Winter highlights the magic of Moreton Bay

May 15, 2021

A man fishing on Moreton Bay

With winter almost upon us, Moreton Bay is set to come into its own as a paradise for anglers.

The cooler months bring snapper, tailor and tuna out to play – and as an added bonus, the calm, glassy conditions of this time of the year highlight the magic of the region – with North Harbour’s proposed marine precinct ideally placed cater for anglers in future.

Indeed, watching the unveiling of a vast, seemingly motionless  expanse of blue connect with the horizon as the sun rises is one of the true joys of being out on the water.

With our plans to create a new marina and world-class waterfront destination at North Harbour, getting to experience all the region has to offer is about to become even better.


Where to wet a line

While the fishing is great all year round, the waters close to North Harbour are especially good right now.

The colder temperatures and stable tidal flows produce consistent numbers of snapper, and when it comes to tailor, finding the feeding schools is relatively easy in the glassy conditions.

Enthusiasts are spoilt for choice as it’s just a quick trip across to Moreton Island with its numerous coffee-rock ledges, drop-offs and artificial reefs supporting an abundance of species.

Alternatively, just to the north is Bribie Island – another favourite – while in the other direction, Redcliffe is a great location for both boaties and land-based fishos with the southern channel of Hayes Inlet especially good for bream and flathead.

According to local fishing expert Tony Lincoln, the owner of Hornibrook Bait & Tackle, winter is one of those times of the year when anglers can “cast a country mile” with the traditional westerly winds at their backs.

“When the westerlies blow, you will usually get the first few hundred metres out to sea looking like a sheet of glass,” said Mr Lincoln.

“These conditions make winter a favourite time for being out on the bay.

“Anywhere around Moreton is popular.”


More ways to enjoy the bay

While land-based fishing has its joys, there’s nothing like the thrill of getting offshore.

As the North Harbour Marina Precinct develops, we envisage it will be an ideal location for charter operators to base their business.

It’s just one of the ways the project will provide more opportunity for everyone to enjoy the wonderful natural asset on our doorstep.

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