This week’s Gold Coast and Tweed estuary fishing report
TWEED by Smithy
Well everyone how good has the weather pattern been for the last week with not enough wind to blow out a candle, and sunny warm and clear winter days.
The fishing has been very good with the flatties still dominating the scoreboard and are holding through the middle to upper reaches of the river.
I have done some exploratory runs down to the mouth and lower reaches of the river in search of the big bream and tailor that would normally be around by now without much success but they will come.
When these fish start their spawning run late it is not a bad thing as it usually means an extended season and can see them come on thick through to the end of August.
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GOLD COAST by Clinto
I’ve just returned from a month long holiday in Greece and Dubai, it’s great to be back and as they say there is no place like home.
Before resuming charters at Gold Coast broadwater and Nerang river this weekend I’ll be heading out for a fun fish to give the boat a run and check where the fish are feeding. I cannot wait to get amongst them and get my guests rods bending.
This time last year produced good size flathead and some school jew. While the jew are not as big as in the seaway, they are a prized catch on light tackle.
This time of year can see some stunning weather, and on a week day it’s a great place to be on a boat fishing.
I’d also expect the squid to come on thicker, as well as big flounder, winter whiting, and tailor.
Be sure to carry a rod set up for tailor over the winter months, in the mornings they can turn up anywhere from the spit to sovereign island. When feeding voraciously they are not fussy and will hit just about anything that moves.
Keep a slug or soft plastic handy to cast and fast retrieve. Another easy way to target them is slow trolling 5cm hardbodies that dive to 2 metres. The tailor will rise to hit them.
School holidays are nearly upon us so get in touch to secure your charter over the busy period.
I will be getting in a limited supply of imported Ecogear packs, which should arrive by courier by the end of the week, ready to be express posted to you early next week.
The Ecogear lure colours are hand picked for the winter season to target flathead, jewfish, squid, bream and many others.
There will be two pack options available, keep an eye on our facebook page for details.
Everything eats them. The UV colours slay the fish and colour 417 is deadly for Jew in deeper holes in rivers, especially on cloudy days and early mornings 😉
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