The Sunshine Coast

GREAT FISHING SPOTS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland is known for its white-sand beaches, calm bays and laid-back beach culture. The region is considered a surfer’s paradise because of the numerous and reliable surfing spots. However, it’s also a haven for anglers as there are a lot of fishing opportunities in the region. Here’s where you need to go if you want to discover the best fishing spots on the Sunshine Coast.

GOLDEN BEACH, CALOUNDRA

Golden Beach in Caloundra is a perfect spot for a laid-back fishing experience. You can fish the drop-offs, weed beds and flats. The nearby Military Jetty is also a popular fishing spot in the area. You’ll be able to catch Flathead, Bream, Whiting and Trevally.

PUMICESTONE PASSAGE, CALOUNDRA

Pumicestone Passage in Caloundra is suitable for both land-based and boat fishing. The rocks at the mouth of the passage are one of the most popular fishing spots in the area. You can also access more fishing spots while on a small boat or a kayak. You’ll be able to catch Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Mangrove Jack, Trevally and Cod.

KAWANA BEACH

Kawana Beach is located between Caloundra and Maroochydore. With a long 9-km stretch of beach, there are many fishing spots in the area. You can find gutters or fish into the rip holes. You can also fish off the rocks near Point Cartwright. Some of the fish species you’ll be able to catch include Flathead, Bream, Dart, Mullet, Jewfish and Whiting.

MOOLOOLAH RIVER, MOOLOOLABA

There are a lot of great fishing spots in Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba. Anglers can head to the rock walls near the river mouth, the bridges and canals as well as offshore. You’ll be able to catch Trevally, Flathead, Bream, Tailor, Dart, Whiting and Garfish.

MAROOCHY RIVER, MAROOCHYDORE

Maroochy River in Maroochydore features deep holes suitable for inshore fishing. Most anglers prefer to fish on the northern and southern shores of the river mouth. You’ll be able to catch Tailor, Flathead, Mackerel, Cod, Mulloway, Bass, Mangrove Jack and Trevally.

NOOSA RIVER, NOOSA

Noosa is one of the leading entertainment hubs on the Sunshine Coast. The area has beautiful waterways, so there are a lot of opportunities for excellent fishing. Noosa River is one of the most popular fishing destinations in the area. You can fish in deep water, sand flats and rock groynes. Some of the fish species you’ll be able to catch include Bream, Whiting, Mulloway, Trevally, Tailor and Flathead.

LAKE MACDONALD, NOOSA

You’ll have to travel to the hinterland to reach Lake MacDonald in Noosa. However, it’s worth the drive as the deep reservoir is ideal for freshwater fishing. There are also boat ramps so you can access more fishing spots. You’ll be able to catch Bass, Yellowbelly, Mary River Cod (catch and release), Saratoga, Spangled Perch and Gar.

RAINBOW BEACH, GYMPIE REGION

Rainbow Beach is one of the most stunning natural attractions and best fishing spots on the Sunshine Coast. You can fish the deep holes and gutters along the beach to catch some Whiting and Tailor. You can also hire a boat charter for some offshore fishing. You’ll be able to catch Snapper, Perch, Red Emperor, Mackerel and Wahoo, among other fish species.

INSKIP POINT

Towards the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, you’ll find Inskip Point—one of the most popular fishing destinations in the region. You can fish the flats, from the shore or on a boat. There are also a lot of gutters on the eastern side of the beach. Some of the fish species you’ll be able to reel in include Bream, Flathead, Tailor, Whiting and Dart.

These fishing locations are just a sample of what you’ll find on the Sunshine Coast. With a lot more waterways to explore, it’s no surprise that the region has become known as a premier fishing destination. Apart from enjoying these fishing spots on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll also be able to appreciate all the natural beauty the region has to offer.

 


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.