Luke with a quality spanish mackerel that went 10.7kg.

Spanish Mackerel Biting off the Gold Coast

We’ve had another mixed bag of weather on the Gold Coast this week, at bit of wind and rain at times but also some nice days in between making sneaking offshore for a look an option that paid off for some lucky customers. It’s been a while between trips offshore lately due to the mixed weather conditions, Thomas sent us a great photo of his son Luke with a quality Spanish Mackerel that went 10.7kg he caught last weekend off the Gold Coast, thanks for sharing your photo it’s great to see the kids out giving it a go.

March is a good month for Targeting Spanish Mackerel on the local reefs on the Gold Coast. Spanish are normally found around the local 18 to 24 fathom reefs east of the Seaway, Mermaid Reef, Palm Beach Reef, The Gravel Patch or Reefs East of the Pin Bar. Locating bait schools on the sounder is a good starting point, you can try a number of methods to temp a bite. Trolling Hard Body diving lures, skirts, trolling live or dead baits, throwing large metal slugs and also drifting or float lining WA pilchards will work. Make sure you have a short single strand wire trace to avoid bite-offs.

Reports of a few nice Mud Crabs showing up after the rain this week is good news for those chasing a tasty feed. Some good spots to set the pots are The Never Fails Islands, Tipplers Passage, Brown Island, The Coomera River, Pimpama River, Jacobs Well, Tiger Mullet Channel and the Logan River. During the week Fisheries have fined several people for doing the wrong thing in South East Queensland, making sure you are up to date with all the rules and regulations is important.

Customers have been finding a nice mixed bag of Bream, Whiting, Flathead and the odd Mangrove Jack during the week. Try Tiger Mullet Channel, Kalinga Bank, North Bedrooms, Canaipa Passage, Logan River, Jacobs Well, Pimpama River, The Coomera River, Paradise Point, Runaway Bay and Wave Break Island. Best baits are White Pilchards, Mullet Fillet, WA Pilchards, Prawns, Yabbies and Worms. Good Luck to everyone fishing The Pirtek Fishing Challenge on the weekend. At the time of writing my report it looks like we will see lighter conditions with E/SE winds on Friday and Saturday before we are hit by another SE change at 20/25 knots moving through early Sunday morning. Saturday looks like the best day to hit the water and chase feed.
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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