black marlin gold coast
Brett Doolan with a nice little black marlin caught off the Gold Coast.

Little black marlin action on Gold Coast

Ben Russell caught and released this awesome 120cm barramundi on the Gold Coast.
Eden caught and released this 66cm Estuary Cod with Brad Smith Fishing Charters on the Nerang River.
Rodney Taylor scored a quality trevally in the Broadwater.

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, with the weather report stuck on repeat for weeks now everyone on the Gold Coast has been enjoying some fantastic fishing conditions. Let’s have a look at some options for the Australia Day Long Weekend.

I was lucky enough to be able to sneak offshore with my mate Wayne and daughter Bec last Sunday for a look for a few bottom fish off the Seaway. Bec ended up with the fish of the day landing a nice big Spangled Emperor, we also scored a few Trag, Squire, Maori Cod, Pearl Perch and a few other species including a bite off from a nice Spanish. The current was an issue around the 40 to 50m mark east of the Seaway making getting your baits to the bottom a bit hard, we ended up using an 8 ball sinker to get amongst the fish. Closer in the 18 fathom reef was more fishable with less current.

There was plenty of Marlin action happening over the weekend with multiple boats hooking up to little Black Marlin anywhere from 20kg to 100+kg between the 36 and 50 Fathom depth line including Spot X which was holding good bait schools over the weekend. Trolling a pattern skirted lures like Pakula’s or slow trolling live baits on circle hooks is the best way to attract a bite. The main things you’re looking for is bait balls and fish on the sounder, temperature changes, current lines, fads like logs or debris  and birds hovering or diving into the water. Usually spotting the above signs and combining some persistence will normally pay off with a strike and hopefully landing a Black Marlin.

Ben Russell sent in a pic to Coomera Bait and Tackle (see photo in report) of an awesome Gold Coast Barra measuring 120cm he caught and released while he was fishing for Jacks  using live bait. During the hot summer months the Gold Coast has consistently produced catches of Barramundi usually as by-catch when fishing for Mangrove Jack, the Coomera River and Nerang River and Jacobs Well are spots that have seen these illusive fish caught.

Coomera Houseboat Holiday customers have done well scoring a feed of Whiting from Canaipa Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel, Gold Bank, Cabbage Tree Point, Logan River, Jacobs Well Shoals, Wave Break Island and the Coomera River this week on Yabbies and Worms as bait. With the big tides just remember to use at least a 4 to 5 ball sized sinker to keep you bait on the bottom.

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has been putting his guests onto some solid whiting, bream, trevally, queenfish, and flathead using surface lures. The Tweed continues to produce the odd big flathead too in the deeper holes where it’s a bit cooler in this hot weather.

Clint recommends getting an early start with the extra holiday water traffic, there are some good fish around though and lots of variety. Clint has been getting his customers between 20 and 70 fish a day in the Broadwater. Species caught this week included Squire, Bream, Tarwhine, Flathead, Whiting, Grassy Sweetlip, Estuary Cod and Trevally.

Just keep in mind it will be extra busy out on the water for the Australia Day Long weekend, please show your fellow boaties and fishos some patience and courtesy and everyone will have a great time on the Gold Coast waterways.

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.

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

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.

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