12 March 2020 fishing report & news


12 March 2020


Hi everyone, apart from the odd shower and a bit of wind over the last week the fishing has been absolutely fantastic!

Mark with a Tea Leaf Trevally caught on an MMD Splash prawn.

The lower reaches of the Tweed is throwing big numbers of fish in all my favourite haunts with casting, trolling and surface lures all producing the goods. If you were a keen lure fishing bream angler you would be in your element as we have been catching over 30 fish a day and then moving around to different areas to target some flatties that are liking the slightly cooler water. 

We are getting huge amounts of bream at present like this one caught on the surface

There are also quite a few whiting around as well but the bream are that thick in numbers they are out competing them for the lures. We have also been working the areas where the birds are working and have been catching some small Gts and the odd good tea leaf trevally on surface lures. 

There are some thumper whiting around that are crunching our lures if they are fast enough to beat the bream

The mass amount of rain we had in february as we predicted is really laying the platform for some great fishing from now and through our oncoming winter season. 


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Another busy week for our charters, the great thing about running estuary charters around here is the availability of sheltered areas to fish comfortably and catch heaps, even in windy conditions.

Bigger flounder are feeding

The water has continued to clear nicely since the floods nearly four weeks ago. A few more showers will only help the good fishing continue. The wind direction makes for good fishing this coming week. If the wind is up early we’ll be further up the rivers where there is plenty of action to be enjoyed. 

Offshore fishing may be limited but we are still going out every day.

Dean caught this fun little GT on an Ecogear blade

Tides are good for morning sessions upstream in the estuaries. Night tides are good for the mid to lower reaches where you can find current breaks and warmer water.

The jacks are still in the lower to mid reaches. We’ll target them at night the next few weeks around the current breaks in the lower river, then in the open river and bridges as the tides back off towards neaps at the end of the week.

Allan caught this thumper of an estuary cod on a night charter with us

The wind is up but we have plenty of sheltered areas in our rivers to fish and catch plenty.

Brad has been catching 60-80 bream some days on hard body and surface lures which is amazing fun! There is also flathead, trevally, and whiting on offer.

I have been catching good numbers of bream, winter whiting, sand whiting, grunter, trevally. Best areas have been Pelican beach, Bums bay, and Benowa.

Yabbies are working very well for me, as are Ecogear ZX40 in 440 and 447 colours, and Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes. I always smear a bit of Sax scent goldprawn on my lures for added natural effect.

We all know the world is going crazy at the moment, but there’s no better way to escape the toilet roll idiots than a day on the rivers and calm water fishing with light tackle and lures, or bait if you want. We run charters 7 days a week and can tailor a trip to your needs.


Brad’s boat- fishes Tweed river or Gold Coast broadwater/ Nerang river with lures for a variety of species, takes two guests maximum on private charters. 

Dates available this week/ next week:

13th, 16th, 19th, 20th,

21st, 22nd March.

Clint’s boat- fishes Gold Coast broadwater/ Nerang river with lures and/or bait for a variety of species, takes four guests maximum on private charters.

Dates available this week/ next week:

18th, and 20th March.

Both boats have padded and comfortable seats, sunroof, cold esky to keep fish for dinner. We supply all tackle and lures.

Main fish targets at the moment:

Mangrove jack


Australian Bass

Dusky Flathead

Giant Trevally

Estuary Cod



Sand Whiting

Winter Whiting

Spotted Grunter

Lots of options and great fishing ahead, get in touch asap to book your charter!

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5 March 2020 fishing report & news


5 March 2020


G’day everyone the fishing this week has been outstanding with my clients catching over 20 fish a day on lures. Flathead, bream, whiting and trevally have been lining up to smash a variety of lures using a variety of different techniques. 

Jim with a thumper 42 cm whiting caught on a mmd splash prawn.

Trolling pontoon 21 crackjacks along the edges of the channels has worked well as has deep water jigging with vibes in the deeper holes around the tide changes. 

Lyn with a quality flattie caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack lure.

Fishing the sea grass flats around the top of the tide in the clean water coming in from the ocean with mmd splash prawns has been productive as well with the whiting and bream queuing to smash them.

Shelly with a small but hard fighting GT.

If you have never tried fishing surface lures it is something worth trying as it is so much fun watching the lure get pack attacked as it splashes along the surface all the way to the boat.    


I’ve just arrived home from a family holiday in Noosa where the fishing is great after the rain. I’m super keen to get back into the fishing at home, and I’ll have plenty to report this coming week with a variety of charters booked.

Harry with a nice sand whiting

The Gold Coast fishing is going to be on fire big time this month with jacks, whiting, flathead, mulloway and others all feeding aggressively.

We still have some dates available in March and April and we are going to experience some epic sessions so get in touch soon to book your private estuary fishing charter.

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28 February 2020 fishing report & news


28 February 2020


G’day everyone, what a difference a bit of rain makes with the whole area returning to it’s lush green self once again. Apart from dodging a few showers and getting caught by few out on the water the fishing has been very good by utilising the conditions. 

The upper reaches of the river are still to dirty to fish so we have been staying downstream and working the areas where the clean water is being pushed in by the big new moon tides. The area where the dirty water and clean oceanic water is meeting is holding a strong concentration and variety of species. 

Dick with one of the many flatties that are around in numbers at present.
Trolling pontoon 21 crackjacks and casting surface lures are producing nice school sized whiting

Trolling pontoon 21 crackjack lures is producing flathead, bream and whiting and we have been mixing it up by drifting and casting metal and soft vibes for the same species. The shallow flats around the last couple of hours of the run in tide has also been fun for casting surface lures for whiting and especially bream that seem to be in numbers foraging over the shallow seagrass beds. 

We have also caught some small Giant Trevally on surface lures and by trolling around the areas where the birds are feeding on baitfish schools holding along the current lines.  


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The Gold Coast estuary fishing is really starting to improve after the rain events and this continue in coming weeks.

Whiting are feeding in the broadwater
A healthy whiting caught on Ecogear ZX40 blade

Before I left for a family holiday in Noosa the sand whiting were feeding in the Southern broadwater along the channel edges between Sundale bridge and the Spit.

Using freshly pumped yabbies or Ecogear ZX40 blades or Samaki soft vibes coated in Sax scent goldprawn will catch you a feed of winter whiting, sand whiting, flounder, and flathead.

Rainbow over the broadwater

This coming week as the dirty water dilutes further the fish will start to head slightly more upstream chasing food. Expect mangrove jacks, bream, grunter, tarwine, and trevally to be on the bite.

The Gold Coast seaway is clearing up
after the rain

I’m back from holiday on Thursday and straight back on the water with a number of night jack and day estuary charters booked.

Some big shovelnose are around and put up a terrific fight

Myself and Brad do still have some spots available in March so get in touch soon to enjoy some prime time fishing last seen four years ago.

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20 February 2020 fishing report & news


20 February 2020


Some flathead, trevally and bream in the lower reaches of Tweed river. Run in tides are starting to produce more fish upstream.


Some whiting, bream, and flathead in the run in tides at the broadwater, jacks are still downstream too. 

For the bread and butter species pump yabbies at low tide then fish the run in around Southport, or try the reef East of Wavebreak with flesh baits for snapper and bream.

Worth a go in the lakes around Robina for bass, look for bait and smaller schools of bass. They’re also in the brackish water around the locks.


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13 February 2020 fishing report & news


No estuary fishing for us this week due to the heavy rain in the region. Amazingly after a long drought some parts of the Gold Coast have now received over 1000 mm of the wet stuff, and some parts of Tweed river, NSW over 800 mm, just in the past month!

The end result of the deluge will be fantastic fishing stretching from now through into winter.

We’ll be out fishing the second the rain slows, expect thumper whiting, mulloway, winter whiting, flathead to be on the chew, and we will be doing a few charters chasing the legendary Australian bass in the coming week too! We can run charters chasing estuary fish in the broadwater and bass in lakes in the same day too. The rain is expected to ease on Friday.

Andy with a nice Bass caught on a Smithy’s Digga lure

Jacks will still be around but will become more active in the coming weeks as the water warms back up to 28 degrees.

Best options for fishos this week:

Super muddy up the rivers, try the dams for bass once it’s safe to travel, also try lakes and near the river mouths on last of run in tides. Pump yabbies at low tide and try for whiting, flathead, bream in deeper water off the edge of channels in the broadwater on the run in. 

Don with a healthy Bass

Dirty water lures in all areas after a week or so: metallic, flashy colours such as gold, uv or dark, and lures that vibrate when jigged. Ecogear ZX40, Samaki Vibelicious, Strike Pro Hummer 40’s will all work. Smear some Sax scent goldprawn on them for added effect.

We’ll be running charters for all of the above, SMS 0432 990 302 to book your trip.

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6 February 2020 fishing report


6 February 2020 fishing report

A combined report from us this week as the drought breaking rain falls and puts the fires out across large areas in our magnificent states of Queensland and neighbouring New South Wales. 

At Tweed river, Nerang river and the broadwater there has been some flathead, tailor, jacks, grunter and whiting being caught.

Grunter love the dirty water from rain

Ecogear ZX40, Samaki Vibelicious soft vibes, Pontoon 21 hardbodies have been the lures to use. 

Yabbies and live bloodworms are catching big sand whiting in the broadwater as well as tuskfish and flathead. 

The flathead are in the deeper holes

Whilst there is some rain around now, the unbelievable fishing to come in the weeks and months ahead will make the wait worth while.

Get in touch to book your private charter, here is a round up of options and what to expect.

Plenty of thrill seeking fishing action is to come and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the flush out and reset we needed, and will spread and breed bait fish and prawns, which will attract predators.

Tweed river will be an amazing place to fish, and nobody in the world knows it better than Brad Smith. He is South East Queensland’s longest running fishing guide and the original lure only guide as well.

March is a great month for monster mangrove jacks, and Brad runs private lure only charters for 1-2 guests at this scenic and beautiful estuary.

Big jacks are around

The mulloway will be around again, the big flathead will return in numbers, and also on offer will be big sand whiting, large bream, and trevally. Often all of these iconic species and others can be targeted in one session with Smithy, with a variety of luring techniques.

At Nerang river we can expect big jacks as well, and mulloway, trevally, big flathead, big whiting, grunter, cod and various other surprises that turn up daily. Again Brad knows the area and the Gold Coast broadwater like the back of his hand, and can pick up guests by boat from their waterfront property or from various boat ramps and jetties.

Clint runs daily charters for 1-4 guests at Nerang river and the Gold Coast broadwater. He has been working in partnership with Smithy for over five years now. His private tours vary from catering for kids and beginners with a mix of easy to use bait and lure techniques, to more seasoned anglers with lures only.

In the weeks ahead Clint will be hunting a big variety of species in the area, with a variety of charter offerings. These include pumping yabbies then bait and vibe fishing the channels, crabbing, throwing cast nets, night time live baiting for jacks, seaway sessions with heavier tackle, and fishing the reef and sand areas around the islands in the broadwater.

Mulloway, mangrove jacks, big flathead, tuskfish, squid, trevally, tailor, sand whiting, winter whiting, flounder, cod, bream, snapper, tarwhine, are the main targets on our Gold Coast charters.

We love teaching so come out and we’ll run you through heaps of techniques, spots, and information. Or if you just want a fun day out to catch a fresh feed, book in soon to avoid missing out on the prime time fishing in March, April and May.

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31 January 2020 fishing report


31 January 2020


Hi everyone the Tweed River is back to its tranquil self again after the rush of boats and jet skis that were on the water during a very hot holiday season. 

The dirty water is clearing up after the much needed deluge of rain we received and the fishing is bouncing into gear. The shallows are fishing well on the run in tides for bream and whiting on surface lures, and there is the odd giant trevally also moving around the shallows. 

A nice GT caught on a MMD splash prawn surface lure in shallow water.

Fishing the deeper holes around the tide changes are producing a few flathead and jewies using vibes. This week I will be experimenting with some new lure designs that I hope might produce a few mangrove jacks.

A small jewie caught around the tide changes on an Ecogear ZX40 vibe.


The Gold Coast broadwater is starting to fire up after the rain and the water is clearing. Schools of winter whiting, sand whiting, and decent size tailor are feeding at the Southern end of the broadwater. Look for birds diving and you’ll find the tailor and odd Trevally. We are starting to catch more flathead too, and the squid are returning.

Zen with a 59cm mangrove jack

The whiting are sitting in deeper water on the edge of the channels during the day. Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki vibelicious 70mm soft vibes coated in Sax scent goldprawn will catch fish all day long. Drop them to the bottom and jig with short lift and drops of the rod.

Footy legend Lote Tuqiri came fishing with our bushfire fundraiser winners Amy and Lach. Lach did well to land this shovelnose ray on a light tackle and an Ecogear ZX40 vibe

The mangrove jacks are spread out after the big rain. Huge schools of mullet and jelly prawns have been moving around which will be followed by predators. You may find the bigger fish are not overly hungry in areas where there is an abundance of bait fish.

A big jack caught and released this week in Nerang river

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20 December 2019 fishing report


20 December 2019 🎅🏼🎄

At Tweed River Brad continues to target whiting on MMD splash prawn surface lures with a few bream and trevally in the mix too.

While in the deeper holes that have bait fish in them there is the odd school flathead.

Jack caught 17 fish for the day

Again this week at the Gold Coast mangrove jacks were the highlight. Jack season is firing on all cylinders with the hot days and water temperature hovering around 29 degrees in the middle to upper sections of our local rivers.

One night Anthony and his son Jack came for an evening charter. We first stopped at some smaller canals to throw the cast nets, catching some winter whiting, poddy mullet, bigger mullet, and silver biddies for live bait.

Three jacks ready for release

It was still day light when we got out first jacks and the action continued, we ended up with a big estuary cod measuring 71cm which gave Anthony a tremendous tussle, and three solid jacks, all fish were released after some photos. Young Jack also lost a jack right next to the boat.

Anthony’s monster cod

More mangrove jacks were boated on other nights, with nine red dogs the total caught and released for the week, including Ricky’s first ever jack caught on a charter with his brother.

71cm estuary cod, released

At the Gold Coast broadwater there has been good days with catches of big winter whiting, sand whiting, squid, grassy emperor, squire, and a few flounder. Flathead have been very scarce.

Connor and Matty caught heaps of fish

This week features the lead up to new moon on boxing day, the big morning tides will get the sand crabs active, and a variety of fish. 

Just time it right as there will be strong flow, fish the two hours either side of the tide changes in the main channels, and try up river or along the edges of the channels when it’s flowing strong. 

The jacks are active

Yabbies will work well, as will Ecogear ZX40 blades coated in Sax scent goldprawn, and Samaki Vibelicious 70mm soft vibes.

For mangrove jacks try mullet fillets, live whiting, poddy mullet, and silver biddies fished close to bridge pylons and rock walls, around an hour either side of tide changes is ideal.

Ricky and Curtis with solid mangrove jacks

We wish a very merry, happy, peaceful Christmas and we hope to see you on the water soon.

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13 December 2019 fishing report


12 December 2019


Hi everyone this week’s report is much the same as last weeks with the highly visual surface fishing producing the results. 

Flathead, bream and whiting as we know are all predominant bottom feeders but by choosing the right lures that skip along the surface like MMD Splash Prawns and Bassday Suga pens these fish will readily rise and explode from the bottom to devour them. 

Mark with a flathead caught on the surface with a splash prawn
whiting are great fun to catch on surface lures

It is also important to choose the correct areas to use this technique which are the shallows that contain a mixture of sea grass and yabbie banks and the Tweed River has plenty of these types of grounds. This is the right time of the year to try this fun technique with the surface fishing being at its absolute best from now right through to April.    

Koby with a thumper Tarpon caught trolling a pontoon 21 crackjack

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Two weeks until Christmas and the summer fishing is in full swing. We have caught ten mangrove jacks so far this season in twelve night trips.

Mangrove jacks have been feeding aggressively at times, and we have been doing well on our evening charters with some big fish boated and released. Most are over 50cm and up to 58cm with bigger fish out there that are hard to stop.

Terry and Brad with two big mangrove jacks

Live whiting is quickly becoming the bait of choice as the season goes on. Winter whiting is best as they have no size limit and are easily caught on Ecogear ZX40 blades and Samaki Vibelicious in the Gold Coast broadwater.

The jacks are firing up

In the broadwater there is variety on offer but not much size out there at the moment, Ben and his nine year old son Fred enjoyed the calm weather on Monday morning. We caught over 30 fish and 14 species, including Winter whiting, Dusky flathead, Flagtail flathead, Tarwine, Squid, Tuskfish, Snapper, Grassy emperor, Spangled emperor, Soldierfish, Blue spotted Stingray, Fantail leatherjacket, Flounder.

Freddy caught 17 fish himself, not bad for a six year old!

Ben and Freddy caught lots of fish in the broadwater

We have been running night charters for mangrove jacks in the mid to lower reaches of the river, timing the tides is crucial to get the bites. No run no fun but too much run no fun either.

Eddie with a nice jack

There are that many big bream in Nerang river at the moment it is insane. The biggest ones of 40cm and over come out at night and are very hungry and in huge numbers.

Steve with his first mangrove jack
Brad with a 58cm jack

Stick to the shallower banks at night with bloodworms and yabbies if you want a feed of big sand whiting. Be prepared to move several times between Budds Beach and Capri to find the feeding schools.

This coming week features the back of the full moon, with big tides in the mornings and smaller tides at night. The mornings will be good for fishing upstream and the nights are good for jacks around Surfers Paradise.

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5 December 2019 fishing report


5 December 2019


The bulk of the success over the past week has come from finding protected areas of the river out of the constant howling Northerly winds and fishing the shallows. 

Fishing the flats with topwater lures such as mmd splash prawns and Bassday sugapens is a ton of visual fun, as you watch the fish smash these lures on the surface. 

Flatties will also rise off the bottom to take a surface lure

Whiting are the main players when it comes to taking surface lures especially now and all through the summer months and they fight hard on light equipment in only a few feet of water. 

Les with a whiting caught on the surface with a mmd splash prawn

Flathead and bream are also players when it comes to crunching lures on the surface. We had a session earlier in the week where the flatties dominated the catch. 

Blake was stoked to catch his first fish on the surface

It is an awesome sight to see when that big bucket mouth of a flattie comes up form the bottom and devours a surface lure.   

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As expected with the hot weather, mangrove jacks are firing up more each week. A lot of bigger 50cm plus fish are getting caught on lures and bait. 

We’ve caught jacks in September, October and November this year so far, and the fishing is only going to get better until April 2020.

Another big jack lands in the net

Leading up to Christmas and January expect this trend to continue, Brad runs lure fishing charters at Tweed and Nerang rivers trolling deep diving lures for jacks, an activity he has made an art form of over many years.

I run Gold Coast afternoon/ evening trips for jacks, using bait and livies. For more info on our mangrove jack charters SMS me on 0432 990 302. Our summer dates are filling fast.

Brody did well to land this 55cm mangrove jack

In the Gold Coast broadwater this coming week neap tides will make it easier to fish, look for areas clear of weed then bait on the fish finder and you’ll find some tuskfish, flathead, bream, tarwine, winter whiting, and sand whiting.

Pump some yabbies with the kids at low tide at the big sand banks near the Western shoreline at Southport and Labrador. Then start fishing with light sinkers and no.4 size bait holder hooks, right near where you pumped the yabbies. 

These areas are often overlooked when boats go racing off to fish elsewhere when the fish are right there on the edges of the banks and channels.

The neap tides will make it easier to fish the lower to mid reaches of the rivers for big mangrove jacks. Up the rivers could be slow on the smaller tides with the lack of run.

There are still a lot of trevally getting about, they’ll feed more aggressively on days when a South or South Easterly wind change pushes through.

Whiting are another species worth targeting on live worms and yabbies during bigger tides leading up to the full moon on 12 December.


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