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Best Fishing Spots On The Gold Coast

Posted by on January 21, 2014 2 Comments Category : Fishing Blog Tags : , , , ,

Spring brings the best beach fishing conditions in South East Queensland so why not head to the Gold Coast, where the beaches are beautiful and the fish are abundant! The best beach spots are where the fish gather in the gutters close to the shoreline, but stay clear of the northerlies when the bluebottles abound, or head inland to the rivers and the land locked lake systems. Take a look at my top picks…

Tallebudgera Creek

Tallebudgera Creek is shallow in parts, so as long as you’re careful good fishing can be found under the pylons of the road bridge and in the “swimming pool”, a safe swim area sectioned off on the southwestern side of the bridge. The canal bridges, river groynes, drop offs and deeper channels will always reap the bigger reward.


Beautiful Kirra Beach presents great fishing, particularly off the Greenmount and Kirra groynes, and along the rip holes at the beach’s northern end. Towards the south, try the longshore trough.

Kirra Beach has suffered extensive erosion, which means good news for anglers; you can try your luck straight off the seawall. Head up Currumbin Creek and stop by any of the bridges along the way, or stick to the rip and rock fish off Currumbin and Elephant Rocks. You’ll find the reef good for bait fish at any time of year.

Nerang River

Wait for the bigger tides under the full and new moons to cast your line along the Gold Coast’s Nerang River, with the best spots between the Gold Coast Seaway and the Nerang Pacific Highway Bridge; you’ll bring in good-sized bream, whiting and flathead. Find yellow belly and wild bass in the upper reaches, near the Hinze Dam Wall or stay closer to Bundall, behind the Gold Coast Council Chambers.

Tweed River

The Gold Coast’s Tweed River boasts a huge array of crabs and fish, including bass in the upper reaches and bream, flathead and mangrove jack along the banks and rock walls. Find jew in the deeper channels and trevally at the river mouth. Access the offshore reefs from the river and check out the waters below the sand pumping jetty for dart, tailor and bream, flathead and whiting. This is strictly NSW territory, so make sure you have your licence to fish.

Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island boasts a diverse range of species, including tailor, bream, flathead and whiting from the shallow gutters on the beaches and marlin, mackerel and wahoo in the deeper waters offshore. Head out to the offshore reefs for pearl perch, sweetlip, parrot and snapper.

Dunwich, sheltered from the strong south-easterlies and close to the open sea, is a good spot for night fishing – you’ll bring in whiting and bream and on a calm night, squid – and offers access to the calmer waters inland, and to the reefs around Goat, Bird and Peel islands.

If you’re a keen fisher, head to the Gold Coast and explore my top picks!

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Author: Xanthe Coward is a writer and theatre reviewer who loves to try her hand at fishing.

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  1. Dorne Luizen Ocampo on Apr 20, 2014

    Thanks for this list! This will give fishing enthusiasts more places to visit and more prized fishes to catch. All of these fishing spots sure offer a variety of fishing activities.


  2. MecomJomes on Dec 10, 2014

    Hi, is anybody able to recommend about non-wooden boat-ramps on the Gold Coast especially on the southern end of the Coast?


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