WINTER SWITCHES ON BITE
WE’VE had a pretty nice week on the Gold Coast.
A bit of rain last weekend was good for the river systems, stirring the bait fish up and even getting a few good lateseason mud crabs.
Some of our houseboat customers scored a nice feed of crabs in the Coomera River.
Let’s have a look at some options for the next week.
Flathead seem to be quite active at the moment with the cooler water and good schools of bait to feed on.
Brad Smith Charters have been finding their customers plenty of nice flathead in the Nerang and Tweed rivers this week working Vibe lures.
Trolling small, hard-body lures is a great way to locate fish as you can cover plenty of ground. Once you locate the flathead, you may like to throw soft plastics around that three to four inch size range rigged on 1/4 or 3/8 jig heads.
Targeting the edges of sandbanks and drop-offs as the tide runs out is usually quite successful throughout the Jumpinpin and Broadwater area.
A few spots to try are Marine Stadium, Paradise Point, Currigee, Aldershots, Jacobs Well, Eden Island, the mouth of the Logan River and Cobby Passage.
Jewfish have been active this week, with the colder June nights switching on the bite. The Pin Bar mouth and Gold Coast Seaway have both been very productive, and as we see more mullet and tailor schools move in the average size of fish should start to get bigger.
Live bait like mullet, pike, herring or tailor is a great option. Also try large Zman Plastics or Zerek Fish Trap Vibes worked on the last two hours of the rising tide and the first hour of the run out.
Look for bait schools on the sounder and listen out for top water activity as the larger jewfish will smash bait fish on the surface at night.
Will Henderson has been getting stuck into some nice reef fish off Tweed Heads lately. A good variety of species has been on offer, like jewfish, Maori cod, Moses perch, tusk fish, snapper and cobia. The early-morning bite has been the best time and float lining WA pilchards, squid and live yakkas has worked for Will.
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.