WIN­TER SWITCHES ON BITE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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