Gold Coast prawns, crabs and jacks

Customers have had a good week getting stuck into plenty of Prawns, Mud Crabs and a few nice Mangrove Jack on the Gold Coast this week. Let’s have a look at some options for the weekend ahead.

Banana Prawns have been showing up in good numbers around Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point, Power Lines, Russell Island and Karragarra this week, our Houseboat Customers and locals have been scoring a great feed casting top pocket nets into the schooling Prawns. If you’re new to the sport it can be a bit daunting if there are lots of boats around as they can get quite close to each other whilst the Prawns are on, just keep an eye out for schools of Prawns on the sounder or other boats casting and get into the action.

Prawns will usually sit close to or hard on the bottom on the sounder, try to make your cast count as once you hit the school a few times it will break up and scatter. Just remember your bag limit is one 10 litre bucket per person and the Logan and Albert rivers are off limits due to white spot disease.

We have seen some good catches of Mud Crabs again this week, a bit more rain will see consistent catches as the month progresses. Houseboat customers have scored a good feed around Brown Island, Jacobs Well, Curtis Anchorage, Cabbage Tree Point, Cobby Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel, the Neverfail Islands and the Coomera River have been the best spots. Fresh bait is the key, Whole Mullet or Fish Frames are a favourite. Don’t forget to have your Crab pot and float clearly marked or Fisheries will confiscate your gear. Crab ID kits are available from $4.90 for 5 tags.

Some solid Mangrove Jack have been hitting bait schools and busting up the local anglers in the Coomera River this week. Some spots to try are the Coomera weir, Highway Bridge, Railway Bridge, Salt Water Creek Bridge, pontoons, jetty’s and rock walls, if you have a boat, from River Links all the way out the south arm to Paradise Point has produced a few fish this week. Closer to the Broadwater, Sovereign Island, Ephraim Island and the Runaway Bay canals are all producing quality Jacks on lures and baits.

Customers have been catching a feed of Bream & Flathead around Wave Break Island, Brown Island, Coomera River, Dux, Jacobs Well, Short Island and through Canaipa Passage. The mangrove lined banks are holding some nice Bream and try the edges of the Sandbanks on the run out tide for a Flathead. Try using Yabbies, Prawns, White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet and WA Pilchards cubes.

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 we will see moderate S/SE winds over the weekend and a chance of a shower on Sunday.

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

Coomera Houseboat Holidays Website

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  1. Hey guys how’s it going? We live in New Zealand and are coming over with our mates for a couple of weeks holiday. We are just trying to see if there is a boat were our husbands can go out for a days prawn fishing! Not sure if that’s even a thing or not! But wanted to try and get them something cool to do! Thanks and look forward to your reply

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