Gold Coast Game Fishing Report January 2021
Marlin, Mahi mahi, Sailfish.
Well the Gold coast game fishing bite is on fire. Local anglers who haven’t heard about the red hot Black Marlin bite off the Gold coast must be at home hiding under their beds. Everybody is getting amongst the action. The current wet cycle of weather associated with the “La Nina” system has brought the fish down the coast in massive numbers.
The Marlin bite began in late November but its become next level over the past couple of weeks, with multiple fish being caught some days on both the close and wider grounds.
Most of this run of Black marlin are on the smaller size in the 40-60kg range. However there has been some bigger sized fish amongst them. With some fish up to around the 100kg size.
Fish are being caught between 24s and 50 fathom grounds using both live baits and trolling skirts. Find the bait and you will find the bigger predators lurking nearby.
At the same time offshore, around the 36s and the local Fads Mahi mahi have turned up in good numbers. They have been widespread across between the 24 fathom and 50 fathom grounds. If you are lucky enough to find them on the FADs you will be rewarded with multiple fish. Casting pilchards or small live baits has proven very successful, but plenty have been caught trolling skirts too.
Sailfish are also on the prowl with our vessel “Seaquest” catching a smaller specimen earlier this week. Other sightings have also been reported around the FAD located off the casino in 24 fathoms.
Gold Coast Game Fishing – Mackerel and Wahoo
Spotted Mackerel have also shown up in reasonable numbers on the local hot spots. Palm beach reef and Mermaid reef have been firing some days. There has also been a few Spaniards in the mix too. Other spots to try include the 12 fathom bait grounds south east of the seaway and the local 18 fathom grounds. Spotties are responding well to pilchard tails, while the Spanish tend to prefer live Yakkas, Slimies or Trolled hard bodies such as Halco laser pros.
Wahoo have also arrived between the 24 and 50 fathom line, with our vessel Fat hooker bagging a nice specimen on a trolled skirt in 75 metre’s of water.
Get out and get amongst them before they are gone.