Fishing

What’s the best way to communicate with a fish? … Drop it a line!


In Queensland you can bait ‘em, hook ‘em, and reel ‘em in with virtually any type of fishing you like - freshwater, barra, reef, game, fly-fishing, crabbing and prawning – right at the end of your rod. 

Here’s a few fishy suggestions:

  • Try surf fishing on Fraser Island or go deep sea fishing off the Fraser Coast
  • Land a Barramundi or Mangrove Jack in one of Gladstone's top inland fishing spots
  • Go deep sea on a fishing charter from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
  • Head out solo to chase the elusive Jungle Perch or Murray Cod and catch a sunrise on our rivers, lakes and waterways as a bonus.
  • Grab some mates and book a day tour to the paradise of the outer reef to experience the thrill of landing a GT, Black Marlin or one of the sought after reef fish on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Townsville or Cairns.

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Moura Muddy Water Classic - Fishing Competition

Moura, Banana Area
11 – 12 April 2020
Upwards of 440 contenders turn up for the Moura Muddy Water Classic each year. Held at Apex Park on the beautiful Dawson River, hopeful contenders begin to pour in on Friday to get their nominations in.

North Queensland Sportfishing Championships

Halifax, Hinchinbrook Area
1 – 3 May 2020
The North Queensland Sportfishing Championships "NQ Champs" is an equal opportunity, family friendly sportfishing event catering for male, female and junior anglers. Participants are invited from sportfishing clubs across Queensland to come together, compete, socialise and experience what Hinchinbrook has to offer.

Moreton Bay Family Fishing Challenge

Redland Bay,
1 – 4 May 2020
This is a four day fishing competition based on the Moreton Bay hosted by the Redland Bay Amateur Fishing Club supported by Tourism Queensland and the Redland City Council. The event has celebrated a 26-year history on the South Eastern Queensland fishing calendar.

Boyne Tannum HookUp

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
From AU$40.00 - 90.00
1 – 3 May 2020
The Boyne Tannum HookUp is Australia’s Biggest Family Fishing Competition, with both adult and junior categories. This three-day event is held in a beautiful location of the Central Queensland Coast at Boyne Island.

The 2020 Fitzroy River Barra Bash Tournament

North Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$450 - 450
13 – 16 May 2020
The 2020 Fitzroy River Barra Bash Tournament kicks off on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 and will conclude on Saturday, 16 May 2020. This year there will be 100 teams in the closed competition. The 2020 Fitzroy River Barra Bash offers all Fisherman the opportunity to compete in one of the richest salt water Barramundi Comps in Australia.

SCF Research and Sustainability Competition

Diddillibah, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 1115
11 – 13 September 2020
The SCF Research and Sustainability competition will host salt- water, freshwater, boat, kayak, shore, bait/lure, spear and free-diving fisherman from over Australia. Anglers of all ages and skill levels will compete from midnight Friday September 11, to midday Sunday 13, recording their success via the SCF Research and Events smartphone app and will have the chance to share in AUD50000 worth of cash and prizes spread over 50 categories.

Outback by the Sea Festival 2020

Karumba, Carpentaria Area
26 September – 5 October 2020
A 10-day festival celebrating the legendary barramundi, seafood, beef and live music. It will kick off with a feature concert followed by a week of gourmet food and workshops, such as ghostnet sculptures - and finish with the annual Karumba fishing competition.

Mapoon Cullen Point Barra Bash

Mapoon, Cook Area
26 – 27 September 2020
The Cullen Point Barra Bash is an annual fishing competition hosted by the Mapoon Aboriginal Community in the pristine waters of western Cape York in Far North Queensland. Mapoon is situated on the shores of Port Musgrave and offers exceptional river, estuary and beach fishing.

Lake Callide Family Fishing Classic

Dumgree, Banana Area
30 October – 1 November 2020
Usually held five days before the full moon in October, Biloela’s Callide Family Fishing Classic is all about the Barra. Pulling a 116 cm beauty has set the record and got everyone excited for what’s to come.
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