Here’s a just a few landbased spots to try around Brisbane.
1. Brisbane River. Pinkenba rock wall is on the northern shore near the river mouth. It’s a fair walk out from the nearest parking area to this decaying rock wall, but there are plenty of bream and the occasional mangrove jack and threadfin salmon to be caught. Unfortunately this area has become quite littered in recent years. Note that a large rising tide may inundate parts of the wall. Elsewhere in the river, any foreshore might produce bream, but spots near manmade structure such as pylons are best. Big threadfin salmon have been caught far up the river on livebaits. Breakfast Creek mouth has easy access and fishes well at times, with some good mulloway and threadfin caught.
2. Brisbane River freshwater. The access points upstream have bass and cod, which have been stocked. Also, the superb Wivenhoe and Somserset Dams.
3. Shorncliffe jetty, near Sandgate. Pike, bream, whiting, squid, catfish and stingrays. Bream and whiting along the Sandgate foreshore wall at high tide.
4. Nudgee Canal. The lower section has good access, with whiting, bream, flathead and crabs. Nudgee Beach foreshore has whiting at high tide.
5. Redcliffe/Scarborough beaches. Many of these relatively calm beaches have rocky reef within casting range. Quality bream and flathead are common, with small snapper off the rocky points, and occasional cod.
6. Woody Point and Redcliffe have jetties. Also the Hornibrook Highway jetty. Many fishos do well at high tide fishing the shore near the jetties. Good run of crabs off Woody Point jetty.
7. Moreton Island. Great beach fishing on the inside and outside beaches. The sheltered inside beaches have flathead and whiting, while anything can show up in the gutters on the surf side.
8. Redland Bay has a good fishing jetty, mainly squid, flathead, bream and crabs.
9. The Logan River fishes well and has shore access in places, with mainly whiting, bream and flathead, and ongoing rumours of barramundi captures.
10. Canal estate rock walls. From southern Brisbane through to the Gold Coast are numerous canals. The rock walls are good fishing spots. Bream and jacks are the main target but it is surprising how many different species make their way through these canals, including bull sharks, mulloway, mud crabs, jacks and trevally.
11. Gold Coast beach rock walls. There are numerous small rock groynes through to Kirra. These have surf species and luderick. The sandpumping jetty at Southport produces regular mulloway and tailor.
12. Tweed Heads to Pottsville. Excellent surf and rock fishing with easy access to beaches and headlands. Look for the gutters. Tailor, flathead, bream, dart, mulloway and whiting.
13. The Tweed River has landbased access near the mouth, with bream, luderick, jacks and flathead the main catch. Footpaths along the river in places.
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