5 September 2019 fishing report

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This week the Tweed river has been fishing pretty much the same as it has for the past month. The good old flatties have still dominated the catch rate and are taking our lures in both the deep holes and trolling the flats and channel edges. 

The good news is that we managed to pick up quite a few Jewies that were also lurking in the holes. Some of the jew were only small but there were a couple of good fish over the 70cm mark that really stretched our light equipment. 

The mulloway were on the bite for Bourney and the boys

Fishing the holes around the tide changes with a combination of Ecogear ZX40 and Strike Pro cyber vibes did the job on these fun fish.   


A great week weather wise and a mix of success with the fishing improving after the new moon.

I headed up Nerang river last Friday and it was slow going and glassy conditions, only managing some flathead, queenfish, and bream. The river needs a big flush and with the long range forecast of a hot, dry Spring, it will take some big storms or a cyclonic low to dump much needed rain in the catchments.

The broadwater is the place to be with so much variety on offer out there. Norm, Trish and Sal came out for a family fish yesterday. The weather was near perfect, almost too good, so we stuck to fishing the deeper reef and sand areas around the 5 to 7 metre mark.

Norm, Trish and Sal on a family fishing trip
A fresh feed of delicious seafood!

Bigger tides mean we have to accurately time where we fish, within an hour of the tide changes provides the best bite period. Setting the correct drift speed and angle is crucial to catching 30 plus fish in a session. Dabbing some SAX scent on the lures every 30 minuted helps the return bite when they don’t hook up on the first strike.

Eric with a nice school size flathead at the Gold Coast broadwater

We caught some really nice flounder, squid, winter whiting, flathead, bream, queenfish, and Trish caught and released this extremely unusual fish pictured below.

We think it is an Elegant Sand Diver, unheard of around these parts and usually found in parts of the Northern great barrier reef and Western Pacific!

Elegant sand diver

On Tuesday the action picked up in the afternoon, return guests Alf and Ricky enjoyed a productive session with a good number of flathead to 61cm, squire, and winter whiting caught on lures fished both shallow and deep.

Ricky with a solid 61cm flathead

This coming week sees a return to smaller day time tides so it’s best to focus your efforts close to the river mouths and work the deep water around the slack water. The snot weed will become annoying on the last half of the run out tides. Keep moving to areas that are clear of it.

Broadwater flathead caught on Ecogear ZX40 lure

Night time is the go if you’re chasing bigger sand whiting and mangrove jacks as the water temperatures begin to rise. 

View of Surfers Paradise after sunset

September onwards we start to get heavily booked every year, get in touch to lock in your private charter guaranteed to catch fish on lures.

Brad’s boat takes two guests maximum and he fishes Tweed and Gold Coast estuaries. My boat takes four guests maximum and I fish Nerang river and Gold Coast broadwater.

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