Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Eight of the Best Coast Spots

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Eight of the Best Coast Spots

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WITH spring upon us, why not walk to your favourite fishing location instead of driving?

You would be surprised to find out there are more than two dozen beach and estuary spots easily accessible by foot in this area, even better is that many of the locations are well shaded and have toilets and barbecues.

The Sunshine Coast is also great for young anglers with so many jetties, rock walls, canals, shallow banks by bridges and plenty of little shady spots which harbour hard-hitting fish.

Eight of the best spots from Noosa to Caloundra have made it to my favourites list.

Noosa's The Frying Pan is a well-hidden spot and is often missed by boaties as the sand builds up and cuts off access.

Once in the Frying Pan, you can expect fantastic fishing.

Elbow slapper whiting, disoriented big sea bream and flathead can be caught on the drift in this secluded little hot spot.

Woods Bay sits on either side of the Woods Spit.

There are actually two small bays that are deep enough for baitfish schools to swim through and queenfish, golden trevally, mangrove jack, school jew as well as all the bread and butter species.

Locals recommend soft plastics, prawn star lures, live herring and fresh mullet strips to lure the predator species.

Mudjimba Beach to North Shore has many long, deep gutters which are less than a five-minute walk from the car park.

The area is quiet and two patrolled beaches (at Twin Waters and Mudjimba) are available for the kids while dad and mum fish for dart.

At the Maroochy river mouth, Cotton Tree adjoins the main channel, a great feeding ground for bream, trevally, school jew and tailor.

Plus, if your casting skills are strong, you should be able to aim across the channel to the shallower area at the bottom of Goat Island to target whiting and flathead. Cotton Tree has great little parks and play equipment for the kids.

The two long jetties near the swimming pool provide excellent lighting for night fishing and allow anglers to get out into the middle of the channel. …

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