Dave Godfrey and son Nathaniel at the Take a kid fishing day Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Dave Godfrey and son Nathaniel at the Take a kid fishing day Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Top five family beach fishing spots in Queensland

NOTHING beats a feed of fresh seafood at Easter - and nothing tastes better than the first fish you ever catch.

Grab the kids a rod each and get them set up on one of our top five family fishing beaches in Queensland:

1 Currimundi Beach

How to get there: North of Caloundra - park at the corner of Westaway Pde and Watson St and you can walk down to the beach where Currimundi Lake drains into the ocean.

Why it's great: The tidal flow in and out of the lake is an attractant for fish: a variety of species love the gutters that form at this spot. It is also right beside a patrolled surf beach in case the little ones feel like dropping the rods and playing in the surf.

Tips: Get some beach worms or pilchard pieces from local tackle shops for bait, and expect to catch flathead, dart, jewfish, sea bream, tailor and trevally. If the surf is too big for the kids to cast safely, you can lead them to the calmer waters in the estuary.

Watch out for: The wind can get strong here as it's quite exposed. If there's a lot of water in Currimundi Lake draining into the ocean, rips can form, so keep an eye on the kids if they go swimming.

2 Shoal Point Beach

How to get there: The fishing beach is on the north-western side of Shoal Point, about 15km north of Mackay.

Why it's great: This is the ideal family fishing destination, so much so that the annual Take A Kid Fishing day is held here. It's a large area and relatively shallow, and great for introducing kids to fishing. There are barbecues at the park.

Tips: It's best fished on the incoming tide or at the top of the tide. There are some big gutters which can be productive. Best bait is yabbies or prawns. Yabbies can be dug on the low tide at Reliance Creek. You can expect to catch flathead, whiting, small trevally, grunter and bream.

Watch out for: This beach has a northerly aspect, which makes it ideal if there is a strong south-easterly, but not a northerly.

3 Boyne Tannum HookUp

Established as the number one family fishing event in Australia, the Boyne Tannum HookUp will run from Friday May 2 to Sunday May 4 at Bray Park, Boyne Island.

Why it's great: With cooking and casting demonstrations, rides, delicious food and plenty of great entertainment, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy. Red emperor, salmon, coral trout, snapper, spanish mackerel, mangrove jack, flathead and bream are out there, and the 2014 HookUp is a good chance to show off your fishing prowess.

The 19th annual HookUp event has $270,000 in prizes, including a Toyota Rav 4, a Jimboomba Camper Trailer, a 4.85 Capri and four 3.15 Sea Jay Boats.

Tip: Visit www.boynetannumhookup.com.au for the rules and for registration.

4 Stanage Bay, Capricorn Coast

SNUGGLED on the Queensland coast just 175km north-east of Rockhampton is the tranquil town of Stanage Bay.

How to get there: Travel north 75km past Rockhampton on the Bruce Hwy until you see the Stanage Bay road sign. You will travel 100km through endless cattle properties on a two-lane (usually graded) unsealed road.

Tips: The bay is renowned for huge barramundi, reef fish and mud crabs. Turtles breed between Shoalwater Bay and Thirsty Sound, then lay their eggs on Alligator Beach from November to January. Enjoy serene beaches, mountain bushwalking and beachcombing around cliffs and caves. Stay for a week or a day with your family. 

Watch out for: (Depending on the time of year) whales, dolphins and dugongs.

5 Moore Park Beach

How to get there: About 20km north of Bundaberg. Follow Moore Park Rd until you arrive at your destination.

Why it's great: Moore Park has a nice flat beach - a great play area for when the kids get fed up with fishing. There's a wonderful atmosphere for relaxing and wasting lots of hours on the beach. Most fishers head down to the Croome Creek mouth, 3km south of the town. 

Tips: Fresh bait will work best with a selection of worms and pipis. Try your luck at low tide.

Watch out for: An assortment of fish - flathead, bream, whiting and dart.

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