THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT
2 January 2020
TWEED RIVER by Smithy
The surface action continues at the middle to upper area of Tweed river, with whiting, bream and flathead getting caught on daily charters with MMD splashprawns and Bassday Sugapens.
There are some shallow sand banks which are holding good numbers of sand whiting.
Mangrove jacks will feed aggressively as the water keeps warming, especially if the river experiences some decent rainfall.
GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto
Another big week of red dogs! The mangrove jack action has been insane on our evening charters.
We have boated 24 in the last month and 10 in the last three trips. The river water temperature is now over 29 degrees on the run out tides, speeding up their metabolism, and they are very hungry.
There seems to be jacks at all spots in the river hunting schools of mullet and whiting at night.
All jacks on our charters are released unless gut hooked, as we believe they are too nice a fish to catch once.
There have been big jacks too with a good number of fish measuring 57 to 60cm. They’re all fat and healthy looking which shows what a healthy system we have. One night we had a fish that looked 70cm plus bust the leader right next to the boat. The ups and downs of jack fishing!
Apart from the red devils, we have been catching winter whiting, sand whiting, gold line whiting, blackspot tuskfish, flounder, the odd flathead, tailor, tarwine, bream, squire, grassy emperor, spangled emperor, and a lot of squid.
Best lures have been Ecogear ZX40’s in the colours 440, 411 and 441. We smear a dab of Sax scent goldprawn all over the blades for added effect.
Best baits have been live beachworms and yabbies. Deeper areas on the edges of the main channels are where the fish are holding, due to the water traffic and clear water.
Try to fish the last two hours of the run out and first two hours of the run in for best results.
We are getting booked up until late January now, get in touch asap to avoid disappointment.
SMS 0432 990 302 to book your private charter.
Cheers and see you on the water!
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