A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published September 4th 2012
Try land-fishing for a peaceful weekend past-time
The glistening sea beckons and a pelican glides gracefully past. The sun is shining and the weather is perfect for a day out. Unfortunately, it is too cold to swim and you do not feel like exerting bursts of physical energy on your day of relaxation. A good alternative is to spend a peaceful day fishing from a wharf near Brisbane with a group of friends or with your family.
Land fishing is convenient as it allows your whole family to be present without paying for expensive deep sea charters or going away for a few days. In fact, if anyone gets tired of standing at the wharf waiting for the fish to bite, they can sneak off to nearby public parks or enjoy a piping hot cup of coffee at the nearby café.
There is also the major perk of having free, fresh seafood for dinner and the fulfilment of knowing that the food you are enjoying are fruits of your labour. Some of the best land fishing spots in Brisbane include the Redcliffe jetty, Shorncliffe jetty, the Hornibrook bridge, Ted Smout Memorial Bridge, Woody Point jetty and Wellington Point.
Ted Smout Memorial bridge has a platform just for fishing near the Pine River channel, measuring 10 m by 50m and it is a good spot as you will not be distracted from anything else other than fishing due to its location. However, you will have to be keen for a walk as you can only get there by foot either from Clontarf or Brighton. Once you get there, you are surrounded by sea on most sides and you may have to walk 1km to food and restroom facilities. You are able to catch whitings, flathead, snapper and mud crabs.
Woody Point jetty is one of the most convenient platforms, as it is walking distance to the local park, swings and flying fox (for kids) where there are barbeque facilities available and places to stop for a picnic. It is also close to cafes and popular restaurants as well as the local post office, a grocery store, a fish and chips takeaway store and a doctor's office.
Redcliffe jetty is another convenient platform, close to the free public swimming lagoon and a multitude of cafes with sea frontage. On Sunday mornings there is a festive morning market with fresh vegetables and entertainment. It is a perfect day to make a family day trip, starting from a visit to the markets in the morning, then fishing in the late morning, followed by a barbecue in the afternoon while the kids enjoy themselves splashing in the lagoon.
Wellington Point has sandflats and a jetty to fish from where you can catch a variety of fish. At low tide, you can also get yabs and crabs. Shorncliffe jetty has good facilities as well, with regular recreational fishers reporting catching mainly mackerels and rays.
Remember to abide by Brisbane's recreational fishing rules. There are closed seasons to help protect species at vulnerable periods in their life cycle and this varies depending on the type of fish. For example, in tidal waters, the closed season for Australian bass is from 1 June to 31 August.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has strict guidelines on bag and size limits. For example, the recreational bag limit for snapper is four, a maximum of only one fish with a total length of over 70cm is allowed and the minimum size limit is 35cm. Always check the species of fish with the requirements from the department to avoid fines and penalties.