14 January 2022 fishing report


14 January 2022

*Gold Coast estuary fishing on fire! 🔥

*Peak monster whiting season

*Huge variety in the broadwater channels

*Nice flathead at Tweed on vibes, mangrove jacks on hardbodies

 Dad joke:

My dog’s name is Minton.

Today he ate my shuttlecock.

Bad Minton!



G’day everyone what a great week this has been for many reasons- the border checkpoint is finally coming down, the weather was calm, and the fishing was fantastic. 

Richard with his personal best flattie that we carefully released back to water
Mick with a solid Jack that smashed a Samaki redic minnow lure

This week saw light winds and partly cloudy skies keeping the conditions comfortable and  incredible numbers of fish smashing our lures. The species caught this week were mangrove jacks, whiting, a few small giant trevally and a massive number of flathead and bream. 

Noel caught this good flathead on Samaki vibe

Trolling slam lures around the 3.5 to 4 metre line worked well as did drift jigging Samaki vibelicous vibes and the jacks and a few nice flatties took a liking to the Samaki redic deep diving minnows. 

Darker coloured lures and golds got the best results due the water being a bit discoloured from all the rain we have had this summer. 

Well let’s hope everything stays pretty much the same so we can enjoy next week and until the end of the summer holiday period.

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


Wow what a week! Some epic fishing on charters this week and much improved weather. 

The Nerang and Coomera river system weirs are overflowing, which has kept the upper to middle reaches dirty and fresh, pushing vast numbers of fish into the broadwater.

Sass caught this beautiful tuskfish in the broadwater
Michael caught this trophy whiting that measured 42cm

The rain we had during cyclone Seth has resulted in some amazing fishing fun everywhere from Sundale bridge to Coomera river mouth.

Flats fishing on fire!
60+ fish, 14 species

I have been wading the flats some days and catching many big whiting up to 42cm, plenty of flathead 40-60cm, and big sea bream. Other days during the small neap tides I have focused on the main channel North of the seaway, where we have caught over 20 species this week including tuskfish, snapper, flathead, whiting, trevally, squid, tailor on Samaki soft vibes, Ecogear ZX40’s, soft plastics, live yabbies, and Ecogear Isome red worms.

Clint caught this 41cm whiting
Nick with a hard fighting tailor
A fantastic haul while wading the flats

Drifting through reefy zones in 5-7m depth is where the fish have been found actively feeding. I’m amazed how widespread the sand whiting have been, they are everywhere from the ankle deep shallows to 8 metres deep in the middle of the main channels.

This coming Tuesday is full moon. Expect all species including mangrove jacks and crabs to be feeding aggressively in the lead up to then and just after. Many options for this coming week, take your pick. The run out tide is carrying a lot of weed out though, and green soupy water. Hopefully this clears soon.

There is still a two metre swell rolling in so take care around the mouth of the seaway.

Tune in every Saturday morning 5-6am on 94.1 FM when I chat to Paul Burt and give fishing tips on his new radio show.

To book a charter with Clint 

SMS 0432 990 302 anytime.

Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Saturday: 52

Sunday: 77

Monday: 91

Tuesday: 95

Wednesday: 90

Thursday: 74

Friday: 47

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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.

Charter options this coming week:

Tweed river:

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