12 September 2019 fishing report


THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT FROM OUR CHARTERS:

12 September 2019

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The strong winds that have been blowing over the past few days have been enough to blow the milk out of your coffee and have unfortunately helped the tragic bushfires raging in our Hinterland. 

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the people along the range that have lost homes and property and the emergency services that are fighting a dangerous battle to try and control this devastating blaze. 

Don and Jason’s jack!
Don and son Jason both caught the same jack on two different lures!

On the water I often take advantage of the wind especially finding shallow areas where the wind is blowing hard against the tide as this rough area rolls the bottom over and discolours the water which I call stirring the pot. The flatties and bream in the Tweed over the past few days have been smashing the vibes and hard bodied minnows in this agitated water. 

Don with a nice Giant Trevally caught on a Pontoon 21 crackjack lure on a charter with Smithy at Nerang river

On the flip side I have had to find some calm water out of the wind to fish the deep holes where we caught some flatties and small jewies.       

Jewie on Strike Pro blade

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

As Smithy said we are thinking of those affected by the bushfires, and we are donating to help, hope you can too. Let’s hope we get some rain soon to settle everything down.

This week the wind has forced us to fish upstream and it has not been easy, the GT’s are making a welcome appearance.

55cm GT caught at Nerang river on Atomic 75 shiner lure
Good size GT slammed a lure at Nerang river

The next few months are prime time for these brutal speedsters, and other species of trevally. They provide nailbiting fun on light tackle! Awesome fish.

GT action!

My charters up Nerang river have also provided some school size flathead, bream, grunter, and whiting. There are small patches of bait way upstream as expected with the lack of rain.

Hoony with a solid grunter caught on blade at a Gold Coast canal

When the wind drops I will be eager to get out to the deeper reef in the broadwater again, to find flathead, squid, whiting, tuskfish, flounder, squire and many more for my charter guests. School holidays are coming soon so book your charter asap to avoid missing out.

The warmer weather coming next week will see the mighty mangrove jacks become more active. Nothing matches these magnificent fish for excitement.

Your best bet in the clear water will be to fish in the early mornings and evenings around the tide changes, getting your lures or baits in close to structure such as bridge pylons, drains, rock walls, pontoons, and moored boats.

There is no better bait for the Nerang river than live winter whiting, which we catch on lures for our mangrove jack charters over the warmer months. Strips of mullet are also a good bait. 

See the top of our facebook page for details about early season jack charters and our competition to win a jack trip for you and a mate.

Also remember to browse our facebook shop for our go to lures and packs, and if you have a custom order, message us and we’ll be glad to help.

Hope to say g’day on the water soon.

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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