After a bit of rain last weekend the weather cleared on the Gold Coast to a pretty nice week. We have had a lot of houseboats out enjoying the nice conditions and finding a feed of fish and sand crabs.
The Gold Coast Seaway has been producing a few nice school Jew this week, fishing live baits like yakka’s, pike and herring on the pipeline on the top of the tide and the first hour of the run out tide being the best time to target a Jew. A few nice Trevally have also been taking baits and plastics whilst working the Seaway north wall and pipeline structure.
Customers reported that the current of the close local reefs has still not picked too much this week making chasing a feed of bottom fish a good option. Snapper, Trag Jew, Tusk Fish and Moses Perch have made up the bulk of the catch from the 18 to 24 fathom reefs. It will be worth trying for an early season Mackerel soon, if you get bitten off whilst dropping down bottom fishing with a live bait or WA pilchard send the next one down on a wire rig as we will start to see Spotted and Spanish starting to move into the local reefs soon.
Our Houseboat customers caught some good sized Whiting and Bream off the sandbanks east of Cobby Passage this week, also the Logan River, Western end of Tiger Mullet Channel, Green Bank, Gold Bank, Jacobs Well, Bedrooms, Coomera River North and South Arms, Pimpama River and Crab Island are worth a look. Yabbies and Worms are great bait.
With the change of seasons upon us and the weather starting to warm up it is a great time to start chasing a Mangrove Jack and Trevally. We have seen a few Jacks swimming around the Gold Coast City Marina in the Coomera River this week. Some good bait schools of herring have been getting smashed this week by Jacks and Trevally early morning and late in the afternoon. Rolling Zman 4’ minnows along the edges of the pontoons, this method will also work around rock walls, rock bars, bridges and snags. Trolling hard body lures or live bait is also a great way to target a Jack. Canals throughout the Broadwater and the Nerang River are good spots to have a look, also bridges, rock walls and fallen trees will hold fish.
Mud Crabs are still a bit quiet this week with only a few reports of the odd Muddy being caught. Good numbers of Sand Crabs are making up the bulk of the catch from the Houseboat Customers again this week in the main Broadwater and Jumpinpin Channels.
Coomera Houseboat Holidays/Coomera Bait & Tackle now have Hire Tinnies follow the link to view http://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/our-fleet-type/hire-tinnies/
Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/
At the time of writing my report the weather is looking great this weekend with light N/NE Saturday before increasing as Sunday goes on, all in all the weekend is looking great for getting out and having fun.
If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck with the Fishing. Brett
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