14 December 2018 fishing tips and report



With the prolonged drought conditions in many areas you may find heading far upstream in rivers productive when looking for fish including mangrove jacks and flathead.

Bait fish will often head to the extreme upper end of the saltwater to find shelter in the more discoloured water. Predatory fish know this and follow to prey on them.

We can in turn do the same, and fish the most upstream deeper holes with great success, for fish such as mulloway, trevally, bass, flathead, bream, and whiting.

Try using natural and pale colour lures in the clearer water but don’t be afraid to try something different in the deepest holes, and in the early morning, and on cloudy days.

Get out early before the boat traffic on weekends, and during run in tides, as once the sun is up over the clear water the fishing action slows.

The latest weather forecast is predicting big rain this coming week. If this happens near you the best fishing will be once again be in downstream areas. The flush out will be awesome for the estuary fishing, it fires everything up.



Brad’s son Jack has been getting amongst the jacks this week including this nice fish pictured below. Effective techniques have been trolled medium divers and surface lures.

Brad has been working way upstream on his charters catching a mix of trevally, flathead, bream, bass and this surprise big mullet on a soft vibe.

The lead up to full moon will bring the jacks on the bite further, although if the forecast heavy rain eventuates they may head downstream a bit.

Bigger tides will mean then some strong flow downstream, fish around the tide changes and try the deeper holes away from the river mouths.


Clint has been sticking to the broadwater when the wind allows as that is where the best fishing is at the moment.

We have been catching up to 16 different species and over 40 fish a day, with some quality tuskfish, flathead, flounder, and whiting all on vibe lures. The silver Ecogear ZX40 coated in Sax Scent has been slaying them.

The jacks have been active with the one pictured below caught on a whole arrow squid and released after a short and furious fight. Conrad visiting from Singapore was the lucky angler on board with Clint at Nerang river.

Best areas to fish have been Sovereign Island, South Currigee, Biggera Waters, and the deep hole South of Crab island.

Get in touch to book your charter as December is nearly full and January will fill up fast. Charter options include targeting mighty mangrove jacks, and thumper whiting on surface lures, as well as casting and teabagging vibes for a big variety of estuary fish.

Still time to buy your loved one a Christmas gift voucher for a private fishing charter with us, message us for details!

Smithy & Clinton


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