This week’s estuary fishing tip:
Over the next few months keep an eye out for any bird or surface activity in our local waterways. The birds are what we call our eyes in the sky and they are the first to find the schools of whitebait that can be prolific in the rivers at this time of the year. Pursuing the the whitebait could be tailor and small queenfish so have some small metal spinners and some hard bodied minnows ready to cast or troll around for some great light tackle fun.
At Tweed River Smithy has been still successfully chasing big flathead and bream on lures upstream at the Chinderah and Tumbulgum reaches, using Micro Mullets, Pontoon 21s, Atomic semi hardz vibes, and Zerek fishtraps.
Gold Coast broadwater has faced some persistant wind this week which has forced us to fish upstream at the Nerang river. With the sudden cool change the bait and fish have been holding in the deeper water where the temperature is more stable. Later in the day the shallow flats have been warming up enough for the flathead to wake up and chase a feed. Bream are increasing in number and size, we often leave them biting to chase more desirable fish, but they are fun for the kids.
Flathead in the 50-65cm range have been relatively common, and put up a fight on 6lb braid. We have been successful with Hurricane blades fished deep, which have also accounted for some big, fat whiting in the deeper holes.
This week we hope to get back out in the broadwater to target more flathead, mulloway, tailor, squid, snapper, flounder, tuskfish and other surprises that often turn up there on lures.
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