on the menu easter fishing
Sienna Brookhouse had a great trip off the Gold Coast catching a nice Spotted Mackerel for dinner

What’s on the menu for the Easter long weekend?

Callum Woodberry did well landing this awesome Cobia in the Broadwater. Photo from Sea Probe Fishing Charters
on the menu easter fishing
Young Bill Purcell did well landing his dream catch 47cm Mangrove Jack
Axton with a monster Whiting caught on a yabby with Brad Smith Fishing Charters

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a good week, it’s great to see the majority of people doing the right thing and following the new fishing rules of only going boating to catch a feed. With Easter Holidays upon us lets have a look at what’s on the menu for Good Friday and Easter Long Weekend on the Tweed and Gold Coast.

Before hitting the water make sure you check out the latest news from the Queensland Government, New South Wales Government and Maritime Safety Queensland. Fishing for food is allowed at the time of writing this report.

I have been fishing when we I need a feed, I think if we don’t abuse the privilege and only be out for that valid reason to feed the family then the Government should not have a reason to make changes to the current rules. Be responsible anglers and don’t give them a reason to stop us fishing, everyone is playing their part.

The Broadwater and Jumpinpin is alive with big schools of bait fish at the moment, this is the spoils of all the rain we received over Summer. Predators are on the menu for fishers and feeding up hard in the lead up to spawning season. Bream are around in massive numbers which is great news as the temperature starts to drop and we head towards the winter Bream season. For a feed of Bream try fishing around structure like natural snags, rock walls, jetty’s and bridges. Ocean entrances like the Tweed Bar, Gold Coast Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar have seen good schools of bait being harassed by a good variety of species including Jew Fish, Trevally, Mackerel, Tailor, Bream and Snapper.

Flathead are starting to make a come back in good number with all the bait around, I have seen plenty of good fish on top of sandbanks at high tide. Flicking soft plastics or trolling hard body lures should produce a nice feed of flathead. If you prefer using bait just drift the area with yabbies or white pilchards for good results. Most sandbanks throughout Jumpinpin, the Broadwater, Currumbin Creek, Tallebudgera Creek, Logan River and the Tweed River will be worth a look. As the tide drops target the edges as the predators will lay in wait for a feed to swim past.

Gavin from Seaprobe Fishing Charters reports whilst his charters have been postponed due to covid 19 he has been doing some fishing inshore to feed the family. Gavin has been finding a great mixed bag of species fishing the Southern Broadwater including a prized Cobia to his son Cullum (see photo in report) which is a great effort inshore. Other species caught were Bream, Garfish and Flathead. Try the banks and channels opposite Seaworld and Marina Mirage.

Clint and Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters have been doing a bit of solo fishing close to home. The Gold Coast Broadwater and Nerang River area between Buds beach and Sovereign Island is still producing big Whiting, Flathead, Flounder, Tuskfish, and the Squid are returning. There are still heaps of bream everywhere and they are getting bigger. A lot of baitfish and prawns are moving around and there are Trevally busting up around the Seaway area. The Tweed river is producing heaps of Whiting, Flathead and Bream on surface lures, vibes, hardbodies.

Hope you all have a good Easter and stay healthy and safe, 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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