This week’s Gold Coast and Tweed estuary fishing report:
The dry weather continues with Brad staying well upstream fishing the deeper holes for flathead, and the middle to upper reaches for whiting on surface.
Clint has been sticking to the broadwater for a wide range of species on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax scent, and pumping yabbies with kids on charters. The deeper water is best with the clear and calm weather.
This coming week should see quality improve with less traffic and noise on the water.
The best options are chasing jacks late afternoon/ evening or early morning, and bigger numbers and sizes of sand whiting in the Nerang river at night.
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Want some rod bending action with the kids these school holidays? There are large schools of bream and squire near the seaway at the moment.
Fish the area east of Wavebreak island in 8-10 metres of water with yabbies and fresh bait. Using light line, a metre of mono leader with a running sinker between no.2 and 4 in size (just enough weight to reach the bottom), and a no. 4 size Mustad baitholder hook, try the last hour of the run in tide, then the first half hour of the run out.
Best to drift to cover the ground, find the schools, and make them chase. Aim to keep no more than a 45 degree line angle into the water or you tend to get snagged on the reef. The area straight out from the Northern wall at wavebreak is called the canyon and gets deep, so wind up and drive 200m South to start again when you get there. On the run out start the drift just as the canyon comes up to 8m depth.
Very important with any bait fishing to keep every bait straight and streamlined on the hook so it doesn’t spin and twist your line. The more natural it looks the better your chances of hooking the bigger fish. Soft plastics and vibes work well here too, hook a fish then pass the rod to your kids to wind in while you get a video!
Cheers and chat next week
Smithy & Clinto