast north to the Pumping Jetty at the spit, the morning and night time high tides have been the best time to target Tailor. The Broadwater, Jumpinpin and Rivers are also fishing well with some big Tailor showing up. Best tip is to keep your eye on the sounder for bait fish, birds diving on the water and also splashes from schools of fish feeding on the surface. Best baits are whole WA pilchards, Mullet Fillet and White Pilchards work well in the estuary. Tailor will respond well to trolling diving lures, Surface lures and Metal Slugs.

The cooler weather has fired up some good catches of Flathead in the Tweed River, Broadwater, Jumpinpin and joining estuary systems. My favourite method is drifting and throwing soft plastics in the 3” to 4” size range like Zman Minnowz and StreakZ on a 1/4 to 3/8 jig head and working soft or metal vibes depending on water depth. Drifting lets you cover as much water as possible until you find an area holding good numbers of fish to concentrate your efforts on.

Customers have reported catching some quality late season Mangrove Jack which is great, Sam (see photo in report) did well last Friday night scoring a nice big Jack using a dead Whiting for bait in the Coomera River. Reports of nice fish have also come from Tallebudgera Creek and the Tweed River.

On the Tweed Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports similar to last week’s report with the mid to upper reaches of the Tweed River still producing the goods. Flathead are taking vertically jigged vibe lures in the deeper holes and are responding to trolled pontoon 21 crackjack and osp dunk lures trolled over the shallows and along the edges of the banks. We are still getting the odd Jewfish as well around the tide changes on vibes and plastics and juvenile Giant Trevally.

Clint reports there has been good variety of great eating fish in the Broadwater this week but it pays to move around constantly and slowly to find fish, as they are always moving with the tides to find food. We have been catching some beautiful Tuskfish this week as well as Flathead up to 76cm, Squid, Flounder, Whiting, Tarwhine and Bream up the back canals at Benowa. The trick is to find areas that hold bait fish or jelly prawns which show up as patches or scattered dots on the fish finder. Then drift at no faster than 1 knot and no slower than 0.4 knots to achieve best results. Best areas this week have been Southport, the Spit, Hollywell, and North Currigee.

Report 3/5/19

As we transition into the May the night time temp has started to drop enough to stir up some quality Jewfish around the Jumpinpin area. Customers have done well reporting consistent catches this week during the daytime and night time in the Jumpinpin Bar mouth, Kalinga Bank, Canaipa Passage and Marks Rocks in the Logan River. Live Pike, Herring and Mullet are a great option. Also a nice fillet of Tailor or Mullet should do the job. Best time to target a Jewfish is aprox 1 hour before and 1 hour after a tide change as they fire up as the current drops off.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays customers are scoring a great mixed feed of Mangrove Jack, Bream, Spotted Grunter and Mud Crabs from the North Arm of the Coomera River. The rain we have received has been a blessing flushing out the bait fish and also getting a few late season Mud Crabs on the move. Also try the Tweed River, Nerang River, Pimpama River and Logan River for a mix of species at the moment.

Coomera Bait and Tackle customers managed to sneak out offshore last Sunday and finally take advantage of some nice conditions. A mixed bag of pelagic and reef fishing was on offer seeing a few nice Wahoo being caught off the Tweed Bar around Nine Mile Reef and Fidos on hard body lures and trolling dead baits. A few Spanish Mackerel and the odd big Cobia have been landed around the 18 to 24 fathoms reefs east of the Gold Coast Seaway, Mermaid Reef and the Gravel Patch with slow trolled baits working the best. Bottom fishing saw a nice mixed bag of Snapper, Pearl Perch, Moses, Trag Jew, Tuskies and nice sized Jew Fish. An early start is the key getting the dawn bite time will maximise you chances of landing some quality fish.

On the Tweed Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the after the recent rain is has made the upper reaches of the Tweed River muddy and discoloured so the mid to lower reaches is the place to be for some nice quality flathead with trolling some pontoon 21 crackjack lures and the ever faithful micro mullets. The rain and dirty water is just what the river system needs to set up the foundation for a great winter season.

Clint reports his charter guests have been getting some delicious keepers daily. Currigee, Runaway Bay, and Paradise Point have been the best areas to fish, producing some great Tuskfish, Dusky Flathead, Bartail Flathead, big Flounder, Whiting, Squid, Tarwhine and Tealeaf Trevally. Drifting with lightly weighted yabbies and tea bagging vibes is a great way to catch the above species. Look for bait on the fish finder then do long drifts in 3-5 m depth water.

Report 26/4/19

Due to weather conditions fishing sheltered waterways has been the best bet for getting amongst some fishing action on the Gold Coast and Tweed lately. The top end of the Coomera has had another flush out with plenty of fresh water moving down the river. Fishing has been good in the Coomera with the Maxwell family (see pictures in report) finding a good mixture of Mangrove Jack, Moses Perch and Flathead at the junction of the North and South Arms using WA Pilchards for bait. The water temp is still high enough to be holding like Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod and Trevally. Fishing rock walls around Sanctuary Cove and Hope Island with live baits like herring, garfish, silver biddies and mullet has produced some top quality Estuary Cod.

Some good sized Flathead have been caught during the past week, targeting deeper holes in the Tweed River, Nerang River, Pimpama River, Coomera River and Logan River has produced some good quality fish. Flathead are a great target species for land based fisho’s, find a nice stretch of bank with a few weed beds and a bit of a drop off and cast and retrieve a soft plastic or diving hard body lure. Live yabbies, bait fish or frozen baits like White Pilchards will work well, just have a cast and let your bait drift along with the tide, if you have no luck just move up the bait a bit and repeat the process. Once you find a Flathead hopefully there should be a few holding up in that area.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports the mid to upper reaches of the Tweed River is the place to be as most fish seem to migrate upstream as the weather gets cooler. There are some good schools of medium sized flathead taking the lures in the shallow areas of the river and schools of small Trevally busting up around the bridges on the tide changes. The bait should start schooling up in the deeper holes in the river.

Clint reports A week of mixed weather but the fish were biting well most of the time. Some great Tuskfish have been coming through, we’ve caught over 40 this week on our Broadwater Charters. Also big schools of winter whiting have been prominent, and are very aggressive lure takers and a lot of fun on light tackle. Some dinner plate size Flounder, Squid, small Snapper, Tarwhine and Grassy Emperor. Some great areas to fish with the lures are the keyhole opposite Seaworld, along Labrador, both sides of Carters bank, the edges of the channel both sides of Crab island, the reef and weed beds at Currigee.

Report 19/4/19

Bread and butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead are a great target option if you’re keen to chase a feed of fresh fish for Good Friday on the Gold Coast or Tweed. All these fish can be targeted by everyone either land based or if you have a boat or Kayak. Land based try Jacobs Well Jetty, Cabbage Tree Point Beach, Coomera River Highway Bridge, Santa Barbara, Jabiru Island, Paradise Point Jetty, Lands End Biggera Waters, Grand Hotel Jetty, Marine Stadium, Nerang River, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek and Tweed River. If you own a boat try around Currigee, Paradise Point, Wave Break Island, Nerang River, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Tweed River. I recommend using burley when targeting Bream, a pellet burley like Stimulate or Wilson Pellets will work well. The best bait for Whiting is worms, for Bream and Flathead try Prawns, White Pilchards, WA Pilchards, Mullet Fillet or Yabbies.

Customers reported schools of Tailor around the Gold Coast Seaway, Northern Channel near Currigee, Paradise Point, Pin Bar mouth, Tiger Mullet Channel and up Canaipa Passage this week on the run in tide. Also a few Tailor have been caught in the surf around Surfers Paradise, Main Beach Sea World and the Sand Pumping Jetty. Best baits were whole WA pilchards, White Pilchards and strips of Mullet Fillet. Towing Hard body lures is a good option & help to cover as much ground as possible to locate schools of Tailor. Once located, throwing metal slugs or surface lures should do the trick if they are feeding on the surface.

Sand Crabs have been around in good numbers throughout most of the main channels in the Broadwater and Jumpinpin this week. Usually placing your pots on the edges on the channel near the drop off will work well. At high tide the crabs have still been moving on top of the sandbanks in amongst the weed beds.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed River Now that the water temperature has dropped the flatties are starting to fire up in the deep holes and along the shallow sand and mud flats. Try using some Ecogear ZX blades and soft plastics in the deeper holes and try trolling some Pontoon 21 crackjack minnows along the shallow edges. Remember that the lures must be continuosly tapping the bottom when trolling when targeting flathead.

Clint reports Currigee and Runaway Bay were firing on yabbies, and Ecogear ZX40 blades smeared in Sax Scent goldprawn. Fish caught included good size Tuskfish, Whiting, Squid, Squire, Flounder, Flathead and Grassy Emperor. Areas that fished well were Lands End, Runaway Bay, the reef at Currigee and Biggera waters.

Report 12/4/19

Fishing offshore last weekend produced some quality Wahoo and a few Spanish Mackerel trolled up on hard body lures off the Tweed around Fidos and the Nine Mile. A few Spanish were also caught around Palm Beach Reef, Gravel Patch and 24 fathoms east of the Seaway on slow trolled live baits and lures. Out wide boats fishing the Gold Coast Game Fishing Club tournament did well taking advantage of a great run of hard fighting Blue Marlin tagging and releasing some fantastic fish.

Coomera Bait and Tackle customers have done well managing a good feed of Whiting this week, fish up to 40cm with plenty of good eating size fish around the 27 to 30cm mark. There is no shortage of Bream around stealing the worms before the Whiting have a chance. Fishing can be slow during the tide change but once the water starts to run the fish were biting regularly. If your targeting Whiting make sure you have a long leader up to 1 m long of 6lb fluro carbon, size 6 bait holder hook and either 4 – 5 ball sinker depending on the water depth and tide to keep the bait in the strike zone. If your sinker is to light you will catch Bream over Whiting. Coomera River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Nerang River and the Tweed River have fished well. Worms or yabbies are the bait of choice.

Banana Prawns have been a bit hit and miss this week, the best areas to look are from Cabbage Tree Point north to Macleay Island. We went for a look on Tuesday and ended up with about 3kg, the Prawns were very scattered and only active for about 30 minutes. Top of the tide has been the best time to look, keep an eye on the sounder and also other boats in the area casting nets. It’s great fun for the kids on school holidays as they love to help sort out the catch and have a go at casting the net.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed River not much has changed from last week’s report with the deep holes in the river still producing the goods. Trevally, Flathead, Bream, Tailor and the odd School Jew are hitting the Ecogear ZX40 lures worked along the bottom of the deeper holes. The surface fishing has gone quiet but once the water clears up it should pick up again.

Clint has been doing well on the Ecogear ZX40 vibes in the Nerang River fishing deeper holes close to slack tide producing some top quality Jewfish for his customers. The Broadwater is fishing well with a mixed bag of Snapper, Whiting Flathead, Flounder and Squid.

Report 5/4/19

As we gear up for the School Holidays it’s a great time to get the kids out of the house and go fishing. You don’t need to spend a fortune on rods and reels, a basic cheap kid’s combo we stock here at Coomera Bait & Tackle will do the trick. Keeping it simple will help keep the kids interested, fishing off a jetty near a playground is a good idea as they can have some time out if the fish aren’t biting. Paradise Point, Grand Hotel Jetty Labrador, Jabiru Island, Broadwater Parklands and Jacobs Well are some good spots to fish. For the kids, fun is the main idea, make sure you give them plenty of praise when they catch a fish. Bread and butter species like Bream, Tarwhine, Whiting, Garfish and Flathead can be caught from the shore or in a boat. A packet of Prawns, White Pilchards, Worms or Yabbies will work well. If you need advice just drop past and we can help you out.


With a bit of extra fresh water in the system targeting a Jew Fish in the Gold Coast Seaway or the Jumpinpin Bar will be a great option. Try fishing the tide changes on either high or low, best fishing will be an hour each side when the run slows and the Jew are in feed mode. Live baits like Mullet, Pike, Herring and legal Tailor will be irresistible to a hungry Jew Fish. Large soft vibes like Zerek Fish Traps or Soft Plastics like Zman Streakz on one ounce jig heads have been a favourite lure.


The fresh water has stirred up the bait in the local rivers in turn firing up the predators. Good quality GT, Golden and Big Eye Trevally have been around in good numbers smashing live baits like Herring, Garfish, Mullet and small Winter Whiting. Casting metal slugs, working small metal vibes or flicking soft plastics are all great options if you prefer using lures. We are still seeing plenty of smaller Mangrove Jack being landed which is great news.


Coomera Houseboat Holiday customers have been scoring some nice feeds of Sand Crabs, the tops of weed banks around high tide seem to be producing the best catches this week. Some good spots are the mouth of the North Arm of the Coomera River, Wave Break Island, Never Fails, Tipplers Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel and Canaipa Passage.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed River fishing the deeper holes this week using Ecogear ZX40’s and Atomic soft vibes has produced some Flathead, School Jew and Queen Fish. Flathead do not show on the sounder as they are partly submerged into the sand or mud bottom in the deep holes. Once bait is found they will usually be holding underneath and waiting in ambush.


Clint has been finding his customers some top quality fish including a hard fighting 68cm Golden Trevally (see photo in report) in the Nerang River fishing his favourite metal vibe lures. Tailor have been around in good numbers in the Seaworld Channel and are great fun on light tackle. Clint has also been scoring his customers some nice Whiting, Flathead and Squid. If you’re keen to have a fish on the Tweed River or Gold Coast give Brad Smith Fishing Charters a call.

Report 29/3/19

Good conditions last weekend saw lots of anglers heading offshore chasing a range of different species. For the sports fisho’s a good run of Black Marlin has continued fishing around spot X and the 50 fathom line east of the Seaway, a mixture of trolled skited lures and live baits have been productive with many boats catching multiple fish. Spanish, Spotty and School Mackerel have been around in good numbers, anglers did well at Mermaid Reef, Palm Beach Reef, Gravel Patch and the local 18 to 24 fathom reefs off the Seaway. Local fisho Wayne managed to get his deckhand Greg onto a 115cm Jewfish (see photo in report) whilst bottom fishing the 18 fathom area, there has been a good variety of species including Snapper, Moses, Tusk and Trag on offer. WA pilchards, Whole large Squid, Mullet Fillet, Tailor Fillet and Yakkas are all great baits to choose from. Hopefully the new SE wind change and increase in swell doesn’t hang around for too long.


Coomera Bait and Tackle customers did well scoring a nice feed of Banana Prawns from the Powerlines and the Logan River around the high tide last weekend and early this week. Hopefully we get enough rain to push the Prawns out of the river and they spread out more around Russell Island.

The hot humid days leading up to the SE wind change and rain stirred up the local Mangrove Jack population on the Gold Coast seeing some great quality fish landed in the Nerang River, Coomera River, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay and Logan River. Live baits like Mullet, Herring, Silver Biddies and Whiting work well enticing a bite. For the lure fisho soft plastics like Zman MinnoZ or Storm So Run Joker Shads have worked a treat.


Coomera Houseboat Holiday customers have managed a feed of Mud Crabs and a few Sand Crabs this week. Some of the better spots were Tiger Mullet Channel both eastern end near the feeder creek on Crusoe Island and western end feeder creeks near the Kangaroo Island reserve sign. Also Eden Island, Cobby Passage, Kouryabba, Logan River, Cabbage Tree Point, Jacobs Well, Never Fails, Coomera River both north and south arms. The good run should continue after the predicted rain.


Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed River after the rain we have received combined with the new showers on the way try finding and fishing the area where the dirty water meets the clear current on the run in tide for trevally, and the lower reaches is the place for flathead and bream. A few nice Mangrove Jack have also been crunching deep diving Atomic lures.

Clint has been catching his customers some quality Mangrove Jack on his night charters in the Nerang River on live Whiting. Daytime in the Broadwater Clint is finding his customers a good variety of species including Flathead, Whiting, Tailor and Squid.

Report 21/3/19

After such a dry spell on the Gold Coast rain is a much needed ingredient to help flush out the rivers and get the bait and fish on the move. We seem to get either feast or famine when it comes to rain lately but we will see the benefits of good fishing as we transition into autumn and focus on different species of fish to target.

My advice for fishing this weekend after the rain would be to look for colour changes in channels where the fresh water meets the salt, bait should be concentrated around these areas in turn attracting a mixed bag of predators. Fishing closer to the open ocean entrances like the Tweed Bar, Currumbin Bar, Southport Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar should be productive.

Mud Crabs have been around in good numbers after the rain with our Coomera Houseboat Holiday customers catching a nice feed after the flush out. The Coomera River, Pimpama River, Paradise Point, Never Fail Islands, Tiger Mullet Channel, Canaipa Passage and Logan River have all produced a feed. Mullet and fish frames make great bait, just move your pots regularly until you find where the Crabs are in better numbers.

Report 15/3/19

It was great to finally see a long overdue break in the weather for anglers keen to get offshore and chase pelagic species. The strong SE winds and swell of the past couple of weeks did the job and pushed in some quality warm water into the 18 to 24 fathom line, combined with stirring the bait up has seen some fantastic Spanish Mackerel being caught by lucky anglers. Good quality fish have been responding well to trolling a mixture of diving lures at first light rigged on a short piece of single strand wire. Once the bite slows down switching to slow trolled live Yakkas on a twin hook stinger rig has done the job well. Keep your eye on the sounder for bait schools, if the fish are deep just slow down to near a complete stop and let the baits sink enough for them to respond. A down rigger is a great option to run a bait deep to cover more area.

Coomera Bait and Tackle customer John Hutchesson had a great day fishing off the Tweed last weekend landing a 1.5m 20+ kg Wahoo (see photo in report) which took a hard body diving lure. The fish put in some blistering runs before John got the upper hand landing his awesome catch. Hopefully we will see some great pelagic action during the next couple of months.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays customers have scored a feed of Bream Flathead and Whiting from the Sandbanks and channels around Wavebreak Island, Crab Island, Coomera River, The Never Fails, Curtis Anchorage, North Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well around the shoals, Logan River and Canaipa Passage. Yabbies are great all round bait, the kids will have fun pumping them. I’d also recommend Worms, Prawns, White Pilchards and Mullet Fillet to catch a feed.

On the Tweed River Brad from Brad Smith Fishing reports Trevally are still marauding the bait schools around the tide changes particularly on the last of the run out and first of the run in tides. Flathead are holding in the deeper holes where the water is cooler on the bottom and the Bream and Whiting are still taking surface poppers over the shallow flats. Mangrove Jacks are favouring the very early morning and late afternoon tide changes through the middle reaches.

Clint has returned from a break and some boat maintenance and found his customers a good variety of fish this week. The Southern Broadwater has produced Whiting around the 30cm mark, Winter Whiting, Flounder and Flathead. The Gold Coast Seaway is producing a mixed bag including Maori Cod, Flathead and Snapper

Report 8/3/19


With a bigger swell still hanging around fishing inshore in protected waters has been the go this week. The big swell has stirred up the feed on the close reefs and pushed some nice sized Snapper into the Gold Coast Seaway, Broadwater and Jumpinpin areas giving anglers an opportunity to target these hard fighting fish in shallow waters. Drifting the Seaway, main channels or the Jumpinpin Bar mouth with live Herring, WA Pilchards or working Soft Plastic lures and Vibes has produced some larger Snapper than normal this week. We have also seen a few nice Grassy Sweetlips, Spangled Emperor, Tusk Fish and the odd Cod.

I spent Saturday afternoon dodging the showers of rain fishing in the Coomera River, we did well scoring 3 Mangrove Jack, 1 Estuary Cod, 1 nice Trevally and a big Bream using live Herring we cast netted in the river. Coomera Bait and Tackle customers have also done well scoring some nice Jacks, Trevally and Cod in the Coomera River, Nerang River, Logan River, Currumbin Creek and the Tweed River on a mixture of lures and live baits. Fish structure like Bridges, Pontoons, fallen Trees and Rock Walls where the bait and predators will be hanging out.

Our Houseboat customers have managed to hide out of the wind and score a few nice Flathead, Whiting, Bream, Sand Crabs and Mud Crabs this week. Good spots out of the SE winds have been Tiger Mullet both eastern and western end, Tipplers Passage, Coomera River North Arm, Pimpama River, Crusoe Island North Side, Slipping Sands and Coby Passage. Prawns and Yabbies have been a good all round bait for most species. White Pilchards are great for Flathead and for Whiting worms and also Yabbies have tempted some quality fish.

Report 1/3/19

After a wild weekend of strong winds and big swell thanks to Cyclone Oma it’s nice to see our weather pattern returning back to normal for the last week of Summer. Let’s see how the bad weather affected the fishing this week.

We were very lucky to have escaped the worst of Cyclone Oma over the weekend, gale force winds and big swell put a stop to most outdoor activates. Our Houseboat fleet remained tied to the jetty for safety for the weekend until they could venture back out on Monday as the weather eased.

Big tides due to swell surge over the weekend has stirred up the Mud Crabs this week, if we score some of the rain forecast the crabbing will just get better as we head into March. Houseboat customers did well this week, some good spots that produced a feed were Jacobs Well, Tipplers Passage, Rudy Maas, Kouryabba, Tiger Mullet Channel, the Neverfail Islands, Pimpama River and the Coomera River. Just work your pots around a bit in case the crabs are on the move.

Coomera Bait and Tackle customers reported a few Tailor showing up around Jumpinpin during the week towards top of the tide. The Pin Bar entrance, Crusoe Island, Bedrooms and the Mouth of Whalleys gutter all produced fish. Keep an eye out for surface action like splashing when the Tailor are feeding , also keep an eye on the sky for birds feeding on the bait fish and left over scraps. Surface lures and metal slugs worked at speed should attack a bite.

The bad weather didn’t seem to deter some anglers chasing Mangrove Jack in the rivers protected by the wind, live baits have been very productive in the Coomera River. The Rock walls near the Sanctuary Cove in the main river and then down the south arm have been producing some good Jacks, Estuary Cod and Trevally this week. Jabiru Island East towards Paradise Point is a good spot to try along with Sovereign and Ephraim Island as the wind eases. The Gold Coast Seaway has seen some Mangrove Jack action with the larger fish starting to school up and feeding before heading out to the reefs as the weather starts to cool down.

On the Tweed River Brad from Brad Smith Fishing reports Flathead are starting to respond well to trolled lures along the drop offs and the deeper holes are producing a few on plastics and Ecogear ZX40s. Trevally are still making random raids on the baitfish around the tide changes while bream and whiting are crunching surface lures over the shallow flats.

On the Gold Coast Clint has found some solid flathead around the 60cm mark for his clients around Paradise Point and Sovereign Island, on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax scent goldprawn flavour, and soft vibes and soft plastics in bloodworm colour. There are still some Squid, Whiting, Squire, Flounder, Tailor, and Trevally.

Report 21/2/19


At the time of writing my report the BOM are still a bit unsure of the movements of the big low pressure system hovering East of the Queensland cost and the impact on the wind and swell. Fishing this weekend will depend on just how strong the winds are.

The hot weather and humidity earlier in the week stirred up some quality Mangrove Jack , Estuary Cod and Trevally. Coomera Bait and Tackle customers have been finding some nice fish in the North Arm of the Coomera River at Bullock head creek, Jewel creek, the rock walls at Sanctuary Cove and around the Santa Barbara boat ramp. Other good spots to try are Sovereign Island, Ephraim Island, Local Canal Pontoons and Bridges around Runaway Bay and Paradise Point, Marina Mirage and Nerang River. Best baits are live Mullet, Pike and Herring. For the lure fishermen both soft plastics and hard body’s work well depending of the areas you are targeting.

Bull Sharks have been very active in the Coomera River, we have seen plenty of good sized Sharks free jumping at all hours of the day. The Logan and Nerang Rivers have been fishing well with plenty of good catches reported. Recommended rig for the average sized Sharks is a plastic coated wire between 50 to 100lb, either a circle hook or J hook between 6/0 to 10/0 and a medium to heavy spinning or overhead combo will do the trick. Fresh Water Eel and Mullet will make great bait.

Big tides this week combined with the full moon and the possibility of rain on the weekend will make targeting a feed of mud crabs worth a go weather depending. I have been catching a few good full crabs in the Coomera River between Santa Barbara and the railway bridge. Coomera Houseboat customers have scored a feed around Tipplers Passage, Brown Island, Jacobs Well, Curtis Anchorage, Cabbage Tree Point, Cobby Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel, the Neverfail Islands and the Pimpama River. Mullet is one of my favourite baits, using a bait bag and clip stops the smaller fish and pike eels from stealing your bait and increases your chances of catching more crab. Don’t forget to have your Crab pot and float clearly marked or Fisheries will confiscate your gear.

On the Tweed River Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has reported Trevally of all shapes and sizes are dominating the strike in the tweed at present. Schools of Tea Leaf, Diamond, Big Eye and Giant Trevally are demolishing the bait schools around the tide changes. The deep channels opposite the shallow sea grass flats are where we are targeting these line burning speedsters on surface lures this week. Keeping an awareness of any bird activity is the best way to find them and make sure that you position the boat upwind for a long cast back into the action.

Report 15/2/19


Local angler Wayne Young did well finding a few elusive Gold Coast Tarpon on an early morning trip with his mate Pete fishing the Broadwater using soft plastics. Tarpon are a hard fighting sport fish pound for pound, they regularly jump during the fight. Unfortunately they have a very abrasive mouth and will wear through the leader quickly. Tarpon are a pinnacle sportfish for some anglers with a poor eating quality and should be released to fight another day.

With a weekend forecast looking like we will see strong S/SE winds on the Gold Coast I’d recommend sticking to the local rivers and estuary’s if you’re keen to get on the water for a fish. The Coomera, Nerang and Tweed River have been consistently producing some great catches of Mangrove Jack and Trevally again this week. Kirsty Walter (see photo) did well landing a quality Trevally on a soft plastic in the upper reaches of the Coomera River.

Coomera Bait and Tackle customers have been doing well on a mixture of Zman Minnowz soft plastics and also live bait catching some top quality Mangrove Jack around the canal pontoons in the Coomera River, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay and Nerang River all the way up to Broadbeach.

Customers have been catching a feed of Bream, Whiting and Flathead around Wave Break Island, Brown Island, Coomera River, Dux, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Short Island and through Canaipa Passage. The mangrove lined banks are holding some nice Bream and try the edges of the Sandbanks on the run out tide for a Flathead. Try using Worms for Whiting and Yabbies, Prawns, White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet for Bream and Flathead.

On the Tweed River, Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been finding his customers a few Flathead in the deeper holes and on surface lures across the shallow flats, where Bream and Whiting have also showing up. Schools of baitfish are also being smashed by the local Trevally especially around the tide changes.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing charters reported the Gold Coast Broadwater continues to produce a variety of species on Ecogear ZX40 metal blade lures and Zerek Fish Trap soft vibes. The Seaway has produced a few nice Flathead, Flounder, Squire, Tarwhine, and Trevally. Clint has also been finding some big Kingfish using live Whiting for bait on the pipe line, unfortunately they could stop these Seaway brutes.

Report 8/2/19

Mud Crabs are a great option to target after a bit of rain, this week has seen a little more activity which is good news. Coomera Houseboat Holidays customer Kevin Sherring (see photo in report) managed to score a nice feed from the Coomera River. Catches are a bit inconsistent with a mixture of small and female crabs to pick through until you score some good sized bucks. Try the Coomera River both arms, Pimpama River, Logan River, Cabbage Tree Point, Tiger Mullet Channel, Cobby Passage, Jacobs Well, Canaipa Passage, The Neverfail Islands, Brown Island and Tweed River are producing a feed.

Trevally have been smashing bait schools in the Coomera River around River Links, young Akyah Attard (see photo in report) did a great job to land his hard fighting Trevally near the Highway Bride in the Coomera River. Other good spots to look are the Runaway Bay and Paradise Point canals and bridges especially the well light up ones at night that attract bait schools. Surface poppers and stick bait will work well. If the Jacks are a bit quiet it’s always good to know you have a chance at hooking a hard fighting Trev.

It’s that time of year to start looking for a feed of Prawns They can be fairly well spread out for now so searching a few different areas will be required. Try looking around The Powerlines, Rocky Point, Logan River, Russell Island, Macleay Island, Cabbage Tree Point and Jacobs Well.

A top pocket cast net is the best option as the net sinks the prawns are pushed in to a catch pocket in the top of the net, I recommend if you feel prawns in the net you need to pull on the rope a few times and that will make the prawns head into the top pocket. This makes emptying the prawns from the net an easy task then you can go straight back into casting at the school of prawns. We do have a few options of nets in stock at Coomera Bait and Tackle. Make sure you’re informed about the current rules about White Spot Disease
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On the Tweed Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been staying upstream chasing Whiting and Trevally on surface lures. He is also getting the odd mangrove jack near Chinderah. February and March are his favourite months for jacks as the bigger models begin to migrate downstream ahead of their permanent exodus at the end of summer to the open ocean.

Clint has been doing well finding his customers a good variety of fish in the Broadwater including Tailor, Barracuda, Queenfish, Moses, Flathead, Whiting, Squire, Flounder, and Tuskfish working Ecogear ZX blades and Zerek fishtraps being the lures of choice.

Report 31/1/19


Coomera Bait and Tackle regular Brett took his son Angus (see photos in report) for a night fish up the Nerang River and scored a great feed of quality Whiting up to 40cm in length. Brett was using worms for bait, a nice long rod to help with hooking the fish, an extra long 6lb fluoro carbon trace matched with a size 6 short shank bait holder hook and 4 ball sinkers to keep the bait in the bite zone. The Nerang has been producing consistent catches so far this Summer; other good spots to try are the Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Coomera River, Pimpama River and the Logan River. Using a second anchor out the back of the boat will stop you swinging around and make the presentation of your bait much more natural which intern should produce more fish.

Some quality Mangrove Jack have been landed in the Coomera River over the long weekend with Marinas around Hope Island and Coomera holding some big fish and a bit of bait. Try casting or trolling lures along the rock walls and pontoons. The Tweed River, The Nerang River, Runaway Bay Canals, Paradise Point bridges, Ephraim Island and Sovereign Island. Fishing with bait is a great way to temp a big Jack, also plenty of Estuary Cod and Trevally will respond to this method. Live Herring, Mullet, Garfish and Pike are fantastic bait, also Mullet Fillet and WA pillys will do the trick.

On the Tweed Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been finding some hard fighting trevally for his guests. They have been turning up around the shallow weed beds around Chinderah at high tide. There are some decent ones and a real thrill on surface lures and light tackle.

Once again the best options at the moment are targeting whiting on surface lures on top of sand banks at high tide, trolling for jacks along deeper rock walls, live baiting for them at night around structure, and tea bagging the deeper holes with vibes for flathead and bream.

Clint has been getting some great results for his charter guests on the Gold Coast Broadwater, catching and releasing over 100 fish some days, with a great range of species showing up. Some nice flathead have been appearing in the dirty water in canals where dredgers have been operating. In the Broadwater the big tides have stirred up some discoloured water. Species caught in the Broadwater on charters this week have included Flathead,Whiting, Tarwhine, Bream, Flounder, Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Grassy Sweetlip,Tuskfish, Barracuda, Pike, Queenfish, Squid, small Cobia, Mangrove Jack and Trevally.

Customers scored a few Mud Crabs this week, with a hint of rain on the forecast this weekend it will be a good time to get the pots in and chase a few. Jumpinpin has crabbed well during the week, Tiger Mullet, Whalleys Gutter, Eden Island and joining feeder creeks have produced the goods. Also have a look around Canaipa Passage and the Logan River. Down the Southern end the Coomera River, Pimpama River, The Never Fails and Brown Island are worth a go.

Report 25/1/19

I was lucky enough to be able to sneak offshore with my mate Wayne and daughter Bec last Sunday for a look for a few bottom fish off the Seaway. Bec ended up with the fish of the day landing a nice big Spangled Emperor, we also scored a few Trag, Squire, Maori Cod, Pearl Perch and a few other species including a bite off from a nice Spanish. The current was an issue around the 40 to 50m mark east of the Seaway making getting your baits to the bottom a bit hard, we ended up using an 8ball sinker to get amongst the fish. Closer in the 18 fathom reef was more fishable with less current.

There was plenty of Marlin action happening over the weekend with multiple boats hooking up to little Black Marlin anywhere from 20kg to 100+kg between the 36 and 50 Fathom depth line including Spot X which was holding good bait schools over the weekend. Trolling a pattern skirted lures like Pakula’s or slow trolling live baits on circle hooks is the best way to attract a bite. The main things you’re looking for is bait balls and fish on the sounder, temperature changes, current lines, fads like logs or debris and birds hovering or diving into the water. Usually spotting the above signs and combining some persistence will normally pay off with a strike and hopefully landing a Black Marlin.

Ben Russell sent in a pic to Coomera Bait and Tackle (see photo in report) of an awesome Gold Coast Barra measuring 120cm he caught and released while he was fishing for Jacks using live bait. During the hot summer moths the Gold Coast has consistently produced catches of Barramundi usually as bycatch when fishing for Mangrove Jack, the Coomera River and Nerang River and Jacobs Well are spots that have seen these illusive fish caught.
Coomera Houseboat Holiday customers have done well scoring a feed of Whiting from Canaipa Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel, Gold Bank, Cabbage Tree Point, Logan River, Jacobs Well Shoals, Wave Break Island and the Coomera River this week on Yabbies and Worms as bait. With the big tides just remember to use at least a 4 to 5 ball sized sinker to keep you bait on the bottom.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been putting his guests onto some solid whiting, bream, trevally, queenfish, and flathead using surface lures. The Tweed continues to produce the odd big flathead too in the deeper holes where it’s a bit cooler in this hot weather.

Clint recommends getting an early start with the extra holiday water traffic, there are some good fish around though and lots of variety. Clint has been getting his customers between 20 and 70 fish a day in the Broadwater. Species caught this week included Squire, Bream, Tarwhine, Flathead, Whiting, Grassy Sweetlip, Estuary Cod and Trevally.

Just keep in mind it will be extra busy out on the water for the Australia Day Long weekend, please show your fellow boaties and fishos some patience and courtesy and everyone will have a great time on the Gold Coast waterways.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

Report 18/1/19

Good numbers of quality Whiting have been caught this week, Coomera Bait and Tackle regular Wayne Young took his friends Ken and Amm up the Nerang for a fish during the week and scored a great feed (see photo in report). I also went for a look up the Pimpama on the weekend and found a few nice Whiting in the mid 30’s using beach worms the kids caught the day before over at the Spit. The Western side of Wave Break Island has also been producing good numbers of Whiting fishing the shallow banks with Yabbies that can be pumped in the same area. Some other good spots are the Coomera River North and South Arms, Logan River, Canaipa Passage, Bedrooms, Currumbin Creek, Tweed River and the Eastern end of Tiger Mullet Channel.

Mangrove Jack have been liking the hot weather lately with plenty of good sized fish hitting a mixture of lures and baits on the Gold Coast and Tweed. Local fisho’s Scott and his daughter Jayda have been doing well landing some fantastic Jacks using live Mullet for bait (see photo in report). When bait fishing it pays to have a fairly heavy drag set as they will hit like a freight train and try to drag you back into any nearby structure in the blink of an eye. Good fish have been showing up the Coomera River, Nerang River, Sovereign Island, Ephraim Island and Tweed River.

Finally some good news for anglers that enjoy chasing Mackerel, with a few Spanish starting to show up at the Gravel Patch and the odd Spotted being caught around Mermaid and Palm Beach Reef over the weekend. While the S/SE wind change kicked in the water cleaned up a bit, water quality can play a big part in finding fish, the E/NE winds we have been getting do affect the water quality. Spanish have responded well to slow trolled live baits and the Spotted have been hitting slow trolled WA pillys in pink skirts and also unweighted cubed pilchards fed back into a burley trail. Fingers crossed they are going to appear in better numbers in the coming weeks.

Another summer species that has been around in good numbers in both the Logan and Coomera River is the Bull Shark, locals have been having plenty of fun catching good numbers of smaller pups right up to larger adult Sharks with Fresh water Eel being the number one bait.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been catching good numbers of Bream and Squire fishing around the Gold Coast Seaway and Wave Break Island on Yabbies, Squid and metal vibe lures.

Brad has been fishing in the upper reaches on the Tweed River targeting the deeper holes and scoring his customers some quality Flathead. Brad is also doing well tempting plenty of Whiting on surface lures.

Report 10/1/19

Flathead are worth targeting on soft plastics, soft vibes metal blades and shallow diver or surface lures. Local angler Brett Doolan has done well finding some top quality fish for this time of the year in the shallow water around the high tide mark. You could try trolling small bibbed lures around the edges of Sandbanks on the run out tide, creek mouths and tops of sandbanks towards high tide. Work the area with your lures until you get a fish or a bite then concentrate on that area as there is normally a few fish to be found.

Despite the lack of good rain Coomera Houseboat Customers have been scoring a feed of Mud Crabs this week. Sand Crabs are also around in good numbers, target the deeper main channels on the Broadwater, Jumpinpin, Russell Island, Karragarra, and MacLeay Island. Some good spots to target Mud Crabs are the Coomera River North Arm and South Arm, Pimpama River, Tipplers Passage, The Never Fail Islands, Brown Island, Eastern Side of the Aldershots, Jacobs Well, Eden Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Tabby Tabby Island and Canaipa Passage.

Coomera Bait and Tackle regular Will Henderson has been scoring a few good Bass in the freshwater on the Rous River around Murwillumbah and Oxley River on the Tweed, Will said a lot of quality fish are coming off the top water with some great surface bite action. Will has also been finding a couple of solid Mangrove Jack working Zman Minnowz in Calico Candy around the Barneys Point Bridge and Terranora Lake.

Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been catching nice Tuskfish, Sand Whiting, Winter Whiting, Spangled Emperor, Grassy Emperor, Flounder, Bream, Tarwhine, and plenty of Squid in the past week in the southern Broadwater. Clint has been using metal vibes, yabbies and fresh squid.
Brad has been getting some big flathead despite the hot conditions, with bigger lures tempting them. The surface lures have been accounting for Whiting, Queenfish, Trevally and Flathead. Brad said the best areas to fish will be upstream of Chinderah, and the deeper holes where the water is a bit cooler and darker.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

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Good luck with the Fishing, Brett

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