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Published December 15th 2016
Fall for fishing, hook, line and sinker
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Brisbane's bounty of whiting, flathead, tailor, mud crab, bream, prawns and squid have made angling our most popular and delicious pastime. If you drop a line at the right time, you're sure to come home with fresh seafood for dinner. Make an early start, setting up as the sun rises or waiting till the late afternoon to make the most of tidal changes guiding fish onto your hooks. In Brisbane, try these top 10 fishing spots.
Hornibrook Bridge, Pine River
Now demolished, the entry portals remain for fishers. Wait for the tide to drop on the south side of the bridge to fish for sand crabs, whiting, bream and tailor, caught during low tide on the sandy banks.
It's convenient that this is Brissie's longest timber pier as it's so popular with fishers. As with many piers, the swirling water around the pylons entices fish into your clutches. You'll catch bream, whiting and tailor here.
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Tuckeroo Park, Nudgee Beach
Checking the water depths along Nudgee Beach, bordered by mangroves, before you cast your line will increase your chances of a bite. Choose shallow waters where sandy ripples along the shore draw in whiting and flathead.
Colmslie Recreation Reserve, Morningside
The fishing platform at 400 Lytton Road is surrounded by amenities for a comfortable day out. Arrive as early as possible as you'll need a bit of luck to catch the common fish in the area, catfish and bream.
Sandgate Foreshores Park, Brighton
On Flinders Parade, this spot is a favourite for kids, entertained with the playground and basketball court. Have a barbecue at the excellent facilities after you've caught your fill of bream and flatheads.
Kangaroo Park, Karana Downs
After the council rebuilt the damaged fishing platform when Brisbane River flooding lashed the park, this has steadily become a popular fishing spot for mud crabs in winter, and mullet and catfish. It also has a giant off-leash dog park.
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Pine River, Bald Hills
Drive along Wyampa Road to reach the Deep Water Bend Reserve, along the southern bank of Pine River. Choose from either of the fishing platforms or bring your boat, using the ramp to access the river. Barbecues, a playground and picnic tables make this the perfect spot for a day of fishing for carp, herring, flathead and mullet.
Accessed via Breakfast Creek Road, south of Albion Park, you'll pass the popular Breakfast Creek Hotel, serving thick steaks and cold beer. If you'd prefer fish instead, start early or wait till evening when the fish return after the ferries sail away. You can also try from the piers at Newstead House, nabbing cod, snapper and jewfish.
Mud Island, Moreton Bay
Enjoy a boating trip to reach Mud Island at the mouth of Brisbane River, where you'll catch mackerel, tailor, crab and bream during the day but typically enjoy more success after dark.
This spot at the end of Main Road is a nice choice for children trying fishing for the first time.Stop at the nearby bait shop for supplies. The very long jetty gives access to the shallow waters where you'll catch bream, flathead, tailor and squid. If you're catching and releasing, treat yourself to the best fish and chips at Wellington Point Takeaway at 400 Main Road or drive down the road to Chumley Warner's Traditional British Fish and Chips on 190 Birkdale Road for haddock and cod, pies, pasties and mushy peas.
For a hassle-free day of fishing/angling/casting/catching/releasing/dabbing/luring/sinking/swimming, consider these points:
anglers fishing the southern states need to pay a licence fee but in Queensland, it's free to fish recreationally. Enjoy!
If you plan to eat your catch, make sure it's not undersized. Leaving the younger fish until they've started a family helps maintain fish numbers. Also, don't take more than the specified bag limit, e.g. for barramundi in tidal water, you can only take 5, sized between 58 and 120cm each. You can check the tidal water limits here and the fresh water limits here.
follow signposted rules and directions from rangers as you'll be outdoors, potentially for a while if the fish are biting (or not), prepare beforehand with snacks, water, sunscreen, hat, wet weather jacket, sunglasses, non-slip shoes and a lifejacket if you'll be boating or rock fishing
Brisbane City Council hosts events for beginners and children to learn the basics of safe fishing, covering tips on knot tying, baiting and casting methods and fishing in a kayak. The events are held in some of our favourite fishing spots, including Jindalee Park, Colmslie Reserve and Decker Park. Click here to book.
Do you have a 'never fail' fishing spot? If you share it, we promise not to visit it too often. We'd love to hear about your fishing experiences and recommendations. Please leave a comment to let us know.