Fishing for Flathead on the Gold Coast

We’ve had a busy School Holidays on the Gold Coast with our Houseboats being fully booked.  The Labour Day Long Weekend and the Flathead Classic were blessed with fantastic weather.  It was a nice start to the week before the strong Southerly change moved in to stir things up.

Customers that fished the Flathead Classic on the Gold Coast reported mixed water conditions and catches over the 3 day event.  A total of 551 competitors fished the 22nd year of the comp catching and releasing an impressive 5786 Fathead over 3 days.  A full run down of places can be found on the Flathead Classic facebook page.  It was a great comp for Team Zerek finishing 2nd & Team Wilson finishing 3rd overall, great fishermen with local knowledge using a quality product that catches fish.

If you’re chasing a Flathead I’d recommend locating the bait schools and fishing the Jumpinpin Bar entrance in the deeper water, Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Green Bank, Bedrooms and Canaipa Passage and the Gold Coast Seaway.  The Northerly wind has made the water dirty in spots so fishing closer to the ocean entrances on the incoming tide will pay off.  You will still find nice Flathead on most sandbanks, creek mouths and gutters throughout the Broadwater.

Some more good spots to try are Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Tipplers Passage, Pimpama River, Coomera River, Crab Island, Wave Break Island, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay and Labrador beaches.  The new Zerek Fish Trap soft vibes are a great choice, Soft Plastics, TT Metal Blades and trolling Hard Body Lures are all good options.

Live Yabbies, White Pilchards, WA Pilchards and Mullet Fillet are good baits to use on the drift.

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Our Houseboat customers caught some good sized Whiting and Bream off the sandbanks east of Cobby Passage over the long weekend, Tiger Mullet Channel, Green Bank, Tipplers Passage, Jacobs Well and the Coomera River also fished well.

Some nice Jew Fish and Trevally have been caught in the Pin Bar and on the pipeline in the Seaway this week.  You will also find Trevally harassing bait fish around the local bridges and canals around Paradise Point, Runaway Bay and the Nerang River.

We’ve had reports of some nice Snapper, Trag, Cobia, Jew and mixed reef fish being caught on 18 to 24 fathom reefs off the Seaway early this week.  As the water temp increases we will start to see some Pelagic action with Mackerel, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin Fish and a few little Black Marlin start to show up as we head towards Summer.

At the time of writing my report it looks like we will see strong Southerly winds Friday.  By Saturday the wind will tend Easterly and ease for a good weekend, Sunday will be the pick of the days.

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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