17 October 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

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17 October 2019

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

Hi everyone wasn’t it great to get a couple of rain showers earlier in the week even though the tweed only got about 25mm. 

Ethan with a school flathead at Tweed river

Hopefully we might get well over 50 mm 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, flatties and a few bream and whiting being the main players. 

10 year old Ethan had a real work out playing this GT
Bream and whiting are feeding in the areas that have pockets of dirtier water

The trevally are migrating up and down the river following the 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.  

Steve with one of the flatties he caught

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Great to finally see some drenching rain! Not enough but it’s a start.

I’m loving the rising temperatures as it means the jack will keep firing up and so will the sand whiting and various species of hard fighting trevally.

Juvenile Giant Trevally caught on a Pontoon 21 crackjack lure

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, winter whiting, sand whiting, small squire, queenfish, tarwine, bream, while up the river there has been trevally, big bream, sand whiting, jacks, and the odd mulloway and grunter.

Nathan caught this Mulloway on an Ecogear ZX40 lure right on the midday tide change
Nathan with a nice flathead which he kept for dinner

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.

The Nerang river is very peaceful on week days

Try mullet, whiting, and bonito or slimy mackerel fillets for jacks around tide changes, near structure, and just after sunset. The Bait shop at Arundel has all the very good quality stocks of the above.

Calm before a storm on the Gold Coast broadwater
Jess and his brother Max and Dad Mark caught some nice flathead on a Nerang river charter

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Smithy & Clinto

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