signals bream and snapper
Steve Lazzaro landed a quality Snapper on the 24's off the Gold Coast

Cool weather signals bream and snapper on Gold Coast

Rodney Taylor with a hard fighting Morwong caught in the Broadwater
Izaac with one of many Flathead he caught on a charter with Brad Smith Fishing Charters
Adrian Brookhouse with nice Yellow Fin Tuna caught off the Gold Coast Seaway

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, well it looks the nice run of weather has come to an end. We will have a bit more wind and rain hanging around for the weekend and into next week. Lucky we have some good spots to hide in the Tweed and on the Gold Coast to get out of the wind and catch some nice fish. Let’s see how the fishing has been.

A few cool winter’s nights signals bream season, with customers finding some quality fish the past few weeks. Bream are great fish for the kids to target as they will keep the little ones occupied and you can teach them the skill of how to land a fish. Depending on the areas you fish Bream are usually hunting and feeding on schools on White Bait throughout the Tweeds River, Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Some good spots to try your luck are Short Island, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalleys Gutter, Jacobs Well, Dux, Wavebreak Island, Paradise Point, Logan River and Tweed River.  Land based anglers have multiple choices which all produce good catches of Bream, try the Grand Hotel Jetty, Lands End at Biggera Creek, The Southport Bridge, Hope Island Bridge, Paradise Point Jetty and Coomera River highway bridge.  Bream love structure and land based anglers have a great advantage with so many rock walls and jetty’s that can be easily accessed. When fishing for Bream a good burly trail is a must, keep your baits close to the snags or rock walls where the fish school up.  Fishing line of around 8lb and also 8lb fluro carbon trace will work for most areas, just adjust the sinker size to suit the area and tides you fish.  I recommend a bait holder hook around size 2 – 4 depending which bait you are using, they are a good choice to keep the bait looking more natural.  I like to use Prawns, Mullet Fillet, White Pilchards, Mullet Gut or Yabbies.

Offshore fishos have had a great run of weather landing some top quality fish. Staff member Adrian and his mate Steve had a great morning on the 24 fathoms grounds east of the Seaway scoring a mixed bag including a great sized Snapper and a quality Yellow Fin Tuna (see photos in report). Reports of big Jewfish from 15+kg have been coming in consistently the past week, the best time to target these fantastic fish has been late afternoon into the early evening. Collect your live baits like Yakkas, Slimy’s or Pike, find a good rock holding bait to anchor on and float line your live baits until you get slammed. Snapper numbers should increase as the water temp starts to cool off, early morning and late afternoon are prime time to target a feed.

Flathead are starting to dominate catches through the estuaries of the Tweed and Gold Coats, best time to target a Flathead is a falling tide. Target the edges of sandbanks and drains as they will be lying in wait as the bait moves off the shallows as the tide falls. I prefer to throw soft plastics like  Zmam 3 inch MinnowZ or 4 inch curl tailz in these areas rigged on a 3/8 or 1/4 ounce jig head tied to  12lb fluro carbon trace.

Fisho Tackle customers have been scoring a great feed of Sand Crabs from the channels near Wave Break Island, Aldershots, Never Fail Islands and Canaipa Passage.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports Flathead are still dominating the catch rate in both the Nerang and Tweed river systems which is not a bad problem to have as an angler. There has been a few Whiting taking our lures but the size of the fish have not been big as have the Bream which have been slow to start this season in both size and numbers.

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.

Fisho Tackle and Coomera Houseboat Holidays 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

Fisho Tackle operates with Coomera Houseboat Holidays.  We are open 7 days a week offering a great range of Fishing Tackle on the 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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