Bec Clarke caught this quality Bream in the Coomera River.

Dodging wind the trick to successful Gold Coast fishing

Bec Clarke caught this quality Bream in the Coomera River.
Richard Price with a nice flathead caught on Brad Smith Fishing Charters in the Nerang river.

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, the trick to finding fish this week has been dodging the wind which seems to be hanging around. As school holidays kick off let’s have a look at a few options to get the kids out of the house and having fun.

It’s great to see heaps of family’s heading out with Coomera Houseboat Holidays to enjoy our fantastic local waterways we are blessed with on the Gold Coast during school holidays. Customers reported some nice Bream, Whiting and Flathead landed this week and they are a great target species for the kids to chase.

With so much technology at your kid’s fingertips it’s just nice to get back to basics and enjoy some quality time fishing either land based, off a beach or jetty or out in the boat.  Land based fishing on the Gold Coast is very popular with younger kids as you can access beaches and facilities.  A basic kid’s combo with a running sinker rig will do the job, Prawns, Worms and Yabbies are great bait.

The kids love pumping Yabbies and you will find a large number of fish species to catch. Some good spots to try are Coomera River, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Southport, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well.   Good luck kids make sure you send in your Fishing Photos and we will share them for you.

Jason from Coomera Bait & Tackle managed to sneak out offshore last Saturday morning early before the dreaded N/NW kicked in. He fished the Diamond Reef area 24 fathoms off the Seaway for a great mixed bag of Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tusk Fish, Moses and good sized Trag. His method was to sound up a good show of fish before anchoring up and getting a good burley trail going. Float lining wa pilchards and large whole squid did the trick. Weather windows to sneak offshore have been a bit limited lately due to the weather, just make sure you have the latest forecast before you head out.

Customers have reported some good catches of Whiting so far during September, my mate Brett took his son Angus (see photo in report) for a fish up the Nerang river and came up trumps with a great feed of Whiting, well done young fella great to see. Generally the rivers like Logan, Coomera, Pimpama and Nerang will fish well this time of year, worms and yabbies are the best bait.

Clint form Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been fishing the Broadwater area around Runaway Bay south to the mouth of the Nerang River using a mixture of soft and metal vibes this week. He has done well for his customers scoring a nice mixed bag of Flathead, Flounder, Tusk Fish, Squire and Whiting.

Good luck to all the teams fishing the Gold Coast Sport Fish Club Flathead Classic that kicks off Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th of September.

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 strong SE winds Friday before easing back to moderate on Saturday. Sunday looks like the pick on the weekend with winds tending light NE direction. I always recommend 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

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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  1. Hy guys just wondering if the ZEREK TANGO SHAD can be fished from land based or does it have to be trolled from a boat Regards Graeme.

    • Hi Graeme, Thanks for your question and sorry for the late reply (have been away fishing the Flathead Classsic and on holidays). The Tango Shad can be fished land based or cast and retrieve from a boat. Obviously if it is very windy it will be hard casting into the wind, but if you can get the wind behind you it will obviously be beneficially. Also depending what sort of structure you are fishing (deep or shallow, edges, drop offs, banks etc) it would be worth considering the depth of lure to use. There is a new Tango Shad that dives to 1m (although we managed to get it deeper than that at the Classic on light line). So yes, can definitely be fished land based. That said they are really good trolling lures, but even when trolling we mix up the acting by adding pulses, twitches, pauses. These techniques can also be used when casting the lure. Point of interest – the Coca Cola colour (not official colour name but the one we call it – dark red and silver) did a far bit of the catching at the Classic. Hope this helps. Ben

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