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Bec Clarke landed a nice Cod on live Herring in the Coomera River

Get the kids outdoors on the Gold Coast

Andy Langham with a cracking 90cm Flathead he caught and released at Jumpinpin
Hoony caught this solid Nerang River Grunter with Brad Smith Fishing Charters
Matthew scored a nice Bream in the Coomera River

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, It’s nice to see the wind ease and a bit of rain to help dampen the bush fires that have been raging on the Gold and Tweed Coasts. Thoughts go out to all affected. Some long overdue rain was a blessing this week, a bit more would be great for giving the system a flush out. School Holidays kick off at the end of this week, let’s have a look at some options to get the kids out of the house and go fishing.

School Holidays is the perfect time to get the kids outdoors and have some fun trying your luck. There are plenty of Land based options on the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Nerang River, Southern end of the Broadwater around Marine Stadium, Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade Labrador, Paradise Point, Coomera River and Jacobs Well to name a few spots that will produce some action. A basic running sinker rig on a light estuary outfit will do the job, Prawns, Worms, White Pilchards or Yabbies make great bait. Fishing from the shore you will have a chance of landing Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Trevally or Tailor just to name a few more common species. The kids should have a fantastic time, make sure you send in a photo of their catch.

Customers have reported some big Flathead have been caught this week, Andy had an awesome session catching and releasing a 90+cm Flathead (see photo in report) this week on his Houseboat Holiday at Jumpinpin. Large fish from 80-90cm have been caught in the Pin Bar mouth and surrounding area and also in the Gold Coast Seaway.  The big females are getting ready to spawn in the deep water around the ocean mouths just in time for the Flathead Classic.  If you find a large fish just keep on fishing the area as there should be plenty of males in the 45cm to 50cm range hanging around, these guys make a nice feed.  When you catch a large fish remember to handle them with care as they are the future of fishing, a quick photo and then release your prized catch.  The legal size limit in Qld is min 40cm Max 75cm.   Large Soft Plastics, Vibes and Blades rigged on 20lb fluro carbon leader is a good way to fish deep water.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed River the strong winds that have been blowing over the past week have been enough to blow the milk out of your coffee and have unfortunately helped the tragic bushfires raging in our Hinterland.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the people along the range that have lost homes and property and the emergency services that are fighting a dangerous battle to try and control this devastating blaze. On the water I often take advantage of the wind especially finding shallow areas where the wind is blowing hard against the tide as this rough area rolls the bottom over and discolours the water which I call stirring the pot. The Flatties and Bream in the Tweed over the past few days have been smashing the vibes and hard bodied minnows in this agitated water. On the flip side I have had to find some calm water out of the wind to fish the deep holes where we caught some Flatties and small Jewfish.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports as Smithy said we are thinking of those affected by the bushfires, and we are donating to help, hope you can too. Let’s hope we get some rain soon to settle everything down.

This week the weather has forced us to fish upstream and it has not been easy, the GT’s are making a welcome appearance. The next few months are prime time for these brutal speedsters, and other species of trevally. They provide nail biting fun on light tackle. My charters up Nerang river have also provided some school size Flathead, Bream, Grunter and Whiting. There are small patches of bait way upstream as expected with the lack of rain. When the wind drops I will be eager to get out to the deeper reef in the Broadwater again, to find Flathead, Squid, Whiting, Tuskfish, Flounder,Squire and many more for my charter guests. School holidays are coming soon so book your charter asap to avoid missing out. The warmer weather will see the mighty Mangrove Jacks become more active. Your best bet in the clear water will be to fish in the early mornings and evenings around the tide changes, getting your lures or baits in close to structure such as bridge pylons, drains, rock walls, pontoons, and moored boats.

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

Fisho Tackle and Coomera Houseboat Holidays now have Hire Tinnies follow the link to view

Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast

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

Fisho Tackle operates with Coomera Houseboat Holidays.  We offer a great range of Fishing Tackle on the 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

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