Redcliffe, Queensland

A Redcliffe Peninsula coast marine park zoning map
A Redcliffe Peninsula coast marine park zoning map … note the sanctuaries

Redcliffe tides
QLD fishing regulations
QLD marine parks
Moreton Bay boating map
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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.

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Gear tips for southern Queensland

A 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 heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this 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.

Redcliffe snapper fishing

Landbased squid fishing at Redcliffe

Redcliffe kayak fishing

Redcliffe fishing

Redcliffe lure fishing

Redcliffe flathead

Redcliffe kayak fishing

Hornibrook Bridge fishing

Redcliffe tailor fishing

Gathering rock worms at Redcliffe

Nudgee Beach, Queensland

Nudgee Beach marine park zoning map
A Nudgee Beach marine park zoning map … note the sanctuaries

Nudgee Beach boat ramp tides
QLD fishing regulations
QLD marine parks
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Nudgee Beach is an easily accessible fishing area located just west of Brisbane Airport.

The main feature is Schulz Canal (also known as Jacksons Creek and Kedron Brook Floodway) which flows into Brisbane’s Moreton Bay at Nudgee.

The entrance to Schulz Canal runs through muddy sandflat at Nudgee Beach.

The canal leads upstream through Toombul and becomes Kedron Brook.

Much of the waterway is served by a biking/walking path.

There are many spots suitable for landbased fishing.

The best fish are caught in the lower section near the mouth.

The canal’s mouth is flanked by small tidal creeks to the east and west.

This region is great for sand whiting, with easy access along the western shore from the Nudgee Beach road.

At low tide the area out the front of the canal where wave action meets the channel and flats edges is the best spot for whiting, and at high tide they can be caught on the flats, off the beaches and along the canal edges.

The stage of the tide will decide where you fish.

Use fresh worms or small pieces of frozen prawn for whiting.

Flathead are found along the canal edges, with livebait and lures working well.

Other species include bream, catfish, pikey eels and stingrays.

Jewfish and threadfin salmon are a chance.

There are prawns in season, and occasional mud crabs.

Whiting are best in summer and bream in winter.

There is a boat ramp on the west bank with a large parking area.

Read some Schulz Canal history here … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schulz_Canal

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Gear tips for southern Queensland

A 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 heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this 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 Nudgee Beach are featured below.

Nudgee Beach flathead

Nudgee Beach flathead

Nudgee Beach bream

Bribie Island, Queensland

Bribie Island tides
Bribie Island National Park
Bribie Island Zoning Map
Moreton Bay Marine Park
QLD fishing regulations
QLD stocked waters
QLD dam levels

Bribie Island extends 30km along the coast immediately north of Brisbane, with the inner sheltered waters forming Pumicestone Passage.

The passage is the main attraction for fishermen.

This labyrinth of mangrove flats and channels runs between Brisbane’s northern Moreton Bay and Caloundra.

The passage was closed to commercial netting in 1996.

It is a fertile area, with extensive flats that have yabbies (nippers), marine worms and shellfish, which in turn attract larger fish.

The main species caught are bream, flathead, jacks, tailor and whiting, along with mud crabs, and good runs of prawns and sand crabs at times.

Several species of flathead are found in the passage. Fish channel edges for big dusky flathead, and fish flats edges for whiting on a rising tide.

Bream and mangrove jacks like structure and usually bite on the rise and the turn of the tide.

Less well known is that the passage contains painted crayfish, octopus, squid, big prawns, sea snakes and turtles, as well as big sharks.

Larger fish dwell in the deeper waters of the passage, including mulloway, cod, snapper and sweetlip.

The area around the bridge is the prime deep-water spot.

There is coral and other structure in these deeper waters.

There is a man-made shellfish reef further up the passage.

Threadfin salmon are caught in the passage, and very occasionally barramundi, along with a few grunter.

There is surf fishing to be had on Bribie’s outer beaches, but the beaches are not as popular as the higher energy beaches located further north.

Skirmish Point is the pick of the more easily accessible surf spots, with school mackerel and tailor caught in numbers at times, as well as the usual dart, bream and whiting.

Fishing spots

At the Brisbane end of the passage, the Bribie Island bridge is effectively a huge artificial reef located in a deep part of the waterway.

The bridge can be fished by boat but the tide runs hard. Try to fish the turn.

Cod, mulloway, bream, jacks, trevally, flathead, tuskfish, sweetlip, snapper and more are caught here, along with seasonal tailor from about June to August.

Bongaree jetty is located near deep water. It produces roughly the same fish as the bridge and can be fished on foot, but go early or late to avoid jetski riders and the like.

Also try fishing the deep drop-off from beaches near Bongaree jetty.

Bribie’s canals provide good sport for mainly bream, jacks and small trevally.

Between the bridge and jetty, the canal entrance called The Lock is a mangrove jack hotspot.

Further north, Pacific Harbour canals produce the same fish.

At the entrance to Pacific Harbour, sweetlip are sometimes caught.

Red Beach, at the southern end of the island, produces winter whiting, a small but tasty species of whiting caught in large numbers in season around Brisbane.

North of Bribie Bridge, Sylvan Beach can be fished on foot, along with Banksia Beach. Expect mainly bream, tailor, whiting and flathead.

More inaccessible fishing spots are located further north, with White Patch the last point accessible by 2WD.

A 4WD vehicle gives access to tracks in Bribie National Park and its campgrounds.

Bream, whiting, flathead, occasional mulloway and mud crabs are the main catch in the northern section.

Gallaghers Gutter runs near Gallaghers Camp Ground, and fishes well.

Further north, Poverty Creek Campground has the same fish, and is a proven spot for mud crabs.

North again, Mission Point Campground is reached only by boat, with the nearest ramp at Donnybrook.

Bribie Island Marine Zones

Before fishing be sure to check the marine park zones.

There is a large green zone around Long Island, and other restricted areas.

Crabbing and prawning

For sand crabs (blue crabs) try the southern entry to the passage area up to the Mission Point sandbanks.

Prawns are best in the passage after heavy rain in mid to late summer.

Other spots

Cooks Rocks – jewies, cod and snapper

Bongaree Ledge – sweetlip, snapper, cod and tuskfish.

Ningi Creek – a good spot for boaters as it is accessible through the tide, most species.

Donnybrook jetty – prawns February to March. Bream, grunter, whiting, flathead, mulloway, crabs.

Dunlops Gutter (Donnybrook) – bream are found a few metres out from the boat ramp.

Glasshouse Mountains Creek – mud crabs, flathead, whiting, bream, grunter, prawns.

Sweetlip, small snapper, cod and tuskfish are caught on reef and coffee rock in the deeper waters of the passage.

Surf fishing

Woorim is a handy surf beach on the ocean side of Bribie Island. It produces mostly whiting, dart and bream.

Skirmish Point is popular for surf fishing and is only a short walk from the carpark. It produces mackerel from the beach in season, as well as whiting, tailor, dart and more.

North of Woorim is a 4WD beach access point. With a Beach Access Permit, fishos can book book in advance for the coastal campsites, with dart, whiting, flathead, tailor and bream caught in the surf.

General tips

As the water is often quite clear, and the more settled area is fished hard at times, bigger fish in the passage can be educated and hard to tempt.

To succeed, use fresh or live bait and light tackle.

Night fishing also improves your chances.

A strong current flows so fish deep areas on the turn of the tide. Flats can be fished on the incoming tide for whiting and bream.

The early outgoing tide will produce flathead around mud or sand drains where baitfish are leaving.

The passage fishes well when settling down after prolonged heavy rain. Dry years tend to produce slower fishing.

Bribie Island is a great location for Brisbane fishos, but if you have limited travelling time try your luck along the much closer Redcliffe Peninsula.

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Gear tips for southern Queensland

A 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 heavier surf rod is needed for surf mulloway, snapper and gummy shark fishing. See eBay listing here.

This surf rod can be matched with this spinning reel ... eBay listing here.

Or try this 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.

BOATS FOR SALE in Brisbane - current eBay listings here.

FISH FINDER TM

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Email any corrections, additions, pictures or video here.

Some external videos filmed around Bribie Island are featured below.

Pumicestone Passage drone footage

Bribie Island (Pumicestone Pssage) drone footage

Bribie Island Fishing and Crabbing

Bribie island whiting

Bribie Island flathead and bream

Bribie Island fishing spots

Bribie Island sweetlip (offshore)

Bribie Island bream and jacks

Pumicestone Passage shellfish reef