winter gold coast
Bourney with a big bream caught on a charter with Brad.

Say goodbye to autumn and welcome winter

winter coomera gold coast
A flathead caught off the Kea Lea Houseboat.
winter gold coast
Bodie Potter caught this 58cm flathead on a Zerek Tango Shad.

Hello Everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week and had the chance to get out any enjoy the fantastic weather we are having on the Gold and Tweed Coasts.  The conditions have been typical of May weather with the overnight temperatures starting to drop and the day time sitting between the mid and low twenties.  We will have to get the winter woollies out soon and we say goodbye to Autumn and welcome Winter as of Saturday.

Winter also heralds the start of the Whale season, the migration is already underway with sightings in Hervey Bay reported this week.   As the week end approached we should expect a couple of showers on the Gold Coast with winds generally coming from the south, it should still be a good week end to get out on the water if you have a  boat or to do some land based fishing.

We will be welcoming Brett to take back the reins of the fishing report as of next week, for now this is my take on the weeks fishing.

As we make the transition into winter the offshore bottom fishing should started to improve with the current dropping. You can expect a mixed catch of snapper, moses perch, samson fish, hussar, spangled emperor, tusk fish and pearl perch on the 18 and 24 fathom reef east of the Seaway. As the water cools some bigger snapper and cobia will move in once there is plenty of bait around.

Flathead have dominated catches  this week, one local angler  has been getting amongst some nice fish up to 80cm the past couple of weeks. Try the Aldershots, Brown Island, Tipplers Passage, Coomera River, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Logan River. Whilst targeting the weed beds keep an eye out for squid, plenty have been caught.  Try Plastics and hard body lures.

Jumpinpin Bar entrance has been producing some nice jew fish, tailor and trevally this week, plenty of bait in the area has attached the hungry predators. Live baits and lures will work, best to fish the last 2 hrs of the run in and the first hour of the run out tide.

Our houseboat customers have reported some nice bream around Short Island and Tiger Mullet Channel along with a couple of good sized mud crabs.  Mullet fillet, mullet Gut, prawns and yabbies are great bait for the fish while whole mullet is best for the crab pots.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters have reported a few big bream starting to appear on the Tweed and expect the size and numbers of fish to increase during the months to come. Through the Winter months flathead will often move up out of deep water to feed in the shallower sun heated flat areas.  Trolling and casting lures over the shallow flats on the run in tides is where the best number of flathead can be found.

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.  Sandra

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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