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Bec Clarke with an awesome 41cm Bream caught in the Coomera River on School Holidays

Families enjoy snapper, jewfish and more on Gold Coast

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Brett, Evie and Angus Van Lathum with a fantastic 110cm Jew Fish caught offshore on the Gold Coast

Hi Everyone, with the first week of School Holidays over it was great to see all the families having a great time on their Coomera Houseboat Holidays enjoying the Gold Coast waterways and catching some nice fish. It’s nice to see all the kids so keen to have a go at fishing and even better when they land a fish. Let’s have a look at a few options for the weekend.

The weather was kind last weekend to anglers and families keen to head offshore and try their luck, regular contributor Wayne Young took his mate Brett for a run offshore and they came up trumps with Brett Van Lathum landing a new PB Jew Fish 110cm (see photo in Brag Board) well done crew. Better numbers of quality Snapper are finally starting to show up but are still a bit spread out between the 36, 24 and 18 fathom lines. Fishing the deeper water has produced some big Snapper along with a few nice Yellow Tail Kingfish, Amberjack and Pearl Perch. The 24 fathom grounds off Surfers Paradise have been fairly consistent with a mixed bag of Snapper, Trag jew, Jew Fish, Tusk fish, Moses and the odd Cobia. The 18 fathom area can be a favourite for some anglers and does produce some big trophy Snapper, being shallower using a good burley trail is an effective way to attract fish in the area. Staff member Adrian had a good trip on Sunday morning nailing a few nice Snapper fishing Nine Mile Reef off the Tweed. Best baits have been the humble WA pilchard, Whole Large Squid, Mullet Fillet, Bonito Fillet and live Yakkas.

With the first week of School Holidays over it’s been great to see plenty of our Houseboat and Coomera Bait & Tackle Shop customers taking the kids out for a fish. The weather has been a bit up and down with a few showers and wind around this week. We are lucky to have a few sheltered options to throw in a line on the Gold Coast no matter the wind direction. Reports of some nice Bream being caught was great news, try fishing around some of the local bridges land based around Coomera, Hope Island, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Biggera Waters, Southport and the Nerang River. Bridges offer protection and will attract bait fish and intern attract schools of hungry Bream. If you have a boat drifting for a Flathead is also a great option for the kids as it is a very easy but effective method. I recommend a long shank hook rigged with a White Pilchard and then just cast it out and pass your kids the rod, drifting will cover ground and eventually you will bump into a hungry Flathead that will hit your bait. I recommend drifting over the tops of sandbanks on high tide or on edges of sandbanks and drop offs as the tide runs out. Try your luck around Wave Break Island, Paradise Point Middle Banks, Brown Island, Tipplers Passage, Bedrooms, Whallys Gutter, Eden Island, Kalinga Bank and Canaipa Passage. Plenty of other species can also be caught using this method. Kids also like to wind the rod in and out a lot, when fishing for Flathead that is a good thing as they are keeping the bait on the move.

Brad Smith Fishing Charters have reported good numbers of Flathead being temped on metal blade vibe lures or drifting White Pilchards in the Nerang River and Tweed River systems. They have also been finding their customers some quality Bream, Whiting and Flounder.

Schools of White Pilchards have been moving around the Southern Broadwater and have attracted a few nice Tailor towards the top of the tide. If you see a bird diving it’s worth a look, try throwing a metal slug into the action.

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 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/

At the time of writing my report the forecast looks like we will see a warmer day on Friday with stronger Northerly wind predicted. The wind will ease to light N/NE winds on Saturday making it the best to head out on the water, Sunday will see the wind increase from the S/SW direction but we should have plenty of sunshine. It looks like the larger swell may hang around,you will need to take care if you’re thinking about planning a trip offshore over the weekend.  Just make sure you have the latest weather report before you head out on the water.

If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to brett@coomerahouseboats.com.au    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

Coomera Houseboat Holidays Website www.coomerahouseboats.com.au

Coomera Bait & Tackle Website http://coomera-bait-and-tackle.business.site/

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