17 April 2020 fishing report & news


17 April 2020

Dad joke:

What’s the difference between people from Dubai and people from Abu Dhabi? 

People from Dubai don’t like the Flintstones, and people from Abu Dhabi do 😂

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We all know that going fishing at the moment is subject to debate. Of course we don’t want boat ramps to be over crowded and seeing people doing unnecessary stops to get fuel and bait.

However being out on a boat or shore fishing alone or with family or one mate is way safer than visiting the supermarket.

Each to their own I guess, as long as it’s safe and legal. Anyway if you are getting out to nature and you’re allowed within your postcode, it is great for morale and spirit.

The Gold Coast broadwater has been fishing well. During the neap tides I took the opportunity to fish some deeper water around the seaway and North of there. Ecogear ZX40 and Samaki Vibelicious vibes accounted for flathead, snapper, winter whiting, sand whiting, tarwine, bream, and flounder. As always find the bait and you will find the fish.

Jaela with a nice Trevally

Best areas to fish this coming week in lead up to new moon: Runaway Bay foreshore, Budds Beach, Seaway around tide changes, edge of main channel near Marina mirage.

Halle with her first flathead

Colours 440, 442, 447 are the best colours in the ZX40 range, while Samaki colours whitebait, brown shrimp and fairy floss catch lots of fish. 

The zx’s resemble prawns, the Samaki Vibelicious forktails mimic bait fish, covering natural food bases in the estuary systems. Smear a bit of Sax Scent goldprawn on your lures every 20 minutes and you’re good to go!

Flathead are sucker for Ecogear ZX40 lures

Tweed is still producing whiting on MMD splash prawn surface lures, with Honey Bee and Banana Bender the stand out colours, while flathead are growing in number and size in all local rivers.

A peaceful morning at the broadwater

Useful links:

This week’s special from our facebook store, brand new Autumn pack. You will not see better value anywhere:


Or here:

New light tackle lure pack for keen estuary fishers!Boat or and based, comes with heaps of tips and techniques

Posted by Brad Smith Fishing Charters on Thursday, 16 April 2020

Plus our new echarter/ book offering- 

New offering! Click for details…

Posted by Brad Smith Fishing Charters on Thursday, 16 April 2020

First five buyers of either pack today get a free Smithy’s lil mate or Digga lure with every purchase!!!

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