THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT
28 November 2019
TWEED RIVER by Smithy
The best fishing is still upstream, whiting are the main target on surface lures with MMD splash prawns the lure of choice. A few bream are also falling for these great looking lures.
The best chance of catching flathead is by trolling hardbody lures in the 2-4 metre depth range, or teabagging blades and Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes in the deeper holes up Tweed river.
The hot weather will further bring on big mangrove jacks which can be caught on deep diving lures trolled close to structure such as rock walls.
GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto
We ventured to the Gold Coast broadwater on Saturday. John Jr shouted his Dad John St a charter for his 75th birthday. The morning started off well until the Northerly wind increased.
We caught a few flathead and whiting on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax scent goldprawn, then moved up Nerang river to find shelter from the breeze.
Trolling Pontoon 21 crackjack and Savage Gear 3d xdr shrimps produced a birthday feed of flathead for John. The flathead are very scattered and you have to cover a lot of ground to find them.
The rest of the week we focused on targeting mangrove jacks in the evenings. With the Northerly winds persistent in the broadwater we ventured into the local canals with cast nets to catch winter whiting, silver biddys, and poddy mullet.
We have managed to catch jacks on every charter this week, all fish measured over 50cm and all were released. Mixing up baits pays, like any fishing keep trying different things to find what works. Always hold on tight to your rod, they hit like trains and often there is no warning.
Looking at the week ahead, there looks to be no end to the Northerly winds. The upside is the jacks don’t seem to mind. There is also a lot of big bream around at night up the rivers.
After the new moon on Wednesday the tides will drop away at night with some bigger flow still around in the mornings, which is good lure lure fishing in the estuary middle reaches.
There has been large schools of bigeye trevally feasting on jelly prawns during the run out tides. These guys are terrific fun on light tackle and small lures. Use Mmd splashprawns to match the hatch and get their attention at night with their popping action.
Remember to grab a December copy of the legendary Bush ‘n Beach magazine, the Christmas edition. I’ll be writing monthly articles and like Smithy will always include tips and news to help anglers catch more fish!
Hope to say g’day to you on the water soon!
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