Top 3 beach fishing spots on the Sunshine Coast
A RITE of passage for many a youngster, the first time your little boy or girl goes beach fishing is a pivotal one.
The joy that comes from bagging a fish from the open ocean is special indeed, and on the Sunshine Coast we are blessed with numerous spots to head with the family, rod in hand.
Experts suggest using a medium surf rod about 9-10ft in most conditions, or a more hardcore 13ft 6in surf rod on the bigger surf days. For the young ones, try them out with a spin rod around 7ft.
Importantly, make sure everyone on the trip has their own rod to join in the fun, and soon there'll be some healthy family competition to see who can bag the biggest catch for dinner.
Here are some of our top local spots for family beach fishing on the Sunshine Coast.
1 Kawana Beach
How to get there: Take Point Cartwright Drive off Nicklin Way, and park on Pacific Boulevard anywhere north of Kawana Waters Surf Club.
Why it's great: A huge stretch of beach to enjoy here, and the sky's the limit when it comes to what you can catch. Good gutters form by the rocks near the lighthouse reserve, and when the north-easterly is blowing, you get good protection.
Tips: Try different lures on your line to attract different species. Worms or pilchard pieces can bag flathead, bream, dart, mullet and jewfish; try soft plastics for a greater range, and metal slugs can bring in tuna and even wahoo (there were reports of catches here last month).
Watch out for: Fishing off the rocks. Although it may bring best results, It's not safe for kids in particular, so if you must take them on the rocks with you, always give them a lifejacket.
2 Maroochydore Beach
How to get there: At the intersection of Alexandra Pde and Beach Pde in Maroochydore, look just south of the surf club where the coffee rock is.
Why it's great: A lot of deep holes mean you can find some biggies here, plus it's easy to get to and there are eating, drinking and shopping spots on your doorstep if the family gets bored.
Tips: There are some big tailor in those deep holes, especially in winter, plus spotted mackerel and if you're really lucky some tuna. Metal lures should work for the big stuff, while kids can target the flathead here that'll bite on pretty much anything.
Watch out for: If you walk on the coffee rock be careful: it can give way easily. As with all beach fishing, keep the area behind you clear in case you need to make a hasty retreat from the surf. Always have an escape route.
3 Moffat Beach
How to get there: Park at the corner of Seaview Tce and Bryce St in Moffat Beach.
Why it's great: A beautiful sandy beach, easily accessible, safe for the kids and some cool little coffee shops close by, in easy view of the sand. Great for beginners and some decent fishing to be had here.
Tips: Take your pick anywhere along this small beach and try for trevally, flathead, whiting, bream tailor and jewfish. On big surf days, look out for grassy sweetlip and squire.
Watch out for: Big surf, surfers and kite surfers. If the surf's good or the wind is up it can be busy here, and make sure you watch the young ones in the water.