Eddie with a 35cm whiting he caught in the Broadwater on yabby

Winter is welcome on the Broadwater

This month we are well into our dry season, and catching the classic winter species in the Gold Coast broadwater. On my daily charters I fish in the area between Nerang river and Coomera river mouth, and there is plenty of variety and fishing fun to be had there. If it’s windy or the tides are too big we fish between Surfers Paradise and Carrara. If the tides are favourable and the wind is light we fish between Surfers and the Coomera River.Welcome winter


Gold Coast winters offer plenty of good weather, great fishing, and less noise on the water. It’s fishing paradise! When everything lines up it’s a light tackle fishing mecca with commonly caught species including tuskfish, jewfish, school mackerel, tailor, arrow squid, flounder, bream, sand whiting, winter whiting, dusky flathead, bartail flathead and  tarpon to name a few. Welcom

Annika caught and released her first ever jewfish, using a live winter whiting as bait.

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As always live yabbies out fish everything while Ecogear ZX blades and Samaki vibes work extremely well too over winter. Already in the past month we have seen all the above boom in number, and sizes continue to increase through June and July.Welcome winter


This month I’ll point out some tips for catching the local toothy ones, namely tailor and school mackerel. Every year both these speedy types of fish enter the Gold Coast broadwater chasing bait schools. The numbers vary depending on the amount of bait fish seeking refuge locally. 

Matt with a nice seaway school jew caught on live whiting.


Last year huge number of school mackerel hung around in the main channel between Seaworld and Sundale bridge from June to August. Keep an eye out for big bait balls near the bottom in the six to seven metre range, and the mackerel won’t be far away.Welcome winter




To book on a charter with myself or Brad, or if you have any fishing related questions, SMS 0432 990 302 or email fishingwithclint@gmail.com, or find us on facebook: Brad Smith Fishing Charters


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