The hot places to throw some fish a line
Anthony Coughran | March 2017

Dave McIntosh with a decent summer snapper while drift lining on close reefs.

The warm currents and southerly winds have finally arrived. With water temperatures between 26-28°C pushing right down the East Coast, the arrival of the pelagic species into our area has begun. Plenty of rain has seen the rivers flushed, dams cleaned up and freshwater streams and creeks flowing. This means that most systems will be firing in the next month.
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Cool species in close, river species heat up
Anthony Coughran | February 2017

Kim James with a nice kingfish caught at the 9 Mile Reef on a live bait.

With strong northerly winds blowing, last month saw a mixed result for fishing in the region. Colder ocean temperatures mean snapper and other winter species hang around longer on the close reefs. Unfortunately, it keeps all the pelagic species away. Northerlies mean warmer water temperatures in the rivers, so jacks, GTs, whiting and flathead are on the chew.
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A trophy Tweed jack taken at midday on the wrong wind and wrong tide – you never know when your lure will get belted.

As we approach the middle of summer and the days lengthen, so do the opportunities for the light tackle lure fisherman keen to have a cast in our local estuary system. It can prove difficult around peak holiday periods, especially when the weather at this time of year screams watersports, but being on the water early and being persistent can be the key to success and avoiding the dreaded donut.
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Not all sunburn and pedestal fans
Josh Gurney | December 2016

Spring has promptly sprung to an end. Warmer days, howling northerlies and evening thunderstorms have set the scene for another cliché summer, but it’s not all sunburn and pedestal fans – summer brings with it a host of good fishing. The Tweed area particularly fires up this season. As the mercury rises, we can expect to see good scores of mangrove jack through the river and creeks. In the offshore department, mackerel, marlin, mahimahi, tuna and trevally should all start to push up the coast as the water temperature rises.
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There have been a few good fish getting around over the last month. Bream, mulloway, big flathead, leaping bull sharks, and swimming kangaroos.
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Bream brawlers blessed at Tweed
David Solano | September 2016

The author with a nice size bream for lunch.

The tailor are on the bite big time and I’ve been doing a bit of exploring, walking the rocks of the Tweed chasing these classic fighters.
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Recent rains bring Tweed to life
David Solano | August 2016

A nice, healthy bream taken from the Tweed.

The river fishing has been going great guns, and the recent rains have really brought it to life!
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Looking danger in the face
David Solano | July 2016

Scott and his terrifically fought mulloway prize!

Up Cobaki way it’s been very quiet fishing wise. Every time I head there I’m dumbfounded by the amount of debris floating around, from grass clippings to weed and logs, as well as a heap of rubbish. In some places it’s impossible to get a cast in and I found it pretty similar up at Terranora Broadwater. Terra is holding a lot of fish around the Jew Hole in particular on the run out. If you get there early try a surface lure on the high tide in the oyster leases for some cracking bream. There’s lots of small tailor in the river too and they are the perfect schoolie attraction, so expect to see a few showing up in the area.
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All set for great winter whiting
David Solano | June 2016

Pete Kyvetos with a massive cobia caught offshore during a delightful weather window.

The Tweed area is producing a huge catch rate at the moment, and if you’re into crabbing, you’re in for a good time. The muddies are out in numbers, and so are sand crabs, try using a dilly for the sandies – you’ll find them out toward the middle of the river, whereas the mud crabs tend to hang in the mangroves and weed beds.
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