Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Legendary Cod Hole Lures the Masses

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

The Legendary Cod Hole Lures the Masses

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ASK any Sunshine Coast local where a top spot to fish is and they will list a string of locations, dependant on where they are from, but you can pretty much guarantee the Cod Hole is always in that list.

No matter the tide, weather, time of day or night, this spot always rewards those who fish there.

Even when wet weather is forecast, the Cod Hole is still a favoured haunt, not just for its reliability for a bite, but possibly due to the four-lane massive concrete and steel undercover shelter that lets you fish and stay fairly dry all year.

The famous Cod Hole produces everything from bream to big jew and is synonymous with legendary record breakers and epic battles spoken of for generations.

The Cod Hole originally was the area where the boat ramp is today. Local legend has it that water skiers in the 1950s who began a ski club in the area beside the boat ramp, saw huge estuary cod in the water and deep holes of up to 6m in the mud there.

Nowadays, the sand and mud have made it quite shallow there, and very few big cod can be found near the boat ramp.

Instead, they have taken up residence in the deep holes up to 9m and crevices surround the twin motorway bridges.

You could say it runs from the boat ramp in front of Maroochy Palms Caravan Park to downstream of the bridge by about 75m.

Most people who say they caught their fish in the Cod Hole fish within 50m either side of the motorway bridge, or even over along the northern banks along Godfreys and Oyster Bank Rd, which runs parallel to the river from the motorway to opposite Eudlo Creek.

There is a rocky wall and step bank that fishes very well for bream and flathead.

Trevally and jew are the two main species on offer year round in the Cod Hole and can be caught on live bait, hardbody lures or soft plastics worked around the bridge pylons. …

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