fish spread out gold coast
Max with a solid Grunter from the Nerang River on Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

Fish spread out on Gold Coast

fish spread out gold coast
Jason Thaw with a quality Jumpinpin Mangrove Jack.
fish spread out gold coast
Jamie Nicholson with a cracking Jew Fish caught off the Gold Coast during School Holidays.
fish spread out gold coast
Lana Grieve caught a nice bream on her Houseboat Holiday.

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, good news for everyone the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend is looking good with plenty of sunshine on the way. School Holidays has been a busy time on the waterways with lots of people enjoying time outside Gold and Tweed Coasts. Let’s have a look at some fishing options.

Exciting times this week with hundreds of anglers out competing in the Gold Coast Sports Fish Club 2019 Flathead Classic. Conditions have been pretty tuff leading up to kick of Wednesday 2/10/19 with plenty of weed clogging up normally productive fishing areas. I will have more details how everyone went in next week’s report.

It’s good to see a few local anglers have started to target Mangrove Jack around the Gold and Tweed Coast as the days get longer and the weather warms up. A few good spots to look are the Coomera River, Tweed River, Currumbin Creek, Logan River and Nerang River. Targeting structure like jetties, pontoons, moored boats, bridges and rock walls in the search for a Red Bruiser. Zman 3” & 4” minnows in Pearl White & Red Calico Candy seem to be a favourite choice in the river. Just keep on casting and varying your retrieve and eventually you will be rewarded. Fishing live baits is very rewarding and productive if they are not looking at your lure. Herring, Garfish, Silver Biddies and Mullet will all get crunched by a Jack. Bycatch like Estuary Cod and Trevally will be a bonus whilst searching for a Jack.

Customers have had some fun this week making the most of School Holidays catching some nice Bream and Whiting around Jumpinpin and the Southern Broadwater. Yabbies, Worms and Prawns have been the go to bait producing some quality fish. Some good spots are Canaipa Passage near the mouth of Cobby Passage, Short Island Huts, Slipping Sands, Crusoe Island, Gold Bank, Eden Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Coomera River either North and South Arms, Paradise Point, Crab Island and Wave Break Island. Land based try Paradise Point, Esplanade at Runaway Bay, Grand Hotel Jetty, Sundale Bridge, Marine Stadium, Nerang River and Jacobs Well.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed the water in the Tweed River is probably the clearest I have seen it due to the obvious lack of much needed rain. At times like this the fish spread out and are happy to move well upstream with the high salinity levels. Trolling is a great way to go when the fish are spread out as trolling allows you to cover a lot of ground. Flatties have been the main player while trolling with a few small Bream and Whiting taking the pontoon 21 lures as well. This could be a good season for Giant Trevally as they normally start their campaign from October onwards but we have caught the odd small one while trolling and have seen some bigger models busting up the baitfish.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports the water is now around 24 degrees in Nerang River and the Mangrove Jacks will be getting active, especially with warmer days and muggy, stormy nights. With the lack of bait around the Jacks will be hungry.

In Nerang River our charter catches have consisted of school Flathead, good size Spotted Grunter, Bream, and a few small Jewfish. Best spots to fish have been the deeper holes and also the canals off the main river. On the Gold Coast Broadwater there are school Flathead, Squid, Tarwhine, small Trevally, Bream, Flounder, Cod, and Whiting. Best areas have been all around Crab Island and the main channel around Southport. For Jacks try Mullet and Whiting fillets in the evenings around the tide changes and near structure. Make sure you use strong hooks like Mustad hoodlums or the jacks will straighten them for you.

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

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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