I have been in Australia for 10 months now and have put in my fair share of fishing; with that said I have managed to catch MANY species of saltwater, brackish and freshwater fish.
One of the most important things when it comes to fishing is PATIENCE, some days you will go fishing and catch absolutely nothing, where as other days you will go out and catch fish after fish…literally.
Some of the most important tips I could give for fishing on the Gold Coast include:
1. Fish the incoming tides during the day and the outgoing tides at night (or the incoming at night if it’s at a time you can go fishing, the tides are always changing).
2. Invest in fishing gear that is going to last; remember..you get what you pay for.
3. Get yourself a good tackle box with removable trays; lugging around a huge tackle box is a pain in the butt and with removable trays you give yourself the option to put the most important gear in your trays and put it in a backpack or carrying bag so it’s easily accessible.
4. Invest in a good cast net, paying for bait can become expensive if you fish as often as I do. Investing in a good cast net will allow you to catch FRESH bait that is far more superior to frozen bait from the servo.
5. Do your research, ask locals, and join a forum. This is probably one of the most underrated pieces of advice I can give you; most fishermen and women aren’t going to give up their special spots as they don’t wait them to become overfished, therefore you will be stuck fishing in spots where it’s crowded and overfished. Ask locals, get on forums, and do your research as to where certain species your trying to target are frequently found. With Google Maps you have the ability to look at the best fishing spots without even having to leave your seat.
Personally when I’m fishing the top five pieces of gear that I like to carry are: (excluding the actual rod and reel)
1. Circle hooks in sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0 and 4/0.
2. Size 5 and 6 sinkers.
3. Mono trace in 20lb, 40lb, and 60lb.
4. A quality filleting knife.
5. A quality pair of pliers.
In terms of fishing spots, I frequently visit the following spots. Although I will leave out some of my secret spots, these are all places where you can have a great day fishing with your mates, family, or even just yourself.
1. Coomera River Fishing Platform
2. Coomera Weir
3. The Spit
4. Paradise Point
5. Jacobs Well Jetty & Beach
6. The Broadwater
7. The Broadwater Pier
8. Nerang River
My favourite gear to use while fishing is mainly Shimano and Abu Garcia brands. It’s important to use gear that you’re most comfortable with and feel the best with. I have Shimano Cazna, Shimano Sedona, and Shimano Stradic reels, as well as an Ugly Stik reel, and I have Shimano Sahara, Shimano Sonic Pro, Shimano Snapper Pro, Ugly Stik GX2 and Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 10-15KG rods however my current and favourite set up is:
1. 10-15KG Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 (Rod)
2. Shimano Stradic 4000 (Reel)
3. PowerPro Braid 20lb
4. Mustad Circle hook(s) in sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0.
5. 20, 40, 60, and 80lb mono trace, and 120b wire trace.
Below are some of the fish I have caught in both freshwater and saltwater bodies of water; enjoy the pictures