21 September 2018 fishing tips & report

This week’s Gold Coast estuary fishing tips:

UV active lures are making an impact on recent times on the estuary fishing scene and on our Gold Coast fishing charters. It is quite surprising how well they work at times. We’ve also recently experimented with UV enabled scent on our vibe lures, to great effect.

The bite is more aggressive and sustained, when fish miss the hooks they often return three or four times until getting hooked.

It’s common knowledge to use lure colours to suit the water and weather conditions, for example using natural colours in clear water and sunny days. UV active lures add an extra element to whatever contrast catches the attention of predatory estuary fish. In short they work in most conditions!

A perfect example is Zerek’s range of Tango Shad lures that are UV active. Check them out, they will add another weapon to your fishing arsenal, and another reason we can guarantee our clients will catch fish day in and day out.

Estuary fishing report:

At the Tweed river the school flathead continue to be the staple catch for Brad with some Giant Trevally mixed in, on some clear and calm days he puts in long trolling runs to locate the feeding nests of fish, then drifts through these areas casting blades and soft vibes to keep the scoreboard ticking for his clients.

The Condong and North Tumbulbum areas have been productive, as is the Stotts Island to Jouberts hole region. When we are in desperate need of rain to rejuvenate the rivers, it is the bigger tides we depend on to provide more action, especially the run out tides. This is the case this week with the lead up to full moon.

The various deeper holes in the upper reaches of the Tweed will be worth a go for Mulloway, flathead, bream, bass, and sand whiting.

Clint has been busy doing guided trips at the Gold Coast broadwater, which is the pick at the moment. The Nerang river has been quiet and best fished at night for bigger whiting while the water is so clear. There has been a lack of bait fish upstream.

In the broadwater the snot weed is starting to thin out, and as long as we don’t get too much Northerly wind it will continue to disperse.
We fished there during the week and found some lovely tuskfish, flathead, flounder, bream, squid, snapper, and whiting in the area between the seaway and Crab island. There was good amounts of bait schools showing in the seaway area with bigger fish sitting under them waiting to pounce. Zerek fishtraps were the most successful lures.

On other days the correct wind/ tide angles were present for drifting South of the seaway. The sandbanks and weedbeds produced good flathead, flounder, and whiting in the area between the wavebreak island and just upstream of Sundale bridge on a run in tide.

This weekend we’ll look at targeting similar areas depending on the weather, and we should see an increasing number of tuskfish which are terrific fun on light gear and aggressive lure takers.

These fish increase in number and size over the warmer months in our waters and inhabit the rubble reef and weed bed areas from 3-6m deep. Ecogear ZX40 blades coated with prawn flavour Sax scent or Squidgie UV enhanved scent have proven their undoing.

There will be a number of people prefishing the flathead classic so try to get away from the crowd and find your own hotspots. Find the bait, find the fish.

School holidays are starting this week which is always a busy time on our charters. Best to get in touch soon to avoid missing out over the next month or so.
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Cheers and see you out there,
Smithy & Clinto

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