The Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

WHAT a great run of weather we’ve been hav­ing on the Gold Coast with light winds, small swell and plenty of awe­some fish be­ing landed. Let’s have a look at this week’s ac­tion.

It was great to see the swell drop off over the week­end. Matched with light winds it gave ev­ery­one the green light to head off­shore and get stuck into some reef fish­ing ac­tion.

Ja­son from Coomera Bait & Tackle did well on Satur­day putting to­gether a nice feed of tusk fish, snap­per and trag.

His son Ja­cob landed his first span­gled em­peror go­ing 60cm on the 18 Fathom line.

Rory Nicholson (pic­tured) from Coomera Wa­ters Fish­ing Club also had an awe­some trip off the Gold Coast land­ing a nice long tail tune, big jew fish, snap­per and a trag – well done.

Re­ports across the week­end were all sim­i­lar re­sults with crews get­ting catches of nice jew fish all over a me­tre, qual­ity snap­per in the mid 80cm and a mixed bag of tusk fish, moses, trag and pearlies from the 18, 24 and 36 Fathom line.

I might sound like a bro­ken record some­times but the sys­tem just seems to work, spend some time sound­ing around un­til you find a show of bait and fish on the sounder, an­chor up and get a good burley trail go­ing.

Float lin­ing is the best method to present your baits more nat­u­rally, just use the light­est sinker pos­si­ble given the con­di­tions.

WA pilchards seem to be the favourite even for the jew fish lately, also whole large squid, mul­let fil­let, bonito fil­let will work. If the live baits are a bit quiet try but­ter­fly­ing them and see how you go.

Reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor Will Hen­der­son has been hav­ing some good luck fish­ing the Tweed River catch­ing and re­leas­ing a monster 92cm flat­head work­ing his go to lure the Zerek Fish Trap around bait schools in the deeper sec­tions of the river.

Brad Smith Fish­ing Char­ters have also been do­ing well on the Tweed land­ing some nice jew fish and flat­head for their cus­tomers work­ing metal blade vibe lures.

Our Coomera House­boat Hol­i­day crews have had per­fect weather for fish­ing.

They have been do­ing well trolling hard body lures on the edges of weed beds around the Never Fail Is­lands, Ja­cobs Well, Cab­bage Tree Point, Tip­plers Pas­sage, Tip­plers Is­land and the Bed­rooms tempt­ing plenty of qual­ity flat­head.

Trolling lures is a great way to cover ground and find fish this time of year.

Once you lo­cate fish there will usu­ally be quite a few in the gen­eral area.

Try switch­ing to soft plas­tics or vibes and pep­per the area to find the big flat­head that is at­tract­ing the school sized fish.

Hope you all have a good week­end and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or pho­tos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

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