21 Jul Off
Gold coast fishing report.
True blue fishing charters Gold coast fishing report, July 2017.
Conditions on the water have been brilliant over the past month, with only a couple of days that were not fishable due to high winds and rough seas.
The winter months see some pretty consistent fishing with excellent catches coming in. There has been plenty of Trag up to 65cm caught between 18-27 fathoms, best baits have been pilchards and fresh strip baits. Its simply a matter of finding which piece of reef the fish are holding on, on any given day.
Over the past couple of weeks numerous snapper have been caught on the 24 and 36 fathom grounds, including a couple around the 70cm mark. these have been caught on both paternoster rigs and float lines with pilchards producing the best results.
Big Cobia are also on the prowl on the closer grounds, you will find these on the grounds that hold large concentrations of bait fish. Deep set live yellowtail and slimy mackerel have been the most successful baits, but we have bagged a couple on dead baits like pillies and fresh slabs too.
If your not after a feed and just want some sport fish, there is plenty of Mac tuna around. Live yakkas are the bait of choice, but when they really turn they will happily swallow a lightly weighted pilchard, we have even had a couple take squid on bottom rigs. Generally speaking we avoid putting a gaff in to these and like to release them.
There is also tonnes of whales around at the moment. Avoid getting too close to them with your boat.
Inside the estuary there has been good numbers of Bream caught around the seaway walls and also the rock walls at either end of wavebreak island.
A few flathead around in the channels and around crab island, most have been caught on whitebait and soft plastics.