Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Catch a Feed in Our Top Five Freshwater Spots; Queensland's Best River, Creek and Dam Fishing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Catch a Feed in Our Top Five Freshwater Spots; Queensland's Best River, Creek and Dam Fishing

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1 Pumicestone Passage at Golden Beach

How to get there: South of Caloundra, join Landsborough Pde which turns into the Esplanade. There are many spots to fish from. Take your pick in the Passage.

Why it's great: Multiple freshwater inlets. No need for a boat, masses of yabby banks here attract plenty of fish, and it's easy to walk the bank and throw a lure or bait. There's great access too: just drive along and pull up anywhere.

Tips: Whiting, bream, flathead and trevally are abundant here. Got kids? This is a choice spot to give them their first fishing experience.

Watch out for: A northerly can bring in seaweed. Boaties need to be aware of the sandbar.

2 Baffle Creek Catchment

How to get there: From Gladstone, head south on the Bruce Hwy until Miriam Vale, and turn on to Larson St to get to Tableland Rd. Take a right at the T-intersection then a left at Kirkpatrick Rd. Pass through Euleilah on Hills Rd. A right turn after Euleilah Creek will take you onto Coast Rd and into the township of Baffle Creek. From Bundaberg, take the Lowmead road to Berajondo and turn on to Tableland Rd.

Why it's great: Encased by conservation parks from both sides, the renowned Baffle Creek catchment is a pristine 120km estuary system hosting nearly 80 different fish species and 10 crustacean species. Whether you are chasing a salmon, cod, mangrove jack, barra or trevally, Baffle Creek is the local anglers' nirvana.

Tips: Don't be surprised if you are fishing for whiting and manage to snag a flathead or queenfish.

Watch out for: Snags because of partially submerged trees and large tidal changes.

3 Maroochy River Cod Hole, Maroochydore

How to get there: It's where the Sunshine Motorway flyover crosses Bradman Ave in Maroochydore, in and around the flyover supports.

Why it's great: Ideal for novices, you can easily park here and fish from the bank. Deep water is within close casting distance, and fish are abundant thanks to the bridge supports, deep holes, ledges and the river bottom structure.

Tips: You'll find many species including some biggies like mulloway (jew), mangrove jack, tailor and trevally. …

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