31 October 2019 fishing report


31 October 2019


Hi everyone, considering the amount of seriously strong winds this week the fishing was fairly good. 

Both casting and trolling Pontoon 21 crackjack lures across the front of drains and feeder creeks on the run out tides produced some nice school sized flathead and 2 fish over the 70 cm mark. 

Kerrod with a 79 cm flattie ready to be released

Trolling the deeper channels of the river is still consistent for finding some small but hard fighting giant trevally. We played one monster fish for over 40 minutes to unfortunately lose it right beside the boat. 

Small GTs are still smashing our lures in the deep channels like this one caught by Dan

We found protection from the wind in a couple of shallow sea grassed bays on a mixed things up by casting some MMD splash prawns on the surface and cranked some shallow running lil mate lures. This produced a lot of fun with some nice whiting and a lot of bream eager to play the game.       

Mark caught this whiting surface fishing with a mmd splash prawn
Casting lil mate lures around the shallows resulted in good numbers of bream


Well isn’t this year flying by fast! Less than two months until Christmas. Be well organised and keep an eye on our facebook store for special Christmas gift packs coming soon. 

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Some interesting catches on my boat this week includes mangrove jack, mulloway, giant trevally, tailor, flathead, squid, and sand whiting.

Bob with a 50cm Tailor caught on an Ecogear ZX40 blade in the Gold Coast broadwater
35cm whiting on Ecogear ZX40 vibe

Best areas in the broadwater were Labrador and Runaway Bay in the three metre depth. Best time to fish during bigger tides is last two hours of the run out and first two hours of the run in.

Nerang river has been very inconsistent during the daylight hours, due to the long term lack of rain. Fishing structure and doing the miles to find bait schools is the way to go.

Flathead are suckers for soft vibes

This week I’d recommend night fishing for jacks in the upper reaches while the tides are still bigger, then the middles reaches as we move into the neap phase of the moon.

I have been using live baits for jacks but we are getting more hits on well presented dead baits such as mullet and bonito fillets from The Baitshop at Arundel. Use 3/0 to 6/0 Mustad Hoodlum hooks with just enough sinker weight to reach the bottom. 

Jacks will hunt in shallow water in the evenings. Don’t go too light on tackle and line/ leader. The bigger models will smoke you, there are some 70cm plus fish in our local rivers, plus barramundi.

Jacks are firing up

Tim, Steph, Grant, and Soba noodle toy poodle booked a jack trip on Sunday night. We moved spots several times after Tim caught a big bream and tailor, eventually finding his first ever Jack for him way up river on the start of the run out tide. Well done mate!

Tim with his first ever Jack

On a day charter this week Kim, Zoe, and Mikey came fishing in the river and the weather was awesome. Fishing was tough but we did manage a mulloway caught on a Samaki vibelicious 70mm soft vibe in Whitebait colour, and flathead, GT, bream.

Nerang river flathead on Samaki vibe

Nice to get bucket list fish jacks and jew in a matter of days.

Remember dates will book out fast for our peak season over December and January, and the diary is filling fast with evening jack and also big whiting charters in November, so SMS 0432 990 302 soon to avoid missing out.

Brad’s boat takes one or two people and he fishes Tweed and Gold Coast rivers.

My boat takes one to four guests at a time (three maximum on jack and whiting trips)

and I fish Nerang river and Gold Coast broadwater. On the jack trips we first head out to catch whiting on lures, and other livies in the cast net, before heading upstream to target the mighty mangrove jacks. Trips generally run from 2.30pm.


Smithy & Clinto

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