Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Get Hooked on Our Top 5 Beach Fishing Spots; the Best Family Fishing Fun to Be Found on the Qld Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Get Hooked on Our Top 5 Beach Fishing Spots; the Best Family Fishing Fun to Be Found on the Qld Coast

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NOTHING beats a feed of fresh seafood at Easter - and nothing tastes better than the first fish you ever catch.

Grab the kids a rod each and get them set up on one of our top five family fishing beaches:

1 Currimundi Beach

How to get there: Park at the corner of Westaway Pde and Watson St and you can walk down to the beach where Currimundi Lake drains into the ocean.

Why it's great: The tidal flow in and out of the lake is an attractant for fish: a variety of species love the gutters that form at this spot. It is also right beside a patrolled surf beach in case the little ones feel like dropping the rods and playing in the surf.

Tips: Get some beach worms or pilchard pieces from local tackle shops for bait, and expect to catch flathead, dart, jewfish, sea bream, tailor and trevally. If the surf is too big for the kids to cast safely, you can lead them to the calmer waters in the estuary.

Watch out for: The wind can get strong here as it's quite exposed. If there's a lot of water in Currimundi Lake draining into the ocean, rips can form, so keep an eye on the kids if they go swimming.

2 Shoal Point Beach

How to get there: The fishing beach is on the north-western side of Shoal Point, about 15km north of Mackay.

Why it's great: This is the ideal family fishing destination, so much so that the annual Take A Kid Fishing day is held here. It's a large area and relatively shallow, and great for introducing kids to fishing. There are barbecues at the park.

Tips: It's best fished on the incoming tide or at the top of the tide. There are some big gutters which can be productive. Best bait is yabbies or prawns. Yabbies can be dug on the low tide at Reliance Creek. You can expect to catch flathead, whiting, small trevally, grunter and bream.

Watch out for: This beach has a northerly aspect, which makes it ideal if there is a strong south-easterly, but not a northerly.

3 Boyne Tannum HookUp

THE number one family fishing event in Australia, the Boyne Tannum HookUp, will run from Friday May 2 to Sunday May 4 at Bray Park, Boyne Island. …

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