16 January 2020 fishing report


16 January 2020


G’day everyone the boat traffic on the river this week has been a lot quieter with the constant wind and early morning showers. The inclement weather has not stopped us fishing and with some good planning we have had some fairly consistent results. 

Max with a bream caught on a mmd splash prawn

Fishing the flats around the top of the tide with surface lures has been fun with whiting and bream being the main players. The topwater fishing with bassday sugapen lures and mmd splash prawns worked across the top of the shallows gets better from now through to April. 

Smithy with a big Golden Trevally

The key this week has been keeping an eye out for the birds working in the deep channels as there has been some big Golden Trevally feeding under the birds and baitfish.   


A good week for fishing with some variety caught in the broadwater and big mangrove jacks still coming in at night and late afternoons. 

Adrian and Caitlin with some big jacks

The lighter winds and smaller tides have made for pleasant conditions for fishing the broadwater. There has been a lot of squid around. On one trip we caught over 20 of them, 30 whiting, and some small squire, grassy emperor, flounder, tarwine, pike, and some tailor. Flathead have been scarce with just odd legal size ones about.

Ben holding a 53cm jack

Best areas to fish have been Southport, Bums Bay, the West side of Carters Bank, and the Currigee area at times. 

Hopefully we get a few decent falls of rain over the next week to stir up the rivers. We have neap tides this coming week which provides a good opportunity to fish the seaway, currigee and the lower and deeper parts of the river for jacks and mulloway.

Caelan with a big mangrove jack which was released

I’m fully booked for the rest of January but still have some dates available in February for afternoon/ evening trips chasing big mangrove jacks, and morning charters targeting many types of fish in the Gold Coast broadwater on lures and bait.

Caitlin with a lovely big jack, her first ever!

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Don’t forget our bushfire charity auction is running until 27 January. The highest bidder gets to go mangrove jack fishing with us and sporting great Lote Tuqiri on 29 January. 

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Support bushfire affected families and bid to win a once in a lifetime fishing trip at the Gold Coast!

Australia is bring devastated by bushfires and Brad Smith Fishing Charters would like to help.

You have until 27 January to bid on this auction. The highest bidder gets to come mangrove jack fishing on 29 January 2020 with us and dual code footy legend Lote Tuqiri and Channel 7’s Paul Burt.

All proceeds from the auction will go to Treading Lightly, a grassroots organisation in Southern NSW that directly helps local people in need after the devastating bushfires. No middleman or charity organization admin costs.

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**Winning bidder please SMS 0432 990 302 after the auction ends for instructions on the plan for the charter on 29 January 2020 departing from Isle of Capri at 2pm.

All fishing tackle, bait, food, drinks will be provided.

Charter runs from 2pm until 11pm.

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