Sam Pitman with a lovely mulloway caught on Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

Strong winds can make for difficult fishing

Paul Wilshire scored this cracking jew fish off the Gold Coast Seaway.
Rodney Taylor with a solid 65cm flathead.
Teddy Hargreaves did well catching a nice whiting.

Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, hiding out of the strong winds has been difficult making fishing pretty hard going on the Gold and Tweed Coasts lately.  Good news as we head into the weekend with some great weather conditions on the way. Let’s see what’s been happening this week.

Tailor have been dominating the catches around the Jumpinpin Bar entrance this week with reports of some monster greenbacks being caught throwing surface lures into the bust ups. Catching Tailor on surface lures is great fun, the expectation of the bite and then seeing them smash the lure on the surface is an awesome sight. The incoming tide is usually the most productive time to fish and peak towards the top of the tide. Keep an eye on the sky for bird activity as they will see down through the water and can spot schools of bait fish and predators that you may miss on the sounder. If you enjoy bait fishing try drifting WA pilchards rigged on gang hooks. A few Longtail Tuna have also been harassing bait school, these torpedo like Tuna are hard fighters especially hooks on Tailor gear.

The swell looks like it’s easing over the weekend making beach fishing a great option from the Tweed north towards  Spit and on South Stradbroke Island, sessions timed with the rising tide should produce some quality Tailor and the off Jew Fish from the gutters.

As the water temp starts to warm up we have noticed a bit more Bull Shark activity up the Coomera River with local Fishos landing a few nice Sharks so far during September. Live Mullet have worked well along with their favourite Fresh Water Eel rigged on wire trace. They are great fun on light tackle putting up a fun fight.

I have noticed a few local anglers starting to target Mangrove Jack the last couple of weeks in the Coomera River, with the air temp being warmer than normal this time of year it’s worth a look. I have heard of a few Jacks being caught which are a good sign as we leave the cooler weather behind us. If you’re keen to go for a look try targeting the pontoons around Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island up river towards Gold Coast City Marina. Also try the highway bridge and pontoons around River Links, it will be a matter of moving around and putting in plenty of casts to see what’s around. Other spots to try are bridges and jettys in the Tweed River, Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creek, Logan River and Nerang River. Trevally and Cod will be a fun bycatch until you can find a Jack.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed River has been fishing pretty much the same as it has for the past month. The good old Flatties have still dominated the catch rate and are taking our lures in both the deep holes and trolling the flats and channel edges. The good news is that we managed to pick up quite a few Jewies that were also lurking in the holes. Some of the Jew Fish were only small but there were a couple of good fish over the 70cm mark that really stretched our light equipment. Fishing the holes around the tide changes with a combination of Ecogear ZX40 and Strike Pro cyber vibes did the job on these fun fish.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports the Nerang has been a good spot to find some shelter from the wind managing some Flathead,  Queenfish, and Bream. The river needs a big flush and with the long range forecast of a hot, dry Spring, it will take some big storms or a cyclonic low to dump much needed rain in the catchments. The Broadwater is the place to be with so much variety on offer out there. Bigger tides mean we have to accurately time where we fish, within an hour of the tide changes provides the best bite period. Setting the correct drift speed and angle is crucial to catching 30 plus fish in a session. We caught some really nice Flounder, Squid, Whiting, Flathead, Bream, Queenfish. The snot weed will become annoying on the last half of the run out tides. Keep moving to areas  that are clear of it. Night time is the go if you’re chasing bigger sand whiting and mangrove jacks as the water temperatures begin to rise.

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

Fisho Tackle operates with Coomera Houseboat Holidays.  We offer a great range of Fishing Tackle on the 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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