7 November 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT 

7 November 2019

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

There are some solid flathead feeding upstream, feeding on bait fish. Small minnow lures and vibes are working best.

Good size flathead at Tweed river

The trevally are still coming through and hunting food in the middle to upper reaches of the Tweed river. Giant trevally are very exciting to hook on light tackle, trolling and casting hardbodies and soft plastics will get strikes.

Giant trevally are great sport fish this time of year in our local rivers

As the water warms the big sand whiting which the Tweed is renowned for are aggressively hitting mmd splash prawn surface lures. In the clear water and sunny days use translucent colour lures in shallow water.

MMD splashprawns are excellent surface lures whiting

We’ll soon be releasing some Christmas gift value packs for sale on our facebook store. Keep an eye out to buy for your loved ones.

School size flathead keep the kids happy

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

I took a few days off this week and did some maintenance on the tackle and boat.

The days we did get out were dictated by wind, I’m definitely looking forward to conditions settling into trade wind season soon. 

The strong Northerly and then Southerly winds in the past few days will stir up the water, I can’t wait to get out explore the area once everything calms down. 

Flounder will actively grab Samaki soft vibes

You’ll find the whiting in Nerang river should be feeding hard leading up to full moon next Tuesday, as will mangrove jacks. 

In the Gold Coast broadwater winter whiting will be in good numbers, and some flathead. Surprisingly there is a lot of squid out there at present around moored boats and weedbeds.

Austyn with a squid from Gold Coast broadwater

The best lures to catch all of the above are Ecogear ZX40 blades in non UV colours such as 411, and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes in white bait, clear mullet, pearl shrimp, and squid colours.

Gun lures- Samaki Vibelicious 70mm forktail

You can read more about the Samaki vibe colour range and features here:

https://samaki.com.au/lures/vibelicious/vibelicious-fork-70mm/

I have a few jack charters coming up over the next week, as well as broadwater trips. Looking forward to catching and releasing some big ones!

On our most recent jack trip we had one big hit and run on a good size jack but the hooks pulled. It’s a reminder that you will not catch them on every outing, but if you put in the time and effort you will be rewarded sooner or later.

There has been a lot of big bream around at night. It’s when they go quiet that you know the jacks are coming through.

CHARTER OPTIONS NEXT FEW MONTHS

December and January will fill fast, lock in your dates soon. We love to teach!

BRAD’S BOAT

•Two people max

•Six hour Tweed river or Gold Coast trips

•Lure techniques include surface fishing for whiting, trevally, bream

•hardbody trolling and casting for big flathead, trevally, whiting

•deeper water vibing for flathead, mulloway, whiting.

•Mangrove Jack luring when conditions suit

CLINT’S BOAT

•private charters for 1-4 people

•fishing Nerang river and Gold Coast broadwater

Techniques include:

•Using Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki soft vibes in various depths for a variety of fish and squid

•Bait fishing the broadwater and river

•Live baiting for mangrove jacks

•Trolling and casting for Giant Trevally

•Using bait for big whiting in the evenings

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Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

31 October 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

31 October 2019

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

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

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

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. 

We stock lures and products we are proud to use every day on our estuary charters.

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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.

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

24 October 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

24 October 2019

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

This week on the Tweed was much the same as last week with both Giant and Big Eye Trevally on the prowl, and some thumper whiting smashing our lures. 

GT on lure at Tweed river

The trevally have at times been busting up on the surface which has allowed us to cast surface lures at them with the MMD Splash Prawns working well. When the trevally have not been visually spotted we are getting them by trolling Pontoon 21 lures in the deeper channels. 

Lee with a thumper whiting

The whiting have been feeding in the dirtier water where we are getting them on the troll with both Pontoon 21 and Ecogear SX48 minnows, and a few casting Ecogear ZX40’s. In between there are also a few flatties around to mix up the species count on the day. 

A summary of some charter option available on our boats over the next few months:

Brad’s boat fishes Tweed river or Gold Coast broadwater/ Nerang river with 1-2 guests. Brad will be targeting big whiting and other species on surface lures. He’ll also be going after flathead and mulloway in the deeper holes with vibes, trolling the flats for trevally, whiting, flathead, bream. 

When we get some decent rain he will start to hunt big mangrove jacks with trolled deep diving hardbodies. A highly effective form of jack fishing he has made an art of over the years. 

Clint’s boat can accomodate 1-4 guests on day time charters, and 1-3 on arvo/ evening trips livebaiting for jacks.

Options include bait and lure fishing the broadwater for an amazing variety of fish and squid, in the area between Southport and Sovereign Island. 

Also fishing Nerang river and it’s lakes and canals with bait and lures for flathead, big whiting, giant trevally, grunter, mulloway. Morning and evening/ sunset trips available.

Plus afternoon and evening charters available targeting the ultimate estuary bucket list fish, the mangrove jacks!

SMS 0432 990 302 to chat about a custom charter for you.

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

After some windy days yesterday morning greeted us with a light breeze. I had Jay senior and Jay junior on board and it was great to get back out on the Gold Coast broadwater.

With unfavourable lure fishing conditions to start with we first used beach worms for bait, catching whiting and flounder.

Mixed bag from Gold Coast broadwater

When the tide started running in we switched to Ecogear ZX40 vibes coated in Sax Scent goldprawn, and fished the area from the Seaway to Crab island mainly in the six metre depth zone, catching a variety of fish and getting a feed of flathead, squid, and whiting for the boys from Victoria.

GT caught on glide bait

Best lures for the broadwater now to catch a great mixed bag are Ecogear ZX40 blades in colour 411, 414, and 417 (non UV in clear water and sunny days) and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes which come in an incredible range of deadly colours.

Pontoon 21 lures catch a lot of sand whiting

On the other days we fished up the Nerang river, covering the ground and working the tides to catch sand whiting, flathead, giant trevally, grunter, bream, tarwine. 

Steve with a solid 35cm whiting caught trolling a Pontoon 21 lure
This little trevally also fell for a Pontoon 21 hardbody lure

The mangrove jacks slowed down a bit at night with the cooler winds but warmer conditions this week are looking good, especially with the bigger tides leading up to new moon. Whiting will be feeding hard on worms and yabbies when there is flow.

Best fishing is at night in the with the clear water around due to prolonged lack of heavy rain. Try worms and yabbies on a run in tide in the Southport to Capri area.

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Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

17 October 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

Hi everyone wasn’t it great to get a couple of rain showers earlier in the week even though the tweed only got about 25mm. 

Hopefully we might get well over 50 mm plus of rain in the near future and give all our local waterways a much needed flush out. The report this week is much the same as last week with small giant trevally, flatties and a few bream and whiting being the main players. 

10 year old Ethan had a real work out playing this GT
Bream and whiting are feeding in the areas that have pockets of dirtier water
Ethan with a school flathead

The trevally are migrating up and down the river following the the tides and we have been trolling a combination of deep and shallow running lures for the best results on them. Fishing the deep holes with blade lures around the tide changes has worked to pick up a few flatties and fishing the pockets of dirty water when we can find them is the place to find the bream and whiting.  

Steve with one of the flatties he caught

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Great to finally see some drenching rain! Not enough but it’s a start.

I’m loving the rising temperatures as it means the jack will keep firing up and so will the sand whiting and various species of hard fighting trevally.

Nathan caught this little Mulloway on an Ecogear ZX40 blade right on the midday tide change

Spots are booking fast for mangrove jack trips in the spring and summer months so contact us asap to secure your date.

The broadwater has been fishing ok on a run out tide with the staples being school size flathead, winter whiting, sand whiting, small squire, queenfish, tarwine, bream, while up the river there has been trevally, big bream, sand whiting, jacks, and the odd mulloway and grunter.

Nathan kept this nice flathead for dinner
Jess, brother Max, and Dad Mark caught some nice flathead on a charter with Clint at Nerang river

Best tips this week is pump yabbies and use on lightly weighted hooks at both the broadwater and rivers, Ecogear ZX40 colours 440 and 411 will catch fish too.

Try mullet, whiting, and bonito or slimy mackerel fillets for jacks around tide changes, near structure, and just after sunset. The Bait shop at Arundel has all the very good quality stocks of the above.

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10 October 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

10 October 2019

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TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The water temperature in the river this week rose up 25 degrees on some days which slowed the flatties down a bit. 

The good news is that schools of both giant and big eye trevally were around terrorizing the local baitfish and our lures. Trolling pontoon 21 lures along the middle of the deep channels in the river was the most consistent way for us to find these trevally. 

Tim with his first ever trevally

The warmer water also helped the whiting to start hitting our lures and they will become even more vigorous as we go into our summer months.  

The warmer water is suiting the whiting

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

The Gold Coast broadwater is still the most consistent fishing area for me. I run charters daily anywhere between Sundale bridge and Sovereign Island. There is always fish and squid to be found somewhere in that area provided the wind is light enough to get out there. 

Again as the drought continues it’s best to fish on a run out tide and deeper areas 6-10 metres when the water is calm and clear.

Ian caught this 58cm flathead in the Gold Coast broadwater

The Northerly winds pushed in cold water from offshore, but the upwelling also moves nutrients around followed by fish which is a boost for us fishermen.

I like to mix up lures to keep it interesting and my favourites are Ecogear ZX40, Pontoon 21 crackjack’s, Samaki Vibelicious, and Strike Pro cyber vibes.

The tuskies are arriving

It’s often hard to go past the Ecogear ZX40’s in the broadwater, they just catch so many fish and squid, and produce results even on slow fishing days. Sax scent goldprawn goes well too with the prawn imitation shape of the ZX’s.

I usually alternate constantly between UV and non UV colours to find out what’s working best for strikes.

The winter whiting seem to be increasing in size and numbers, possibly due to the nutrients entering the broadwater from the Northerly winds upwelling. Flathead are still around and scattered with the average size on our light tackle varying from 30cm to 65cm lately.

There has also been squire, tarwine, bream, flounder, a few tuskfish, and oceanic queenfish falling for teabagged and twerked lures while drifting.

Doug caught this 55cm Giant Trevally in Nerang river on a Savage gear hardbody

Best areas to fish have been between Sovereign and Ephraim, halfway between North and South Currigee, and Labrador to Southport main and Western channel.

I have some specialised mangrove jack trips coming up so hopefully we find and release some more red dogs to add to the early season tally.

This week features the lead up to full moon next Monday, which should fire up the middle to upper reaches of the rivers and creeks. Some good falls of rain are expected this Friday and Saturday, we gratefully take it! This might cool the water for a few days, but after that it’s go time for jacks.

Estuary cod caught trolling in a Gold Coast canal

We now have on sale in our facebook store some of Smithy’s classic lures including L’il mates and Diggas.

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Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

The story of Brad Smith’s lures and how to use them

Smithy’s lures

Here’s a short guide to using Smithy’s legendary L’il mate and Digga lures.

L’IL MATES

This little gem of a lure dives to approximately 0.5 to 1 metre and has caught over 30 different species of fish. It is 50 mm in length and is an ultra light lure.

Best used trolling over shallow sand and weed banks, or cast and retrieved either medium roll or twitch and pause near structure, with ultra light line and leader (2-6 lb)and tackle over the same areas.

It comes in a set of four colours and will fool plenty of big whiting and bream.

DIGGA

A versatile weapon that has slayed it’s fair share of mangrove jack, barramundi, monster flathead, giant trevally, estuary cod over many years, and anything else that hunts baitfish such as mullet and whiting.

Trolled around drop offs and snags it will dive 3-4 metres or more if using 12 lb PE 0.6 braid and 20 lb leader.

You can also cast and retrieve this lure at structure such as pontoons, moored boats, bridge pylons, and rock walls. Either with a constant medium speed retrieve, slow roll, or burn and pause.

Over shallow areas such as yabby banks and weed beds experiment with the above tactics for monster flathead.

At a price that won’t leave you in tears when you get smoked by a beast or snagged, these bad boys are a must have in the tackle box. They also come in a 4 colour pack.

If you are encountering big jacks it is advised to upgrade the trebles.

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3 October 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

3 October 2019

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

It’s that time of the year now, the water temperature is starting to rise and the Giant Trevally are taking full advantage of it. 

The trevally follow the channels along the full length of the Tweed moving well upstream on the run in tides and then make their way back with the run out tides. We have caught trevally on every trip this week and although they have only been small we have lost two big models with one straightening the hooks and the other pulling the lure out during the fight. 

Gavin with a small but hard fighting GT
Alex with his first ever trevally

Trolling a combination of deep and shallow running lures has been the way to go but I have two spare rods rigged with MMD Splash Prawns ready to cast at them if they bust up on the surface.  

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GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Some good fish came aboard my charters this week before being photographed and released. We got onto mangrove jacks and giant trevally four days in a row, which was nailbiting fun for my guests.

Luke with his first ever mangrove jack which was released after a quick pic

A very busy time over school holidays, I did 16 charters in 12 days for me, a day off today then flat out again. As they say, no rest for the wicked!

One of the highlights of the week was eight year old Luke catching his first mangrove jack on an afternoon charter with his family. Nice size fish which put up a tough fight on light tackle, well done Luke for releasing the beautiful fish too.

Luke’s awesome jack

In the broadwater the flathead have made a welcome return and all coming on Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax Scent, and Samaki vibelicious soft vibes.

Andrew with a 62cm flathead caught on Ecogear ZX40 vibe

They have been scattered everywhere from Runaway Bay to Southport in depths ranging from three to eight metres. Keep moving to get the number when the tide is running. Andrew visiting from UAE got a nice 60cm fish on a trip with his sons.

Sam with a nice GT

We have also caught winter whiting, flounder, squid, oceanic queenfish, tarwine and squire in the broadwater slo on lures.

Back up the river it has been slow for flathead with just the odd one around, there has been some big bream though and some nice GT’s with Derrick nailing a nice one on soft plastic on a day charter, and Sam battling a good one on an evening charter.

Derrick with a great GT caught in a small canal

This coming weekend and week looks like good weather to look forward to. Smaller tides will provide the opportunity to fish the deeper sections of the broadwater with vibes.

The river water temperature has dipped to around 22 with the Northerly winds earlier in the week. Expect it to quickly rise to 24 and above in coming days, and with that the mangrove jacks will be aggressive and hungry.

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26 September 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

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TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The water in the tweed river is probably the clearest I have seen it due to the obvious lack of much needed rain. 

At times like this the fish spread out and are happy to move well upstream with the high salinity levels. Trolling is a great way to go when the fish are spread out as trolling allows you to cover a lot of ground. 

Mick with a small Gt caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack

Flatties have been the main player while trolling with a few small bream and whiting taking the pontoon 21 lures as well. This could be a good season for Giant Trevally as they normally start their campaign from October onwards but we have caught the odd small one while trolling and have seen some bigger models busting up the baitfish. 

Michael kelly with a flattie caught on a zx40

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Very unusual catch, a scarlet sea perch caught trolling a Pontoon 21 lure at Southport

An interesting week. The water is now around 24 degrees in Nerang river and the mangrove jacks will be getting active, especially with warmer days and muggy, stormy nights. With the lack of bait around the jacks will be hungry. 

In Nerang river our charter catches have consisted of school flathead, good size spotted grunter, bream, and a few small jewfish. Best spots to fish have been the deeper holes and also the canals off the main river.

Max with a solid grunter

At the Gold Coast broadwater there are school flathead, squid, tarwine, small trevally, bream, flounder, cod, sand whiting, and the winter whiting are increasing in numbers and size. Best areas have been all around Crab island and the main channel around Southport.

School flattie

This coming week features the lead up to the new moon. Any tide change over one metre in size makes the broadwater tricky to fish. Try the deeper areas within an hour either side of tide changes, and the edges and shallow banks out of the main flow at other times.

For jacks try mullet and whiting fillets in the evenings around the tide changes and near structure. Make sure you use strong hooks like Mustad hoodlums or the jacks will straighten them for you.

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

19 September 2019 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT

19 September 2019

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TWEED RIVER by Smithy

Once again flathead have been the main fish caught on my charters this week, with sand whiting also beginning to appear in numbers again, and they’ll get bigger and more numerous over the warmer months.

Flathead this time of year are commonly around the 40-60cm size with the odd bigger girl amongst them

Until we get heavy rain the middle to upper reaches are the best areas to fish. Trolling finesse lures such as Pontoon 21 crackjack and Ecogear SX48 minnows over sandbanks at high tide early in the morning will always get strikes from a variety of species including flathead, whiting, trevally and bream.

Whiting are increasing in number as the water warms

I have begun surface fishing over my super banks with MMD splashprawns and Bassday Sugapens. This exciting and visual form of fishing will provide my clients with plenty of thrills through spring and summer.

Glassy conditions to start the day

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

I have been running some charters this past week up the Nerang river, and in the Gold Coast broadwater as far North as Sovereign island.

We are noticing the continuing effects of lack of heavy rain for months now, with the estuary systems needing a reset and flush. We can’t do anything about the weather, so we have to work even harder to find fish daily for our guests. 

Sherry visiting from Texas with a healthy flathead caught on Ecogear ZX40 blade banana prawn colour

Neutral and non UV colour lures are working best, such as Ecogear ZX40 in 411 colour code, and more transparent soft vibes. Painting the belly of this lure red with a bit of nail polish provides good contrast in the water to catch a hunting fish’s eye.

Using proven go to lures on our charters certainly helps, and usually ensure some keepers for dinner.

Michael with a nice bream

Bigger numbers of fish are hard to come by up Nerang river but there are some nice flathead around the bait schools in the far upper reaches, and grunter, trevally, whiting, bream. Fishing at night is the best option at council chambers for a feed of whiting.

Michael with a 35cm whiting

In the broadwater dusky flathead, bartail flathead, flounder, sand whiting, winter whiting, squid, squire, bream, tarwine and small queenfish dominate the daily catch.

Every day is very different and you need to keep moving to find fish, a lot of them are holding in the 5 to 8m depth range. Try the deeper areas around the tide changes then move to the shallower areas when it starts running.

Water temperature is creeping up which should see mangrove jacks become more active, and trevally and bigger tuskfish as well.

Some great months of fishing ahead, especially when we get some rain!

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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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