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Paul Wilshire scored an awesome feed of Snapper off the Gold Coast.

First class snapper fishing on Gold Coast

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Mark Kathage with a nice winter Bream landed at Jumpinpin on his Houseboat Holiday.
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Ian Spellekan caught a Bream on his Houseboat Holiday at Jumpinpin.
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Dennis caught a nice Flathead along South Stradbroke Island with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, conditions  have been first class on the Gold and Tweed Coasts  giving anglers  nice weather for fishing offshore, inshore and land based. A bit of long overdue rain would be great for the local waterways to help give the system a flush out. We have a new moon on Friday bringing extra tidal flow with larger tidal ranges expected over the weekend. Let’s see what’s been happening.

Snapper fishing has been first class the past couple of weeks with all depths fishing well from 18 to 50 fathoms depending on current. Local fisho Paul Wilshire did well on Monday (see photo in report) scoring his bag limit of quality eating sized Snapper from the close reefs south east of the Seaway. Float lining lightly weighted baits is the best way to target Snapper, majority of the time they will hit the bait on the drop. This is the best feeling as an angler as the line starts peeling off the reel, it’s just a matter of closing the bail arm or engaging the reel into gear to set the hooks.

Snapper will feed fairly high in the water colunm especially if you have an effective burly trail going. My favourite bait is a WA Pilchard followed by whole large Squid, Mullet Fillet, Bonito Fillet, Tailor Fillet then live Yakkas. At the time of writing the report it looks like the weekend will be a bit windy for heading offshore, early next week is looking better. Just make sure you have the most up to date forecast before heading out to sea.

I took the kids out for a look last Saturday, we started in the Pimpama River and found a few small Flathead casting Zman StreakZ 4” on 3/8 TT Head LockZ jig heads. We then headed south towards Brown Island and started to work Eco Gear and TT Switch Blades along the channel until we reached the Currigee area. We scored a good variety of fish including plenty of Flathead, Flounder, Bream, Trevally and Squid. The best fishing was in the deeper water around 5m, this depth seemed to be holding a fair bit of bait.

Customers reported some quality Tailor from the Tweed and Gold Coast beaches this week, the tides were perfect with the evening high producing the prime bite time. Depending on wind and swell this weekend will also be great tides for night fishing.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed there is no doubt that the old saying “August is the windy month” is true with Westerlies being the dominant wind. In saying this we have had some great weather and the water temperature is on the rise which means i will be starting to do a bit more surface lure fishing in the near future. We have had the odd Bream rise and take the MMD splash prawns and Bassday Sugapens but no luck at this stage getting a Whiting or Flattie to rise off the bottom. The most consistent results have still been coming from trolling the shallows and fishing the bait schools in the deeper holes for Flatties. We did get on to a school of Trevally, Queenfish and Tailor over the weekend. Although they were all very small they did provide some fun on light gear. To catch these juvenile size fish is a healthy sign for the waterway with the big Giant Trevally usually arriving and destroying the bait population from October onwards.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports the average water temp increased this week and more bait fish present in the Gold Coast Broadwater. It looks like Jack season will start early and be a good long one, especially if we get some decent amounts of rainfall in Spring. We have been catching Tailor, Flathead, Flounder, the odd Squid, Bream, Tarwhine, Squire, and a few Ttuskfish on our charters this week. Our guests have enjoyed keeping a few for dinner. Best lures have been Ecogear ZX40 and Zerek Fish Traps. It pays to smear a drop of Sax scent goldprawn over your vibes to attract that return bite when fish miss the hooks.

The most consistent spot has been the area between South and North Currigee along South Stradbroke island, in the early mornings. An effective technique when the flathead are spread out like they are now is shallow water trolling. This helps firstly get a few fish on the boat, and secondly if they are schooled up it helps you find “nests” of feeding flathead. You can then stop and cast at them with lures.

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 offer 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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