Rebecca with her first ever Mulloway caught in the Nerang River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters

Heading offshore a great option on Gold Coast

heading offshore gold coast
Bec Clarke was excited to catch her first Cobia from the 36’s off the Gold Coast
Jayden with a good Coomera River Bream
Thomas scored a great winter Bream from the Coomera River

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, it was good to see the nice run of weather on the Gold and Tweed Coasts continue giving anglers some nice conditions last weekend and the start of the week to get on the water and find some action. Let’s have a look at what’s been biting .

With good weather conditions hanging around heading offshore has been a great option on Tweed and Gold Coasts. Last Saturday we took advantage of the weather and headed out with my mate Wayne and my daughter Bec to try our luck on the 24 fathom area SE of the Gold Coast Seaway. We hit the water early and found some good shows of bait and fish to try our luck just as the sun was rising which is the best bite time. We started well landing a couple of nice Snapper and Tusk Fish, we kept a burley trail going but then the bite slowed down and lots of small undersized Squire started to show up. We then decided to head back into the 18 fathom area for a look, we found plenty of bait schools but unfortunately no good fish on offer. After a bit of talk we then decided to make a late run out to 36 fathoms SE of the Seaway as there has been reports of good Snapper, Pearl Perch, Amberjack, Sampson and Cobia. The NW wind made conditions a bit choppy but not too bad. On arrival we sounded around and found some nice signs of fish on the sounder so we anchored up and float lined WA Pilchards and straight away got hit on the drop and landed some nice Snapper. Next drop Bec got smacked on the way down and her line took off peeling drag flat out, the fish then headed for the surface then back down to 65m before slugging it out.  20 minutes later Bec (see photo in report) had landed her first Cobia going 17kg on the scales, a great effort on 20lb gear. The 24 fathom area seems to be fishing better than the 18 at the moment with better numbers of Snapper, Moses, Trag, Tusk Fish, Cobia and Tailor being caught. Just keep an eye out when navigating as there is a large number of Whales moving along the coast at present.

The Broadwater has been fishing well around the Gold Coast Seaway seeing quite a variety of species showing up, reports of schools of hard fighting Tarpon have been keeping anglers on their toes. Fishing a mixture of soft plastic, vibes or bait around the entrance of the Seaway and into the Currigee channel has produced Grassy Sweetlip, Spangled Emperor, Tusk Fish, Squire, Bream and a few Tailor.

Bream are still the main target for anglers chasing a feed around Jumpinpin, Crusoe Island, Short Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Kalinga Bank, Whalleys Gutter, Little Rocky Point, Power Lines and Marks Rocks up the Logan are all worth a look. My favourite baits are Mullet Fillet, Mullet Gut, Prawns, White Pilchards or Yabbies.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed reports it has been a week of great weather and a massive work load finding Flatties for our guests, and helping train visitors from the United Kingdom and Sweden, here to compete in the World Hobie Bream tournament on the Gold Coast. The Flatties are still fishing well in the deep holes on blades and are taking our trolled lures over the shallow warmer water. We have been training our bream tournament anglers on how to fish rock walls and jetties but the most fun and best results came from cranking shallow running lures over and around the seagrass beds. We also caught Bream on surface lures in the same area which is always great visual fun.

Clint reports on our Gold Coast Broadwater charters we have found the fish are moving around a lot searching for food, which has forced us to cover a lot of kms to find them some days. They may be in one area one day and gone the next. As always if you don’t spot activity on the fish finder keep moving.

Inevitably the bites will come if you find patches of bait. The water is very clear at the moment so it may pay to fish areas like the Aldershots and Tipplers channel to find bigger and more Flathead. They’ll be there in the more discoloured water ambushing baitfish to feed themselves up before breeding season. There have been a lot of 40-45cm flathead in the Currigee area at South Stradbroke island, as well as big winter Whiting up to 28cm, Flounder, Squid, Bream, Tarwhine, and a few Tuskfish. The Nerang river is getting harder to find numbers of fish due to lack of bait, but we did manage some good Whiting, Flathead, and a nice Mulloway caught by Rebecca.

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.

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If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to    Good luck with the Fishing.  Brett

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