The Sunshine Coast offers some great estuary,
surf and reef fishing. From Caloundraís Pumicestone Passage
to Noosa Heads fishing can be world class with accessibility
for all anglers. If unfamiliar with the fishing spot its best
to check with the closest bait shop to where you wish to wet
a line. The bait shop staff are a library of local knowledge,
just ask, itís worth checking out the photos on the notice
Choose your Bait page will help with important bait decisions
make or breaking any fishing outing..
Estuary Fish to target are whiting, bream,
flathead through the river system all year round. Mangrove
jack, river cod and moses perch can be found in the holes
close to mangroves. Taylor, jew and school mackerel can be
found toward the river mouth. During winter months May to
August large sea bream can be caught in the deep holes during
the day and the shallow sand bars of a night. The summer months
September through to February larger sand whiting can be caught
off the sand bars. If serious about good quality catches a
boat is recommended, though sand flat fishing will almost
always provide some action. An occasional surprise hook-up
of a stingray or large jew will provide a challenge for even
the hardened fisherman on light river gear.
Surf fish the rocky headlands, sandy surf
gutters and protected bays up and down the coastline. Dart,
bream, flathead and whiting can be caught year round. Jew
can be targeted and are plentiful during May with best catches
usually being made at night. June to August in the late afternoon
quality taylor can be caught. When the taylor are on all levels
of fisherman can have a ball. Find a gutter with ocean access;
the fish will swim in looking for baitfish, providing constant
strikes as the sun is setting. During the winter months target
sea bream, mackerel and dart when the west winds are at you
back. Summer fishing can be patchy, targeting whiting is your
best bet, find a secluded beach away from crowds.
Deep Sea access through the Mooloolaba
boat harbour is the safest way to enter the ocean. Caloundra
and Noosa bar also offer blue water access in good weather
and swell conditions. Smaller boats should stick close to
the coastline for quality catches of small reef fish, mackerel,
taylor and bream. The most popular spot is the Barwon banks
30 km off Mooloolaba. This spot like most outer reefs needs
good wind and swell conditions, for information on the hot
spots check with the local tackle shop. Closer to the coastline
try Three Mile Reef, Five Mile Reef, Black Buoy and Old Woman
Island for catches of snapper, pearl perch, cod, sweetlip
and other reef fish.
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