change of season
Bec Clarke caught and released this nice GT in the Coomera River.

Change of season kicks in on Gold Coast

change of season gold coast
Kai caught this 68cm Golden Trevally with Brad Smith Fishing Chaters at the Nerang River.
Angus Gover landed a nice Flathead on his Houseboat Holiday.
Rodney Taylor with a Grassy Sweetlip from the Broadwater.

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, the beginning of April has seen a big drop in the day and night time temperatures signalling a change of season is upon us. More welcome rain has stirred up some quality fish on the Gold Coast. As School Holidays are about to kick off let’s have a look at some fishing options.

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 of choice.

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.

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.

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

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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