28 February 2020 fishing report & news


28 February 2020


G’day everyone, what a difference a bit of rain makes with the whole area returning to it’s lush green self once again. Apart from dodging a few showers and getting caught by few out on the water the fishing has been very good by utilising the conditions. 

The upper reaches of the river are still to dirty to fish so we have been staying downstream and working the areas where the clean water is being pushed in by the big new moon tides. The area where the dirty water and clean oceanic water is meeting is holding a strong concentration and variety of species. 

Dick with one of the many flatties that are around in numbers at present

Trolling pontoon 21 crackjack lures is producing flathead, bream and whiting and we have been mixing it up by drifting and casting metal and soft vibes for the same species. The shallow flats around the last couple of hours of the run in tide has also been fun for casting surface lures for whiting and especially bream that seem to be in numbers foraging over the shallow seagrass beds. 

Trolling pontoon 21 crackjacks and casting surface lures are producing nice school sized whiting

We have also caught some small Giant Trevally on surface lures and by trolling around the areas where the birds are feeding on baitfish schools holding along the current lines.  


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The Gold Coast estuary fishing is really starting to improve after the rain events and this will continue in coming weeks.

The Seaway is clearing after the rain

Before I left for a family holiday in Noosa the sand whiting were feeding in the Southern broadwater along the channel edges between Sundale bridge and the Spit.

Using freshly pumped yabbies or Ecogear ZX40 blades or Samaki soft vibes coated in Sax scent goldprawn will catch you a feed of winter whiting, sand whiting, flounder, and flathead.

The whiting are feeding in numbers

This coming week as the dirty water dilutes further the fish will start to head slightly more upstream chasing food. Expect mangrove jacks, bream, grunter, tarwine, and trevally to be on the bite.

Rainbow over the broadwater

I’m back from holiday on Thursday and straight back on the water with a number of night jack and day estuary charters booked.

Myself and Brad do still have some spots available in March so get in touch soon to enjoy some prime time fishing last seen four years ago.

Healthy fat whiting will grab lures such as this Ecogear ZX40

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