Noosa…a kid’s fishing haven
  |  First Published: July 2011

It’s places like Noosa that make a kid want to go fishing sooner rather than later!

Located on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa provides a wide range of fishing experiences for any junior fisho and their family. It’s great for an unforgettable fishing holiday or just for a day trip.

Land-Based Fishing

There are so many land-based fishing spots in Noosa. Depending on the weather, most of the time you won’t go home disappointed after a day out. Since there are a number of rock walls, jetties and bridges, it gives the fish a large amount of structure to hide in and feed around.

There are some great, but safe spots for kids to fish around Noosa including the Woods Bay jetty, Sandy Cove at the river mouth and Munna Point Bridge. These places attract many bream, flathead, whiting, reef species and baitfish. When there’s baitfish, there are sure to be predatory fish like trevally, cod and tailor.

Estuary Fishing from a Boat

If your family owns a boat of some sort, than Noosa is a hotspot for young fishers. If not, there are many boat hiring businesses to suit your needs. Noosa River is over 40km long with small creeks and canals that run off it. You can try a few lures while out on the Noosa River, because it is possible and pretty common to hook up to a large fish.

My favourite lure to use on the Noosa River is a surface lure called a popper, which at times, make the fish go crazy! When a fish hits one of my poppers, it’s an exciting experience. Some great boating spots include the Frying Pan, which is a large gutter near the river mouth or again, Woods Bay.

Or why not ask the family to head on up the river to the mangroves to try your hand at catching a mangrove jack? The warmer months are better.

Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing with the family would have to be one of the most unforgettable experiences for the junior angler. It can give you the chance to catch a monster of a fish! Like fishing on the estuary, if your family doesn’t have access to a boat, take a trip on one of the fishing charter businesses for an awesome offshore fishing trip.

Some great places to head out to on the reefs include Sunshine Reef, Chardons Reef or Laguna Bay. There are also many other reefs to fish on.

These areas attract a huge range of reef species including cod, pearl perch, snapper, and many pelagic species including, trevally, black kingfish (cobia) and yellowtail kingfish, as well as many types of mackerel and tuna.

Beach Fishing

The many golden beaches at Noosa hold safe and productive places for junior fishers. Peregean Beach, Alexandria Bay, Sunshine Beach and North Shore are all included in the popular fishing destinations.

Beach fishing often produces abundant fish due to the very productive food sources, which includes small baitfish and yabbies. The beach species that are on offer here are often bream, flathead and whiting. Throughout these cold winter months, the larger tailor and jewfish can also really start to fire up!

Rock Fishing

Noosa is also a popular place for rock fishers. Noosa National Park, located at Noosa Heads, is edged with rocky headlands that attract loads of fish.

Rock fishing spots include the Boiling Pot, Dolphin Point and Fairy Pools. All are fairly safe places on offer for a junior fisher as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. These spots can attract many fish including reef species, bream, whiting, trevally, tailor, and sometimes even yellowtail kingfish and small snapper can be caught as well!

Because fishing off the rocks can be a dangerous pastime you’ll need to learn to be aware of the tides, the swell and the weather. Only go rock fishing with an experienced fisher. Listen well to an adult’s advice and always remember it.

The high cliffs and large waves can be deadly, so be extra careful and NEVER take chances. I’ve gone rock fishing many times with my older brother, Matt. We’ve always had an awesome, fun and safe day.

If you’re thinking that Noosa might be one of my favourite fishing places, then you’re not wrong!

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