Countless options on our doorstep
  |  First Published: June 2014

So the cooler weather has arrived and along with that comes countless opportunities. Southern Moreton Bay really comes into its own throughout winter with a range of species, such as snapper, mulloway, tailor, bream, squid and cuttlefish, being the main targets. To have all of this right on our doorstep, who would live anywhere else?

All of my articles so far have been on fishing Moreton Bay from a boat; that is because it’s 99% of what I do! However, I need an alternative option when I’m limited for time and don’t want to hook up the boat. This is when a land-based option is definitely on the cards

The biggest misconception about fishing is that you need a boat to catch big fish and it’s simply not true. You just need to put some time and effort into land-based fishing. When fishing out of a boat you can't just go anywhere and expect to catch a feed of fish or that one prize winning fish. You have to put in time and research into the areas in which you are fishing. The same applies to when fishing land-based spots.

First you need to decide on your target species, then what kind of areas in which the target species inhabits. For the purpose of this article I will focus my attention on targeting bream.

The second thing that needs to be decided on is an area to fish. I like to use Google Maps to sus out potential spots to fish. Moreton Bay bream generally like broken rocky/gravelly bottom, so this is the kind of foreshores you want to look for.

One other thing that I take into consideration when looking for a new land-based spot is tidal flow. Most people will look for deep water to fish in, but I look for areas that drain off dry. The reason for this is when the tide starts to move in the fish are sitting and waiting until there is enough water that they can swim up onto new ground looking for crabs and small baitfish. Quite often you will see the backs of the bream just out of the water as the move up into the shallow water.

Bream are not the only species that move up into these shallow areas. You will also encounter flathead, tailor and squid so it is important to take a few different lures in your tackle bag. In this shallow water there is no better form of fishing than surface lures. Popular lures like Lucky Craft NW Pencil and Maria Wise Dog are a very versatile lure that will work on a number of species. If you are going to use surface lures then you need good conditions with minimal wind so the fish can see the lure clearly.

Actually getting out into the water is important so you can get out to where the fish are and walk in as the tide comes in. You will see your numbers increase because this is exactly what the fish are doing. As soon as you notice that you are not getting any hits/fish it pays to walk in a bit to where it is shallower. When walking these areas it is important to wear adequate footwear, whether it is a pair of waders or a pair of old shoes with a hard sole, you need them because you don't want to be standing on a stonefish or getting something else sharp stuck in your foot.

I hope this has given you an insight into land-based fishing in Moreton Bay. Until then I hope you get out amongst the fish.

Moreton Bay is renowned for its shallow water bream fishery, and tarwine are a welcomed by-catch.

Plastics on a light jighead work well when walking the foreshore for shallow water bream.

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