13 February 2020 fishing report & news


No estuary fishing for us this week due to the heavy rain in the region. Amazingly after a long drought some parts of the Gold Coast have now received over 1000 mm of the wet stuff, and some parts of Tweed river, NSW over 800 mm, just in the past month!

The end result of the deluge will be fantastic fishing stretching from now through into winter.

We’ll be out fishing the second the rain slows, expect thumper whiting, mulloway, winter whiting, flathead to be on the chew, and we will be doing a few charters chasing the legendary Australian bass in the coming week too! We can run charters chasing estuary fish in the broadwater and bass in lakes in the same day too. The rain is expected to ease on Friday.

Andy with a nice Bass after the rain, caught on Smithy’s Digga lure

Jacks will still be around but will become more active in the coming weeks as the water warms back up to 28 degrees.

Best options for fishos this week:

Super muddy up the rivers, try the dams for bass once it’s safe to travel, also try lakes and near the river mouths on last of run in tides. Pump yabbies at low tide and try for whiting, flathead, bream in deeper water off the edge of channels in the broadwater on the run in. 

Don with a solid bass

Dirty water lures in all areas after a week or so: metallic, flashy colours such as gold, uv or dark, and lures that vibrate when jigged. Ecogear ZX40, Samaki Vibelicious, Strike Pro Hummer 40’s will all work. Smear some Sax scent goldprawn on them for added effect.

We’ll be running charters for all of the above, SMS 0432 990 302 to book your trip.

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