Hi Everyone, hope you’ve all had a great week. It’s nice to see the Gold Coast was spared from all the bad weather forecast with us only receiving a few showers of rain and lighter winds. The hot humid days have certainly got some quality Mangrove Jack on the chew. Let’s have a look at some fishing options.
The rain didn’t dampen spirits on the Goldy, and the southern Broadwater has been producing a great variety of reef species for Coomera Bait and Tackle customers normally found on the offshore grounds so far this summer. It’s great to see plenty of juvenile Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Grassy Sweetlip, Tuskfish and Moses hanging around the gravel and coffee rock areas. Some good spots to try are the Gold Coast Seaway, Wave Break Island, the main channel from the Seaway north to Currigee, Sovereign Island and Ephraim Island. Drift Fishing with Prawns, White Pilchards and Yabbies works well if you’re using bait. For the lure fisho try working TT Switch Blades, Zerek Fish Trap soft vibes or Zman Soft Plastics. No matter what size fish you catch they certainly will put up a great fight, just be aware of the legal size limit if you want to keep a feed.
Weather permitting the offshore grounds have been producing some nice Dolphin fish and the odd little Black Marlin so far this season. Fish have been spread out mostly between the 36 to 50 fathom lines. Keep an eye on the sounder for bait schools, warmer water or a temperature break, and also look out for bird activity and you should be lucky enough to find the fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the smallest log or bit off rubbish acting as a FAD floating on the water, even large jelly fish will attract small bait fish and will also hold pelagic predators like Billfish, Dolphin Fish and Wahoo. Trolling small to medium sized skirted lures around 6 to 7 knots rigged on 80 to 100lb mono is my method of catching pelagic species, it’s a very exciting and visual way to fish. Dolphin fish and Wahoo are fantastic table fish and would make a great addition to Christmas dinner.
Whiting have been around in numbers this week, Coomera Houseboat Holidays customers have been landing a nice feed with some good sized elbow slappers on the chew. A few good spots to try are Canaipa Passage, Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Coomera River both arms, Paradise Point, Pimpama River and the Nerang River. Worms and Yabbies are the best bait. Another fun and popular method is casting small surface poppers and surface walkers in the shallows, Whiting are very aggressive feeders and will chase down your lure and smash it.
Clint from Brad Smith Fishing Charters has found some quality Mangrove Jack in the Nerang River and Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Flounder and Tusk Fish from the Broadwater. Brad has been fishing upstream in the Tweed River catching a mixture bag of Trevally, Flathead, Bream and Bass.
We all at Coomera Houseboat Holidays and Coomera Bait & Tackle wish everyone a safe and fantastic Christmas break with your family and friends.
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.
Coomera Houseboat Holidays/Coomera Bait & Tackle now have Hire Tinnies 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/
At the time of writing my report the forecast looks like we will see stronger Hot Northerly winds on Friday which will ease and swing to the South on Saturday making it the best day to head out for a fish. Sunday will see a strong SE wind change. I always recommend you have the latest weather report before you head out on the water.
If you have any great catches to report or fishing photos please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck with the Fishing. Brett
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