Beach Safety Most Important
  |  First Published: August 2008

August is traditionally the month anglers drag out the waders and beanies to ward against the Ekka westerlies and hit the beach in search of tailor. While the tailor might be a bit tricky to get hold of at the moment, anglers and beach users should have beach safe practices in the forefront of their minds this winter.

From last month there have already been a few reports of tailor. There has also been some tarwhine beached along with dart, with the very occasional whiting and a few flathead. Two small jew around 5kg were a pleasant surprise for couple of anglers fishing the third cutting mid afternoon for whiting.

However, many reports have been of anglers suffering from lack of bites. It is tempting to let these discouraging reports deter you from hitting the water, but instead of sitting at home this month, rise to the challenge of proving everyone else wrong and catch a whopper!

Launching boats at the mouth has been difficult lately, and boaties have been using the North Shore ramp instead. This ramp is adjacent to the ferries and is a very busy stretch of river, so extra care is needed on the water in this area.

On the beach caution is also required as yet more rocks have been uncovered. Most recently, rocks have been found between the third access cutting and Teewah. These rocks are quite prominent, but getting past them is easy as they pose no problems at low tide and simply driving carefully around the back of the rocks solves the problem. However, extreme caution should be exercised at night, as the rocks can be very difficult to see, particularly if there is salt haze from the surf.

The trees on the western side of the Leisha Track on Rainbow Beach continue to be an obstacle anytime other than the lowest tides. But this could work in favour of anglers wanting to escape netted sections of the beach. The best way to access this stretch of beach is to drive south from the Rainbow Beach township on a low tide, past the rocks which are only a problem at the moment when the swell is up or from half tide through to full. Hopefully a stretch of calm weather through winter will improve the situation at the Leisha Track, but it will take time.

Those using the North Shore beaches must be alert and cautious with the number of horses on the beach. Horse riding along this part of beach is very popular with guests at the North Shore Resort at Lake Coorooibah. Some horse riders choose to ride along the hard sand on the beach, where vehicles tend to drive. Much care, caution and patience must be exercised along the hard sand on the beaches, so horse riders and vehicles can both enjoy the beauty that is the Sunshine Coast.

Caution should also be taken with pedestrians on the beach. It is important to be patient and slow down when approaching parked vehicles, as who knows if there are children running around or even adults sitting near their car. The upcoming closure between the first and third cutting will soon provide a safe location for pedestrians, swimmers and horses. But it is of the upmost importance to be alert, cautious and patient on the beach to keep it safe for everyone.

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