TIME TO GET JUST LIT­TLE BIT CRABBY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

HELLO every­one, I hope you’ve all had a great week.

Brett is away on annual leave for a few weeks, no doubt chas­ing a few fish and I am sure he will have a story or two for you on his re­turn and a photo or three for the Brag Board. It’s is nice to see some lighter winds and plenty of sun­shine on the Gold Coast after all the av­er­age weather of the past cou­ple of weeks.

It means we can fi­nally all stop com­plain­ing about the rain. With nicer con­di­tions al­beit hot­ter it was great to see plenty of an­glers out hav­ing fun fish­ing.

We have many clients out en­joy­ing the nice con­di­tions and find­ing a feed of fish and sand crabs which are mak­ing up the bulk of the catch from our House­boat Customers again this week in the main Broad­wa­ter and Jump­in­pin Chan­nels.

The mud crabs are start­ing to show up in bet­ter num­bers and that will be due to the past rains, how­ever, re­ports are they are on the small side and not keep­ers. It is wise to in­vest in a crab mea­surer to make sure you are not keep­ing un­der­sized crabs as the fines can be hefty. Whole mul­let is best for your crab pots, re­mem­ber to make sure your pots are cor­rectly iden­ti­fied and that you have no more than four pots per per­son in your group.

Our House­boat customers have caught some good sized whit­ing and bream off the sand­banks east of Cobby Pas­sage this week.

The western end of Tiger Mul­let Chan­nel, Ja­cobs Well and the Bed­rooms are also worth a look. Yab­bies and worms are great bait.

Re­ports of flat­head in Ca­nipa Pas­sage and Coomera River have come in with a nice feed caught on the Coomera by Cos Zan­ti­o­tis (see Brag Board).

The flat­head have also been ac­tive on the Tweed with Dave Gil­bert catch­ing and re­leas­ing this 83cm flat­head on the Tweed with Brad Smith Fish­ing Char­ters (see Brag Board).

Proud dad Rory Ni­chol­son sent us this photo (see Brag Board) of his kids Jamie and Faith who were su­per chuffed with their catches on the Broad­wa­ter. It was the first jewie for each of them.

A great lit­tle fish­er­man and fish­er­woman in the mak­ing, I bet they can not wait for their next fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion.

If you have a boat and can get off shore you may get a snap­per like Paul Wil­shire (see Brag Board) pic­tured with a qual­ity snap­per. The snap­per seem to be show­ing up in good num­bers of late.

With the weather start­ing to warm up it is a great time to start chas­ing man­grove jack and trevally.

We have seen a few jacks swim­ming around the Gold Coast City Ma­rina in the Coomera River this past week.

Trolling hard body lures or live bait is also a great way to tar­get a jack. Canals through­out the Broad­wa­ter and the Nerang River are good spots to have a look, also bridges, rock walls and fallen trees are all places they like to lie in wait.

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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