26 September 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

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TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The water in the tweed river is probably the clearest I have seen it due to the obvious lack of much needed rain. 

At times like this the fish spread out and are happy to move well upstream with the high salinity levels. Trolling is a great way to go when the fish are spread out as trolling allows you to cover a lot of ground. 

Luke with a scarlet sea perch caught trolling a Pontoon 21 lure at Southport

Flatties have been the main player while trolling with a few small bream and whiting taking the pontoon 21 lures as well. This could be a good season for Giant Trevally as they normally start their campaign from October onwards but we have caught the odd small one while trolling and have seen some bigger models busting up the baitfish. 

Mick with a small Gt caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack
Michael Kelly with a flattie caught on a zx40

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

An interesting week. The water is now around 24 degrees in Nerang river and the mangrove jacks will be getting active, especially with warmer days and muggy, stormy nights. With the lack of bait around the jacks will be hungry. 

James with a nice flathead for dinner

In Nerang river our charter catches have consisted of school flathead, good size spotted grunter, bream, and a few small jewfish. Best spots to fish have been the deeper holes and also the canals off the main river.

Max with a solid Nerang river grunter

At the Gold Coast broadwater there are school flathead, squid, tarwine, small trevally, bream, flounder, cod, sand whiting, and the winter whiting are increasing in numbers and size. Best areas have been all around Crab island and the main channel around Southport.

Joey with a nice school flathead

This coming week features the lead up to the new moon. Any tide change over one metre in size makes the broadwater tricky to fish. Try the deeper areas within an hour either side of tide changes, and the edges and shallow banks out of the main flow at other times.

Cuttlefish caught trolling a Pontoon 21 lure!

For jacks try mullet and whiting fillets in the evenings around the tide changes and near structure. Make sure you use strong hooks like Mustad hoodlums or the jacks will straighten them for you.

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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