anglers getting stuck into flathead

Anglers getting stuck into flathead on Gold Coast

The first week of September has seen a return of warm NW winds with a mix of W/SW and Sunshine on the Gold Coast. We have plenty of Houseboats out enjoying the fishing this week, let’s see what’s been biting.

I have noticed a few local anglers getting into targeting Mangrove Jack the last couple of weeks in the Coomera River, with the air temp being warmer than normal this time of year it’s defiantly worth a look. I have heard of a few Jacks being caught which are a good sign as we leave the cooler weather behind us. If you’re keen to go for a look try targeting the pontoons around Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island up river towards Gold Coast City Marina. Also try the highway bridge and pontoons around River Links, it will be a matter of moving around and puting in plenty of casts to see what’s around.

The Reef fishing is a bit hit and miss this week on the Gold Coast when it comes to a consistent Snapper bite in the morning on the local 18 & 24 fathom reefs, some fantastic quality fish are being caught just not in numbers. Better numbers of Snapper have been landed on the 36 & 50 fathoms reefs, float lining is still the preferred method in the deeper water to temp a better quality fish. Customers have also been catching a few Trag Jew, Tusk Fish, Mauri Cod, Jew Fish, Pearl Perch, and Moses Perch.

The Surf beaches have produced some good catches of Tailor this week. South Stradbroke Island and the Beach front from Narrow Neck to the Spit including the Sand Pumping Jetty have seen nice Tailor moving in to the gutters to feed.  Whole WA pilchards on gang hooks have worked well, I don’t use a wire trace unless the fish are thick as you get a lot more bites on a mono trace, you may lose the odd fish to bite offs. Casting metal slugs and surface poppers can be very productive and also a fun way to target Tailor.

Customers have been getting stuck into some quality Flathead this week. I was lucky enough to sneak out last weekend and found some nice Flathead on Soft Plastics around the Never Fail Islands and Tipplers area. There have been plenty of boats out pre fishing for the Flathead Classic later this month. While targeting Flathead there has been plenty of Tailor getting stuck into the schools of White Pilchards as well.  Extra big low tides has made finding fish in the gutters and drop offs a bit easier, on high tide you will have to cover more ground to find fish, they will sit in as little as a foot of water if there is bait to be had on the tops of sandbanks. Jumpinpin has fished well around Kalinga Bank, Bedrooms, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Eden Island, Jacobs Well and Cabbage Tree Point. The Broadwater has also been holding Flathead around the Never Fail Islands, Aldershots, Brown Island, Crab Island, Wave Break Island and the Gold Coast Seaway. The North and South arms of the Coomera River, Pimpama River and Logan River have also been worth a look

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.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays/Coomera Bait & Tackle now have Hire Tinnies follow the link to view

Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast

At the time of writing my report the weekend is looking pretty good with a mixture of light to moderate winds on the way. Friday will see S/W to NE winds the tending SE on Saturday and Sunday Make sure you have the most up to date forecast before heading out on the water.

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

Coomera Bait & Tackle operates with Coomera Houseboat Holidays. We are open 7 days a week offering a great range of Fishing Tackle Gold Coast for our local area as well as bait & ice. We have the experience and local knowledge to get you out catching fish in no time. We offer off street parking and also a courtesy jetty for customers arriving by boat. Call 07 5502 6200

Coomera Houseboat Holidays Website

Coomera Bait & Tackle Facebook page

Coomera Houseboat Holidays Face Book page

About Coomera Houseboat Holidays

84 Shipper Drive Coomera QLD 4209 P: 07 5502 6200

Check Also


Sunshine Coast – weekly fishing report

Welcome to this week’s Sunshine Coast Fishing Report. Unfortunately, we’ve had another week of heavy …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *