10 May 2019

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

TWEED RIVER

Well everyone the mornings are starting to get cooler by the day but as predicted the flathead are gaining in numbers and will continue to do so.

Finding bait on the bottom of the deep holes has been hard to find on the sounder but when found some good sized flatties are feeding underneath it.

Bigger numbers of smaller school sized flathead are moving up into the shallower warmer water on the run in tides.

There is the odd jewie marking up in deeper holes but have been a bit reluctant to take the lures, perseverance is the key for these bucketlist fish.

Nice little GT caught on Ecogear ZX40 lure

A few small bream and the odd small giant trevally are filling in the gaps in the catch rate. 

Ross with a big flathead caught on a charter with Smithy at Tweed River

GOLD COAST

Still getting good mixed bags for our daily guests on Ecogear ZX40 lures smeared in Sax scent goldprawn, and yabbies. 

Good size tuskfish, flounder, flathead and heaps of winter whiting are feeding in the broadwater at South Currigee, Runaway Bay, Lands End, and Seaworld resort.

Declan with a nice tuskfish from the broadwater

It’s great to see flathead around the 40-50cm mark turning up in bigger numbers in the broadwater.

This month a technique that works very well is drifting with yabbies which can be easily pumped on lower tides from the sandbanks between broadwater caravan park and wavebreak island.

Use 6 lb braid main line, then a no.2 size ball running sinker or bigger if needed to reach the bottom, onto a small swivel then 1 metre fluorocarbon leader with a size 4 Mustad baitholder hook, and a 2-4kg rod with 2500 size reel.

This is all you need to catch good size fish, just remember to not tighten the drag too much and play bigger fish carefully. 

Chantal with a solid Tailor caught on Ecogear ZX40 vibe at Nerang River

Drift along the edges of channels in 2-4m of water and you’ll catch various species of fish. If you don’t know an area well, drift between  channel markers and you can’t go too far wrong.

Cheers and Happy Mothers Day to all our special mums!

Smithy & Clinto

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