Ethan with a hard fighting GT caught on a Tweed Rriver with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

The weather has shifted more towards summer

Michael with a quality whiting caught on Brad Smith Fishing Charters.
Wayne Young and Bec Clarke with a nice feed of snapper.
Andy caught and released this awesome 88cm flathead at Jumpinpin.

HI Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, the weather has shifted more towards a summer pattern with SE and NE sea breezes with the odd storm on the Gold and Tweed Coasts. Getting an early start on the water is the best option to try to beat the wind. Let’s see what’s on the bite this week.

As the weather heats up mangrove jack have been more active throughout the Tweed and Gold Coast waterways, this is a great sign for those that enjoy chasing these hard fighting red devils. Customers have reported some nice jacks up to the mid 50cm mark in the Coomera River from the Weir downstream to Coomera Waters in the north arm and the south arm to Paradise Point.

These areas offer multiple structure options to fish such as rock walls, bridge pylons, natural rock bars, and pontoons with or without moored boats. All these spots are prime target areas as they will hold bait trying to shelter from predators in the main river, the jacks will just sit and wait for the bait to swim past before they nail it.

Local anglers have been doing well casting and retrieving Zman Minnowz in the 3″ or 4″ range matched with heavy duty TT Headlockz jig heads. Bait fishing is one of my favourite options, live herring, mullet, silver biddies and winter whiting are great bait. If you have trouble catching live bait mullet fillet will also work well. The Nerang River, Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek and Logan River all offer great structure to target jacks, cod and trevally.

Customers have been doing well fishing for a feed of whiting, dart, bream and tarwhine off the surf beaches from South Stradbroke Island south to the Tweed Coast. Collecting fresh bait from the surf beach is always great fun digging for pippies and catching beach worms which make awesome bait. Yabbies or prawns will also work well.

Smaller swell this week has made fishing easier, just look for a gutter and you should find fish. If it’s a bit slow just keep moving up the beach until you find a school of fish feeding. I use light beach outfit around 10 or 11ft long spooled with 8 lb mono and 8lb fluro carbon trace.

Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports on that Tweed wasn’t it great to get a bit of rain the past couple of weeks, hopefully we might get well over 50mm plus of rain in the near future and give all our local waterways a much needed flush out. The report this week is much the same as last week with small giant trevally, flathead and a few bream and whiting being the main players. The trevally are migrating up and down the river following the tides and we have been trolling a combination of deep and shallow running lures for the best results on them. Fishing the deep holes with blade lures around the tide changes has worked to pick up a few flatties and fishing the pockets of dirty water when we can find them is the place to find the bream and whiting.

Clint from the Gold Coast reports he loves the rising temperatures as it means the jacks will keep firing up and so will the whiting and various species of hard fighting trevally. Spots are booking fast for mangrove jack trips in the spring and summer months so contact us asap to secure your date. The Broadwater has been fishing ok on a run out tide with the staples being school size flathead, whiting, small squire, queenfish, tarwhine and bream. While up the river there has been Trevally, big Bream, Whiting, Jacks, and the odd Mulloway and Grunter. Best tips this week is pump yabbies and use on lightly weighted hooks at both the Broadwater and rivers, Ecogear ZX40 colours 440 and 411 will catch fish too. Try mullet, whiting, and bonito fillets for jacks around tide changes, near structure, and just after sunset.

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.


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