Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week, the Sunshine has been a sight for sore eyes on the Gold and Tweed Coasts after the massive dumping of rain we copped last week. Hundreds of millimetres of rain wreaked havoc throughout the Tweed and Gold Coast rivers and waterways with massive amount of fresh water and debris scattered everywhere. The systems look like they are all recovering well this week. Let’s see what’s been biting.
Mud Crabs have been a good target species after all the rain, with a big fresh water flush like last week it is a bit hit and miss but once you can locate a few you should come up trumps with a great feed. The best bet would be to start working your pots around the river mouths where they meet the main channel, depending on the catch rate try either deeper water or the edges to find out where most of the Crabs are. A few nice crabs have come from the mouth of the North and South are of the Coomera River, Coomera Houseboat customers caught a few nice bucks in the Pimpama River. Also try the Logan River, Nerang River, Russel Island, Canaipa Passage and Cabbage Tree Point. Whole Mullet and fish frames make great bait. I recommend changing the bait regularly, you will catch more crabs with fresher bait.
Water quality will make a big difference to catch rates this week, looking for clean water and tides lines where the fresh water meets the salt around the bar entrances will increase your chances of finding some quality fish. The Gold Coast Seaway has fished well this week on the incoming tide between the pipeline and Wave Break Island where there is a bit of scattered rubble. This area has produced some nice Squire, Bream, Moses, Tuskies and Trevally. Using a mixture of metal and plastic vibes or drifting baits like White Pilchards, Prawns, WA Pilchards or Yabbies has been successful. Jumpinpin Bar area has also produced a variety of species including a few nice Tailor for lucky anglers making the effort to get out.
Customers reported some red-hot Bass fishing last weekend and earlier in the week at Hinze Dam, after the big stir from all the rain and run off up it sounds like the Bass were hungry hitting a mixture of lures and bait.
The benefits of all the rain should pay off for all anglers as over the next few months with bait fish being distributed throughout the waterways of the Tweed and Gold coast helping to keep predators on the bite as we transition into Autumn.
At the time of writing my report it looks like we may see a bit of swell return to the offshore grounds and some wind and a bit rain hanging around. The sheltered waterways of the Gold Coast Broadwater and Tweed River will be the best bet.
Clint and Smithy from Brad Smith Fishing Charters have reported this week the target species will be either Whiting, Mulloway, Winter Whiting or Flathead to be on the chew, and we will be doing a few charters chasing the legendary Australian bass in the coming week too! We can run charters chasing estuary fish in the Broadwater and Bass in lakes in the same day too. Jacks will still be around but will become more active in the coming weeks as the water warms back up to 28 degrees. It has been super muddy up the rivers, try the dams for Bass, also try lakes and near the river mouths on last of run in tides. Pump yabbies at low tide and try for Whiting, Flathead, Bream in deeper water off the edge of channels in the Broadwater on the run in.
Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.
New fishing regulations now effective fisheries Queensland http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/9/1/new-fishing-regulations-now-effective
Fisho Tackle and Coomera Houseboat Holidays now have Hire Tinnies follow the link to view
Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/
If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to [email protected] Good luck with the Fishing. Brett