4 July 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

It has been good to receive some much needed rain to get the rivers, creeks and drains running which are a vital need for the health of our waterways. 

Smithy going to work, someone has to do it

Good quality bream are making their presence felt and are taking Pontoon 21 crackjack minnows around the shallow sea grassed areas, and blades in the deeper holes around the tide changes. 

Flathead are still the main target species and will continue to improve in both size and numbers over the few months. 

Flathead like this one are common at Tweed river right now

The rain last week will also help to encourage the jewies to come on the bite so I will be very focused on locating some of these great fighting fish around the tide changes in the deep holes.  

Little Jewie caught on an Atomic vibe

GOLD COAST by Clinto

I ventured out to the broadwater once this week with regular guests Scott, Tim, and Terry. 

Tides were a bit slow and the water was clear and calm at high tide, so we had to work hard to find fish. The night tides leading up to new moon have been a lot bigger, and this is when the fish could be feeding more actively.

Some squid, winter whiting and flathead came on the bite on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated with Sax scent goldprawn.

Terry and Tim with some squid and winter whiting from the Gold Coast broadwater

The rest of the week was dominated by Southerly winds which made fishing up Nerang river and the canals a more comfortable option.

Steve booked a charter for son Ted on his 8th birthday. Young Ted and Jack did well, and we found some solid sand whiting and flathead in the Benowa area.

Birthday boy Ted with a nice Nerang river whiting

On Wednesday Anthony and his son Jack who were visiting from Hong Kong, came for a fish. Nine  year old Jack is a very keen angler, and after a slow start we found some decent fish.

Jack did very well to land a thumper bream on a Pontoon 21 crackjack 48mm SP DR lure, plus a bunch of flathead and a solid sand whiting. Fresh fish for dinner!

Jack with his big bream

Other days on the water featured similar results with some big, fat sand whiting, bream, and school size flathead caught on Ecogear ZX40 blades and Savage Gear XDR 3D shrimp hardbodies.

Jack with a flathead caught on a Savage Gear lure

Best areas to fish were the Broadbeach waters canals, Benowa, and Carrara. Shallower water to 3m in depth held the most fish.

Once the wind drops this week it will be a good idea to search the broadwater for a variety of species including flathead, snapper, flounder, winter whiting, bream, tarwine, and squid. 

Especially with smaller tides, and after the big swell that has been pushing through the seaway and stirring the broadwater.

With tides dropping off, some areas that are worth a look will be along the North wall of the seaway where it stretches around into the broadwater, east of Carters bank in line with the channel markers, and either side of the channel on the Western side of Crab island.

Craig with a 58cm dusky flathead

Pump some yabbies at the sandbanks along Labrador and Biggera Waters, and use blades, vibes and plastics to get amongst all the above mentioned fish.

Cheers and tight lines,

Smithy & Clinto

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