23 January 2020 fishing report


23 January 2020


G’day everyone, what a wonderful relief it has been for our land and of course rivers to at last receive some much needed rain. 

The rivers are running very muddy at present but this is just what we needed and the fishing over the next couple of weeks will fire right up as the clarity and salinity levels return. 

We are fishing the lower reaches of the river at the moment on the run in tide and getting some good results fishing the colour change of the ocean water pushing in against the dirty water. 

Mark with a fantastic Golden Trevally caught on a deep diving lure

Flathead, bream and whiting are the target species as well as mangrove jacks. There are also some big trevally feeding around the discoloured tide line.

Call Smithy on 0419 028 704 to book your Tweed river charter with him.

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We’ve been hoping for a big dump of rain for a long time and it finally arrived. The Nerang river catchment getting more than anywhere else for once, and it is very muddy at present from Surfers Paradise upwards.

Your best option at present is fishing in and near the seaway, with the bigger run in tides there is some clearer water pushing through the northern broadwater. 

A spike in the barometer will see jacks and mulloway on the feed around the seaway pipe, while the reef between the seaway and wavebreak island always has little squire and bream for a bit of fun. Drop lures and yabbies in the 6-8m depth there when the tides not running too hard and you should be on.

Yabbies and Ecogear blades will also work very well in the Southern broadwater for sand whiting, winter whiting, flathead, squire, grassy emperor, squid, and tarwine. Use lures with metallic and darker colours in the dirty water.

A nice mix caught in the broadwater with yabbies and lures

I have been postponing my jack charters until next week and beyond, the main river is still too fresh and needs more influx of salt.

We’ll then be flat out with charters with the only dates still available in the next six weeks being 4 February, 12 February, 18 February, 6 March.

The fishing will be great in the next few weeks thanks to the big flush out the rain provided.

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your Gold Coast estuary charter with Clint for 1-4 people.

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