South-East Queensland offers a range of fishing, consequently it is difficult, if not impossible, to recommend a single rod-reel combo to cater for all occasions.
A 3kg spin outfit is ideal for chasing whiting and bream in clear water and in areas that see a lot of fishing pressure and the fish are cautious. This outfit can also be used for freshwater bass. See eBay listings here.
A 6kg spin outfit is otherwise ideal for most southern Queensland estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listings here.
A heavy-duty surf rod is needed for surf mulloway and rock fishing, see eBay listings here. A lighter surf rod is better for catching tailor, bream, dart and whiting in the surf.
For boat fishing, a stout rod/spinning reel combo loaded with 10-15kg line is ideal for general reef fishing in water to around 25m deep, and can also be used to cast lures to pelagic fish. See eBay listing here. Rods around 7′ long are ideal for boat fishing. A heavier outfit is better in deeper water, especially where sharks are abundant, as you’ll need to bring hooked fish in fast.
Metal slice lures are ideal for catching tailor and salmon in the surf, and will also take trevally, bream, kingfish and flathead. There are many types but the simple chrome styles are as good as any. See eBay listing here.
Soft plastic paddle tail lures are popular and effective all-round lures, and these also work in freshwater locations. See eBay listings here.
Weighted jig heads are needed to rig most soft plastic paddle tail lures, although some have the jig head built in. See eBay listings here. It pays to use the lightest jig head possible, and light resin jig heads allow an angler to present a more realistic suspending lure action.
Sabiki bait jigs are great for catching yakkas and pike, buy them on eBay here. Remove droppers if required to stay legally compliant, cutting a complete rig in half will usually make two legal sets.
For squidding, standard unbaited squid jigs such as these work well, see listings here.
Baited ‘spike jigs’ work well on large calamari squid. These jigs are cast under a float and left out until a squid takes the bait. Bait the jig with a small fish such as tommy ruff or mullet. These large baited jigs look clumsy compared with the smaller jigs more commonly seen, but they are effective … see listings here. The barbed version is even better if you can find them for sale.
Smaller squid can be targeted with baited spike jigs such as these … see eBay listings here.
The secret for successful squid fishing is to fish dusk, darkness and dawn, when the water is clear. Summer is usually best.
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 where the sinker slides along the line, allowing a fish to easily run with a baited hook. See eBay listings for ball sinkers here, see listings for star sinkers here and for snapper leads 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). Listings on eBay here.
Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard or garfish baits for tailor. Listings on eBay here.
Redclaw crayfish are a popular catch in Queensland impoundments. Strict regulations apply to the type of gear used to catch them. Ebay sellers have a variety of yabby and shrimp traps, be sure to buy one that complies with local regulations.
Garden worms are also an excellent bait mfor fresh and saltwater fishing, see worm farm listings on eBay here.
Other items you may need are wire trace to stop fish such as mackerel or sharks biting through your line, see eBay listings here, swivels to stop line twist when using spinning lures here, a filleting knife to clean your fish here, a burley bucket to attract fish to your area here, a waterproof torch here, a sharpening stone for knives and hooks here, bait jigs to catch baitfish such as yakkas for bait here, a sharpening stone for knives and hooks here, and of course a tackle box here.
Lastly, if don’t want to use traditional smelly baits, you can try a commercial bait product such as this.
BOATS FOR SALE in Brisbane – current eBay listings here.