If fishing is your thing, you canâ€™t look past the rivers and seas of Queensland â€” two of the top places in the territory to catch your fill are the Gold Coast and Cairns. With a range of different types of fishing on offer and hundreds of species of fish native to Queensland, there is something for all fisherfolk. Here is an introductory guide to fishing in Cairns and the Gold Coast to help you better plan for your Queensland fishing holiday!
Fishing in the Gold Coast
You better book your Gold Coast flights because the fish are certainly biting this winter! The Gold Coast offers an abundance of options in terms of types of fishing. Itâ€™s particularly good for deep-sea fishing, freshwater fishing and beach fishing; the GC is also renowned as a top place for bream, bass, flathead and whiting.
If deep-sea fishing is your thing, you can jump on any number of fishing charters leaving daily from the Gold Coast and fish the reefs up to 100 metres deep. Here, you get the chance to land catch including snapper, mahi mahi, mackerel and kingfish. Freshwater fishing is another Gold Coast highlight, and itâ€™s a great way to spend a day out for all of the family. You can get your mitts on river cod, Australian bass and a number of different species of perch. If you donâ€™t have access to a boat, one of the best things about the Gold Coast is that there is a beach within 10 minutes of any location, and the majority of beaches are fishable. From the shore, itâ€™s easy enough to land whiting, flathead, bream, dart and snapper.
Some of the top spots in the Gold Coast include Broadbeach, Gold Coast Seaway, Nerang River, Hinze Dam and Tallebudgera Creek. Fishing the Seaway wall can make for an incredibly successful day trip, with bream, whiting and flathead being on the catch cards. For land-based fishing, the Nerang River in Bundall offers similar catch. The name â€œTallebudgeraâ€ literally translates to â€œgood fishingâ€ in the Aboriginal language, and it certainly lives up to its name! The Hinze Dam in particular is one of the best places in Aus for freshwater fish, and itâ€™s also an awesome place to park up with the family for the day, with swimming, barbecue and play areas for everyone.
Fishing in Cairns
Hurry up and grab your airline tickets to Cairns if you want to spend time in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. The areas in and around Cairns offer some of the best fishing in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether youâ€™re into reef fishing, estuary fishing, big game fishing or freshwater fishing, Cairns has you covered. The best catch in and around the area include marlin, cod, mackerel, barramundi and coral trout.
Estuary fishing for barra is one of the most sought-after fishing experiences in North Tropical Queensland, and the opportunity attracts enthusiastic fishermen from all over the world. The months leading up to the changing of the seasons (April-May and September-October) are generally the best times for catching barramundi. Cairns also offers some of the best marlin fishing in the world, with black marlin weighing up to 725 kg and blue marlin around 450 kg. Blue marlin are best caught over the summer period (December-March), whereas September through December is the season for black.
When it comes to the top spots to fish, you canâ€™t miss the Great Barrier Reef for coral trout and mackerel. Kings Point is another goody â€” lying just out of Cairns Harbour, itâ€™s perfect for big fingermark, trevally and cod. If itâ€™s the big boys youâ€™re after, your best bet for barra fishing is the tidal estuary of Trinity Inlet, located only two minutes from Cairns city. The Russell River is another great spot for barra, whitehead, bream and mackerel. The only thing you have to be wary of is that during the peak of the wet season, the rivers rise so high that they become completely unfishable.
About the Author: Guest blogger Greg Silver is an enthusiastic fisherman living in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. He travels all over the Southern Hemisphere chasing the best eating fish.