29 May 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

29 May 2020

Dad joke:

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

G’day everyone the Tweed has been fishing very consistently over the last few weeks for a variety of species. 

The zx 40 vibe did the job for Josh with this nice flattie

The deep holes in the river are the best places to try but make sure you take the time to study your sounder and locate the bait schools that are holding along the bottom before you start to fish. The species that have been feeding on the bait have been flathead, bream, school jew and the odd big whiting and big eye trevally. 

Finding schools of bait like this on your sounder is the key for fishing the deep holes
Josh with a school jew that took a Samaki vibelicious lure.

As nearly always the time around the tide changes has seen a spike in the fishes feeding patterns especially the jewies. The lures that have been doing the damage are the ever reliable ecogear zx 40s and the samiki vibelicious soft vibe lures. Now that the water is starting to cool down we should see the fishing getting even better especially for the flatties and jew so i am looking forward to the oncoming winter months. 

Shirley with a nice flattie caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack lure

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Hi everyone,

There has been good numbers of squid, tuskfish, sand whiting, sand crabs, and flounder around Crab island this week. The big dredger working along the Western channel is stirring up the water and attracting fish. 

A fresh haul of seafood
Unusual catch for the broadwater, a baby nannegai

I catch most of my squid with Ecogear ZX40 440 colour lures with a bit of Sax scent smeared all over them. The little assist hooks on these lures are “sticky” and have a knack of pinning the squid through one of their candles. They also hold bottom very well in flowing water, and draw the squid out of weed beds and reef. The squid are getting bigger as winter draws on, so set a light drag to avoid pulling hooks through them. 

Allan with the day’s catch

Winter whiting, tailor, flathead are along the main channel edges around Southport.

Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Friday: 32%

Saturday: 70%

Sunday: 39%

Monday: 14%

Tuesday: 25%

Wednesday: 58%

Thursday: 81%

Charter options this coming week:

Tweed river: Full moon is next Saturday, so the growing tides mean up river will see increased fish activity. Brad has days available to target flathead over the flats, and mulloway in the deeper sections, all on vibe and hardbody lures

Gold Coast: Again the increased size tides leading up to full moon next Saturday will fire up the fishing. 

Charters are available for 1-2 people on both Brad and Clint’s boats, options include fishing with vibe and hardbody lures in the river for flathead, mulloway, trevally, bream. Also wading the flats for whiting, and chasing bass in the fresh water with lures, as well as big whiting in the river with live bait.

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your charter adventure! Currently we can take up to two people per charter, and up to four people from 12 June onwards.

Useful links:

This week’s special from our facebook store:

The River to Reef Gold Coast hardcopy book co written by Brad Smith and packed with valuable info including offshore gps marks and estuary maps, comes with two free Smithy’s lures!

Buy here now:

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Watch this space! Plenty of stock arriving next few days! Including Ecogear ZX40 blades in colour 440 and others, Ecogear VX’s, Sax scent, MMD splash prawns, Yamatoyo braid, secret hardbodies and vibes and more!

We have ready made fishing lure packs in our shop, but custom orders are welcome too. Message us or sms Clint 0432 990 302 and we’ll help you out!

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Finally a huge shout out and thanks to our sponsors, preferred brands and suppliers:

Jetprintz

Sporty’s fishing

Fisho Tackle

Ecogear

MMD splashprawns

Sax scent

Pontoon 21

Samaki

Gillz Australia

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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22 May 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

22 May 2020

Dad joke:

I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together.

Riveting.

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The Tweed river continues to produce good flathead, school mulloway, bream and the odd whiting in the middle to upper reaches.

This solid bream smashed our secret lure

On the flats in lower light with hardbodies that dive to 3.5m, and on Samaki Vibelicious white bait and Ecogear ZX40 colour code 447 in the deeper holes that are holding bait.

The Pontoon 21 colour is a winner in winter

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Had a bit of maintenance to do this week so only did a couple of trips to the Nerang river and Gold Coast broadwater. I will be doing a lot more trips soon and very much looking forward to it.

Shane caught and released this nice GT

The Nerang river is producing mulloway, flathead, giant trevally and bream on soft vibes and blade lures, the broadwater has squid, flounder, winter whiting, flathead biting around the Hollywell area, on yabbies and Ecogear ZX40 blades colour 440.

Little jewies love blade vibes

This coming week we have neap tides which usually makes fishing up rivers very slow, but a window of opportunity near the mouths and deeper areas around them.

A big flounder from the broadwater

Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Friday 22 May: 94%

Sat 23 May: 95%

Sunday 24 May: 87%

Monday 25 May: 68%

Tuesday 26 May: 38%

Wednesday 27 May: 14%

Thursday 28 May: 14%

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your charter adventure! We are taking charters for 1-2 people at a time, then 1-4 people from 12 June. 

Useful links:

This week’s special from our facebook store:

New Ecogear 6 pack (3 ZX40’s/ 3 VX45’s)

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Finally a huge shout out and thanks to our sponsors, preferred brands and suppliers:

Jetprintz

Sporty’s fishing

Fisho Tackle

Ecogear

MMD splashprawns

Sax scent

Pontoon 21

Samaki

Gillz Australia

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your charter adventure!

14 May 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

14 MAY 2020

Dad joke:

I have a pen that can write underwater.

It can also write other words too.

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The Tweed is still offering up nice flathead, whiting, bream, and school jew.

Now the water has cleared fully, the deeper holes in the middle to upper reaches are fishing best.

This GT took a liking to a Samaki soft vibe

Try the flats during lower light periods or cloudy days by trolling hardbodies or twerking with vibes.

The flounder are appearing in numbers

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Hi everyone, how are we all? Bit of light at the end of the Covid tunnel? I reckon we’re very lucky to live in Australia. Especially Gold Coast! Water and fishing everywhere, it’s not hard to get out and enjoy it with so many options available.

I’ve been doing a few trips on the broadwater while the wind was light and tides were neap. Fishing the run out tides is most productive, or the deeper water on the run in.

Brian caught this big flounder on a blade vibe

I’ve been using Ecogear VX45 and Hurricane blades alongside the usual trusty Ecogear ZX40’s and Samaki soft vibes. The VX’s are very good lures and mimic small baitfish very well, while the Hurricane Sting 37 blades in Bling prawn colour are super deadly! 

Brian with a nice 52cm flathead

All of the above are accounting for school flathead, squid, squire, winter whiting, tarwhine, and lots of flounder. Many great eating fish are plentiful in our local waters this time of year.

New moon is next weekend, but the bigger tides are at night. Day time has friendly tides all week with just enough run in most areas to provide some angling fun. 

Tailor are common in the broadwater through the cooler months

Best fishing days according to the almanac: Friday 22 May, Saturday 23 May, Sunday 24 May, Monday 25 May.

Over the cooler months carry a small metal slug rigged and ready to go. Tailor will bust up in the mornings anywhere from the Seaway to Sovereign island, look for birds diving.

Squire on Ecogear blade

8 May 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

8 May 2020

Dad joke:

I went into a pet shop and asked for 12 bees. The shopkeeper counted out 13 and handed the over.

“You’ve given me one too many”

“That one is a freebie”. he said

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The Tweed river is awesome this time of year. Mild and calm weather, and flathead and mulloway are pushing upstream to their winter hunting grounds, I love it!

School flathead will eagerly attack small trolled lures

The odd trip is producing some quality flathead, with some big whiting and bream amongst them. Popping MMD splash prawns in honeybee colour over shallow water is getting the surface strikes, while in the deeper channels teabagging with Ecogear ZX40 blades in 440 and 447 colour and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes in Ghost bait and White bait colours are getting plenty of solid fish.

Trolling over sandflats around 1 to 2.2 metre depth with Pontoon 21 crackjack 48 SP DR’s will see you amongst the fish action. 

We have this week been using our new secret weapon lure in 2-3.5 metre depth and it just slays big flathead and lots more. It’s that good we don’t want to really share it too much, but if you’re a regular follower and keen on grabbing some, message us privately to buy a couple, or SMS Clint on 

0432 990 302 😉

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

More and bigger flathead are showing up which is great to see, and expected this time of year.

Some solid flathead are appearing in the rivers

Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes and Ecogear ZX40 account for their share share of flatties, in much the same colours as Smithy mentioned above, in the clear water normal for the dry months.

The water temperature dropped to 20 degrees in the river after the cool weather. This will bring on more flathead, squid, mulloway, snapper, flounder and more tasty species.

John caught this solid 59cm flathead on
a charter with us

This coming week we move past the full moon and into neaps, my favourite tides for working the deeper sections of the Northern broadwater such as Currigee reef, Ephraim reef, around the Seaway, and the main channel East of Carters bank.

This coming week’s tide table

Sporty’s fishing at Bundall is all stocked up for your tackle needs. Drop in and see Tony for great service and advice.

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your charter adventure!

Brad is currently permitted to do one charter a day at Tweed river or Gold Coast rivers with one guest on board, following social distancing and safety and hygiene protocols.

Clint can now take two people who live together in the same household, for charters at the Gold Coast broadwater and Nerang river.

USEFUL LINKS:

This week’s special from our facebook store:

Secret weapon mystery pack (gear that slays fish)

INCLUDES:

1 x Ecogear ZX40 colour 440

1 x Pontoon 21 crackjack 48 SP DR

1 x MMD splashprawn

1 x secret weapon hardbody (this lure is that good trolled we are keeping it quiet)

1 x mystery premium soft vibe (fish killer)

1 x Smithy’s l’il mate (legendary lure)

1 x Sax scent goldprawn

1 x Ecogear assist hook replacement pack

Just $99 for the whole value pack!

They also come with over 40 pages of fishing tips and secrets. SMS 0432 990 302 to receive yours.

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Finally a huge shout out and thanks to our sponsors, preferred brands and suppliers:

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Sporty’s fishing

Ecogear

MMD fishing

Sax scent

Pontoon 21

Samaki

Gillz Australia

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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30 April 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

30 April 2020

Dad joke:

My missus gets mad whenever I mess with her red wine.

So I added fruit and lemonade to it and now she sangria than ever!

TWEED RIVER & GOLD COAST RIVERS

Brad has been getting out when he can, the Tweed this time of year fishes well for flathead, and the whiting and bream are still active on surface lures.

The tuskfish have been slamming Ecogear blades

As the water cools more the bigger bream, mulloway, and flathead appear and are best targeted in deeper water with vibes and soft plastics.

Clint has been fishing the Gold Coast broadwater during the settled weather and neap tides. So many good eating fish around at the moment and the fishing was on fire this week. The best fishing coincided with the smallest tides of 0.5-1 metre range, allowing us to fish the open channels more, 6-8 metre depth has been best.

Ricky caught this lovely jack on an Ecogear ZX40

We have been catching a lot of good size tuskfish. These fish are very feisty and hit our Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki Vibelicious 70 lures with venom then tear off on a screaming run, great fun on light tackle. Best ZX colours at the moment are 411, 414, 440, best Samaki soft vibe colours are ghost bait, pearl shrimp, and white bait. We are all sold out of Ecogear ZX40 at the moment as they are so popular, new stock will be here next week.

Lots of Tuskies around

Flathead are increasing in number and size, as are flounder, squid, and winter whiting. The sand whiting are tapering off as they move up river for their winter migration.

The cold change will bring on snapper, big bream, mulloway, flathead and squid. Heaps of great fishing to look forward to!

Jett with a cracking Tuskie

Full moon is next Thursday which means increased run up the rivers for sand whiting and flathead, while in the broadwater it will pay to fish deeper holes close to tide changes. Fishing near shorelines during tidal run will produce hood hauls too.

Take only what you need for a feed that day, release the rest 🙂

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your charter adventure!

We’re getting a lot of enquiries. Right now we can run charters for one person only at a time, following the usual precautions of 1.5m social distancing and sanitizing the boat and tackle between trips. 

Useful links:

This week’s special from our facebook store (CRAZY value- only 2 packs available)

Includes:

Only 2 packs still available, very limited offer.

$140+ rrp worth of gear for just $79!!!

This amazing value pack includes:

A hard copy of Brad Smith’s River to Reef book, 

Plus a MMD splash prawn, the surface lure that everyones talking about!

Plus a Ecogear ZX40 vibe! A fish magnet

Plus a 30 ml jar of Sax scent goldprawn

Plus a mystery premium brand soft vibe

Plus a Smithys lil mate lure

Plus a Smithys Digga lure

Plus free express postage in Australia (enter code freeshipping at check out)

Plus copies of our fishing tips and secrets ebooks (Mangrove jack secrets and tips, the ultimate guide to estuary fishing, the ultimate guide to using Ecogear ZX40 lures, and full fishing tips, SMS 0432 990 302 after purchase to receive ebooks link)

River to Reef Gold Coast book:

The comprehensive guide to fishing and boating on the Gold Coast

This hardcopy book is packed full of fishing tips and info, and available exclusively here, available nowhere else.

Includes:

220 offshore GPS marks

Complete boat ramp guide

30+ estuary and reef maps

Fishing with lures tips and techniques

Seaway secrets

Reef and pelagic fishing info

Freshwater dam fishing

Crabbing info

Seafood recipes

Knots

Local fishing and safety information

And more!

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24 April 2020 fishing report and news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

Dad joke:

My wife says I’m getting fat.

But in my defence I’ve had a lot on my plate recently.

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

The Tweed continues to provide fun surface action with whiting, flathead and bream willing to chase MMD splashprawns in Banana bender and Honey Bee colours.

More Mulloway are showing up in the deeper holes of the middle reaches, Samaki Vibelicious in White bait colour and Ecogear ZX40’s work well for them.

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

There are a lot of fish moving around the broadwater chasing big schools of small bait fish. The seaway is the main fish focus with a big variety of fish feeding there including mackerel, snapper, bream and flathead. 

See the mud map in pics below. This is a reef area that produces snapper and bream amongst others. Try fishing there within 1/2 to one hour of tide changes, depth is around eight metres.

We’ll soon see squid numbers increase, 

see our members club for tips on catching squid on lures during the day, join our club free by clicking on the link below.

This coming week we are seeing neap tides so it’s a good chance to fish near the seaway and in the main channels and deeper water for a longer period around tide changes

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your charter adventure or echarter!

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This week’s specials from our facebook store:

Autumn value pack, now only $79!

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Finally a huge shout out and thanks to our sponsors, preferred brands and suppliers:

Jetprintz

Sporty’s fishing

Fisho Tackle

Ecogear

MMD splashprawns

Sax scent

Pontoon 21

Samaki

Gillz Australia

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

17 April 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

17 April 2020

Dad joke:

What’s the difference between people from Dubai and people from Abu Dhabi? 

People from Dubai don’t like the Flintstones, and people from Abu Dhabi do 😂

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FISHING REPORT

We all know that going fishing at the moment is subject to debate. Of course we don’t want boat ramps to be over crowded and seeing people doing unnecessary stops to get fuel and bait.

However being out on a boat or shore fishing alone or with family or one mate is way safer than visiting the supermarket.

Each to their own I guess, as long as it’s safe and legal. Anyway if you are getting out to nature and you’re allowed within your postcode, it is great for morale and spirit.

The Gold Coast broadwater has been fishing well. During the neap tides I took the opportunity to fish some deeper water around the seaway and North of there. Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki Vibelicious vibes accounted for flathead, snapper, winter whiting, sand whiting, tarwine, bream, and flounder. As always find the bait and you will find the fish.

Jaela with a nice Trevally

Best areas to fish this coming week in lead up to new moon: Runaway Bay foreshore, Budds Beach, Seaway around tide changes, edge of main channel near Marina mirage.

Halle with her first flathead

Colours 440, 442, 447 are the best colours in the ZX40 range, while Samaki colours whitebait, brown shrimp and fairy floss catch lots of fish. 

The zx’s resemble prawns, the Samaki Vibelicious forktails mimic bait fish, covering natural food bases in the estuary systems. Smear a bit of Sax Scent goldprawn on your lures every 20 minutes and you’re good to go!

Flathead are sucker for Ecogear ZX40 lures

Tweed is still producing whiting on MMD splash prawn surface lures, with Honey Bee and Banana Bender the stand out colours, while flathead are growing in number and size in all local rivers.

A peaceful morning at the broadwater

Useful links:

This week’s special from our facebook store, brand new Autumn pack. You will not see better value anywhere:

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Or here:

New light tackle lure pack for keen estuary fishers!Boat or and based, comes with heaps of tips and techniques

Posted by Brad Smith Fishing Charters on Thursday, 16 April 2020

Plus our new echarter/ book offering- 

New offering! Click for details…

Posted by Brad Smith Fishing Charters on Thursday, 16 April 2020

First five buyers of either pack today get a free Smithy’s lil mate or Digga lure with every purchase!!!

Browse the rest of our Facebook shop:

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Subscribe to our youtube channel:

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Join our members club for free here for special offers and exclusive tips and news:

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Finally a huge shout out and thanks to our sponsors, preferred brands and suppliers:

Jetprintz

Sporty’s fishing

Fisho Tackle

Ecogear

MMD splashprawns

Sax scent

Pontoon 21

Samaki

Gillz Australia

Be positive and enjoy the simple things in life. If you’ve got a place to live, bed, food, electricity, hot water, you are lucky!

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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2 April 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

2 April 2020

TWEED AND GOLD COAST RIVERS by Smithy & Clinto

Dad joke: 

People said I’d never get over my obsession with Phil Collins.

But take a look at me now! 

Credit: https://m.facebook.com/DadSaysJokes 

I feel like we need a sense of humour more than ever in these trying times, so we’re going to share Dad jokes regularly.

Here’s some more laughs from the one and only legendary Russell Coight:

https://bit.ly/2UYkH21

Well the news from the fishing scene is we won’t be running charters for a few months at least, but the good news is we’re running Echarters! 

See below for more info 😉

We’ll still try to do weekly reports and tips. The current advice is stay home unless it’s necessary to go out. Fishing is still allowed in Queensland so if we’re all sensible this won’t be locked down. Go solo and stay clear of others. Avoid unnecessary trips to servos and shops.

Axton with a thumper whiting

Myself and Brad have been doing a bit of solo fishing close to home. The Gold Coast broadwater/ Nerang river area between Budds beach and Sovereign island is still producing big sand whiting, winter whiting, flathead, flounder, tuskfish, and the squid are returning. There are still heaps of bream everywhere and they are getting bigger.

Big grunter are feeding on prawns

A lot of baitfish and prawns are moving around and there are trevally busting up around the seaway area.

Heaps of bream and trevally around
The whiting are big and fat

The Tweed river is producing heaps of whiting, flathead, bream on surface lures, vibes, hardbodies.

The new MMD splashprawn colour “honey bee”

Have a look at this link for details of a VERY special offer:

https://bit.ly/2R5QNaN

This includes:

*A 60 minute phone or video chat with Brad or Clint, ask us any fishing questions whatsoever!

*Plus the go to lures we use most on our Tweed river and Gold Coast estuary charters. 

They slay a huge range of species including big flathead, mangrove jacks, mulloway, big whiting, giant trevally and heaps of others.

*2 x Pontoon 21 crackjacks 48 SP DR

(Spanish red, R60 colours) A deadly trolling or casting lure for depths to 2.2 metres. We love them!

*2 x Ecogear ZX40 vibes

(colours 440, 447) For strike rate and sheer variety and quality of fish these lures are hard to beat. 

We have caught over 40 different species on them including whiting, big flathead, mulloway, giant trevally, tuskfish, snapper, bream, and squid. They are that good they should just about be illegal we reckon.

1 x  MMD splashprawn prawn imitation popper

(Honey bee, sensational new colour!) These innovative popper style lures are taking the lure market by storm and smash big whiting, bream, trevally, flathead, jacks.

*A 10ml tube of Sax scent goldprawn

*1x Smithy’s L’il mate lure

*1 x 2 pack Ecogear assist hooks gold colour

*Plus free Express post!!!!

*Plus $50 discount off regular total price on a charter with us! (Mention you’ve bought this pack when booking)

*SMS 0432 990 302 after purchase to receive our all our fishing secrets and tips ebooks on how to use all of these lures plus a lot more info!

But wait there’s more!

Our members club page will receive a code for a $10 off voucher for this pack or anything in the store over $30! Members club link is below.

Limited offer be quick!

Until next time take it easy everyone, just be happy no matter what, and stay safe!

If anyone is ever lonely or needs to chat feel free to message us here:

m.me/bradsmithfishingcharters

It’s been a tough year already but we’re keeping our chins up and we’ll still be here when this crisis settles. 

We’ve seen a number of other new charter operators start up lately which make it tough in an already crowded market but we’ve seen many come and go over the years. 

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

SMS 0432 990 302 to book your Echarter or charter!

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Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

27 March 2020 fishing report & news

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

27 March 2020

As mentioned earlier we have stopped running charters until further notice due to the coronavirus epidemic. Sad times but we’ve been around a long time and we will be back as soon as possible!

We sincerely hope everyone takes care and heeds warnings. We’re all in the same boat, and we all need to stay calm and see it through.

The fishing has still been very good and we’ll continue to each go fishing solo while allowed, to let you know what’s biting and where. If anyone is struggling and would like to chat about fishing, feel free to message our page and we will get back to you. There’s nothing like fishing to take your mind off things. Just remember to play it safe and practise social distancing. 

We have caught 2 flatties over 70 cm on mmd splash prawns this week. It is a rush when a big flattie takes a surface lure.

At Tweed river Brad has been having a great time putting his guests onto heaps of big bream, flathead, mulloway, and whiting. 

Al Austin with a jewie he caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack lure
The bream are going crazy attacking Mmd splash prawns

The Gold Coast estuaries have been fishing well for the usual big variety of species. There has been that many bream it’s hard to get past them but the numbers of flathead, sand whiting, winter whiting, flounder and tuskfish are starting to increase.

Lots of bream aggressively attacking lures
There’s some flathead and whiting amongst all the bream

Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

19 March 2020 fishing report

THIS WEEK’S GOLD COAST AND TWEED ESTUARY FISHING REPORT AND NEWS

19 March 2020

TWEED RIVER by Smithy

G’day everyone this weeks fishing report is much the same as last weeks with the fishing being the best we have seen for many years thanks to the record rainfall in late january and all through february. 

Jon Hogan with a 71cm flattie caught on a mmd splash prawn on the surface.

The average daily catch rate on board the boat is over 40 fish on lures and these figures by law are put on a logbook and sent to the government for the charters operators monitoring program. 

The flathead are back

Flathead, whiting and an abundance of bream are the main catch with the odd trevally which will really come back in size and numbers on next week’s early morning tides. The other great thing about the big numbers of fish around is it is allowing us to use a variety of different lures and techniques. 

Trolling, casting , deep water jigging as well as surface lures are all working with double hooks ups being a common scenario.

GOLD COAST RIVERS by Clinto

Hi everyone, we have had a lot of fun on charters in Nerang river and the Gold Coast broadwater over the past week. The water has cleared to a colour we love fishing in, and a variety of fish are responding to lures and bait.

Mick with a nice GT
Mick with his 59cm flathead

When the wind was up we found shelter in the river bends, and there were huge numbers bream hitting Pontoon 21 crackjack lures in Spanish Red and Bloody Tiger Prawn colours. If you could get past the thousands of bream there were some flathead, grunter and trevally starting to show up.

Vern with a school
flattie

The Gold Coast broadwater has been producing some awesome fishing sessions on light tackle. My favourite ever lure the Ecogear ZX40 in colour code 440 tempts so many species and numbers of fish it’s ridiculous, as guests on my daily charters will testify. 

Calmer weather and smaller tides later in week allowed us to fish the deeper reefs in the Northern broadwater and these areas fished very well. Today (Thursday) we caught over 60 fish and 18 different species, with Vern and family catching fresh fish for dinner. ZX40 lures and river prawns both worked equally well, and the catch included flathead, whiting, tuskfish, flounder, squire, tarwhine and bream.

Jess with a Tarwhine

A very pleasant day on the water with a great bunch of people!

New moon is next Tuesday and the weather forecast is favourable so we should we see some good fishing. As the tides grow the middle to upper estuary sections will fire up, and the mangrove jacks will be more active as the water temperatures rise.

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Cheers

Smithy & Clinto

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