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Welcome to our Gold Coast fishing report & blog

Here you’ll find our Gold Coast fishing report, blog, video archives, news & fishing tips for local Gold Coast waters and more.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fishing for Mahi Mahi on the Gold Coast

The Mahi Mahi, also called Dolphin fish or Dorado, can be found in deep blue waters and offers an exciting and explosive fight, as well as a tasty meal. Fishing for Mahi Mahi on the Gold Coast is an experience you don’t want to miss, and this guide will offer insight into everything you need to know to make the most of your fishing trip.

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Seasonal fishing information and Gold Coast fishing report, for offshore & Gold Coast Broadwater

Target fish on our half day fishing charter on the Gold Coast depend on the season, but include snapper, school/spotted/spanish mackerel, cobia, jewfish, teraglin, tailor, flathead, tusk fish, perch, cod, tuna & more.

INFORMATION

We fish all year round, (averaging around 300 trips per year since 1987) mainly over rocky reefs from the Seaway/the entrance to the ocean, up to 11 kilometers east and up to 20km up or down the coast, in depths from 10 to 50 meters for Mackerel, Cobia, Tuna, Snapper, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin and many temperate rocky reef fish. As a general rule, we fish where we had the best fishing on our last trip. Our fishing techniques include simultaneous, multi-level whole pilchard setting, live baiting/any fish caught that is of legal size, strip baiting/fillets of freshly caught legal fish, lure spinning/retrieving and lure trolling – whatever is working the best on the day. If unfamiliar with those terms, don’t let that “fish speak” worry you, we gladly assist/coach as required. You can find more info about our charters here.

WEATHER

Autumn, winter, and spring have comfortable mild weather, approximately 20 degrees day temperature. Summer has typical tropical weather, often with cooling afternoon sea breezes giving approximately 30 degrees day temp. In summer and autumn, we encounter more Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Spanish, School and Spotted Mackerel. Winter and Spring are our best times for Snapper, Tuna, monster Cobia/our largest @ 51 kgs and Shark.

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Snapper & Cobia are two of our prized Winter/Spring target fish
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Spanish, spotted & school mackerel are 3 of our most reliable Summer/Autumn target species

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