14 April 2023 fishing report 🎣


14 April 2023


G’day everyone I hope you had a great Easter holiday period and hopefully caught a few fish. 

I decided to mix it up a bit this week and used a couple of different lures and worked a large area of the river. The surprising thing for me was the lack of boats up and down the river which you would normally see during a holiday period. Oh well it was good for my clients and I to have some of the better known fishing spots in the river to ourselves. 

Brad’s clients have been catching lots of flathead on lures

We used a variety of techniques from surface lures to deep water jigging and some deep and shallow water trolling. All the techniques provided us with a few fish which included flathead, bream, whiting, giant trevally, tailor and school jew.   

To book a private lure fishing charter with Brad call him on 0419 028 704 around 4-6pm daily.


There was massive numbers of fish in the broadwater this week. Many of them were on the small side but it was encouraging to see such promising signs for winter and spring.

Jamie caught this flathead on an Ecogear vibe

So many juvenile bartail flathead, dusky flathead, flounder, snapper, bream, tarwhine and squid. This time last year we still had dirty water from massive floods. This year no floods and clear water. The school mackerel could appear in the broadwater this winter I reckon, like they did in massive numbers after previous flood free summers.

Tasty mix from the broadwater
The squid are arriving!

The squid are arriving earlier than last year, in another month they’ll be widespread, in June to August they will be thick and big. I will be running lots of squid fishing charters from now on, book in a date soon it is heaps of fun and they’re great eating! Best of all we catch plenty of fish in all the spots that we chase squid.

Last call for whiting wading on the flats this month, and very few dates left until I resume this tour in October.


I am astounded by the amount of flounder out in the broadwater already, they are everywhere, shallow to deep and not bad size. Soon they’ll get bigger and bigger and like flathead are very responsive to vibe lures. The winter whiting are also increasing in size and number. These guys don’t grow as big as their cousins the sand whiting but they are a fun fish to catch on light tackle, and voraciously smash Ecogear ZX and Breamer vibes. If you get enough of them they make delicious fillets.

Water is around 22-24 degrees now in the broadwater and all signs point towards a great winter for flathead, tailor, squid, flounder, tuskfish, snapper, and many more in our beautiful Gold Coast broadwater. 

New moon is this Thursday, try the morning high tides around the tops of flats and channel edges for flathead, and vibes deeper on the run out tide. Plenty of fish out there to be caught, my best areas this week have been the reefs at Ephraim island, Carters bank, and East of Crab. All the reef and sandy channels are producing winter whiting, flathead, flounder, squid, lots of moses perch and snapper.

My prime dates for coming months always book out. To lock in a date SMS me on 0432 990 302. Best time of the year!

See you on the water and chat next week 🎣

To book a charter with Clint 

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Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Saturday: 13

Sunday: 17

Monday: 46

Tuesday: 73

Wednesday: 89

Thursday: 96 🌑

Friday: 92

Saturday: 78

Sunday: 53

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*This is just a prediction. There are many factors when it comes to fishing and fish are unpredictable at times, there are no exact guarantees. We include this just for fun and see how it plays out every week.

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