No run means no fun
Anthony Coughran | July 2017

As the currents slow up even more this month to 0.5-2 knots, they dictate the terms of your offshore fishing and can hinder your fishing on the close reefs.
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Migration of whales, slowing of currents
Anthony Coughran | June 2017

Nick Dillion with a pigeon pair of kingfish caught on the Nine-Mile Reef.

The slowing of currents off our coastlines will trigger the annual humpback whale migration and with the whales come the winter species. Cobia and kingfish will shadow these giants of the sea and it is always worth having a rod set up with a stickbait or a metal for a quick cast around the back of these beasts, which can often lead to good hook-ups. Keep in mind there is a 100m no-approach zone around the whales.
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Kobi Lee-Leong with a sweet little whaler caught on a close reef off Tweed.

With summer leaving us and winter coming, we have a blending of species this month. Most summer species and winter species are able to be caught. Mulloway and snapper are mixing with summer species like jacks and mackerel. Now is definitely the best time of the year to wet a line on the Tweed.
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Cooler species are wound up by the wind
Anthony Coughran | April 2017

Anthony Coughran with a nice 51cm jack caught in shallow structure on a half a dead pike. 

With predominant northerly winds blowing this month, we’ve had cooler offshore water temperatures. Fewer predators have graced us with their presence. With these northerlies, jacks have been firing, destroying live baits, strip baits and artificial lures. These red dogs are the talk of the town, with good numbers taken over the past month.
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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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