11 July 2019 fishing report



Well at last the wind and rain squalls that have been moving along our coastline have gone, and we will have cool mornings and clear skies and the comfortable winter sun. 

The flatties are still dominating our catch rate and will continue to do so over the next couple of months. The fish are holding up in the deep holes that have good bait schools in them with the blades and Ecogear zx40 lures doing the job on them with the odd big bream as well. 

Bob with his first ever lure caught flattie
Dean with a bream on a zx40

Some nice size flathead are moving up in the shallows during the day to take advantage of the warmer water and are taking trolled pontoon 21 crackjack and greedyguts lures.

Charlie caught this nice flattie trolling a Pontoon 21 crackjack 48

GOLD COAST by Clinto

We have been catching some good flathead and bream in shallow water in the middle to lower sections of the Nerang river and it’s canals.

52cm flathead on the ever deadly Pontoon 21 greedy guts in Bloody Tiger Prawn colour

Drifting with Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax Scent goldprawn, especially colours 440 and 447, and trolling with Pontoon 21 crackjacks and greedy guts in Bloody Tiger prawn and Spanish Red colours, have been the most effective methods.

Fresh seafood all caught on Ecogear ZX40 lures at the Gold Coast broadwater

This usually ensures a fresh feed in the esky and plenty more released to keep growing and breeding.

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Fernando and Karen came fishing on the weekend, after a slow start we found some flathead for them, and Fernando caught his first ever Jewfish, on a Zx40. A baby jew but a jew nevertheless.

Fernando with a nice flathead

Charlie from Canberra booked a midweek charter, on a stunning day and we caught a variety of fish on lures in the broadwater, everywhere from Cronin island to Sovereign island.

Charlie with one of a number of flounder
Great fishing weather

This coming week is lead up to full moon which should see more tailor and winter whiting activity. Focus efforts around the seaway and broadwater during the day, as the bigger tides are at night. 

There are heaps of arrow squid around, easily caught on Ecogear ZX40s and squid jigs, jewfish love a squid too so try them as livebait.

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Also a reminder we now have the River to Reef Gold Coast, co written by Brad, available right here on our facebook page. 

Check out the shop tab near the top of the page to buy your book which is packed full of tips, info and gps marks 😉

We will soon also have available lure packs and lots more.


Smithy & Clinto

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