19 September 2019 fishing report


19 September 2019

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Once again flathead have been the main fish caught on my charters this week, with sand whiting also beginning to appear in numbers again, and they’ll get bigger and more numerous over the warmer months.

Nice 35cm whiting on Ecogear ZX40 vibe

Until we get heavy rain the middle to upper reaches are the best areas to fish. Trolling finesse lures such as Pontoon 21 crackjack and Ecogear SX48 minnows over sandbanks at high tide early in the morning will always get strikes from a variety of species including flathead, whiting, trevally and bream.

School size flathead 40-60cm are common this time of year with the odd big girl amongst them

I have begun surface fishing over my super banks with MMD splashprawns and Bassday Sugapens. This exciting and visual form of fishing will provide my clients with plenty of thrills through spring and summer.


I have been running some charters this past week up the Nerang river, and in the Gold Coast broadwater as far North as Sovereign island.

We are noticing the continuing effects of lack of heavy rain for months now, with the estuary systems needing a reset and flush. We can’t do anything about the weather, so we have to work even harder to find fish daily for our guests. 

Sherry with a healthy flathead

Neutral and non UV colour lures are working best, such as Ecogear ZX40 in 411 colour code, and more transparent soft vibes. Painting the belly of this lure red with a bit of nail polish provides good contrast in the water to catch a hunting fish’s eye.

Ecogear ZX40 banana prawn colour is working very well at the moment in the clear water

Using proven go to lures on our charters certainly helps, and usually ensure some keepers for dinner.

Bigger numbers of fish are hard to come by up Nerang river but there are some nice flathead around the bait schools in the far upper reaches, and grunter, trevally, whiting, bream. Fishing at night is the best option at council chambers for a feed of whiting.

Michael with a solid whiting

In the broadwater dusky flathead, bartail flathead, flounder, sand whiting, winter whiting, squid, squire, bream, tarwine and small queenfish dominate the daily catch.

Every day is very different and you need to keep moving to find fish, a lot of them are holding in the 5 to 8m depth range. Try the deeper areas around the tide changes then move to the shallower areas when it starts running.

Calm day on the river

Water temperature is creeping up which should see mangrove jacks become more active, and trevally and bigger tuskfish as well.

Lots of little GT’s are around, fun on light tackle!

Some great months of fishing ahead, especially when we get some rain!

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