Fishing Report – 22 February 2023
It was a bit windy during the week with the cooler south-easterly hanging around. The good news at the time of writing my report is the weekend ahead is looking very favourable for fishing with light north easterly winds and a decrease in swell and Sunday being the pick of the days for me so far.
Let’s have a look at what’s been caught on the Gold and Teed Coasts this week.
Some great catches of tasty Whiting have been landed this week with Brett Van Latham getting amongst some top-quality fish in the Nerang River last weekend. It has been a good season for Whiting so far this summer with good numbers of solid fish being caught. Fishing at night time has consistently produced the best fish out fishing the daytime trips. Some of the better spots to fish have been the Tweed River, Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin Creek, Wave Break Island, Coomera River, Pimpama River, North Bedrooms, Tiger Mullet Channel, Jacobs Well and the Logan River. When looking for a spot to try you need to pick an area that gets a good amount of run in the tide. This helps to stir up the bottom and assist the schools of Whiting feeding. If you have a sounder try to look for an undulating bottom rather than flat ground, a water depth of between 1 to 3 metres is ideal. On high tide you can even target the tops of sandbanks quite successfully in extremely shallow water. As the tide runs out, fish the edges of the banks and spread your rods out over a few different depths of water until you find the best depth to fish in. If an area goes quiet just keep moving around until you start to find the school of fish, as they can move around a fair bit when searching for a feed. Keep you tackle as light as possible, I recommend a light estuary outfit around 7 to 9 foot long with a sensitive tip matched with a small alvey or spin reel spooled with 6 to 9lb mono, a long 6lb fluorocarbon leader, size 3 to 5 ball sinker current dependant and a size 6 or 4 baitholder hook depending on what bait you are using. The best bait is live blood worms, Beach worms and yabbies.
The Spanish Have Returned
The conditions have been pretty good for getting offshore the past week which is a welcome change for all the below average conditions so far this summer. Good news for those fishos that like to chase Spanish Mackerel, the first of the two closures ended on the 21st of February giving you a chance to target a feed off southeast Queensland. Last weekend we were blessed with some great weather for heading offshore. Spotted Mackerel seemed to be busting up on a few of the closer reefs making a welcome target for a feed. This weekend you will be able to target both Spanish and Spotties. Try trolling lures around the 18 and 24 fathom reefs off the seaway, Mermaid Reef, Palm Beach reef, and the Gravel Patch at first light, whilst keeping a keen eye on the sounder for signs of fish schooling and bait fish that would hold predators. Bottom fishing has also produced some nice Snapper, Jewfish, Moses Perch, Tusk Fish, Maori Cod, Trag Jew and Cobia from the 18 and 24 fathom grounds. Boats trolling skirted lures on the 36 and 50 fathom lines are still finding some good-sized Black Marlin, Dolphin Fish and Wahoo. If the current is a bit slower and the trolling is quiet it will be worth having a drop for some Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tusk Fish, Yellow Tail King Fish, Samson and Amberjacks on the wider reefs.
QUOTES FROM THE BOATS
Brad from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports:
“Once again the deeper holes provided the best fishing with Flathead, Mangrove Jack, and Trevally caught on Ecogear breamer and zx vibes. Fish feeding activity has increased as we get closer to the new moon and associated bigger tides. The rock bars of the Tweed River have been holding fish in the mornings before the water heats up.”
Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters reports:
“We’ve been lucky to have some good weather lately, and more to come next week. During the small neap tides the deepest areas in the Broadwater were fishing best with a variety of species. Ecogear ZX40’s, Ecogear breamer vibes, and live yabbies were once again working well, on Flathead, Flounder, Tarwhine, Bream, Tuskies, Squire, Tailor, Whiting, and even Squid. There were a few Blue Swimmer Crabs too. I just fish where the flow is best during each stage of the tides. Close to the changes, I fish the deeper open channels and on top of sand flats. During the hardest run I fish anywhere that has protection from the strong flow like side channels and edges. The big tides drop off and tides come around to morning lows, the Whiting have been quiet so hopefully they return. ”
Gavin from Sea Probe Fishing Charters reports:
“There has been some good catches of Spanish Mackerel since the first of two southern Queensland closures has finished in on the close reefs using live bait and also spinning with slugs. Out wider still some Snapper, Pearl Perch and Kingfish.”
LINKS & INFO
Stay up to date with all fishing regulations in Queensland https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries
Fisho Tackle and Coomera Houseboat Holidays now have Hire follow the link to view http://www.coomerahouseboats.com.au/our-fleet-type/hire-tinnies/
Seabreeze is a great website to access a local forecast http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/
Good luck with the Fishing. Brett