21 December 2018 fishing tips and report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST ESTUARY FISHING TIPS AND REPORT FOR CHRISTMAS

BIG HIT FISHING TIPS:

With the silly season upon us, let’s explore some fishing options for families and others wanting to avoid the worst of the noise on the water during the Christmas break.

Firstly the main arm of the Tweed river is a great area to find some peace away from the crowds. The boat ramps will be busy but get there early and the Chinderah and Tumbulgum ramps are close to beautiful scenery and good fishing. Buy some live worms at the Chinderah servo and you’re in with a chance of big whiting.

At the Gold Coast end the tip is to fish in the 6 knot zones, to avoid the worst of the wash and noise from those annoying and inconsiderate jetskis and bigger boats. One such area is between Sundale bridge at Southport, and Seaworld.

You can drift or anchor all the way along the western side, look for depths of 2-4 metres. Drop into Southport fishing to pick up live worms, and yabbies if you don’t want to pump them on the nearby banks. Fresh squid cut into thin strips works a treat too.

Use light sinkers and running traces with no.4 size Mustad baitholder hooks and you should score some nice whiting, flathead, and flounder, especially around sunrise and sunset.

Drifting and flicking Ecogear ZX40 blades lightly coated in Sax scent will see you hook a large range of fish in the same areas.

REPORT

TWEED:

Brad has been catching nice whiting on surface lures with MMD splash prawns and Bassday Sugapens being the go to lures.

Some hard fighting Trevally have been turning up too.

GOLD COAST:

The fishing was good for Clint in the broadwater until the neap tides and drop in air pressure which made it hard work.

Before that we had successful days fishing the deeper water to 8 metres with vibes and catching solid Tuskfish, flathead, summer whiting, winter whiting, flounder, squid, grassy emperor, squire, and others added to the mix.

Best areas were south of south currigee, east of wavebreak island, and along the edges of the main channel just North of the seaway.

With the tides building to the full moon this weekend, the southern end of the broadwater and the western edges between wavebreak island and paradise point should fire up, especially with a rise in air pressure.

At the Tweed the upstream areas from Chinderah to Murwillumbah and the Terranora lakes will be the go, but be prepared to do the miles to find showings of bait and fish on the sounder.

The next six days will be a good time to target mangrove jacks near rock walls, bridges, pontoons, and mangroves.

We now have available for sale a limited supply of our best Ecogear ZX40 lure/ Sax scent packs in our favourite colours and flavours. Message us for details, more can be ordered in as required.

Now is a good time to book in your January charter, as we will book out quickly after Christmas.

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Cheers and a very Merry and peaceful Christmas to everyone!
Smithy and Clinto

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