Tweed anglers abuzz
  |  First Published: July 2005

A constant stream of positive results has kept Tweed anglers buzzing.

Many good bags taken offshore and in the estuary provide healthy expectations leading into July.

Early predictions from some of the locals were spot on with quality snapper being landed from most inshore reefs. Knobbies around 10kg have been hitting blue pilchards floated down mid-water – a simple method that works a charm.

Plenty of pearl perch and other reef varieties continue to keep the plates full for the family. Wahoo, big kingfish and mackerel have been lurking around most reefs.

Continued success using high-speed jigging gear is the alternative if you wish to spice up your session offshore. A high-speed jigging outfit, a couple of knife jigs and plenty of elbow grease seem to get the predators excited. The darting action of the jig as it jives its way toward the surface produces many hits.

Soft plastics are fooling a few snapper. Give a few of these new methods a go, you may never know how successful if you don’t try. Continually refining your tactics and trying new methods will ensure more fish in the boat.

Now the cooler westerly winds have arrived, so have some tailor. Nice choppers with the occasional bigger one should continue to show. Fresh pillies or any form of metal lure will work.

Big-eye trevally are about as well. Best areas are around the river mouth early or late in the day.

School flathead have been difficult to find but there have been reports of numbers high in the system from Condong towards Murwillumbah. Nice elbow-slappin’ whiting are found also in similar areas.

Both species have been taken using soft plastics, with baby craws and 3” minnows topping the list. Best results can be expected early an late in the day.


These upper reaches are also a delight to fish on the weekends, as the boat traffic is a lot less frequent up-river. Bass should pop their heads up high in the system as well. It is always a delight to catch a wild bass as they really tend to test any imperfections in your tackle and rigging.

In the upper reaches it can get cold so snug footwear, a beanie and a pair of golf gloves is the perfect outfit for these cool mornings. Flexible, all-weather golf gloves are a snug fit and the perfect answer if you suffer from cold hands. They allow enough touch to still tie knots – give them a go!

Breaming has had its ups and downs, with only a few anglers seeming to catch numbers of quality fish.

A lot of smaller bream have been around so hopefully this month things might improve.

Best results are still coming from around the mouth and up toward Chinderah. Working the rock walls with plastics seems to be doing the most damage but I'm sure if fresh bait would reap similar rewards.

Best tide for bream seems to be the run in; as the water quality improves, so does the action. Be sure to work your plastic nice and slow with the odd pause and twitch. Working the lure too fast takes it out of the strike zone, resulting in fewer fish.

If you like to eat a mud crab then some unbelievable results have been notched up lately. The Brunswick and the Tweed have crabbed well – I’m not exactly sure where, no one will tell! However, drop in a pot, have a fish and good luck for July. For more information and up to date advice see the crew at Anglers Warehouse or call them on 07 5536 3822.

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