18 July 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

G’day everyone well winter is certainly upon us with Coolangatte Airport registering 0 degrees early Monday so dress warm on the water. 

The good news is that after the chilly early morning starts the days warm up, and the fish are on the bite. 

This jewfish grabbed an Ecogear ZX40 vibe

The deep holes are producing some nice sized bream and small jew on the zx40 and strike pro vibes providing you find the holes that are holding bait. 

There is always a chance of catching a nice whiting in winter like this one caught by Dave

We have also been catching a few flatties in the deep holes but the best results have been coming from trolling pontoon 21 crackjack and greedyguts lures in the warmer shallower water around the top of the tide.

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GOLD COAST by Clinto

This week the chilly weather has not stopped the fish biting, with sessions at Nerang river producing 20 plus Sand whiting at times, as well as school size flathead and the odd 50-60cm fish.

Alexander from Sydney with a pair of 50cm flathead from a broadwater charter with Dad Alaeddin

The whiting have been quite big and fat, which goes to show how well fed they are locally! Best bait for them if you can’t get bloodworms is servo prawns. 

Some good quality whiting from Nerang river

Use a light leader, no.4 size Mustad baitholder hook, a light sinker just enough to hold bottom. Break the head off the prawn then slide the hook through the tail and carefully through the body then out the other end. Slide the prawn up the leader until it sitting straight and streamlined on the hook. Then drift in areas where there is some tidal flow. 

Fresh dinner for Judy and the boys

The broadwater has been a bit quiet around the full moon and clear water. The bigger tides have been at night, which could be when the fish are feeding more aggressively. 

There are bream and tarpon at the seaway but the better eating species such as flathead are best targetted at Southport, Lands End, Wavebreak Island, and Paradise Point.

The Tarpon are terrific sportfish and have been busting up on baitballs every day this week, mostly near the canyon off the Northern wall of Wavebreak island.

David with a winter school flathead caught on an Ecogear ZX40 lure, on a charter with sons Hamish and Henry
Henry with a flounder from the Gold Coast broadwater

The squid are still plentiful on the North Western side of Wavebreak island, Lands End, and South Currigee.

Hamish caught this leatherjacket

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We will have some lure packs back in stock very soon, watch our facebook shop for updates as it will sell out quick.

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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