TOTALLY HOOKED: Rock fishing has many rewards
THE Sunshine Coast has one of the best shore-based fisheries in south-east Queensland and one type that is sometimes overlooked is rock fishing.
This is one of the most productive shore-based fishing options and the quality of fish can be outstanding.
Rock fishing has the added bonus of the greatest view in the world, with endless rolling waves and you feel like part of nature.
It does not matter what time of year you go, as rock fishing is good all year round.
Rock fishing is very tactical as it involves tidal calculations. Check your tide as it's important to know the difference between a small high tide and a big high tide.
This can impact on what area is or is not fishable at certain times.
Fishing from the rocks can be as simple as using a running sinker rig with the sinker sitting on top of the hook. Varying the size of your sinker to match the current is one basic technique you should apply.
Accessible areas to rock fish on the Sunshine Coast include Double Island Point, Noosa National Park, Point Arkwright, Yaroomba and Pin Cushion.
Best baits are pilchards, squid, slimey's, bonito and fresh mullet.
Another important tip is to use berley and there is a large range of pre-packed berleys available.
The better single hooks for the job are the octopus and long baitholder style in sizes 2/0 to 4/0 or ganged hooks in 4/0 and 5/0 sizes.
When using gangs choose baits such as whole pilchards, slimeys and large squid. For the single hooks, the use of strip baits such as the fresh mullet, bonito fillets and half pilchards will do the job perfectly.
Make sure you attach your hooks to the line using a length of hard leader such as the Instinct XTS 40 or 60lb tough leader.
Both braid and mono are popular off the rocks. If using mono, ensure it has a high abrasive exterior.
The choice of whether to use the trusty Alvey or spinning reel is purely your own as both these reels have their advantages.
Finally, I stress that you rock fish with extreme caution.
Let someone know where you are going and make sure before you fish from that platform or rock edge that you take notice of all conditions such as tides, wind and wave activity.
Drop into Davo's Tackle World in Noosa or Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting.