17 June 2023 fishing report 🎣


17 June 2023


G’day everyone and how good has this weather pattern been for weeks now with bright sunny days and almost non existant winds. Apart from some slightly chilly morning starts it has not taken long before the jackets have come off. Some fine fishing starts making the winter months my favourite time to fish. 

Julie did well and caught some excellent flatties

The flatties this week absolutely bit their heads off and that was even though the tides were not as good as they can be. I like the bigger tides that usually coincide with the lead up to both the new and full moons but they still took our lures feverously. The trick was to as always locate the bait schools holding close to the bottom and to work the vibes along the bottom under the bait with gentle even hops. 

Johnno was stoked as he had never caught flatties on lures before

We also caught a couple of nice tailor but not in any numbers but they should increase in size and numbers within the next month. Next week with the good tides I will be focusing on targeting some nice sized jewies in the deep holes in amongst the ever reliable flatties.  

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Hi everyone, apologies for the last two weeks. We did not get around to doing fishing reports, just too busy and not enough hours in the days. Not sure how many people read it or care but we enjoy giving updates on the local estuary fishing scene.

This week saw some very good fishing and weather on most days. It is often said the best estuary fishing after major floods is the second winter after the event. That is certainly what is happening this winter in the Gold Coast broadwater.

Classic winter’s day catch

Flathead catches of 20 to 40 a day have been the norm, and the best lures have been Zman 3 inch minnowz rigged on TT jigheads, Ecogear ZX40’s, and MMD soft prawn vibes. The best spots have been shallow edges from 0.5 to 2 metres deep where the lizards have been sunning themselves on the chilly mornings. Flathead fishing will be good here until December.

Pierre caught this 62cm flathead on a Zman soft plastic lure

Arrow squid are around but I wouldn’t say massive numbers, although I have been trying to balance catching them deeper plus flatties in the shallows all in one session each day. The water temperature also rose from 18 to 20 degrees before this cold snap. Hopefully they’ll come on more soon, they have been smaller in size in areas hard hit by anglers.

Plenty of lizards around

Some solid tailor made an appearance this week in the broadwater North of Crab Island, the bigger and regular schools should be on their way. I love catching these feisty fish, they are so sporty and are also one of my favourite fish to eat.

Keegan and Pierre had a great day

There has also been a lot of beautiful size flounder widespread in all areas and depths from Sundale bridge to Sovereign island.

Next week after the full moon the morning high tides get later which is good for squid fishing. The tides are not very big though. Squid do like some flow to bring the food to them so North of the seaway will probably fish best. The water has been crystal clear a lot of the time so look for more discolouration to find better quality fish and squid.

Zac with a quality flathead

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Best fishing days this week according to the almanac:

Sunday: 95 🌚

Monday: 92

Tuesday: 78

Wednesday: 15

Thursday: 25 


Saturday: 50

Sunday: 14

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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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