Hi everyone, hope you have all had a good week. The weather has certainly come good this week, with nice conditions on offer seeing mostly light wind and only a few showers, making heading out on the water much nicer than last week’s heavy rain fall. The water quality has been on the improve thanks to some very large tides this week, pushing plenty of clean ocean water into the system on the incoming tide. At the time of writing my report, the weekend was looking good with light wind, the chance of a shower or two and a smaller swell. Just make sure you have the latest forecast before heading out on the water. Let’s have a look at a few options as we head into the weekend. Gold Coast Coomera fishing
Finding some clean water to fish this week has been the key to anglers’ success around the Broadwater and Jumpinpin, with some good catches being reported. The main deeper channels close to the Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar entrances have been holding good schools of bait and in turn a variety of species of predators have been landed in these areas as they hunt for a feed. Reports of tailor, dart, bigeye trevally, giant trevally and a few good-sized school jewfish have been the main species local fishos have landed this week. The incoming tide has produced the best results with the clean ocean water that has been pushed in by southerly wind last weekend working its magic. Once the tide starts to run out, the water quality gets fairly bad, with plenty of freshwater run-off making its way out of the local rivers. Try drifting the main channels on the last couple of hours on an incoming tide, I recommend working a variety of soft plastics, soft vibes and metal vibes around the bait schools – this method will work well as the fish fire up closer to the bite time around the top of the tide change. Drifting live bait will also work well – herring, silver biddies, garfish, mullet or pike are all good bait types, depending on what you can catch. Gold Coast Coomera fishing
Whiting are still a good option to target if you’re chasing a nice feed and an incoming tide has been the best time to target these fish in the rivers, and local fishos have been scoring some good catches this week. Once the tide starts to run out and the dirty water shows up, unfortunately so do the undesirable by-catches of catfish and heaps of under-sized bream that are being flushed out of the system. The Nerang, Coomera and Logan rivers, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Bedrooms and Wave Break Island are some good areas to have a look around. A light whippy estuary outfit is all you need, run 6-9lb main line, a long 6lb fluorocarbon leader, 3-5 ball sinker and a size 6 short-shank baitholder hook if you are using worms or size 2-4 long-shank bait holder hooks if you are using yabbies. A good tip is to leave the rod in the holder and let the fish bite as they will normally hook themselves. If you are tempted to strike at the fish, you will nine times out of 10 pull the hook away and not hook the fish. Live bloodworms are the best bait followed by beachworms and yabbies. Gold Coast Coomera fishing
Some good hauls of mud crabs have been taken this week throughout the Broadwater, Jumpinpin, the Logan River and Russell Island areas, which is a great sign as we get closer to Christmas and you’re on the lookout for some fresh seafood for dinner. The extra big high tides this week, combined with the freshwater run-out still moving its way out of the rivers, have created some good crabbing conditions. Finding productive areas is a matter of putting out a few test pots in different areas and depths of water until you manage to find consistent numbers of crabs. It does pay to try and stay in the general area, as other people may be tempted to check your pots and borrow your hard-earned catch. When crabbing I will take a fishing rod and have a fish around the same area. Similar spots as last week will all produce good numbers of mud crabs throughout the season, depending on the current conditions. You can try your luck around the north arm or south arm of the Coomera River, the Pimpama River, Paradise Point, Brown Island, Aldershots, Tipplers Passage, Canaipa Passage, the Never Fail Islands, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point and the mouth of the Logan River will all be worth a try. Best types of bait are mullet, eel or fresh fish frames. Make sure you change your bait regularly because mud crabs prefer a fresh bait and will not respond as well to smelly old bait left in the pot for a few days. Gold Coast Coomera fishing
Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports there have been plenty of dolphinfish around all fish aggregating devices and also good numbers of snapper, pearl perch and yellowtail kingfish. Good to see a few black marlin start to show up along the 50-fathom line and after the southerly wind, that the water has cleaned up out there.
Stay up to date with all fishing regulations in Queensland https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries
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Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/
Good luck with the Fishing.