Expect to Catch

There is plenty on offer when fishing the calm waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater.


  • silvery bronze body
  • pelvic, anal and ventral part of caudal fins (particularly the spines and soft rays) are yellowish and whitish, sometimes with black areas
  • lateral line with dark blotch at origin
  • pectoral fins have a dark spot at upper base.
  • most common in estuaries
  • also found on inshore reefs, and sandy, muddy and rocky coastal areas


  • adults are a uniform silver colour (no darker bars or blotches)
  • pectoral fins have a dark spot at base
  • pale yellowish pectoral, pelvic and anal fins
  • dorsal fin is pale olive-green
  • snout has a dull blue-grey tinge on very large specimens
  • 25 cm common length, 51 cm maximum total length


  • head and body is whitish with many small brown blotches
  • dorsal fins have small brown spots on rays
  • pectoral and pelvic fins have small brown spots forming bands
  • anal fin is whitish
  • caudal fin is white, with five or six dark horizontal streaks which become narrower at the top
  • 35 cm common length, 46 cm maximum total length
  • sandy beaches to a depth of 55 m
  • along the Queensland coast.


  • body of older fish has yellow-green back, pale yellow belly
  • juveniles and young adults have bright yellow body with 7-11 black bands, usually alternating broad and narrow with first band oblique through the eye, second crossing back and operculum
  • upper margin of operculum black (fades in older fish)
  • yellow fins
  • tips of lobes on caudal fin are black
  • inshore rocky reefs, deep lagoons, seaward reefs

Mangrove Jack

  • back and sides are greenish-brown to reddish
  • long snout
  • belly is slightly red to bronze with white edges on scales
  • sides of juveniles have a series of about eight whitish bars
  • one or two blue lines on the cheeks of juveniles
  • long canine teeth
  • deeper reef areas, to depths in excess of 100 m
  • mangrove estuaries, lower reaches of freshwater streams (juveniles, young adults)


  • silvery with a faint series of oblique stripes along scale rows
  • dorsal fin has a dark margin on soft part
  • pectoral and pelvic fins have a yellow tinge
  • 40 cm common length, 60 cm maximum standard length


  • greenish-blue back
  • belly and sides silvery
  • dorsal fins, anal fin pale green tinged with yellow
  • pectoral fins are bluish at base
  • caudal fin is dull greenish tinged with yellow
  • teeth – prominent, sharp, compressed in a single series
  • 40 cm common length, 110 cm maximum total length

For more information regarding fish species caught within Queensland waters, please visit the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries) website. The above species information and images have been taken from the Fisheries section of the DPI website.

Gold Coast Fishing Charters supports responsible fishing practices. Please revise the ‘Recreational Fishing Size and Bag Limits for Queensland’ before you next head out.