9 April 2021 fishing report $ news


9 April 2021

*More mud but sunny skies ahead

*New moon run in tides best

Dad joke:

I am a 100 days sober!

Not in a row or anything, just total.


G’day everyone what can I say about this week other than wet wet wet and mud mud and more mud. 

This time last week the water was just starting to come good with the fish comprising of some nice flatties, giant trevally and mangrove jack smashing the lures but since last saturday the rain came back and turned the river into a mess once more. 

Mitch caught this jack on an atomic 85 dd lure

The Tweed catchment received over 250mm of rain on Monday and Tuesday and has caused another set back for my charter operation. With the sun out today we headed down towards the mouth of the river and managed to find a bit clearer water on the last two hours of the run in tide and caught a few bream and flatties but once the tide turned the muddy water flowed down and the bite went off completely. 

Ben with a nice trevally we caught last Thursday

The good news for this weeks report is that the rain has gone and the tides are gaining every day giving us more time to keep the bite period going. Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend and fish the run in tide near the mouth of the river and you should catch some fish but please be careful as there are trees and debris floating around everywhere.

To book a private charter with Brad call him on 0419 028 704 around 4-6pm daily


Another lot of rain arrived with around 200mm falling over a few days early this week. This was on top the recent floods, with Hinze dam still overflowing, but for the Gold Coast area the fishing will be excellent from now on. 

It looks like the end of wet season now, and more stable weather ahead in the next week. We are flat out with charters and looking forward to it. My charters have add on options of crabbing and Go Pro 9 filming of the day.

The water temperature in the Nerang river is averaging 23 degrees, I ran a charter yesterday with Rod and Ryley and although the water was muddy on the run out tide we caught about 25 fish and some nice blue swimmer crabs. Included in the catch were flathead, bream, whiting, flounder, trevally and the usual tarwhine.

Sunnie skies at last!
Broadwater catch

Best areas to fish were Runaway Bay and the reef just inside the seaway and East of Wavebreak in 9-10 metre depth. Yabbies, prawns, and whitebait work well. Dirty water lures are getting the most bites and these include Samaki Vibelicious 70mm forktails in Ginger squid and Motor Oil UV colours, and Ecogear ZX40 in colours 418 and 447, VX45 in colour 427 works very well.

Ecogear zx colour 447 works well in dirty water

New Moon falls on this coming Monday, which will mean some good fishing over the next week. The tides are favourable too, not too big not too small.

Tommy with his dinner
Rod caught this nice flathead
Riley caught this tealeaf trevally

To book a charter with Clint SMS 0432 990 302 anytime

Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Saturday: 75

Sunday: 90????

Monday: 96????

Tuesday: 91????

Wednesday: 76

Thursday: 50

Friday: 19????

*This is just a prediction. There are many factors when it comes to fishing and fish are unpredictable at times, there are no exact guarantees. We include this just for fun and see how it plays out every week.

Charter options this coming week:

Tweed river: Booked out

Gold Coast: only Wednesday and Thursdat still available this week, 14th and 15th April

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