Bec Clarke with her winning whiting from the 2020 Pirtek Fishing Challenge.

Broadwater fishing report March 27

giant trevally Nerang River
Mick scored the nice giant trevally in the Nerang River on a Brad Smith Fishing Charter. Fish was released.
Young Freddy Gourlay landed this great flathead in the Nerang River.
Tusk fish
Rodney Taylor with a quality eating tush fish

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

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.

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

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  1. Thanks for the report

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