Keppel Bay Fishing Adventure

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Keppel Bay is one of Queensland’s ultimate tourist destinations, but it's also a local fishing hotspot. The white sandy beaches are just a bonus.

This fishing journey takes you from Yeppoon to Pumpkin Island in The Keppel Bay where you can chase reef fish, spanish mackerel and trevally. The first leg of the trip takes you to Bluff Rock (locally known as Iron Pot) where you can troll just 10 minutes from the marina.

Trolling is the favoured fishing method in The Keppel Bay area, but bait fishing is great for reef fish. June to September is the best time for mackerel. Since the introduction of the Net Free Fishing Zone, the school mackerel are beginning to return to The Keppel Bay as well.

If you’re planning a day out fishing this area, always check the weather first. Anything over 15 knots isn’t fishable and there are off shore conditions to consider such as tides and currents.

You're not guaranteed to catch a fish following this trail alone. Great fishermen know that you should also do your own research beforehand.

Bring your family along and while they spend their day on their own little beach, do some serious guilt-free fishing!

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Yeppoon to Keppel Bay Marina (Rosslyn Bay)

Start your ultimate Keppel Bay fishing adventure by launching your boat at the Keppel Bay Marina in Rosslyn Bay. With two four lane boat ramps and ample car spaces, you’ll be off in no time.

Once you conduct the necessary safety and equipment checks, start your boat up and head out of the picturesque marina. As soon as you’re outside of the marina, you’re granted easy access to the Keppel Bay and the many islands. A fisherman’s dream come true.

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Keppel Bay Marina (Rosslyn Bay) to Bluff Rock (Iron Pot)

A short 10 minute ride south along the shoreline will take you to Bluff Rock, the local’s call it Iron Pot. It is a local’s secret spot for trolling and bait fishing. With deep pockets surrounding the rock, you’re able to chase a variety of fish. If you’re trolling, you may even be able to catch a mackerel. This spot produces good fishing conditions most of the year and in winter it does get affected by the south easterly winds.

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Bluff Rock to Pumpkin Island

On the edge of the Net Free Fishing Zone, near the North Keppel Island, you’ll find a smaller sandy island called Pumpkin Island. You can troll around these islands and reef systems and will find coral reef at the bottom. This fishing destination is great for bait fishing, but trollers will attract big fish such as spanish mackerel and other reef fish species such as snapper and trout. Keep an eye out for Pelagics at the water’s surface and you’ll find some good trolling spots.

The Keppel Bay is great for snorkelling and is wrapped in white sandy beaches. If you’re bringing the family, definitely stop at one of the beaches for a swim.

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Pumpkin Island to Keppel Bay Marina (Rosslyn Bay)

After a big day out fishing and trolling around The Keppel Bay, your trip back to the marina will not be a dull one. In fact, the boat ride offers great views of the Capricorn coast and Yeppoon. Plus you’ll have fresh fish for dinner. That’s one more thing to smile about!

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