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Spotlight: Jacobs Well
  |  First Published: December 2012



Jacobs Well is a fishing hub that is ideally placed to take advantage of the magnificent Gold Coast waterways and the Jumpinpin area.

Found at the northern end of the Gold Coast, Jacobs Well is a small town on Moreton Bay opposite Kangaroo Island, 48km south-east of Brisbane. The origin of the name is obscure, possibly from the Biblical Jacob or the son of a pioneer, Johann Gross, who settled in the Pimpama district.

Jacobs Well is predominately a sugar-growing area and the surrounding area is virtually all set aside for sugar cane.

The main recreation in Jacobs Well is fishing, however there is some sight seeing, bird watching and bush walking carried out. There is fishing from the shore and jetties, however most visitors bring their boat and head out into the productive waterways that surround Jacobs Well.

These waterways are mostly natural, although developers have found wetlands with potential that have been developed into marinas and residential areas like Rudy Maas, Horizon Shores, Calypso Bay and Cabbage Tree Point. These marinas and residential areas provide all the services visitors will need from food through to petrol, accommodation and bait and tackle.

Getting There

It’s easy to access Jacobs Well. From the north you turn off the M1 at Yatala onto Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road and simply follow this through to Jacobs Well. From the south you turn off the M1 at Exit 49, then turn right at the first roundabout, drive straight through the next 2 roundabouts and onto Pimpama-Jacobs Well Road. Follow this road to Jacobs Well.

The boat ramp is easily located and signed well. It is found on the left hand side of the road after driving through the business centre and immediately after the caravan park. There is plenty of parking for boats and trailers, however the ramp does get very busy on weekends.

The Fishing

The fishing has everything you would expect from a quality estuary fishery in southern Queensland.

The waters are full of table species such as whiting, bream and flathead and finding any of these species is relatively simple. They can be caught readily on baits and lures from the shallow sand flats to the deeper holes and runs throughout the year. These three species make up the majority of the fish caught from Jacobs Well, however they are only a small portion of the actual fish that are found out from Jacobs Well.

Baitfishing is the main fishing method with anglers fishing worms and yabbies for whiting and bream, while dedicated baitfishers use pilchards and whitebait for tailor and flathead. The most dedicated chase mangrove jack and mulloway with fresh strip baits or livebaits and this shows the diversity of this wonderful fishery.

Lure anglers don’t miss out either. Flathead are a great starter species for lure fishers as they eat just about everything and the flathead are thick out from Jacobs Well. Bream lurers love getting into the mangrove lined banks and the deeper stretches to get their fix of bream on lures and the keen tailor anglers spin with metal slugs to target these feisty predators. As always in fishing though, the unexpected always crops up with mulloway, mangrove jack, Australian salmon and even barramundi occasional being caught on lures! And that’s one of the great things of the area, you just never really lknow what’s going to happen when you’re out there fishing.

For the crabbers, the myriad creeks and backwaters provide untold numbers of opportunities to catch mud crabs and sand cabs. These two premier table species are abundant and a simple crab pot baited with some scraps of fish and a pilchard or two will work wonders. During the warmer months its quite easy to secure a feed of mud crabs and sand crabs.

Hot Spots

There are a number of Hot Spots that can be accessed from Jacobs Well and the first is the jetty itself. From here anglers regularly catch bream, flathead and whiting in season. But over the last few seasons there have been regular catches of snapper, which have been a great and very pleasant surprise for the lucky anglers. During the months before Easter plenty of prawns are caught right off this jetty and the boat ramp at night when they are running. Keep an ear to the ground or drop into one of the tackle shops to find out when the prawns are running and you may not even have to take the boat!

Further down the system is the Tipplers area. This area is home to some fantastic flathead fishing from July through to November. Trolling lures, drifting with baits or cast and retrieving lures all works well and the flathead can be excessively large. In fact the biggest flathead in the 2012 Flathead Classic, a beast of 96cm, was caught and released in the Tipplers area.

Continuing toward the Jumpinpin bar from Tipplers you come across the Golden Banks. These banks are quite shallow and are loaded with summer whiting at the right time of year. That time of year just happens to be now so grab some worm, pump some yabbies and catch yourself one of the tastiest feeds going.

From the Golden Bank we continue north to Crusoe Island. This is a Mecca for mega flathead in October and November up in the shallow water and keen lure fishers chase their dream fish here every year.

Directly north of Crusoe Island is Kalinga Bank and this area yields fantastic whiting and bream along with some amazing flathead. You can even land the odd mangrove jack along Kalinga Bank – especially in the slightly deeper water.

East of Kalinga Bank is the Jumpinpin Bar, affectionately called the Pin Bar. Here roving schools of tailor swarm in to maraud the baitfish schools, mulloway hang in the deeper water waiting for their daily mullet feed and flathead congregate for their spawning. You can almost catch anything at the Pin Bar with freakish occurrences like mini black marlin, Spanish mackerel, large giant trevally and cobia all being taken here be anglers fishing baits and lures.

Those in the know will also head offshore through the Pin Bar. This is not the easiest bar to navigate, however in the right conditions it is safe to cross if the skipper has undertaken all the due diligence. The waters offshore from Jacobs Well are loaded with snapper and pearl perch on the reefs, cobia over the wrecks, sportfish like black marlin, mahi mahi. Spanish mackerel, wahoo and tuna, so if offshore fishing is your game, then the large ramp at Jacobs Well and easy access to the Jumpinpin Bar make this area a logical jumping off point.

There are many more Hot Spot just waiting to be discovered or uncovered in the Jacobs Well area, so get out there and start looking.

Love the area

Jacobs Well has all the facilities you will need for a day trip or a longer stay if fishing is on your mind. The boat ramp area is well maintained and the boat ramp itself can accommodate 4 lanes of boat traffic. There is plenty of car and trailer parking available, however on busy weekends you will often see cars and trailers parked on the access road.

So if you’re thinking about getting into some estuary fishing, or even using Jacobs Well as a jump off point to head offshore through the Pin Bar, then you would do well to consider Jacobs Well.

There are not too many places that have everything you need in a quiet and small town.

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