Winter in South East Queensland is like no other winter. With our temperatures rarely dropping to single digits this time of year, it’s no wonder the southern states migrate north during the cooler months to experience our balmy weather and picture-perfect seascapes. With countless sunny days, blue skies and perfect temperatures, winter fishing in Brisbane is truly a privilege and something we certainly shouldn’t take for granted. While fishing is a popular activity all year round in Brisbane for both novice and experienced anglers, winter is a magical time to board your vessel for an early morning cast.

Read on as we discuss what you need to know for Moreton Bay fishing success.

The Best Moreton Bay Fishing Spots

Unlike our southern tourists who descend upon our beautiful beaches in their boardie’s and thongs ready to thaw out from their freezing oceanic chill, for us locals, the crisp early mornings are certainly a reminder that winter is actually a thing. But, it remains the best time to be out on the water, not just for the spectacular sunrises but for the abundance of quality seasonal fish. Whiting, Bream and flathead are on the menu this time of year, and there are so many incredible fishing spots to explore on your boat around the Moreton Bay area for some fresh seafood.

The mouth and the Pinkenba stretch of the Brisbane River, Boggy Creek, Bulimba Creek and Moreton Bay are all perfect areas to cast a line for some large Whiting. The cooler months also attract flatheads to the mouths of creeks and rivers around Moreton Bay, which may be ideal for anchoring up and trying your luck. Similarly, Bream are getting ready to spawn around this time, so you’ll find these beauties in the estuaries and river mouths, usually in deep holes and rock walls, so you’ll need to be prepared to cast deep down in the waters to be in for a chance.

When Is The Best Time To Fish?

As with most things in life, timing is everything. To get the most out of winter fishing, set your alarm as dawn and dusk are the perfect times to catch fish. Not only are early mornings great for Moreton Bay fishing, but being on the water early in the morning is a unique experience. There’s nothing quite like seeing Mother Earth wake from her slumber than witnessing the silent and steady canvas of colour illuminate from the horizon and gradually unfurl above you. The other-worldly feel of witnessing something so many others miss, surrounded by the peaceful serenity off-shore, makes it feel as though, for just a moment, you have the world to yourself. It’s not just the fish that get you out of bed at ungodly hours; it is undoubtedly this feeling, too.

Plan Ahead

The age-old saying rings true: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Knowing where and when you’re going on the water is important for you and your passenger’s safety. It is also important to know the weather and the tides and pack accordingly. Ensure you have enough food and water on board in case of an emergency along with a well-stocked emergency kit. Be sure someone on land knows where and when you’re out on the water as well as Marine Rescue. Logging on and logging off is essential for Moreton Bay boating safety.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Boat

Now that we have established where and when is the best time to fish, we need to ensure you’re getting the most out of your vessel. Like anything in life, taking your boat on the water comes with risks. The better we take care of our boat, the better it takes care of us. So before you get too caught up in the allurement of winter fishing, preparing your fishing gear and pulling out your warm coat and beanie, you need to tend to your vessel. This is one sure thing you can do to make sure your dawn or dusk fishing expedition goes off without a hitch – make sure you get your boat serviced!

To reduce the risk of injury to yourself or others or expensive repairs, it’s essential your vessel is up to date with its servicing and is inspected by a qualified and knowledgeable boat mechanic who can confidently send you out onto the water. Mike’s Marine is a fully equipped Mercury-certified workshop with a qualified team that combines eighty years of marine servicing and boating experience.

Your Redlands Boat Mechanic

Our Brisbane workshop is fully equipped with genuine parts, and we can complete any repairs needed before your fishing trip. Although we specialise in Mercury and Mercruiser, we service all makes and models, with experts who can give you the best technical advice on all outboard maintenance where possible. In addition, our boat drop-off zone makes life easier and quicker, meaning less hassle for you and more time to prepare for your trip.

Winter fishing really is the perfect time to enjoy the great waterways around Greater Brisbane and catch some delicious fish, but before you hit the water, ensure you’re set up for success.  Give us a call and we’ll make sure your vessel is in tip-top shape and ready for some action, so all you need to worry about is what you’re bringing home for supper.

If you’re heading out for some winter fishing – contact us at Mike’s Marine today.