29 May 2020 fishing report & news


29 May 2020

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G’day everyone the Tweed has been fishing very consistently over the last few weeks for a variety of species. 

The zx 40 vibe did the job for Josh with this nice flattie

The deep holes in the river are the best places to try but make sure you take the time to study your sounder and locate the bait schools that are holding along the bottom before you start to fish. The species that have been feeding on the bait have been flathead, bream, school jew and the odd big whiting and big eye trevally. 

Finding schools of bait like this on your sounder is the key for fishing the deep holes
Josh with a school jew that took a Samaki vibelicious lure.

As nearly always the time around the tide changes has seen a spike in the fishes feeding patterns especially the jewies. The lures that have been doing the damage are the ever reliable ecogear zx 40s and the samiki vibelicious soft vibe lures. Now that the water is starting to cool down we should see the fishing getting even better especially for the flatties and jew so i am looking forward to the oncoming winter months. 

Shirley with a nice flattie caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack lure


Hi everyone,

There has been good numbers of squid, tuskfish, sand whiting, sand crabs, and flounder around Crab island this week. The big dredger working along the Western channel is stirring up the water and attracting fish. 

A tasty haul of squid from the Gold Coast broadwater

I catch most of my squid with Ecogear ZX40 440 colour lures with a bit of Sax scent smeared all over them. The little assist hooks on these lures are “sticky” and have a knack of pinning the squid through one of their candles. They also hold bottom very well in flowing water, and draw the squid out of weed beds and reef. The squid are getting bigger as winter draws on, so set a light drag to avoid pulling hooks through them. 

Allan with the day’s catch
A variety of fresh seafood, with plenty more released

Winter whiting, tailor, flathead are along the main channel edges around Southport.

Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Friday: 32%

Saturday: 70%

Sunday: 39%

Monday: 14%

Tuesday: 25%

Wednesday: 58%

Thursday: 81%

Charter options this coming week:

Tweed river: Full moon is next Saturday, so the growing tides mean up river will see increased fish activity. Brad has days available to target flathead over the flats, and mulloway in the deeper sections, all on vibe and hardbody lures

Gold Coast: Again the increased size tides leading up to full moon next Saturday will fire up the fishing. 

Charters are available for 1-2 people on both Brad and Clint’s boats, options include fishing with vibe and hardbody lures in the river for flathead, mulloway, trevally, bream. Also wading the flats for whiting, and chasing bass in the fresh water with lures, as well as big whiting in the river with live bait.

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Squid will attack vibes aggressively

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Watch this space! Plenty of stock arriving next few days! Including Ecogear ZX40 blades in colour 440 and others, Ecogear VX’s, Sax scent, MMD splash prawns, Yamatoyo braid, secret hardbodies and vibes and more!

We have ready made fishing lure packs in our shop, but custom orders are welcome too. Message us or sms Clint 0432 990 302 and we’ll help you out!

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