Picnic Bay Jetty
Picnic Bay jetty is a favorite for relaxed fishing. Midway down the jetty you
will find coral bommies and weed covered rocks. This area provides excellent fun for young kids to catch and release Juvenile Grassy Sweetlips, Red Throat Emperor, small Coral Trout, many varieties of Cod and Yellow Stripey’s as well as many other reef species.
Best Bait on the heritage listed jetty are small prawns and squid. Lure with small Berkeley Gulps, small RMG’s, squid jigs and small jigs.
At the end of the jetty the bottom is a sandy desert with jetty pylons, and old bits of jetty timber still on the ocean bottom from Cyclone Yasi. (Caution with cast nets is advised.) This area currently harbors schools of, Hardyhead bait fish and at times Herring and Yakka. Pike Gar and squid can also be caught here.
Bait fish can be caught on a $3 Jig rig without bait or by cast net. Live bait is tops for catching large pelagic species which periodically stalk the jetty. These include Trevally, Mackerel, Barra, Fingermark, Catfish, Cobia, Queenfish as well as Coral Trout, Cods, Emperor and feisty Sweetlips’. Also present are various species of sharks including Reef sharks, Tiger sharks, Hammerheads, and Stingrays. The largest Pelagic caught here in the last couple of years was a 37kg Spanish mackerel, off a floated Pillie.
The jetty has sun cover at the end, is great for spotting Turtles, Eagles, Kites and large Rays, and is near quality food and beverage areas at the R&R bar, and Momma Roma’s. Watching sunset over the mainland with a line in while the kids jetty jump is a favourite pastime. Picnic Bay Surf Club Area and Picnic Bay beach afford some interesting and varied fishing. Around the corner to the north is serene Cockle Bay,which is the start of the mud flats and the Mangroves. This area can get you Quality Grunter, Flathead, Barra. Blue Catfish, Parrot Fish, Queenie’s, Tuskfish, Trevally and Grassy Sweetlip.
Use big Endeavour prawn, (peeled or part peeled), sandworm, oysters, mussels and sliced Pike and Gar.
Lure with Zman soft plastics, Halco Twisties and small RMG lures.
At the southern end of Picnic Bay is a shipwreck and shallow rubble strewn waters, attracting Trevally, Flathead, Grunter and Summer Whiting. Fish with small lures, soft plastics, or small prawns. For the Summer Whiting fish with peeled small prawns, worms, or Gulp grubs.
The boat ramp and lower jetty are good night squidding areas providing sweet.
Calamari for dinner . Popular colours are Pink and Orange squid jigs or use your own preferred colour.2.5 or 3.0 are the best size.