Catches of flathead, bream and tailor on Gold Coast

We’ve had mostly light winds for the past week on the Gold Coast, except for strong W/NW wind last Saturday that made the daytime temperature rise to 29 degrees.  From Sunday onwards we have moved back into a more normal winter weather pattern, seeing the temp drop and a few nice fish biting.

Customers have been scoring some nice catches of Bream this week, good sized fish have been caught in reasonable numbers land based and from the boat. Some good land based spots are Paradise Point bridges and jetty, Coomera River next to our shop, Coomera River Bridge, Coomera Waters Jetty, Santa Barbara, Runaway Bay canal entrances, Lands End, Grand Hotel and foreshore rock wall, Gold Coast Seaway and Nerang River Bridge at Southport.  The local surf beach gutters are also fishing well for good sized Bream, Tarwine and a few Dart.  In the boat try the Coomera River, Paradise Point, Wave Break Island, Gold Coast Seaway, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel, Short Island, Crusoe Island, Cobby Passage and the Logan River Marks Rocks. Good baits to try are White Pilchards, WA Pilchard pieces, Prawns, Mullet Gut, Mullet Fillet, Herring and Yabbies.

Reports of a few Tailor being caught this week, the size of the fish have varied from small choppers around 30cm mark up to big Greenbacks 60+ cm long depending on your luck and the size of the fish in the school you find.  A few anglers have been chasing the schools of fish along the beach gutters by boat along South Stradbroke Island, this method is a great way to find the fish but is only for the experience boat driver as one mistake could be costly, these anglers have been throwing surface poppers and metal slugs with good results.  Fishing from the beach in gutters at night with whole WA pilchards has also been quite successful.  Trolling hard body lures, casting metal slugs, poppers and also drifting WA pilchards around the Jumpinpin Bar and Southport Seaway has been productive on the last of the run in tide.

With a return back to cooler temps offshore fishing this week has seen a few good Snapper caught on the local reefs along with a mixed bag of Trag, Jewfish, Tusk Fish, Moses Perch and Cobia making up the bulk of the catch.   The 36, 24 and 18 fathom areas have all been producing fish this week.  My best tip is to sound around until you can locate a good show of bait and fish, keep a burly trail going and mix up the size of the sinker you use to match the current.

Flathead have been responding well to Zman soft plastics, Zerek Fish Trap soft vibes, TT Switchblade metal blades, Zerek Tango Shad diving lures and baits this week with plenty of fish being caught. There seems to lots of little fish around at the moment with few bigger fish being showing up as well.  Most rivers like the Coomera and Logan have fished well, also try Tiger Mullet Channel, Canaipa Passage, Millionaires Row, Crusoe Island, Kalinga Bank, Jacobs Well, Curtis, Dux, Crab Island, Brown Island and Wave Break Island.

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Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast

At the time of writing my report the weekend is looking good with light S/SW winds forecast for Friday and Saturday before tending light W/NW Sunday. We may see the Northerly winds increase by Tuesday but the sun should shine all week.

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

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