North Stradbroke Island, or ‘Straddie’ as it’s known, boasts a range of fishing options envied by many other locations. The diverse types of fishing available ranges from the ‘bread and butter; species of tailor, bream, whiting and flathead from the beaches, through to the more specialised offshore species of mackerel, Wahoo and marlin. Straddie is unique in that it has fishing available from its beaches, rocky headlands and surrounding calm and offshore waters.
4WD enthusiasts have access to bream, whiting, flathead, tailor and dart from the beaches all year round. Whether it be Main Beach or Flinders Beach, depending on the prevailing wind, anglers always have access to fishable water due to the shape of the island. In winter tailor run the beaches chasing schools of baitfish and the anglers are not far behind.
The same fish are available to those who prefer to fish from boats on the calm waters of Moreton Bay. In addition reef species such as snapper, sweetlip, Jew and parrot are also caught from these calm waters.
South Passage Bar provides access to some of the best offshore fishing available in S E Queensland. Snapper, pearl perch, traglin Jew, sweetlip and parrot are all captured by bottom fishing the close offshore reefs off Point Lookout. For those anglers who prefer trolling, pelagic species such as mackerel, Wahoo and tuna are captured from around the rocky outcrops between Flat Rock and Point Lookout. Sport fishing enthusiasts are also well served, when they target the more exotic species of marlin, sailfish and yellow fin tuna from the deeper offshore waters.
Overall Straddie is one of the most versatile fishing destinations available and has something to offer everyone.