Land-based and estuary fishing on the Gold Coast

If you’re looking for a great place for estuary fishing, the Gold Coast is definitely worth a visit. With its accessible foreshores and protected waters, it’s the perfect spot for both beginner and experienced fishers alike. There’s plenty of variety when it comes to fishing on the Gold Coast. Whether you’re after flathead, whiting, bream, mangrove jack, jewfish, trevally or something else entirely, you’re in with a chance here. So what are you waiting for? Come and experience the best fishing the Gold Coast has to offer!

The best time to fish on the Gold Coast is in the early morning or late afternoon.

The Gold Coast is a paradise for boating enthusiasts and can get quite busy especially on the weekend, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to try to land some fresh fish. These early and late hours usually offer light winds and less boat traffic. Plus, the larger fish are often more active at dawn or dusk while they hunt their prey with low light giving them an advantage. Look for fish habitats like structure, weed beds and tide lines, and keep an eye out for bird activity that alerts you to the presence of baitfish. With the combination of early morning or late afternoon paired with abundant baitfish, why not give it a flick? You just might end up with a great catch!

Some popular land based spots for fishing on the Gold Coast are Budds Beach, the Gold Coast Seaway and jetties along the Broadwater

Budds Beach is a popular land based fishing spot on the Gold Coast. This picturesque spot is accessible from the tourist hub, Surfers Paradise, and is a great spot to spend the day with its variety of fish life and stunning views. The waters around the beach provide a wealth of opportunity for those wanting to cast their line, as species like whiting, bream, and flathead are to be found in abundance. You can even try your luck setting some crab pots here for blue swimmer and mud crabs. Not far from Budds Beach is the expansive and inviting Gold Coast Seaway where piscatorial pursuits can easily become an outing for the whole family. You’ll also frequently find jetties along the Gold Coast Broadwater, rivers and canals that make convenient platforms upon which anglers can enjoy their hobby with comfort and ease, cast after cast. There’s no wonder why the Gold Coast is such a popular destination for anglers looking to enjoy a peaceful, or exciting, fishing outing!

Budds Beach at sunset, a perfect spot to cast a line and watch the sun set.

You can catch a variety of fish in the Gold Coast Broadwater and rivers, including bream, flathead, whiting, and tailor plus much more.

The Gold Coast’s Broadwater and rivers offer plenty of opportunity for an exciting day of fishing. With flathead being one of the most prized catches, you’ll really know when you have a good flatty pulling on your line, and the good news is; they’re abundant in this area! Live bait is always popular choice when it comes to flathead but they love a good soft plastic lure too. If whiting are more your preference then strolling along a sand flat flicking top water lures or slowly towing live yabbies is a great way to pick up some tasty fresh whiting for dinner. Bream can be found along rock walls, jetties and structure like fallen trees, and they will eat almost any bait you throw at them. There’s also the odd tailor cruising about that can spice up any fishing adventure, giving you something unexpected to battle! You won’t be disappointed with what the Gold Coast has to offer, so why not give it a go?

Baitfish such as yabbies, beach worms, pilchards and mullet are good choices for bait.

Baitfish such as yabbies, beach worms, pilchards and mullet are proven baits for the area. Factors such as “matching the hatch” and tackle size come into play when selecting bait. Try to select a bait and hook size that matches the natural prey of the fish you are trying to catch. Yabbies are a popular choice and can be caught with a yabby pump on most tidal sandbanks, they make great bait for catching whiting. Just look for the tell tail sign of yabby holes, and start pumping. Beach worms, pilchards and mullet also provide great dead bait options. Different species of fish respond differently to certain bait types so it’s important to select the correct bait. If something isn’t working, try changing it up.

Fishing from a kayak or boat in the Gold Coast Broadwater

If you’re lucky enough to have access to one, fishing from a kayak or boat in the Gold Coast Broadwater is great. The area is rich with marine life, so you have a good chance of finding a fish. The Broadwater is an expansive estuary system with two ocean entrances (The Seaway and Jumpinpin Bar), providing nutrient rich water for various fish species. There are plenty of boat ramps along its length, making it easy to get out on the water with your kayak or boat. Some deeper areas, drop offs and structure laden fishing spots hold larger species like large flathead, jewfish, snapper, tusk fish and more while the shallower areas have plenty of whiting, bream, flathead, flounder etc. Man made structures like pontoons, bridges and pylons can hold Mangrove Jack and trevally, so don’t forget to pack your lures to have a go at one of these brutes. Fishing in the Gold Coast Broadwater provides something for all fishers.

Remember to take all your rubbish with you when you leave – this includes fishing line and bait packets.

Responsible fishing helps to ensure the continued prosperity of marine species and ecosystems into the future. Whenever you fish, take all rubbish with you, whether it’s fishing line, hooks, bait packets or anything else – don’t destroy what you came to enjoy! By disposing of our waste thoughtfully, we demonstrate care and respect for our environment and it will continue to provide for us into the future. If you’ve still got some baits left over after a day out on the water, why not freeze them and bring them along with you next time, even if it’s just for burley – reducing, reusing and recycling is always a great way to be a responsible fisher!

Two snapper caught in the Gold Coast Seaway on BK’s Gold Coast Fishing Charters.

Fishing on the Gold Coast is a great way to get outdoors and relax, surrounded by its natural beauty. Whether you decide to fish from land at Budds Beach, The Gold Coast Seaway or jetties along the Broadwater, or head out onto the Broadwater on a boat or kayak, fishing in the Gold Coast is sure to give you an unforgettable experience. With correct preparation and knowledge of when and where one can go fishing, you’re in with a good chance of a successful day. Don’t forget as well to practice good catch-and-release skill so that future generations can enjoy reaping the benefits from this bountiful body of water. Remember to take all your rubbish with you when leaving – this includes any hooks, fishing line and bait packets – so that we can keep our waterways clean for everyone’s enjoyment! So what are you waiting for? Get your fishing rod ready and head down the Gold Coast for some quality time with nature!


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