Fraser Island

Beach fishing at Fraser Island, Steve Cooper

The world’s biggest sand island, Fraser Island is 123 km long and has become Australia’s most famous beach-fishing venue, albeit one that also offers rock- and offshore fishing. The list of inshore species includes tailor, sharks, whiting, flathead, swallowtail, trevally and bream. Offshore anglers can also expect to add marlin, cobia, sailfish, coral trout, red emperor and snapper to this list.

Most beach fishing takes place on the eastern or ocean side of the island along the northern half of Seventy Five Mile Beach. From July to November, these beaches are best known for their tailor fishing, while for most of the year anglers can expect to hook bream, whiting, dart, mulloway and flathead. The best fishing is in gutters with north and south entrances, and the best gutters are generally found from the Maheno shipwreck to Indian Head at the north end of Seventy Five Mile Beach. Rock fishers do well at Poyungan Rocks, Yidney Rocks, Indian Head, Middle Rocks, Waddy Point and Ngkala Rocks.

Sandy Cape, at the far northern end of Fraser Island, fishes well for whiting, bream, flathead, dart and tailor. A large part of the north end of Fraser Island has been closed to 4WD traffic, as part of the land management of the Great Sandy National Park. The restricted area is from Wathumba Creek on the west coast around to the Sandy Cape lighthouse.

Boats can be launched at Waddy Point on the east side, where there is a large gutter that makes launching and retrieving a boat easier and safer. Most boating anglers head offshore looking for reefs or the Gardner Bank, which is about 20 km further east.

On the western side of the island, the main areas are Wathumba, Coongul and Moon creeks. There is no surf on this side of the island. Many creeks cross the beaches facing the Great Sandy Strait, but there is limited vehicle access. 4WDs are banned from passing further north than Wathumba Creek. There are good campsites beside Wathumba, Awinya and Bowarrady creeks and plenty of yabby patches for bait.

Hawks Nest Beach, on the north side of Moon Point, fishes well for sand whiting. Pelican Bank is worth casting surface poppers around for giant and golden trevally. If you go ashore, keep an eye on the tide. Boat anglers fish reefs and banks including Pinnacle, Moon Ledge and Sammys around Moon Point for sweetlip, parrotfish and snapper, the latter best where there is granulated, dark-brown rock known locally as ‘coffee rock’.

Other places to wet a line include Moon Creek, Bridge Creek, Bridge Gutter and Christies Gutter, where you can expect to catch whiting, bream and flathead.

East of Little Woody Island, some of the best land-based fishing spots are Bogimbah Creek, which has mangrove jack and cod, and Urang Creek, with whiting, bream and flathead.

Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village, south of Big Woody Island, offers good fishing for bream, whiting, trevally, flathead and sometimes barramundi and golden trevally around the jetty. South of the resort is Mackenzie’s jetty, which also provides good fishing for whiting, bream, flathead and tailor.

4WDs are the only vehicles allowed on Fraser Island. Vehicle barges operate daily from Hervey Bay to Moon Point, Wangoolba Creek or Kingfisher Bay. Alternatively you can catch a barge from Rainbow Beach (Inskip Point) to Hook Point on the southern tip of the island. Permits are required. Contact Queensland Parks & Wildlife Services:

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