A picture of paradise
  |  First Published: May 2010

June on Teewah Beach is a glorious time of year with offshore breezes, calm and clear surf, bright sunshine and beautiful scenery, there is no better place to be than on the waters edge with a line out.

Of course something solid on the end of the line is the one thing that can complete this picture. In recent years however, it has proven more difficult to complete this picture due to a lesser piscatorial element, although largely everything else remains the same.

Mullet netting often makes it very difficult to find fish of any variety other than flathead and there is no reason why this June should be any different.

Flathead have become the staple of winter fishing on Teewah Beach, as they have the ability to burrow under the nets and avoid capture. These fish from the surf are quality eating having come from a clean, sandy environment and can be targeted in a number of different ways.

Many fish are taken accidentally by anglers chasing tailor fishing with a pilchard bait in deeper water. Worm and pipi baits intended for dart, bream, tarwhine and whiting account for plenty also.

But in recent times with plastics becoming so popular, anglers are now tending to target flathead in the surf using artificial baits and with some success. The variety of plastics available that flathead will readily take is enormous, they might even take any plastic if it is presented well.

Even metal lures can be used to target flathead by reducing retrieval speed and allowing the lure to kick up some sand on the bottom. There is also the tried and tested method of lightly weighted or unweighted frogmouth pilchards on light gear, which always puts the angler in with a chance. Hardbodied lures can work well too, just as they do in the estuaries, but an offshore breeze is useful.

There are currently a lot of gutters along the beach that are ideal for holding flathead. Those with a shallower and narrower section, running north or southwards of the main body of the gutter are ideal; drop-offs on either side of the narrower section are the places to look.

The majority of the nets shot on Teewah Beach are for the mullet in roe that are exiting the mouth of the Noosa River. These repeated shots tend to spook every surf species other than the flathead and makes the southern half of the beach very unproductive.

But late season school mackerel, mac and longtail tuna seem to the exception, as they no longer appear to be spooked by the beach haulers. Calm seas and offshore breezes assist in targeting these species when present.

The northern end of Teewah Beach and Double Island Point are more likely to hold fish than the southern end.

Double Island Point provides a large obstacle to netting and is a haven for rec anglers during the winter months. Jew, yellowtail kingfish, school macks, longtail and mac tuna, bream, dart and tarwhine are all candidates off the rocks along with tailor between nearby nettings.

Access to the northern side of Double Island Point at Rainbow Bay by 4WD is currently very good and parking in the last little bay is still permitted. This bay is proposed to be a closed beach to vehicles so keep an eye out for this ruling to pass, so you don’t get caught out parking illegally.

Rainbow Beach itself is somewhat of a haven at the moment with erosion and fallen trees that have been blocking through traffic near the Leisha Track for some time. The pros will go through occasionally on low tides and will also come down the beach from Rainbow Beach township where the Carlo Rocks present less of an obstacle. But generally there should be less netting on Rainbow Beach this season due to these trees.

It is not advisable to fish near where a net has been shot. Once aware of the location of any successful shot by professionals, then the philosophy has to be to fish as far away as possible from that location.

There is little else that can be done to find fish when the pros are working it as hard as they now do. Persistence and patience are key ingredients when the water looks like it should hold fish but they are proving elusive.

The method that I have employed to find fish this netting season is to spend two months on the western side of Cape York. So up to date information for Teewah Beach is likely to be somewhat second hand, but I'll certainly include some happenings from the Cape where there is no commercial fishing and healthy fish stocks.

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