Beautiful Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast is a family angling mecca and Fishing Australia host Rob Paxevanos shows you how to make the most of fishing in Caloundra.
The amazing Caloundra Boardwalk is purpose built for anglers – anyone in the family can enjoy catching fish here!
1. Caloundra Board Walk
This is a great place to bring your family to catch their first fish. The waters are loaded with a variety of family sized fish (and the occasional lunker) and amenities include seats, rod holders, bait boards, taps, sun shelters and more. The board walk is close to cafés and restaurants and the wonderful family ‘drift swim’ so everybody’s kept happy while you wet a line.
Hot tip: Fish the change of tide when the currents not strong, use a little burley a tiny hook and no sinker. Kids love trying to hook the fish you can usually see coming up to the burley.
Hotter tip: when the high tide occurs during a sunny day the water is usually bright blue and clear and a photographer’s dream.
2. Golden Beach
Just a few casts from the board walk is the suitably named Golden Beach. Whiting bream and flathead are the main fare. A running sinker rig with a small hook is the go.
Hot tip: Keep your bait moving if you want to avoid the small nibblers, or use a bigger bait that will last longer.
Hotter tip: More advanced anglers can use lures for whiting bream and flathead.
3. Pumicestone Passage
Get afloat in a hire boat, tinny or kayak and apply any of the techniques above.
Hot tip: Go one better and catch sizable flathead and plentiful jewfish or the elusive mangrove jack.
Hotter tip: Target the bigger fish on larger baits, especially at night.