Townsville may be a little dryer than its northern friends but there is no doubting its significance as a major fishing destination. Situated on
Recreational fishing is at the top of the list with around 40 per cent of the population of 140,000 between both cities participating in one form or another at least once a year. These latest statistics reflect the nature of the life style here and when combined with one of the highest rates of boat ownership it is not difficult to see what people enjoy most!
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During summer, Barramundi and Mangrove Jack are the primary target species, with Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Salmon, Queenfish, Trevally, Cod and Barra for those who know how during the winter. Bait is generally easy to get using a cast net around the lower estuary at low tide. Prawns congregate in big numbers during summer and autumn, making up a top quality sea food platter for the diverse angler when combined with a variety of fish and big fat mud crabs. With all estuaries and most foreshores in the back of the bay comprised of mud, the highly sought after Mud Crab is quite common and wide spread.
Fishing of all estuaries is a tidal thing and this region is no different. Bait fishing with prawn and cut baits is best for general fishing with live baits best for predatory species like Barra, Jacks and pelagic species. The action is hottest when fishing deep gutters, drop offs and snags during the last couple of hours of a falling tide and the first couple of hours of flood tide.
Mackerel are a major target species for anglers during winter, with Spotted, Shark, Grey and Spanish all found at various points throughout the bay and adjacent headlands. Spotted and School Mackerel are common in the shipping channel servicing
Bigger Spanish are taken in the deeper waters around
For most oceanic species it is a case of find the birds and you find the fish. Of course reef fishing is a highly sought after recreational pursuit in the area. Even though the reefs are a long way out, the advent of GPS has meant anglers can find Nannygai and Red Emperor ‘hot spots’ in between the reef and the mainland.
To the north of Townsville lies
Townsville itself is ideal for families, with lots of areas that are designed for kids. The beautifully landscaped esplanade, called The Strand, has a rock pool and water park, which are perfect for kids and adults alike. What could be better than having a BBQ and a swim, looking out to
For those without kids (or who are lucky enough to have a babysitter on hand!) there are also more bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants than you can poke a stick, or a rod, at! Plus, for the punters amongst you there is also a top quality casino.
So if you fancy a full on fishing trip for you and a few mates, or you just want a day of easy going fishing for yourself and the family, give us a shout on 1800 288 378 or email us on email@example.com and we can help you with everything from providing some friendly advice, to booking tours and charters and even flights and accommodation.