25 July 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

It has been a week of great weather and a massive work load finding flatties for our guests, and helping train visitors from the United Kingdom and Sweden, here to compete in the World Hobie Bream tournament on the Gold Coast. 

Richard was stoked with his first flattie caught trolling a pontoon 21 in threadfin colour.

The flatties are still fishing well in the deep holes on blades and are taking our trolled lures over the shallow warmer water. 

We have been training our bream tournament anglers on how to fish rockwalls and jetties but the most fun and best results came from cranking shallow running lures over and around the seagrass beds. 

Mike with a solid 37cm bream from Tweed river

We also caught bream on surface lures in the same area which is always great visual fun.

GOLD COAST by Clinto

On our Gold Coast broadwater charters we have found the fish are moving around a lot searching for food, which has forced us to cover a lot of kms to find them some days.

They may be in one area one day and gone the next. As always if you don’t spot activity on the fish finder keep moving.

Inevitably the bites will come if you find patches of bait.

A nice broadwater Tuskfish caught on Ecogear ZX40

The water is very clear at the moment so it may pay to fish areas like the Aldershots and Tipplers channel to find bigger and more flathead. They’ll be there in the more discoloured water ambushing baitfish to feed themselves up before breeding season

There have been a lot of 40-45cm flathead in the Currigee area at South Stradbroke island, as well as big winter whiting up to 28cm, flounder, squid, bream, tarwine, and a few Tuskfish.

Harry from Florida, USA had a ball catching big winter whiting

The Nerang river is getting harder to find numbers of fish due to lack of bait, but we did manage some good whiting, flathead, and a nice Mulloway caught by Rebecca on a charter with James.

Rebecca with her first ever Mulloway caught on an Ecogear ZX40 lure and released after a quick pic

This weekend sees the good weather continue, the best time to fish the broadwater at the moment is between two hours before low tide and two hours after.

Use natural and transparent lures, for a reaction strike from fish. Flashy lures stand out too much and fish will hesistate.

On slow days trolling over long distances works well to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

We are expanding our facebook shop so keep an eye on it for updates, with packs containing our go to lures, and the River to Reef Gold Coast book:

https://m.facebook.com/bradsmithfishingcharters/shop/?ref=bookmarks&mt_nav=0

To book your private charter, guaranteed to catch fish on lures, call Smithy on 0419 028 704

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