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Sunshine Coast Fishing

Sunshine Coast Fishing

The Sunshine Coast is a region of the Australian state of Queensland, located north of Brisbane and extending north to the Great Sandy National Park. Fishing has played an important role in the history of the Sunshine Coast, both as a source of food and as a recreational activity. The traditional owners of the Sunshine Coast region are the Kabi Kabi people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. The Kabi Kabi people relied on fishing as a major source of food, and they fished in the rivers, estuaries, and along the coastline using nets, spears, and traps.

Many early settlers on Sunshine Coast fished for a living. There were also boat builders who sold their boats to the local fishermen. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Sunshine Coast region began to develop as a popular tourist destination, and fishing became an important activity for visitors. The region's abundant fish stocks and pristine natural beauty made it an ideal location for fishing. Maloney's Wharf was a popular area for unloading fish, mending nets and receiving cargo in the 1920s. At the time, Mullet was one of the top species caught on the Sunshine Coast. Today, fishing remains an important part of the culture and economy of the Sunshine Coast region, with many commercial fishing operations and recreational fishing opportunities available.

The Sunshine Coast is known for its diverse range of fish species that can be caught in its waters. The region's proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and other important fishing grounds has made it a popular destination for game fishing enthusiasts, with Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Mahi-mahi, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and other species often caught off the coast. Nearshore there are lots of Grouper and Snapper on bottom, including Coral Grouper, Mangrove Red Snapper and Red Emperor. On top, Narrow barred Mackerel (Spanish Mackerel) are a popular target and Giant Trevally, Golden Trevally, and Queenfish are frequently caught while jigging. Inshore fishing around Sunshine Coast will produce Barramundi, Grenter Bream, Dusky Flathead, Salmon, and Whiting. There are many other fish species that can be caught in the waters around the Sunshine Coast, making it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts of all levels.



Sunshine Coast Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Sunshine Coast, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Striped Mullet

  2. Striped Mullet

    There is a 41.98% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 68 Striped Mullet counted.

    Sunshine Coast Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


  3. Australian Bass

  4. Australian Bass

    There is a 32.1% catch rate for Australian Bass, based on 52 Australian Bass counted.

    Sunshine Coast Australian Bass Counts Chart
    Australian

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST AUSTRALIAN BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Yellowfin Bream

  6. Yellowfin Bream

    There is a 12.96% catch rate for Yellowfin Bream, based on 21 Yellowfin Bream counted.

    Sunshine Coast Yellowfin Bream Counts Chart
    Yellowfin

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST YELLOWFIN BREAM COUNTS CHART


  7. Great White Shark

  8. Great White Shark

    There is a 2.47% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 4 Great White Shark counted.

    Sunshine Coast Great White Shark Counts Chart
    Great

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST GREAT WHITE SHARK COUNTS CHART


  9. Golden Trevally

  10. Golden Trevally

    There is a 1.85% catch rate for Golden Trevally, based on 3 Golden Trevally counted.

    Sunshine Coast Golden Trevally Counts Chart
    Golden

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST GOLDEN TREVALLY COUNTS CHART


  11. Silky Shark

  12. Silky Shark

    There is a 1.85% catch rate for Silky Shark, based on 3 Silky Shark counted.

    Sunshine Coast Silky Shark Counts Chart
    Silky

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST SILKY SHARK COUNTS CHART


  13. Bull Shark

  14. Bull Shark

    There is a 1.23% catch rate for Bull Shark, based on 2 Bull Shark counted.

    Sunshine Coast Bull Shark Counts Chart
    Bull

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST BULL SHARK COUNTS CHART


  15. Crimson Snapper

  16. Crimson Snapper

    There is a 1.23% catch rate for Crimson Snapper, based on 2 Crimson Snapper counted.

    Sunshine Coast Crimson Snapper Counts Chart
    Crimson

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST CRIMSON SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  17. Golden Perch

  18. Golden Perch

    There is a 1.23% catch rate for Golden Perch, based on 2 Golden Perch counted.

    Sunshine Coast Golden Perch Counts Chart
    Golden

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST GOLDEN PERCH COUNTS CHART


  19. Chocolate Hind

  20. Chocolate Hind

    There is a 0.62% catch rate for Chocolate Hind, based on 1 Chocolate Hind counted.

    Sunshine Coast Chocolate Hind Counts Chart
    Chocolate

    ENLARGE SUNSHINE COAST CHOCOLATE HIND COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 14 species of fish and 162 fish counted for April around Sunshine Coast.

To date, there are 63 species of fish and a total of 1200 fish counted for Sunshine Coast and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1880 (144 years).

Last Update: 4/11/2024 7:01:08 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Sunshine Coast are the following:

  1. Dana Marea
    The Dana Marea was built at Morgan Creek, Broome, by Arthur Raston for Alfred Chambers Morgan. Official number: 140237 (Fremantle Register No. 2/1954) Pearling No. B35


  2. North Moreton Trench
    Marlin, Sailfish.


  3. Cockle Banks West


  4. Unidentified Bribie Island 2
    Unidentified Bribie Island 2


  5. Gilligan's Island
    Gilligan's Island


  6. Wild Banks Artificial Reef


  7. Woody Reef


  8. Skirmish Ledge


  9. BI-001


  10. Merkara
    Merkara


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    Offshore: Great conditions today as winds will be variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon easing to about 10 knots in the even


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Top Sunshine Coast Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Wellsys Tackle
    Australia's Game and Sport Fishing Tackle specialists since 1993

  2. Commercial Fishing Supplies
    Import, Export and Bulk supply of professional fishing equipment, worldwide

  3. Tie 'n' Fly Outfitters
    Australia's Original and Only Specialist Saltwater Fly Fishing Outfitter!

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Top Sunshine Coast Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Swan Boat Hire
    Swan Boat Hire is a small business which has been run by the Planck family for over 24 years. We have over 20 boats in our fleet including BBQ Party Boats plus an extensive knowledge of all things boating and fishing-wise on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.

  2. Odyssey Charters
    The Sunshine Coast is blessed with an amazing reef structure. Odyssey operate a fishing charter out of Mooloolaba. In the winter the snapper and pearl perch come alive whilst the summer brings pelagic species like cobia, mackerel and tuna into Mooloo

  3. Top Catch Charters
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  4. Tie 'n' Fly Outfitters
    Australia's Original and Only Specialist Saltwater Fly Fishing Outfitter!

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Top Sunshine Coast Marinas

  1. Noosa Marina


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