3 best Gold Coast fishing hotspots

May 29, 2015 - 3 min read

its no secret—some of the best fishing spots are right here on the Gold Coast. We’ve found 3 of the best gems to cast a line, and even some places nearby to grab a bite and some beer after!

If you like your beer as much as you like fishing, we’ve also found a few post-fishing Gold Coast pub stops.

Fishing spot #1 – Barney Street Southport

Located at the river end of Barney Street, bring down your best camping chair and cast your line. A favourite spot among many Southport locals, you can catch anything from Whiting, Bream and Trevally right through to Mud Crabs and School Jew. The best bait to use are Yabbies or Bloodworms and be sure to adhere to bag limits – if you’re lucky enough for this to be a problem.
Where to park: Barney Street Southport Gold Coast QLD
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Post-fish beers
Anglers Arms Hotel

Walk on in, Anglers Arms - Gold Coast
Walk on in, Anglers Arms Hotel – Gold Coast

The fittingly named Anglers Arms Hotel is the perfect nearby pub stop to have a few beers after a day of fishing at Barney Street. If you’re not planning on cooking up your fresh catches until later in the week, pull up a chair at the dining area and pick from their affordable menu, filled with all your traditional bistro-style favourites. Not hungry? Head straight to the bar, where you and your mates can purchase a cold tap beer and talk about the one that got away.
Where: 50 Queen St Southport Gold Coast QLD

Fishing spot #2 – Nerang River

Situated just near the M1 at Nerang River Parklands, if you live near the area be sure to head down to this fishing oasis. Bream and Flathead are most prevalently caught here, but if you use the right tackle there could even be a chance for a shark. Be sure to use live bait and fish when the tide is either coming in or going out.
Where to park: 7 Eden Court Nerang Gold Coast QLD
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Post-fish beers
Commercial Hotel

After catching a bag of fish with your mates at Nerang River, you’re going to want to celebrate with a few cold ales. Luckily for you, Commercial Hotel is only around the corner and offers a friendly atmosphere for you to spend the afternoon. Have a few beers and a bit of banter by the pool table or sink into your chair at the dining area and select from their delicious yet affordable bistro menu. The vibe at this popular pub is so good you’ll be tempted to head here early – if by the very rare chance the fish aren’t biting.
Where: Cnr Ferry & Price Street Nerang Gold Coast QLD

Fishing spot #3 – Currumbin Creek

Take your choice of of two shaded platforms located along the boardwalk near Salk Oval for your best chance of catching a pearler. Here you can hook into Whiting, Flathead and the occasional Flounder. Best when the water is murky, make sure you’re using light estuary type rigging.
Where to park: Lot 262 Thrower Drive Palm Beach Gold Coast QLD
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Currumbin Creek Tavern

If you’re fishing Currumbin Creek, where else would you choose to unwind than the Currumbin Creek Tavern? One of the the longest running, locally owned pubs on the Gold Coast, the friendly staff here really know how to make you feel welcome – whether you’re a regular or first-timer. There’s a range of different food specials if you would rather spend money on more important things, like beer. The modern bar area is a great place to spend the afternoon and if you don’t mind a bit of a punt, you’d be glad to hear there’s a gaming room, TAB facilities and KENO. There’s really something for everyone at this versatile pub.
Where: 3 Traders Way Currumbin Waters Gold Coast QLD