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, with plenty of bream and flathead from the beach next to the point.
Fish Scotts Point itself 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, Redcliffe jetty is 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.
North of the peninsula, shallow Deception Bay has good boat fishing for winter (diver) whiting and school mackerel, just move around until you find a patch of fish.
Further north, good fishing can be had in Pumicestone Passage and around Bribie Island.
Gear tips for southern QueenslandA 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.
A 3-6kg spin outfit is ideal for most southern Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.
A medium surf rod-reel combo is ideal for most southern Queensland beach fishing for tailor, bream and small mulloway. See eBay listing here.
A heavy surf rod-reel combo is needed for larger mulloway. See eBay listing here.
For boat fishing, a short rod/spinning reel combo loaded with 10kg line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 20m deep, and can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish. See eBay listing here.
Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor. See eBay listing here.
Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of southern Queensland species. See eBay listing here.
Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. See eBay listing here.
Squid jigs are useful in southern Queensland. See eBay listing here.
Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.
Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.
Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.
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Some external videos filmed around Redcliffe are featured below.