21 November 2019 fishing report


THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The fishing around the areas close to the Tweed river mouth has been tough due to the huge amount of cornflake weed being carried in by the constant northerly winds that have been blowing. 

The mid to upper reaches of the river is the place to be for success. Casting mmd splash prawns and bassday sugerpen lures across the surface around the shallow flats has provided some great visual action on some whiting and bream. 

This whiting caught on the surface by Nick was being attacked by a huge flattie beside the boat.

We had the opportunity to watch a huge flattie trying to swallow one of the whiting my client was trying to land. The flattie was snapping at the fish all around the boat in about a foot and half of water it was dramatic to watch and shows what mean and aggressive fish flatties can be. Speaking of flathead we have been getting a few but mainly very early in the mornings around the tide changes. 

Try fishing around the very early morning tide changes for the flatties

During this hot weather period the water temperature has been getting a bit too warm for them through the middle of the day.    

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GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

A nice mix of fishing trips this past week for me with some night time jack charters, whiting charters, day fishing up the river for trevally, grunter, flathead and whiting, and a few trips to the broadwater.

Moses Perch hit baits hard

The bigger jacks are firing up more with the water temp exceeding 28 degrees in some places. We have had some monster fish hooked up for guests and soon we will stop one haha.

The summer whiting are not in big numbers yet but there are some decent ones around, our biggest this week was 41cm caught by Evan, who also caught a solid bigeye trevally on a whiting rod with yabbie as bait, the reel was screaming!

Evan with his 41cm whiting caught on a yabbie

Some nice Giant Trevally are hunting baitfish in Nerang river, these bruisers are top fun on light tackle and definitely keep us on our toes. They will try very hard to cut you off on structure including your boat so quick reactions are needed to avoid a bust off.

Yuya with a 50cm GT caught on an Ecogear ZX40 blade

Trolling hardbody lures such as Pontoon 21 crackjacks and Savage Gear xdr 3d 50mm shrimp over shallow sandflats will often result in a savage strike and long sustained run on 6 lb line.

The Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes are still working well in 5-7m deep holes for flathead and trevally.

Some hard fighting grunter have been biting in the canals

This week in the lead up to new moon is a good time to fish the evenings starting nearer the river mouths then doing a milk run following the flow upstream for jacks on live baits and dead bait such as whiting, mullet and silver biddies.

Ryota with a nice flathead caught on a Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibe

Fish for sand whiting after sunset in the lower to middle reaches with live bloodworms and yabbies which you can buy from The Bait shop at Arundel.

Use no. 4 or 6 baitholder hooks and size 3 or 4 ball sinkers on a 1.5m long 6 lb fluorocarbon trace.

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