Mulloway in the Gold Coast Seaway. Photo: Ian Banks/Diving the Gold Coast

Westerly winds fire up fish on Gold Coast

Mick Grundy landed a top quality eating sized Flathead at Jumpinpin on his Coomera Houseboat Holiday
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Glen with the biggest Arrow Squid we’ve seen in the Broadwater caught on Brad Smith Fishing Charters
Ben White had a great day landing this solid Jew Fish on a live bait off the Gold Coast

Hi Everyone, hope you have all had a good week, the strong Westerly winds have brought a cold snap to the Tweed and Gold Coast. A big swell for offshore waterways is on the way making fishing inshore the best option as we head towards the weekend. Let’s have a look at some options to try in the westerly winds.

Reports of some good-sized Bream showing up around Jumpinpin during the week, best spots are Kalinga Bank, Crusoe Island, Tiger Mullet Channel, Whalley’s Gutter, Short Island Huts, Perrys Hole, Little Rocky Point and the Power Lines. In the Southern Broadwater try the Gold Coast Seaway Walls, Wave Break Island, Rock Walls around canal entrances at Runaway Bay and any bridge pylons, Marine Parade Labrador rock wall and Lands End Biggera Waters.  I recommend keeping a consistent burley trail going, sometimes once you start catching fish you forget to burley and the fish will go off the bite. My favourite bait is Mullet Fillet also try, Mullet Gut, Prawns, White Pilchard, Hardy Heads and Yabbies. This time of year, large schools of White Pilchards and Hardy Heads can be found at Jumpinpin and the Broadwater making these ideal baits.

The Westerly Winds did the job and fired up some great Tailor fishing on South Stradbroke Island during the week, with local Fishos spinning up some good sized greenbacks using metal slugs targeting the Tailor schools harassing bait in the gutters. Picking the right gutter can be hit and miss so be prepared to cover ground at times to find the quality fish. I prefer to target the last couple of hours of the run-in tide when the gutters are full of water this is a prime time to fish day or night. I find visual signs like diving birds picking up the scraps whilst the Tailor are feeding is one of the best indicator’s when fishing during daylight hours. The big swell tipped for the end of the week will make beach fishing hard work, and not ideal. Usually in these conditions more Tailor schools will push into the Gold Coast Seaway or Jumpinpin Bar chasing bait then actively move through the deeper main channels as the tide rises which is great news for anglers. I have seen heaps of bird activity this week towards the late afternoon around the Runaway Bay moving then moving North towards Paradise Point which indicates Tailor feeding as the tide rises. Once the swell eases it will be worth a look at your favourite beach fishing spot form the Tweed Coast North to the Gold Coast Seaway

I have included the link to Fisheries Queensland with information on the Snapper and Pearl Perch closure which commenced on the 15th of July and finishes 16th of August 2020. Make sure you know your responsibilities

Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports this week Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Trevally in the middle reaches of the Tweed river using Samaki Vibelicious vibes, Ecogear ZX45, and Slams.

Clint reports again this week with westerly winds and good tides for the Broadwater during the day with a a big range of great eating fish including Tuskfish, Flathead, Flounder, Whiting, Arrow Squid and Blue Swimmer Crabs, on yabbies and vibes. Nerang River will be slow with not much tidal flow. Good chance to try deeper holes for Mulloway and Flathead though. Another week of awesome fishing in the Broadwater, best I’ve seen in four years. The dredging operation that just completed plus floods earlier in the year most likely have contributed to the quality fishing on offer. While Flathead have been smaller on average I’ve found, everything has made up for it. Clint used the new Ecogear ZX43 vibe yesterday for the first time and my goodness this lure is going to be deadly on everything that swims. This week the Northern Broadwater will continue to be the place to fish. If the wind is up there is plenty of good fishing at the Southern end around the pelican beach area, main channel near Seaworld, the keyhole, and Labrador.

Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports 50 fathoms did slow up a little after the full moon and the current picked up , but still some very nice fish taken such as Snapper, Kingfish, Amberjacks, Pearl Perch and Tusk Fish. On the 36s and 24s plenty of Trag Jew, Snapper and Tusk Fish

Hope you all have a good week and stay healthy and safe. If you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

Stay up to date with all fishing regulations in 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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