27 July 2018 fishing report

This week’s tip:

We often notice boats racing up and down the rivers constantly searching for fish. Number one you’ll burn excessive fuel and two you’re probably driving over fish to find fish.

Slow down, look closely at your surroundings and be observant. Look for signs of life such as birds diving, bait schools getting chased, changes in the water flow.

If you’re fishing a new area, pick a 1km section and just stay and focus on that area the whole day and get to know it. You should know all the features of the river floor before moving on somewhere else. After a while you will look out at the river as if there is no water there and “see” all the contours and depth changes.

Do that for every 1km section of your local waterway and before too long you will have your own hotspots to fall back on every time you go fishing.

A good start is to book an exclusive charter with us to show you various lure techniques guaranteed to catch fish every time you go. We fish the calm waters of the Tweed river, and Gold Coast broadwater.

Fishing report:

Clint has one more week off with his twin babies before he’s back on the water fishing. From all reports there is plenty of flathead around as is normal for this time of year. Expect the squid to be prominent too, and snapper, bream, tarwine, winter whiting, tuskfish will make up the bulk of the catch this coming week.

Tweed river:

Brad reports great numbers of flathead still in the mid to upper reaches of the Tweed river. Not a lot of size about them this week but the numbers providing great entertainment on light tackle for his clients. Fish in the 40-50cm size range are ideal for the pan too.

This screenshot below from Brad’s new Humminbird fish finder is interesting, showing clearly on side scan this structure near Condong sugar mill which has provided plenty of action and heartbreak in summer chasing Mangrove Jack.

Here’s what Brad had to say about his new Humminbird fish finder, we run Humminbirds on both boats and can’t speak highly enough of them:

“A huge thank you to Humminbird Australia and Stones Corner Marine for supplying me with a new Helix 9 Mega Chirp SI GPS GN2 Sounder.

I have been using Humminbird sounders on my charter boats for 25 years and I can not say enough about how tough, reliable and efficient they and just as important how much I rely on them to be able to guarantee that my clients catch fish.

If you would like to purchase a new sounder or upgrade the old one drop in and see or contact James Cullen and the team at Stones Corner Marine and mention my name for some great prices and great service.”

Keen to catch a feed of flathead? Message us to chat about your personalised lure fishing charter or click here: m.me/bradsmithfishingcharters.

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