5 Best Fishing Spots In Brisbane

Best Fishing Spots in Brisbane

Getting a boat is the first step in a fishing adventure that can last a lifetime. As any angler would tell you, the search for a good fishing spot never ends. Different spots produce different fish and there is no better feeling than finding yourself on a hot bite. Depending on your target species, you will have to travel around a bit to find the fishing spots that work. It might require a bit of time and effort to begin with, but it will be well worth it in the end. And remember: always plan your trip and follow the general steps of marine safety.

The Brisbane River Mouth

The Brisbane River Mouth is often overlooked as a fishing spot. With so much commercial activity, it seems a little inconceivable that there would be fish there. But there are. In fact, the River Mouth can attract a diverse number of species. With varying depths and an abundance of structure, the River Mouth is home to everything from jewfish and threadfin salmon, to tuna and mackerel. To make things even better, it is accessible in smaller boats! One of the best approaches for fishing the River Mouth is jigging. Soft plastics and hard jigs both appeal to most of the species that are found in the area. You should also prepare yourself with a spin combo and metal slug, in case some tuna show up on the surface.

North Reef

North Reef is a little further afield than the Brisbane River. In fact, it is best accessed from the Noosa River. If you get a free weekend, it is well worth driving up the highway and launching in Noosa. From the Noosa Bar, North Reef is only about 15km away. Here, you can get everything from coral trout and mackerel to mahi-mahi and even wahoo. The best approach here is to bait fish on coral structure or rubble patches. Oily baits such as pilchards and squid are usually most effective. And don’t forget a gang-hooked pilchard under a float, if you want to pick up a mackerel or two. Being in open water, this spot is best suited to experienced boaties with all the appropriate safety gear and knowledge. Remember, bar crossings are dangerous so only go when the conditions are good.

Deception Bay

Deception Bay is a great spot for those with smaller boats, who are looking to get stuck into some estuarine species. Whiting, flathead, and bream make frequent appearances in the Deception Bay area. To find them, look for a good sandbank or a deeper gutter. Of course, tides are a paramount consideration when you are fishing for estuarine species. A good rule of thumb is to fish the deeper holes and gutters on a run-out tide, then fish the shallower sandbanks on a run in. For those who are partial to a few crabs for dinner, there are plenty of blue swimmers in the area.

Pumicestone Passage

Pumicestone Passage runs between Bribie Island and the mainland. It is another great spot for those with smaller boats, who want to enjoy some premium whiting and flathead fishing. The same general rules apply here as Deception Bay. Look for the right structure and fish to the tides, and you will stand a good chance of coming across whiting in numbers. For something new, you can also try soft plastics along the deeper edges of the sandbanks. This method often yields flathead and bream.

Sunshine Reef

Sunshine Reef is another inshore reef off the Noosa coast. From the Noosa Bar, it is about ten kilometres away. Again, bar crossings are dangerous and should only be attempted by experienced boaties with the right safety gear. However, traversing the bar will yield excellent results. Sunshine Reef is renowned for its pelagic run during the warmer months. Mackerel, mahi-mahi and tuna are just a few of the species you can expect to catch. Trolling is one of the best ways to get these species. Also on the menu are pearl perch, spangled emperor, coral trout and snapper. To get them, simply drop a bait down over some structure and hold on!

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