25 May 2018 fishing report

This week’s fishing tip:

Windy days on the weekend.

Easier and tempting to stay in bed, sleep in, get up, have a coffee, then watch a fishing show on tv that makes you want to go fishing.

Sound familiar? You only live once so get out there and get fishing. Windy days provide some really good fishing. Obviously offshore is out of the question it’s too strong, but in Gold Coast estuaries estuaries fish can be very active. The wind can provide surface chop so the fish have the cover to be less wary, and it can stir up some dirty water off the banks, and move the food around, again providing cover for fish to feed.

You can anchor which is not often that effective. Trolling works well on windy days. I’ve been out in gale force wind and smashed flathead for hours on end trolling Lively Lures micro mullets. Try troll with the tide for best results, and if there is a head wind at the same time even better, slows you down and keeps you in the strike zone longer when passing through a patch of fish. Also if drifting look for cover, during the cyclone up North a few months ago we found a high sheltered bank at the Tweed and had a fantastic session on solid flathead and big sand whiting.

Fishing report:

What a great time of year to get out there and experience the great outdoors! And no better way than to do so on our calm water fishing charters at the Gold Coast.

Until the tides got smaller we were racking up big numbers of fish in the broadwater. The dominant species have been Purple tuskfish which put up a terrific fight on light tackle, and nice flounder, winter whiting, flathead, squid, and snapper. Prawn shape blades and yabbies have been smashing them. This weekend as the tides increase we should see plenty of fish activity again.

At the Tweed the flathead have been biting on blades fished deep and trolled Pontoon 21 crackjacks. Now that the water temperature is cooling down there will be an increase in numbers of big sea bream entering the rivers to spawn. The weeks leading up to the new and full moons over the next few months should be the time to target these solid, hard fighting fish.

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