COOLUM TO MAROOCHY: GREAT SPOTS FOR ANGLERS OF ALL AGES!
Following on from last week’s school holiday focus area of Noosa, this week we venture south to the area between Coolum and Maroochydore. You would be surprised when you find out there are over two dozen well known beach and estuary spots easily accessible by foot or car in this area, even better is many of the locations are well shaded, have facilities like toilets and are great for kids.
Beach fishing is popular in the surf gutters and coffee rocks between Coolum and Alex Heads. Coolum boasts some good rocky outcrops also where tailor and jew can be targeted as well as the occasional small snapper and cod. These points can be exposed to the wind sometimes but when the wind is light they are extremely popular. Try the opposite Scrub Road at Coolum Park, Point Arkwright, Yaroomba Rocks, around the coffee rock that extends down towards The Boardwalk and off Pincushion Island.
Surf gutters around Stumers Creek, Yaroomba, north of Marcoola Surf Club and from Mudjimba to the Maoochy River Mouth (Pincushion) are all favourable for beach species such as tailor, dart, whiting, sea bream, tarwhine and dusky flathead.
1. Mudjimba Beach to North Shore has many long, deep gutters which are less than a 5 minute walk from the car park! Even better is the fact that if the fishing is quiet, two patrolled beaches (at Twin Waters and Mudjimba) are available for the kids while Dad and Mum have a fish for dart just a stones throw away from the kids.
2. Cotton Tree is just far enough back from the river mouth but still positioned along the edge of the main channel to be 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. The added bonus of Cotton Tree is the close access to facilities, great little parks along Cotton Tree Parade and play equipment for the kids. Also the two long jetties near the Swimming Pool provide excellent lighting for night fishing and allow anglers to get right out into the middle of the channel to chase fast swimming fish.
3. South Channel runs from Cotton Tree to Picnic Point on the southern side of Goat Island. The water is deep enough for bait fish schools to swim through and queenfish, golden trevally, mangrove jack, school jew frequent this area on the changing tides plus all the bread and butter species. Conveniently beside the Duporth Tavern, there is a great little jetty which can get you out into the deeper water also. Locals recommend soft plastics, prawn lures and deep divers, live herring, fresh mullet strips and slabs of mackerel or similar to lure the predator species.
4. Twin Waters and The Black Bank are in the far north eastern corner of the river and provide good catches off the bank and in the channel that runs along the southern side of The Black Bank. The Black Bank is a shallow mud island in an elongated shape which runs horizontal to the bank between Twin Waters resort and Twin Waters weir, but is about 5 meters out from land. This bank is a great feeding ground for foraging whiting, flathead and bream. Baitfish schools often slip over this bank and are taken by predators such as mangrove jack, jew and trevally. Locals have also dubbed the narrow channel between the Black Bank and the land as “Trevally Alley” after many memorable catches were reported.
TAKE A KID FISHING:
Young anglers thrive in the Maroochy as there are so many great little alcoves, jetties, sheltered canals and well lit safe spots for late afternoon and early evening fishing.
5. Chambers Island is the top spot for familes due to the shallow banks, clean grassy areas, play equipment and toilets. The fishing on Chambers Island is varied from bread and butter species such as whiting, bream and flathead for the beginners, to estuary cod, trevally and grunter for those who want a bigger thrill. The deep hole at the eastern end of the island is well known spot for predator fish and even mud crabs to sit. Shallow sand banks surround the island and this is one of the safest areas in the river for swimming as the current doesn’t run too fast here. The bridge also provides a good spot for tying off crab pots and having a go at castnetting – just watch out for the barnacles which encrust the bridge pylons.
6. The Cod Hole is loved by all types of anglers including bank, boat and lure specialists. This area produces everything from small pickers like bream to big jacks and jew. The Cod Hole once was just the area infront of the Ski Area opposite the main Boat Ramp on Bradman Avenue. Once the Motorway Bridge was put in complete with the digging of massive holes to place the pylons, many of the bigger fish which used to live at “The Cod Hole” decided to move down and seek solace in the man-made caves and crevices which were formed. So the Cod Hole now from the Motorway Bridge to the Boat Ramp, an area covering about 75 meters of bank. Kids need to fish nice and close to the bridge as this is where the best fishing is. Be sure to take Mum and Dad if you are going to fish late in the day because even though there are street lights, it can be hard to see there.
Next week we will take a look at Mooloolaba and Kawana – two main tourist hubs of the Sunshine Coast!
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Flathead around the mouth on plastics. A few trevally and tailor on the surface near Munna Point and small school Jew in Woods Bay. Crabs in between the lakes.
Maroochy: Bream to 35cm from Cotton Tree. Whiting in the southern channel and on the Black Banks on the morning making tide. Flathead between Petrie creek and Bli Bli channel markers. Mud crabs above Bli Bli bridge.
Kawana: Bream from La Balsa wall. Whiting in Kawana Lakes on the morning high tide. Golden Trevally around Minyama Island. Mud crabs in the canals and at McKenzie’s Bridge.
Caloundra: Bream off the boardwalk. Flathead to 50cm caught from Pelican Waters on hard body lures. Mud crabs in good numbers Between Coochin Creek and Donnybrook.
Luke Spears was fishing with live worms along Bradman Avenue opposite Chambers Island when he hooked this 400g summer whiting.
Bryan and Jason put the pots in for 3hrs over the weekend using fresh mullet and were lucky enough to pot 4 good buck mud crabs.
The crabs have also been on the move in the channel opposite Chambers Island. Darrin potted this 900g buck over night.
Mark Planck also had a spot of luck crabbing in the lower reaches this week with a 1kg + buck mud crab.
It is well worth throwing in the pot over the weekend in the middle reaches of the river.