Fishing Report 20th July 2017 Rivers are Cracking & The Coast is Smoking

Lure of the week


Oar­­-gee lures

Oar­­-gee lures are one of the most renowned freshwater lure on the market. the very popular brand of lures have a wide range of colours and sizes, one model in particular that goes under the radar is the Shad 10mtr, which is a small profiled ultra deep diving hard body ideal for the deep schooling fish at Cressbrook and Somerset dams.

Cressbrook dam

Cressbrook has continued to produce some good fishing this week with the lure anglers tagging some quality fish on both the edges and out in the deeper water. In the mornings the fish are up in the shallows and tight to the edges. casting spinnerbaits and suspending lures to the edges and slowly working them out to the deep has worked well for a few good fish while after 10am most of the fish are caught out in the middle of the lake suspended in around 20ft of water. Trolling small profile hard bodies around out in the middle of the lake has also produced some good fish. For the bait angler the smaller fish are quick to eat your bait while live shrimp and live worms are the best bet, but trying to catch larger fish on bait has been tricky.

Lake Dyer

The fish are biting well at Dyer for both land based and kayak fisherman. The key is live shrimp, almost each live shrimp will convert to a fish and for the lure angler ZX blades jigged or hopped along the bottom in the deeper hole has produced some nice bass and yellowbelly throughout the day.

Cooby/Leslie dams

Both lakes have been doing it a bit tough lately with the quality catches thinning out, live shrimp and saltwater yabbies is your best bet. While for the lure angler I would recommend casting tight to the edges. Most quality fish will be up in the shallows at this time of year casting Jackall tn60’s and spinnerbaits could see you land something nice.

River fishing

Right now on the freshwater fishing scene the rivers are the places to go. The Condamine, Dumaresq, Macintyre and Ballonne rivers are all producing some great fishing for land based and kayak anglers and for some with small boats finding a nice reserve or private hole. Working a range of different baits and lures from spinnerbaits, swimbaits and topwater lures to live shrimp, yabbies and worms the cod and yellowbelly reports have been coming in hot. For the local guys fishing the Condamine River areas around Allora and the back of Leslie dam have been producing some nice fish as well as Kings Creek. If you’re looking to travel a little further the stretch of river between Texas and Goondiwindi on the Dumaresq River has plenty of reserves that have easy access for the public with some quality fishing. While some recent reports have shown that parts of the Balonne around Surat are clear and fishing quiet well. Areas that are sandy will have clear water while some of the parts of the Balonne will be to dirty.

Salt Water fishing

Besides the excellent river fishing going on right now the other top fishing has been the salt water. Fishing inshore and offshore has been really exciting lately. Inshore we are seeing good numbers of tailor getting around all through the Broadwater. Anglers casting metal slugs have been having good success or drifting weightless baits into them. Finding them is key, look for birds working or tailor chopping the surface. While looking there has been some good bream fishing in the deep channels at Jumpinpin and some quality flathead fishing around Crab Island and the main Broadwater.

While offshore is at its absolute best, close in there has been plenty of big jewfish and cobia around the headlands while the close reefs have been producing esky loads of snapper, spangled emperor, pearl perch along with loads of other reef species. The further out the fish keep coming with big kingfish caught jigging out a bit wider and more reef fish to be caught. It’s a hot time to be fishing the Gold Coast.

Tip of the week

Right now some of our local lakes aren’t too hot I would be heading to either the rivers to target cod and yellowbelly or to the Gold Coast region for some top quality saltwater fishing. Inshore Jumpinpin produces the goods while offshore id be heading out from the sea way and not going to far there is some good fish in very close this year.

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