Fishing

Did you say fishing!? Well ask the dedicated and they say ‘no, the fishing’s no bloody good anymore’ but that is like the endless stories of ‘the one that got away’ – no one wants to share the good fishing spots with anyone else.

In November 2015, legislation was passed to make the area surrounding Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park a Commercial Net Free Zone which now protects the area from all forms of Commercial Gill Netting. We have seen a dramatic increase in fish numbers over the past 12 months and these will only increase as the years go on.

It is great to see the excited faces of kids when they catch a whiting or bream off the beach, and the not so young kids when they arrive back with flathead, finger mark, grunter or the occasional barra (in season). Then on top of all this, you can get enough Prawns and Mud/Sand crabs for a meal – and why take any more.

Species like Finger-mark, Barramundi, Grunter, Dew, Salmon, Mackerel and assorted reef fish are available around the rocky out crops. Bream, Whiting and Flathead are some of the estuary species available off the beaches and local creeks.

There are some limits on the size of fish that can be legally taken for many species. There are minimum size limits and also some maximum size limits. For more details on size, take, and possession limits for Cape Hillsborough, click here.