After a windy weekend, it was nice to see the S/SE wind ease on Wednesday on the Gold Coast, which gave anglers a chance to get out on the water chasing fish for a feed. With light winds and a small swell, heading offshore will be a good option for Friday. Let’s see how the fishing for the Labour long weekend is looking.
For anglers lucky enough to head offshore on Friday, 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. Try float lining whole WA pilchards and whole large squid, watch your sinker size and try to present your bait more naturally by not dropping it too quick. A good quality Snapper will often be feeding higher in the water column and nail your bait on the drop. 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.
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. Trolling hard body lures like Zerek Tango Shads can be a great option to find the fish. Casting soft plastics around the 3 to 5 inch with a 3/8 or 5/8 jig head will be very productive, also working Metal or Soft Vibes in 1/2 to 3/8 of an ounce in the deeper water will do the trick. Trace line around 10 to 14lb depending on lure size is recommended as they have a very rough mouth and can rub through your line even after a small fight.
Customers have scored a feed of Sand Crabs and a few Mud Crabs this week from the Broadwater and Pin areas.
Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any reports please let us know how you went.
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Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/
At the time of writing my report the forecast looks like we will see light NW/N winds on Friday for the start of the Labour Day Long Weekend before the winds tend SE on Saturday and strengthen until at least Monday. We are lucky to have some good spots out of the wind to hide and catch a feed over the weekend on the Gold Coast.
If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck with the Fishing. Brett
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