THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT
3 October 2019
TWEED RIVER by Smithy
It’s that time of the year now, the water temperature is starting to rise and the Giant Trevally are taking full advantage of it.
The trevally follow the channels along the full length of the Tweed moving well upstream on the run in tides and then make their way back with the run out tides. We have caught trevally on every trip this week and although they have only been small we have lost two big models with one straightening the hooks and the other pulling the lure out during the fight.
Trolling a combination of deep and shallow running lures has been the way to go but I have two spare rods rigged with MMD Splash Prawns ready to cast at them if they bust up on the surface.
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GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto
Some good fish came aboard my charters this week before being photographed and released. We got onto mangrove jacks and giant trevally four days in a row, which was nailbiting fun for my guests.
A very busy time over school holidays, I did 16 charters in 12 days for me, a day off today then flat out again. As they say, no rest for the wicked!
One of the highlights of the week was eight year old Luke catching his first mangrove jack on an afternoon charter with his family. Nice size fish which put up a tough fight on light tackle, well done Luke for releasing the beautiful fish too.
In the broadwater the flathead have made a welcome return and all coming on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax Scent, and Samaki vibelicious soft vibes.
They have been scattered everywhere from Runaway Bay to Southport in depths ranging from three to eight metres. Keep moving to get the number when the tide is running. Andrew visiting from UAE got a nice 60cm fish on a trip with his sons.
We have also caught winter whiting, flounder, squid, oceanic queenfish, tarwine and squire in the broadwater slo on lures.
Back up the river it has been slow for flathead with just the odd one around, there has been some big bream though and some nice GT’s with Derrick nailing a nice one on soft plastic on a day charter, and Sam battling a good one on an evening charter.
This coming weekend and week looks like good weather to look forward to. Smaller tides will provide the opportunity to fish the deeper sections of the broadwater with vibes.
The river water temperature has dipped to around 22 with the Northerly winds earlier in the week. Expect it to quickly rise to 24 and above in coming days, and with that the mangrove jacks will be aggressive and hungry.
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