PACIFIC HARBOUR CANALS
North of the Bribie Bridge is Pacific Harbour (take a left at the second round-about off the bridge), this will lead you to the canal system called Pacific Harbour with multiple areas to fish land-based and out of the wind; and all tides will produce fish.
Just follow your nose, driving around in your car through the canal homes there are multiple areas for the land-based anglers. You are likely to pull juvenile snapper, bream, trevally, flathead, Moses perch, jacks and mud crabs, among other species from these waters.
Situated directly at the mouth of Pacific Harbour is the famous area called The Ripples. It is very easy to find with your sounder as it is a large area and jumps from approximately 25ft of water up into about 5ft of water and as the tide is moving it can be seen with the naked eye as the water boils and takes on a rough surface appearance; hence its name, The Ripples. Juvenile snapper, bream and sweetlip are the main targets in this area.
Just north of there is the Avon Wreck, which is visible on the lower part of the tides from low up to approximately two-thirds of a tide before it becomes submersed and a little dangerous. It’s home to some decent whiting and bream by the bucket load. There is an island directly behind the wreck looking northward that is surrounded by relatively deep water; this area is known to hold good fish. This is one example of the beauty of the Passage with its vast array of waterways you can spend many weekends exploring.
If you continue east across the island you can discover Woorim, the surfside of the island, which is a short 10 minutes east from the jetty.
To the north of Woorim is the 4WD beach access and you can drive and fish all the way north to the Caloundra bar. Ensure you purchase a Beach Access Permit to drive on the beach. These can be purchased from Ningi Bait and Tackle, the Bongaree Caravan Park or online.
Camping is permitted on the beach, however ensure you book in advance as there is a cap on the number of campers. No facilities are provided. There are 64 designated beach campsites sprinkled along this section of beach. Dart, whiting, flathead and bream can easily be taken from the beach and if you’re lucky and geared up you may take a tune or two straight off the beach.
Heading about 10 minutes north of the bridge and directly east across from the township of Toorbul is White Patch. This area is also accessible by car and can be fished from land. At the second roundabout off the bridge follow the White Patch signs to the left, follow this road north to the end and just before you hit the unsealed section of road is the suburb of White Patch.
If you keep following this gravel road it leads to the inland tracks of the island and camp grounds on the Passage. These tracks are 4WD only.
White Patch is a popular mooring ground for big boats in bad weather as it is very well protected from northerlies and northeast/easterlies. The Patch holds juvenile snapper, bream, flathead the odd mulloway and sand crabs. Continue to the northwest into the end of this gutter (the locals call it the back gutter) it peters out into very shallow water but still very fishy country with the odd mud crab taken from this area.