school holidays fishing gold coast
Bec Clarke landed a small Mangrove Jack on a Pilchard in the Coomera River

School holidays fishing options on the Gold Coast

school holidays fishing gold coast
Callum did well catching a nice Flathead on a recent trip
Les with a Whiting caught on the surface on the Tweed River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters
Local fisho Wayne Young with a big Jew Fish landed from the 18 fathom Reef off the Seaway

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, wow I can’t believe that School Holiday are here and Christmas is just around the corner. The standard weather pattern on the Tweed and Gold Coast continues with stronger Northerly winds hanging around.  Let’s have a look at a few options to get the kids out of the house and go fishing.

School Holidays are here, it’s an opportunity to get the kids out of the house and go fishing. We have plenty of locations on the Gold Coast and Tweed for kids to give school holidays fishing a go. Some good spots to try are the Coomera River Highway Bridge, Grand Hotel Labrador, Broadwater Parklands, Southport Bridge, Paradise Point, Hope Island, Nerang River and Jacobs Well are all good options. A basic running sinker rig on a kiddies combo and a prawn should do the trick on common species like Bream, Tarwhine, Whiting, Flathead, Trevally, Moses or Mangrove Jack to name a few. We have plenty of sandy beaches in the Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Southport Spit, Biggera Waters, Runaway Bay and Paradise Point which are great spots to take the kids.

Customers have been scoring a mixed bag of Whiting, Bream and a few Flathead this week throughout the Broadwater and Jumpinpin. Local kids on holidays are catching a few Bream, Trevally and the odd Jack off the bank next to our shop in the Coomera River.  Our Houseboat customers have found a few nice fish around Tipplers Passage, Dux, The Never Fail Islands, Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Jacobs Well, North Arm of the Coomera River and Wave Break Island.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on the Tweed the bulk of the success over the past week has come from finding protected areas of the river out of the constant howling Northerly winds and fishing the shallows.  Fishing the flats with top water lures such as mmd splash prawns and Bassday sugapens is a ton of visual fun, as you watch the fish smash these lures on the surface.Whiting are the main players when it comes to taking surface lures especially now and all through the summer months and they fight hard on light equipment in only a few feet of water. Flathead and Bream are also players when it comes to crunching lures on the surface. We had a session earlier in the week where the Flatties dominated the catch.

It is an awesome sight to see when that big bucket mouth of a flattie comes up from the bottom and devours a surface lure.

Clint reports in the Broadwater as expected with the hot weather Mangrove Jacks are firing up more each week. A lot of bigger 50cm plus fish are getting caught on lures and bait. I run Gold Coast afternoon/ evening trips for jacks, using bait and livies. For more info on our mangrove jack charters SMS me on 0432 990 302. In the Gold Coast broadwater this coming week neap tides will make it easier to fish, look for areas clear of weed then bait on the fish finder and you’ll find some Tuskfish, Flathead, Bream, Tarwhine and Whiting.

Pump some yabbies with the kids at low tide at the big sand banks near the Western shoreline at Southport and Labrador. Then start fishing with light sinkers and no.4 size bait holder hooks, right near where you pumped the yabbies. The neap tides will make it easier to fish the lower to mid reaches of the rivers for big Mangrove Jacks. Up the rivers could be slow on the smaller tides with the lack of run. There are still a lot of Trevally getting about, they’ll feed more aggressively on days when a South or South Easterly wind change pushes through.

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

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