Redcliffe Peninsula is a great fishing area north of Brisbane, with many good landbased locations thanks to the prevalent shallow reef and rubble.
Being located within northern Moreton Bay, with Moreton Island providing shelter from the open ocean, Redcliffe’s coastline is a low-energy environment, with somewhere safe to fish in most weather conditions.
Redcliffe is reached by vehicle from Brisbane via the Hornibrook Highway bridge, which crosses the mudflat and channels of Pine River mouth and Hayes Inlet.
Hayes Inlet is a good fishing spot for boaters and landbased fishos, but note the green sanctuary zone.
There are two channels into Hayes Inlet. The southern channel that runs into a creek system inside the sanctuary is a particularly good area for bream and flathead.
Fish the channel for bream and flathead during the five or so hours of low tide.
It is possible to walk the channel edge at Hayes Inlet at low tide as the bottom is mostly firm. Try walking out from the end of the street on the north side of the inlet.
Note that stonefish and stingrays are common in the shallows off Redcliffe, so don’t wade.
Immediately north of Hayes Inlet, Clontarf is one of the good fishing areas, with quality bream around the rocky foreshore at high tide.
Clontarf jetty is on the north side of the Hornibrook Highway bridge. This is a popular spot, but fishing either side of the jetty from land avoids the jetty crowd and produces bream, flathead and whiting, along with whiting, trevally and oxeye herring.
Squid are caught here and are best across Redcliffe in winter when the water is clearer. Both arrow squid and tiger squid are caught.
To the north, Woody Point has a long jetty that produces a variety of fish, along with sand crabs, squid and sharks.
Once again, better bream fishing can be had fishing rough ground either side of the jetty during large high tides, which helps avoid the jetty crowd. The east side of the jetty foreshore can be fished on smaller tides for flathead.
North of Woody Point is Scotts Point, which has a sanctuary (no fishing) on the south side. The north side is an excellent landbased spot for bream and small snapper.
Fish Scotts Point around the bottom half of the tide, including about the first two hours of run-in, as the rocks are submerged at high tide. It can be slippery.
Further north, Redlciffe jetty is hugely popular at times, with plenty of winter squid. There are usually baitfish around the pylons, including pike. Both sides of the jetty have shallow reef, with bream, snapper, flathead and the chance of passing chopper tailor and school mackerel.
The Shields St platform north of Redcliffe jetty is a rocky spot that reliably produces snapper.
Further north, the Osbourne Point platform produces mainly bream. It has a boat ramp next to it for small craft (yaks and cartoppers).
Scarborough has a platform with a small-craft launching area. At high tide it is only a metre or so deep, and at low tide there is no water. Bream, flathead and snapper can be caught here on bigger high tides, and squid. Scarborough reef is home to bream and small snapper.
Scarborough marina has a rock foreshore that is a good landbased spot in winter for tailor, bream and flathead, with bream and flathead in summer.
The spit at Scarborough is a great place to net hardiheads for bait.
Newport Canal mouth has a fishing platform nearby with barbecues and seats, it is not usually a red hot spot but it is pleasant.
Snorkelling around Redcliffe reveals that mud crabs live in the crevices of some of the shallow inshore reefs, and there are some huge bream about that are difficult to tempt on a line.
Also, flathead can often be seen lying among the rocks, these fish don’t just dwell on the flats.
Around Redcliife, jacks are caught from time to time, as well as goldspot cod, gold-spotted sweetlip, tuskfish (bluebone) and even cobia.
For boaters and landbased fishos, night fishing can produce excellent results on the shallow reefs.
Great winter whiting grounds exist just a little offshore in Bramble Bay and Deception Bay, with school and spotted mackerel and tailor often caught at the same time.
The rock worms found around much of the Redcliffe foreshore are exceptional bait, as are small crabs.
Pilchard baits work well for flathead, and mullet and chicken gut baits work well on bream.
Lure fishing is best in winter when the water clears.
Some external videos filmed around Redcliffe are featured below.