Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, it’s nice to see a bit more stability in the weather giving us as little break from the hot Northerly winds on the Tweed and Gold Coasts. The Northern end of the Coast coped a hammering from hail last Sunday including myself out fishing with the kids, we had a bit if rain but we just need more consistent rain to refresh everything. Let’s see what’s been happening this week.
I headed out last Sunday with the kids to look for a Coomera River Mangrove Jack land based. There was plenty of Mullet and Herring around, making gathering live bait pretty easy. Fishing was a bit quiet until after we got hammered by hail and rain, once the sun came out the humidity peaked and we got a few bites. The Jacks were a bit tentative on the live baits so I decided to butterfly a mullet and got slammed, after a good fight and seeing the 60cm+ Jack a few times I unfortunately got busted off by a snag before we could land it. My daughter Bec did well landing a hard fighting 46cm Coomera River Mangrove Jack (see photo in report) using Herring for bait the next day. There are plenty of land based options from the Tweed to the Northern Gold coast. Google maps are a great way to pick an area to target. Just look for structure like Jetties, Rock Walls or Bridges and put in the time and effort am I’m sure you will get lucky. We also have seen plenty of Trevally smashing bait throughout the Coomera River on a daily bases this week.
Young Jai had a great Houseboat Holiday (see photo in report) catching a quality Bream in the mouth of the Coomera river, it’s great to see the smile on the kids faces after landing a fish they will remember for years to come. Catches of some nice bread and butter species like Bream, Whiting and Flathead have been have been reported by customers from the middle reaches of the Tweed River, Nerang River, Paradise Point, Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Canapia Passage, and the Logan River.
It’s that time of year when focus turns to targeting Bull Sharks, we have seen plenty free jumping in the Coomera River and the main Broadwater the past couple of weeks and we have also landed a couple in the main Coomera up to the 1.2m in length. For targeting the average sized Sharks you really only need a medium sized rod around 7ft long matched with a 5000 to 6000 sized reel, 20lb line and trace up to 100lb will work fine. Either a circle or J hook around 7/0 should work well baited with a piece of Fresh Water Eel, Catfish or Mullet are all good options. You can target Sharks during the daytime or night time quite successfully. Some good spots are the Coomera River, Nerang River, Main Broadwater Channel, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well, Logan River, Upper Reaches of the Tweed River and Tallebudgera Creek.
Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed conditions this week have been a bit tricky with strong winds blowing most days and an influx of cornflake weed being pushed in around the river mouths. Finding protected areas well upstream allowed us to do some deep and shallow water trolling for some Flathead, Bream, Whiting and a few small GT’S. When the tidal conditions suited we took advantage of it and started casting some mmd Splash prawns and caught a few Whiting and Bream on the surface which was great fun.
Clint from the Gold Coast reports this week featured mixed wind directions and temperatures. In such conditions we do need to cover a lot of ground to find where the bait and fish are holding to keep our guests entertained. David and his six year old son Mathew booked a Nerang river charter with me. Matty clearly out fished us, catching 20 fish for the day including some nice Whiting, Bream and Trevally. I like the look of the air temperatures in the week ahead. When the day time raises to around 30 degrees Celsius and night time only drops to around 20, the Jjacks will get more aggressive and fishing for them will be more consistent, as will the fishing for big Whiting. In the Broadwater there will still be some strong run. Get out there early to take advantage or the optimum fishing time. Let’s hope we get some rain at some point and lighter winds soon to provide some relief to all those suffering from the bush fires.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck with the Fishing. Brett