Gold Coast teaming with a huge range of fish

GREAT CATCH: Tony Midson with a Spanish mackerel caught trolling a Rapala deep diver.
GREAT CATCH: Tony Midson with a Spanish mackerel caught trolling a Rapala deep diver. Contributed

PELAGICS seem to be on everyone's hit list at the moment as they have moved in off the Gold Coast.

Small black marlin, spanish, spotted and school mackerell along with huge schools of dolphin fish are keeping everyone busy.

These are very accessible and if you pick your tides and watch the wind even small tinnies are mixing it up with the larger boats out there.

Currently the prefered method to hook any of these is trolling small skirted lures like the Pakula Mossies or Williamson Big Game Catchers.

Blue and pink seem to be reccuring themes but black skirts seem to be getting more Spanish mackerell than any other colour.

If you are just getting into chasing these fish you dont need to go all out and buy a new set up.

A short 10kg overhead or spin rod will work fine.

I like to run 30lb mono for trolling but you can use braided lines too.

Best spots to start trolling is south of the Seaway down to Palm Beach.

However there are a few small black marlin being caught up near Point Lookout and Cape Moreton.

For those that want to stay a little closer to home the mouth of the Brisbane River is full of threadfin salmon and the odd Jew fish.

Most of the anglers targeting these use deep vibration lures like the Jackall Transam or Masks.

If Jew fish are your target species try using larger paddle tail soft plastics like the Keitech Swing Impacts.

Focus on the drop-offs near the sunken wall, Fisherman Island rock wall or near the oil pipeline.

Baits of larger prawns, mullet fillets or pillies will also work but there seems to be a plague of catfish you will need to compete with at the moment.

Mangrove Jacks are also on the chew at the coast with the Nerang and Coomera rivers the picks of locations at the moment.

Working deep diving jerkbaits like the Nories Laydown Minnows or the Luckycraft Pointers along rock walls or adjacent to boat pontoons seems to give the best results.

If you want to sit back and relax a little more you can try pillies or even better, live bait of prawn or herring.

The Gold Coast Seaway has recently been inundated by small king fish, mackerell and giant trevally.

Most anglers are targeting these species out of boats but they are accessible from the shore.

Fishing from the Seaway is easiest at high tide and most of the fish can be found hunting along the rock walls.

Live baits will work great as it will appeal to a wide range of species.

Small pike, herring or even legal sized tailor work great as a livebait while casting sinking stickbaits like the Duel Adagio or Bassday Bungy Cast are proven performers.

If you are fishing from a boat Jackall Transams or small micro jigs worked close to the rock walls should see you hooked up.

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