heavy falls and massive tides gold coast
Brett Van Latham with a quality Nerang River Whiting

Heavy falls and massive tides make it tough on Gold Coast

Kayla Priekulis was all smiles with a quality Mud Crab landed in the Nerag River with her Dad
Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters finding his customers some nice Grunter in the Nerang River
Rodney Taylor with a good sized Trevally from the Gold Coast Seaway

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, the wet weather has continued once again seeing a massive amount of rainfall on the Tweed and Gold Coast. Conditions have been average to spend time outdoors, those keen enough to brave the rain have managed to find a feed. Good news the weekend is looking much better for heading out for a fish. Let’s have a look at a few options for the weekend.

It’s been a tough week for fishing on the Tweed and Gold Coast, with heavy falls and massive tides making conditions very testing even for the most seasoned anglers. Keen fishos have been targeting Prawns, Mud Crabs and Sand Crabs with success. When going for a Prawn session it would pay to drop the pots in for a soak as we have seen some good feeds of Mud Crabs from the mouth of the Coomera River, Pimpama River, Logan River, Jacobs Well, Cabbage Tree Point and Karragarra Island. The Prawns have been scattered after the massive flush out, it’s just a matter of doing the miles to get the smiles. Traditional spots to look are Jacobs Well, Rudy Maas, Logan River, Redland Bay Channel, Russell Island, Power Lines and Macleay Island are all worth a look. Best to keep and eye out for other boat casting nets, it can get very extremely busy with large numbers of boats squeezed into a small area competing for the schools of Prawns. Just remember your manners and have fun.

At the time of writing the report the weekend is looking much better with the wind and rain easing and the return of some sunshine. Fishing will be a bit of a gamble, you could try your luck targeting the ocean entrances around the Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar on the incoming tide. You will be able to see the water lines where the fresh run off meets the salt water as it runs in from the ocean, these areas will be a lucky dip of bait and predators like Jew Fish, Trevally, Tailor, Squire and Bream to name a few species.

The humble Bream is a great target species that is not too affected by the fresh water in the system, they are scavengers and can be found picking off all the bait and scraps washed out of the rivers and storm water run offs. Fishing areas with structure like rock walls, jetties, pontoons and bridges should produce fish. Burly is important to attract fish and then keep them in the general area you fish. We have plenty of good land based spots on the Gold Coast, try either Grand Hotel Jetty, Broadwater Parklands, Southport bridge, Gold Coast Seaway Walls, Nerang River, Lands End, Runway Bay Canal entrances, Paradise Point, Coomera River Highway Bridge or Jacobs Well Jetty. Prawns, White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet and Yabbies are all good bait to try.

Smithy and Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters with a combined Tweed and Gold Coast report due to the wet weather. The guys report in the Tweed River, Nerang River and the Broadwater there has been some Flathead, Tailor, Mangrove Jacks, Grunter and Whiting being caught despite the heavy falls and massive tides. Yabbies and live Bloodworms are catching big sand Whiting in the Broadwater as well as Tuskfish and Flathead. Whilst there is rain around now, the unbelievable fishing to come in the weeks and months ahead will make the wait worthwhile. Plenty of thrill-seeking fishing action is to come and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the flush out and reset we needed, and will spread and breed bait fish and prawns, which will attract predators. Tweed river will be an amazing place to fish, and nobody in the world knows it better than Brad Smith. He is South East Queensland’s longest running fishing guide and the original lure only guide as well.

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.

New fishing regulations now effective fisheries Queensland http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/9/1/new-fishing-regulations-now-effective

Fisho Tackle and Coomera Houseboat Holidays 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/

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

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