cool winds gold coast
Bec Clarke with her big jewfish caught fishing offshore on the Gold Coast.

Cool winds, hot fishing on Gold Coast

cool winds gold coast
Brett and Bec Clarke with a couple of nice jewfish caught offshore on the Gold Coast.
Will Henderson with a maori cod caught off the Tweed.

Hi Everyone, after a great weekend on the Gold Coast the cool winds have shown up this week dropping the night time temp. The cooler weather has been great for anglers chasing Tailor with reports of good numbers of fish starting to show up.

Light but cool winds and no swell last Saturday was a blessing for everyone keen to head offshore and chase a feed of reef fish off the Gold Coast and Jumpinpin. I was lucky enough to head out with my mate Wayne and my daughter Bec for a look around the 18 fathom area off the Gold Coast Seaway. Lots of other anglers had the same idea with plenty of boats trying their luck. We found a bit of bait and a show of fish on the sounder so we anchored up and started a burley trail, not long after Bec hooked and landed a cracking 1.23m Jew Fish. Wayne was next landing a big Jew Fish the same size and I also managed a Jew going 1.10m making a great start to the day. We also caught some quality Moses, Squire, a few small Pearl Perch and some large Morwong that put up a great fight. We found whole WA pilchards worked well on the Jew Fish over live bait during the day and we also used a mixture of whole large squid and mullet fillet. We had a fantastic day seeing plenty of Whales traveling north that put on a great show. My mate Scott fished offshore off the Tweed on Saturday and caught some great Spangled Emperor and Squire putting together a nice feed. Just keep in mind a little bit of courtesy goes along way with fellow anglers, when anchoring or fishing next to someone keeping a reasonable distance away would be the nice thing to do. It’s a big ocean out there.

Reports of some good Tailor being caught from the surf beaches is great news for anglers that enjoy targeting a feed. Locating a good gutter is the key to success off the beach then timing your fishing around the last 3 hours of the incoming tide is a good time to try your luck, even better if the high tide is just after dusk or before dawn. Using a set of 3 gang hooks and a whole WA pilchard is a traditional method and will also account for a few nice Jew Fish as bycatch. Another popular method is to throw metal slugs and retrieve them at a fast pace and the Tailor usually can’t resist if they are in feed mode. Matching the hatch is important which means finding the right size and weight metal slug to use, usually you will have success on either a 20, 40 or 60 gram lure. Hopefully the swell should drop for the weekend and the beach fishing will be great. You can try the beaches around Burleigh Heads, Narrow Neck, Main Beach, and Mirage north to the Seaway pumping jetty. Houseboat customers have also caught some nice Tailor around Jumpinpin during the week, Tiger Mullet Channel, Crusoe Island, Bedrooms and Canaipa Passage have fished well on the incoming tide, keep an eye out for birds feeding on bait fish and the Tailor should be in the area.

We had a few Houseboats spend some time around the Huts at Short Island during the week, they managed plenty of good quality Bream which is a great sign as we head into prime time for Bream on the Gold Coast. Fishing at night produced good numbers of larger fish. Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well, Cobby Passage and the Logan River have all fished well. Land based anglers need to fish around structure like Bridges, Rock Walls or Jetty’s for best results, lucky we have plenty of these areas on the Gold Coast. The Nerang River is a good spots for land based anglers to explore the many public parks that back onto the river.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters have reported another good week landing plenty of nice Flathead around the Southern Broadwater, Nerang River and Tweed River.

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

At the time of writing my report the forecast looks like we will see another good weekend on the way. Friday and Saturday will see moderate S/SE winds which will ease by Saturday afternoon. Sunday looks like the best day with light SW winds and a smaller swell. Just make sure you have the latest weather report before you head 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

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