14 December 2018 fishing tips and report

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

TIPS:

With the prolonged drought conditions in many areas you may find heading far upstream in rivers productive when looking for fish including mangrove jacks and flathead.

Bait fish will often head to the extreme upper end of the saltwater to find shelter in the more discoloured water. Predatory fish know this and follow to prey on them.

We can in turn do the same, and fish the most upstream deeper holes with great success, for fish such as mulloway, trevally, bass, flathead, bream, and whiting.

Try using natural and pale colour lures in the clearer water but don’t be afraid to try something different in the deepest holes, and in the early morning, and on cloudy days.

Get out early before the boat traffic on weekends, and during run in tides, as once the sun is up over the clear water the fishing action slows.

The latest weather forecast is predicting big rain this coming week. If this happens near you the best fishing will be once again be in downstream areas. The flush out will be awesome for the estuary fishing, it fires everything up.

REPORT:

Tweed:

Brad’s son Jack has been getting amongst the jacks this week including this nice fish pictured below. Effective techniques have been trolled medium divers and surface lures.


Brad has been working way upstream on his charters catching a mix of trevally, flathead, bream, bass and this surprise big mullet on a soft vibe.

The lead up to full moon will bring the jacks on the bite further, although if the forecast heavy rain eventuates they may head downstream a bit.

Bigger tides will mean then some strong flow downstream, fish around the tide changes and try the deeper holes away from the river mouths.

GOLD COAST:

Clint has been sticking to the broadwater when the wind allows as that is where the best fishing is at the moment.

We have been catching up to 16 different species and over 40 fish a day, with some quality tuskfish, flathead, flounder, and whiting all on vibe lures. The silver Ecogear ZX40 coated in Sax Scent has been slaying them.

The jacks have been active with the one pictured below caught on a whole arrow squid and released after a short and furious fight. Conrad visiting from Singapore was the lucky angler on board with Clint at Nerang river.


Best areas to fish have been Sovereign Island, South Currigee, Biggera Waters, and the deep hole South of Crab island.

Get in touch to book your charter as December is nearly full and January will fill up fast. Charter options include targeting mighty mangrove jacks, and thumper whiting on surface lures, as well as casting and teabagging vibes for a big variety of estuary fish.

Still time to buy your loved one a Christmas gift voucher for a private fishing charter with us, message us for details!

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

7 December 2018 fishing tips and report

THIS WEEK’S FISHING TIPS AND REPORT

TIPS:

To successfully target mangrove jacks requires strong, good quality tackle. You might get lucky once in a while on light gear, but most of the time a good old fashioned smoking is the end result.

Trolling for mangrove jacks is far from easy, it is effective however. You’ll need baitcast reels that can handle their brute power, such as Shimano Curados and Quantum Smokes.

Rods in the 6-10 kg and 6 ft length will do the job coupled with the above reels, and quality braid no less than 30 lb breaking strength will be needed to stop the bigger models.

For live baiting for jacks, spinning reels up to 8000 size and leader up to and above 80lb are sometimes needed to land those 60cm and above fish. A nearly locked drag and some urgent pumping and winding just might prevent a violent and quick bust up. Be ready, they hit when you least expect it.

ESTUARY FISHING REPORT:

TWEED:

Brad has been having some good days catching whiting and bream on surface lures. His two favourites are the MMD splash prawns and Bassday Sugapens.

He has also been finding some bass, flathead, and trevally in the deeper sections of the upper Tweed river for his clients.

GOLD COAST:

Clint went searching the deeper water in the broadwater during the neap tides, finding some fresh ground around the 6-7m mark just South of Crab Island.

Regular guest Terry and his brother in law Jeff had a good day using Ecogear ZX40 blades, with 14 different species and more than 50 fish caught on the day. They kept a few for dinner and released heaps. The silver coloured ZX was a stand out.

Gregg and his family were visiting from Sydney and caught some nice Tuskfish, flathead, and whiting.

Other lures such as Zerek fishtraps and Berkley Gulp shrimps have also done the job for us this week.

The next few days features the lead up to new moon, a good time to be going for mangrove jacks. Just remember you need to be fishing close to structure to get a strike or two.

We will be very busy in January which ends up fully booked every year, so get in touch now to avoid missing out. We also have nice gift vouchers, there is still time to mail you one in time for Christmas Day.

Till next week legends!

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

30 November 2018 fishing tips and report

This week’s estuary fishing tips and report

Tip:

Catching mangrove jack on lures as many know is the holy grail for estuary anglers.

There are a few ways of targeting them on lures, including casting soft plastics, surface lures and hard bodies as close to structure as possible. If you’re not losing lures you’re not getting close enough.

This can take time to master so one relatively simple way to first get a jack on board without too many donut sessions is by trolling for them.

In our local Gold Coast and Tweed waters there are some of the biggest jacks around, which makes them hard to stop! Nerang river, Tweed river, Coomera river, as well as the creeks and Sovereign island walls all play host to monsters over 60cm in length.

Trolling works well for a number of reasons. Firstly you’re covering lots of ground which improves your chances of encountering a jack. Secondly during daytime the jacks can be holding deep along rock walls, deep diving lures gets you in the strike zone.

Also by trolling the momentum of the boat moving gives you a headstart in turning their head on hooking up. It can pay to just leave the rod in the holder when they strike and driving the boat to the middle of the river to stop them snagging you.

If you hold the rod while trolling, be sure to hold on tight with both hands, a violent hit from a big jack can rip the rod out of your hands and into the water.

Persistence is important if you want success, sometimes trolling up and down through the same area finally gets a territorial strike from an angry jack.

Even if you’re just travelling between spots or passing through 6 knot zones, put a lure or two out and sooner or later you’ll get lucky.

Water depth of 4-6m produces well with this method, look for rocky structure on the fish finder, and water temperature of 26 degrees or above is ideal.

In the downstream areas of main rivers and during bigger moon phases focus your trolling around the tide changes. Trolling against the tide works well too, keeping the lure in their face longer and agitating them.

The bycatch is cool with this form of fishing, with big cod, flathead, gt’s, or even a mulloway a possibility.

We run jack charters all through summer, get in touch to book your adventure. It’s never guaranteed to catch them, but when it happens there is nothing like it. Lots of high fiving and trembling hands on the boat.

Next week we will go through some gear setups and lures for jacks.

FISHING REPORT

Tweed river:

Brad has continued to follow the bait schools in the far upper reaches, where mulloway, flathead, trevally, bass have been holding in the deeper holes, with teabagged vibes the best option.

Some days conditions have been good for surface fishing for whiting with Suga pens. He is also starting to get more serious about hunting mangrove jacks during charters, with the peak months coming up. I remember one day last year he got 4 in one session.

Gold Coast:

Clint has been chasing mangrove jacks this week with Dan pictured below catching his first ever jack with us at Nerang river. We’ve also been fishing the broadwater around Crab island with lures for the usual whiting, flathead, tuskfish, flounder.

There has been some fast and furious action with jacks on live whiting. This coming week we’ll be upgrading leaders to stop the monsters.

The Nerang river needs some decent rain, with low air pressure and clear water making some days hard to find flathead and whiting. Night time fishing is a good option.

Our charter bookings are now filling fast into January peak season.

Get in touch soon to grab your spot.

Cheers and tight lines this weekend!
Smithy & Clinto

23 November 2018 fishing tips & report

This week’s Big Hit Fishing estuary tips and report

Tips:

Chasing Mangrove Jacks. They’re many people’s bucket list fish, while others have a knack of catching them regularly. As more anglers target them so there seems to bigger and more fish.

The easiest way to catch them on the Gold Coast is by using live baits such as poddy mullet or even better, whiting. Winter whiting are plentiful in the gold coast broadwater and easily caught on yabbies, worms, thin strips of squid, or lures. I catch tons of them on blade vibes and they have no size limit.

Keep your whiting alive, they are quite hardy in a bucket with a battery operated aerator. You want to be anchored just before sunset, in an area with some tidal flow and near structure, using a running sinker trace with 4/0 snelled circle hooks, and a sinker just large enough to hold bottom.

Push the front hook through the upper lip of the whiting, and the other into the anal hole then out the side. They seem to stay alive longer this way rather than through their back near their sensitive lateral line.

Baitrunner reels are a good option, this gives the jacks a chance to kill and begin to move off with the bait. React quickly when they do, they can brick you in seconds. If you are fishing in an area with heavy, snaggy structure wind be very quick to react.

Light line is not an option, you’ll possibly need 40 lb braid, with 50 lb leader to stop the bigger jacks. Even then you’ll still get smoked, especially in the Nerang river where some of the biggest jacks are.

A few more tips:

*Bigger tides try more upstream. Smaller tides more downstream. *Try to be where there is reasonable tidal flow but not too much.
*Fish around the tide changes during big tides when there is not too much run.
*Use quality strong hooks, or jacks will happily straighten them.
*Hot and stormy days with a rising barometer can provide good action
*Move a few times during the evening, try two or three spots
*Keep things quiet on the boat, don’t make noise with the anchor chain, and keep lights to a minimum. Do not shine torches into or near the water!
*Make up enough traces for the night so you can quickly replace them when you lose them on snags or fish.
*Put out two or three rods in strong rod holders, with different baits on each one.
*Hold on tight if you choose to hold the rod and engage the reel, or they will rip it out of your hands and into the water.
*Be patient, their violent strikes can come at any time when least expected.
*Pontoons, moored boats, bridge pylons, rocky walls, corners on entrances to canals and marinas all hold jacks.

The local Gold Coast and Tweed rivers, creeks and lakes all hold monster size jacks, get out there and have a go.

FISHING REPORT:

TWEED

The far upper reaches have been productive for Smithy this week. This is where most of the baitfish have been holding and so have the predators, with vibes tempting the school mulloway, flathead, bream, and wild bass.

The lower to middle reaches have produced whiting on surface lures, best sessions have been on sunny days.

GOLD COAST

Clint has been doing a fair few charters with families and kids in the broadwater. The wind direction has made it tough some days but still we kept the rods bending with some winter whiting, flathead, tuskfish, small trevally.

To keep the kids entertained we do two things. First we pump yabbies when the tide allows, and we also use blade vibes. Fish just can’t resist an Ecogear ZX40 coated with Sax scent. It pays to try different colours to find what works as every day is different.

On any given day either the yabbies or the lures, or both can produce the best results as far as fish quantity and size goes.

With the big tides coming up this weekend, we’ll be fishing out of the main flow to get the right speed drift, plus upstream and lake areas chasing trevally, jacks, and cod.

Hope to fish with you soon!

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

16 November 2018 fishing tips & report

This week’s Gold Coast and Tweed estuary fishing tips and report sponsored by Big Hit Fishing.

TIPS:

We caught nothing. There’s no fish left in the Broadwater.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that from other boats when getting back to the boat ramp, I would be able to buy quite a few cartons of beer!

So let’s get back to basics and help them catch fish.

One thing that really stands out when I look in their boats is big clunky rods with heavy sinkers, big hooks, and a big chunk of frozen squid from the servo hanging off the hooks. Great way to catch nothing.

Use some nice light rods, smaller sinkers just big enough to reach the bottom, no.4 size baitholder hooks, 6 lb line and 10 lb leader, with fresh bait. You can’t go wrong with fresh yabbies or fish caught in a cast net.

Then go out there and find an area to drift at an even speed, and keep moving until you get bites. Don’t anchor unless you find a good nest of feeding fish.

Same goes for the lures, small lures and light tackle still catch big fish but also get more bites in heavily fished areas like the Gold Coast.

For more tips book a charter with us and we’ll teach you heaps more and be the envy of others back at the ramp.

FISHING REPORT

Tweed:

Brad has been working the upper reaches of the river, putting his clients onto some big whiting, as well as finding mulloway, trevally, and flathead in the deeper holes on vibe style lures, and this nice Mulloway pictured below caught trolling a Savage Gear hard body.

The water has fully cleared up again, and the bait fish has moved well upstream.

Gold Coast:

Clint has been finding some big fish in Nerang river including the thumper Estuary cod pictured, which smashed an Atomic 85mm double deep lure. His son Archer caught some nice flathead to 58cm and a sporty little GT too!

There has been a lack of bait in the lower river too, so hunting well upstream is the go for flathead and GT’s, although the numbers are down. Transparent and pale/ natural colour lures work best.

The broadwater has been more consistent for quantity with flathead, whiting, flounder, trevally, and tarwine all going for Ecogear blades and soft vibes.

This weekend features neap tides, which provides a bigger window of opportunity to fish near the mouths of rivers for mangrove jacks, mulloway, and others. The last few hours of the run out tide and first few hours of the run in will be best.

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

9 November 2018 fishing tips and report

This week’s Gold Coast and Tweed estuary fishing report and tips from our charter boats, with Big Hit Fishing.

This week’s tips:

Northerly winds and barometer drops. These can make fishing tough but a change of focus can result in big rewards.

While fishing for flathead can slow down, try chasing mangrove jacks and big whiting. The hot weather really gets the jacks going.

The besy way to target them is in the evening and into the night on lures, or live baits and dead baits. They can be caught through the day however, if you put in the hours and find your own special spots that produce.

Some good areas are around structure such as rock walls, pontoons, boats, wrecks, mangroves, trees, and where there is good tidal flow in rivers and creeks. Even the smallest creeks hold jacks, as do lakes.

Casting and trolling large soft plastics, soft vibes, hard bodies, and surface lures all work well. You have to get in close to the structure though so practice your casting! Red lures imitating baby jacks, white lures imitating mullet or whiting, and natural colours in clear water will give you a good chance.

Our local Tweed, Coomera and Nerang rivers are all home to big fish. Don’t go too light on gear or you will get busted up in seconds. Using a bimini twist is a good idea as a shock absorber, and upgrade your hooks, Jacks have no trouble straightening cheap ones.

Whiting are ravenously feeding to fatten up for spawning, get out there with surface lures and a non stop walk the dog retrieve for best results. Bassday Sugapens and MMD splash prawns will both catch heaps of good fish for us this summer.

If you’d like some pointers book a trip with us and we’ll run you through some effective techniques.

Fishing report:

Tweed river:

The Northerly winds and barometer crashes have been a pest but Brad has worked his guts out to put clients onto some great whiting on surface lures around Chinderah.

See pics below of some nice fish on Sugapens and MMD splash prawns, Ben Cole had a fun session with Brad.


The odd Mulloway, flathead, and a Mangrove jack the season opener, has made up the rest of the catch.

We’ll see a welcome cool change come through over the next few days, and SE winds. Get out there over the weekend and get amongst some quality estuary fish. The jacks might slow down temporarily but fish still have to eat.

Gold Coast:

Clint on Southwind has been doing some charters for families, as well as one or two fishos at a time. Again the Northerlies have made it tough, but we have been working our arses off to get a result for our guests.

Giant Trevally On 6lb gear have made for some adrenalin filled sessions in the Nerang river, as well as some Mulloway, flathead, bream, whiting on vibes, Ecogear ZX40 blades, and hardbodies.

In the Broadwater all around Crab island we have found some nice Tuskfish, as well as squid, flounder, winter whiting, sand whiting, dusky flathead, and bartail flathead all on lures.

Smearing some Sax scent on your lures every 30 minutes or so definitely improves the catch rate and size.

With the bigger new moon tides this week we’ll be heading upstream, and having a go for big jacks in the Surfers paradise area during the hour each side of the tide changes.

December and January charters will book out so get in touch to secure your spot.

Till next week, cheers and happy fishing!
Smithy & Clinto

2 November 2018 fishing tips and report

This weeks tips & Gold Coast/ Northern NSW estuary fishing report:

Some tips on how to use blades and vibe lures.

On our charters blades and vibes have completely replaced soft plastics, apart from Gulp 2 inch shrimps which still have their moments, especially in banana prawn and peppered prawn colours.

Metal blades and small vibes both have tight vibrations which call in fish, and their streamlined, compact shape means they sink fast, making them versatile lures in shallow and deep water.

Our favourite blades are Ecogear ZX40 and Strike Pro cyber vibes, and Zerek fishtraps are great vibes.

A really affective way of using them is on the drift. Drop the lure straight to the bottom or cast out in shallow water, hold the rod at a 45 degree angle, then twitch your wrist up and down. Remember to keep the lift and drops short and sharp and continuous with a very short pause.

This is usually what gets the most bites but at times it pays it slow down the action slightly, and if there is not much tidal run the old cast and retrive with one hop at a time works well.

The fish will most often grab the lure on the drop so be ready to lift and set the hook. Assist hooks have the best hook up rate, are more snag resistant, and fish stay hooked more than trebles.

Gold Coast:

A mix of weather and fishing over the past week. Clint has been finding a nice variety for his guests. Some days the Northerlies have made for slow sessions, with only about 15 fish some days, and 40 plus on others.

Good eating size flathead of 40-50cm have been hitting the Ecogear ZX40 blades in the paler and more natural looking colours. We find smearing Sax scent all over the lures entices the fish to strike more aggressively and when they hooks they will often return and attack several times until hooked. Well worth doing!

Other species we caught this week on lures were flounder, heaps of winter whiting, sand whiting, cuttlefish, squid, squire, trevally, bream, tarwine, pike, queenfish, tuskfish.

The best areas to fish have been adjacent to the broadwater parklands, the mouth of Bums Bay, and along the drop off next to Pelican beach.

This weekend and coming week we have good tides and we’ll be looking for bigger tuskfish around Crab island, and for flathead and whiting between Budds Beach and Benowa in the Nerang river.

Tweed river:

Brad has been concentrating on the Fingal to Chinderah area for school flathead, mulloway, and sand whiting. The water has still been quite muddy due to the heavy rain that fell in the Tweed catchment. Bright and metallic colour lures have been most successful.

This week as the water clears the surface fishing for whiting should be good, and the mangrove jacks will continue to become more active.

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

26 October 2018 fishing tips & report

Gold Coast and Tweed river fishing report and tips brought to you by Big Hit Fishing.

This week’s tips:

Attention to detail is vital to success in fishing.

Let’s go through a few small things that make a big difference.

Always check your leader after each fish, flathead can easily cut and rough up leaders. After landing a fish run your fingers along the leader to ensure it is smooth.

If not, cut and retie the lure on. You don’t want to be losing that once in a lifetime fish next to the net because of a leader parting. Plus you’ll also lose an expensive lure, and on top of that the poor fish is swimming away with a lure and hooks in it’s mouth.

Always rinse your lures off under the tap after fishing or they’ll rust and become blunt and weak. If a treble loses a hook, replace it.

Also don’t hook your lures onto your rod runners, hook them either on the side of the runners or at the base of the rod. This keeps the runners smooth, the last thing you want is losing a dream fish because a crack in the ceramic cuts the line.

With hardbodies, always check they are swimming straight, out of the packet, and tune them with long nose plyers by gently bending the tow point the opposite way that they’re swimming.

Tweed river:

Well the rivers have gone from drought to flood, with big dumpings of rain in the catchment, then storms continuing the big wet.

This has made the Tweed muddy but hasn’t stopped Brad getting some thumper flathead, including the 82cm one pictured below by Mike on birthday.

The fishing will just get better in the coming days with the big flush out we needed. Time to get out there and have lots of fun!

The river mouth up to Chinderah is the place to be for now.

Gold Coast:

Clint has also found some nice fish in the mud up the Nerang river, the grunter and big whiting are usually the first to appear after solid rain.

Young Brett was visiting from New Zealand and caught a 40cm whiting as well as flounder, grunter, flathead, a great feed for his family.

Ecogear ZX40 blades in the metallic colours and coated in Sax scent goldprawn flavour, and Pontoon 21 crackjacks in Spanish Red colour caught the attention of some healthy flathead in the dirty water.

The Nerang river is now filthy after a storm further flooded the catchment, the Broadwater and Southport reaches should really fire up while we wait for the river to clear.

The edges of the main channel near Main Beach and Marina Mirage will produce some nice whiting as well as a variety of other species, especially late afternoon.

The weather is awesome, come and enjoy some fun fishing with lures, the next few weeks should be action packed.

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

19 October 2018 fishing tips & report

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Well it’s appropriate to base this week’s tips on the exciting deluge of rain we have experience in the past week or so.

Rainfall totals in the Tweed and Gold Coast river catchments have been impressive. It did keep us off the water during the heavy rain and we have had to reschedule a number of charters on both boats. The upside is the fishing will really fire up in the coming weeks and months, with many systems given a beautiful flush out and rejuvenated.

It does come as a relief as we had been in a dry pattern for quite a while, and with El Nino conditions in place currently, the months ahead look dry too.

We can look forward to a good few months however, especially with summer species including mangrove jacks, big summer whiting, hard fighting trevally, and solid tuskfish in the broadwater. The mud will bring on some big flathead too.

At the moment it’s best to focus your efforts near where dirty water meets clean in creeks and rivers that had big rain. It’s also worth trying in places that weren’t affected by catchments. For example lakes and canals away from the main river streams. It can also pay to fish rivers on a run in tide to find the saltier water that estuary species prefer to feed in.

The seaway and broadwater is a good option this weekend because of the influx of cleaner ocean water.

Try using yabbies which work really well in dirty water, as do other baits and lures with some smell such as Gulps. Use lures that are bright coloured or have dark/ bright contrast to stand out in the water and catch the fish’s eye. Gold and shiny colours often stand out.

Fishing report:

As mentioned our trips were curtailed this week due to strong wind and heavy rain. Brad is back on the water at the time of writing today.

Before the rain came Brad was starting to get good results with surface fishing for whiting at the Chinderah section of Tweed river, plus the usual daily catch of school size Dusky flathead, and trevally starting to show up.

At the Broadwater and Nerang river Clint had some fun days with flathead on lures. On Friday Iain was visiting from Port Macquarie, we picked him up by boat in the middle of Surfers paradise and had a productive session with 10 flathead on his solo charter, mostly around the 45cm mark and all released.

The highlight of the day was his epic battle 20 minute battle on light tackle with a solid Giant Trevally. The fish hit his Savage Gear 3D shrimp xdr lure at a million miles and hour, nearly spooled us on the first blistering run, then ran us under pontoons then across the river into the mangroves.

Iain did extremely well to get the fish out and into the net for some photos before releasing it to swim off powerfully.

So we look forward to getting out heaps in the coming week for some improved weather and great fishing.

From now on until May next year we’ll aim to start each day trying for big Mangrove jacks with lures before we move on to the estuary species.

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

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12 October 2018 fishing tips & report

This week’s fishing tips and Gold Coast/ Tweed estuary report brought to you by Big Hit Fishing.

Tip:

It may come as a surprise to some but Brad has some of his best fishing for Mulloway or Jewies in October and November.

To successfully target these silver beasts requires tireless patience and persistence. Firstly find a deeper area of six metres or more, preferably near structure.

Focus your efforts an hour or so either side of the tide change as Mulloway hunt for food.

Large soft plastics are good but soft vibes or metal blades even better, Brad has caught many Jew measuring over a metre with 4cm long 7g blades, 6lb braid, 10lb fluorocarbon leader, with 2-4kg 7 ft long rods, and 2500 size reels.

Finesse is what tempts them, even in the middle of a hot and sunny day. Repeated slow drifts through an area with Jew marking on the fish finder (look for arch shapes) with a teabagging method and slowing your drift if necessary by kicking your motor into reverse or using your electric motor.

This way you hold the lures in the bottom strike zone long enough and in the fish’s face. You need to be moving though to make them chase.

To learn the finer points of this method book a charter with Brad, the knowledge you’ll pick up in a day is priceless!

An added bonus of this style of fishing is the bycatch of big flathead, bream, and occasionally even Mangrove Jack.

Tweed fishing report:

At the time of writing we have some heavy rain pushing through the Gold Coast and Tweed region including the mountain catchments.

Hopefully it continues for the next week, great for the farmers, and great for fishing. Get out there in the next few weeks as the fishing really fires up.

Some solid flathead featured on Brad’s boat this week as well as some summer whiting on surface lures, and Mulloway.

Gold Coast/ Broadwater:

Clint has had a lot of charters with parents and young kids during the school holidays. Keeping the rods constantly bending is the name of the game for the kids, and there has been a ton of winter whiting around the 20-25cm mark in the broadwater to do just this.

They are easily caught on yabbies and Ecogear Zx40 blades smeared with Sax scent, anywhere between Sundale bridge and Sovereign island. Making up the rest of the daily catch has been flounder, tarwine, sand whiting, flathead, small snapper, small tuskfish. One of the best spots this week was just West of Seaworld boat ramp.

Like the Tweed, expect the rain to really rejuvenate the fishing in coming weeks, with bigger mangrove jacks, flathead, sand whiting, and solid Tuskfish making an appearance. Very exciting leading into our busiest months for charters.

Prime areas to fish will be Carters bank, Crab island, east of Ephraim island, and the Capri and Benowa areas up the Nerang river. If the water is dirty try gold, flashy, red and darker coloured lures with orange bellies. Lightly weighted yabbies work really well after rains.

Any questions or to book your private and personalised charter feel free to message us anytime.

Cheers
Smithy & Clinto

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