The Jig is Up!
Corio Bay and Byfield’s beaches are popular fishing destinations. All waters around Byfield have protected marine parks and zoned to balance recreation and commercial use with long-term conservation goals. Farnborough Beach and most of Nine Mile Beach are in a yellow conservation park zone, which allows certain activities and has some limits online fishing. Corio Bay and the waters east of the yellow zone are, in general use, blue zones. Fish size and bag limits apply—contact the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol for details. Contact NPSR, local bait and tackle shops, or Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning map. (UPDATE: Proposed rezoning on the table currently)
Netting isn’t operational in the area anymore and plenty of fishing folk will tell you it’s improved fishing dramatically. Owning your own fishing boat gives you the freedom to fish wherever and whenever you want too, spending quality time with your family or fishing buddies. Catch anything from red emperer, red throat, trout and nannygai and plenty of mackerel caught here. In the estuary side of things, the barra and finger mark are in plentiful supply, with most of the barramundi around the 80 to 1000mm in length. Prawns & Crabs are also on everyones agenda at certain times of the year.
So if you love fishing and are looking for a fabulous spot for your next fishing trip, here are our top creek and coastal fishing destinations around the Capricorn Coast.
Ross Creek, Causeway lake and Roslyn Bay harbour are decent spots with reports of everything like whiting, barramundi, mangrove jack, bream grunter and some areas there have been reports of mackerel landed. Coorooman Creek, Long Beach at Joskaleigh and Keppel Sands main beach fish very well. From the beach the tip is to not cast out too far and miss the better fish, which can be right at your feet.
Corio Bay Estuary
Just watch the tides and don’t expect to come back on the low. The bay can be tricky to navigate and even the most experienced locals have ended up on a bank when the tide wasn’t quite right. Head out on the high and find a nice hole or beach to sit on while you wait for the turn.
If you’re heading out of the bay from Corio or any of the boat ramps into the open water, take the local fishermen lead and head out to the outer reefs like Karamea, Goodwin and the Douglas shoals have been bagging out on fish, both reef and mackerel. Please call the Coast Guard and let them know your travel plans.
Want to fish the inner reefs and island like the Keppels, Finlays, The Barge and Pinnacle? You’ll came home happy and with a decent catch. If you’re looking for a good mark, check out GPS MARKS: YEPPOON
Little Corio Bay Jew Honey Hole
Capricorn Coast Boat Ramps
- Stanage Bay Boat Ramp
- Nerimbera Boat Ramp
- Fig Tree Creek
- Corbetts Landing
- Coorooman Creek Boat Ramp
- Causeway Boat Ramp
- Emu Park Boat Ramp
- Keppel Sands Boat Ramp
- Pumpkin Creek Boat Ramp