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Fishing in Main Beach

Located along Australia’s Gold Coast, the Queensland suburb of Main Beach is the place to be for an angling adventure worth its weight in gold! With a wealth of waters to explore, from rocky reefs, brackish estuaries, and the deepest spots of the Pacific, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Main Beach fishing charters.

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Estuary Fishing

Main Beach is just minutes from the Gold Coast’s Seaway. This is where the Nerang River flows into the Pacific Ocean, and you could easily spend an entire trip exploring these estuaries!
The hotspots start only a mile from the dock, so a half-day trip allows for plenty of fishing time – perfect for newbies, and families. Flathead, Bream, Whiting, and Golden Perch can be found here. These are fun to catch, and make for seriously good eating! The best time to visit is from August–November, with Flathead being especially plentiful in the spring.
These waters aren't just for beginners – hardcore anglers come here every year to battle hard-fighting Trevally on the fly or with light tackle. Come in the summer to test your skills, too!

Plumb the Depths of the Reefs

Queensland is home to incredible reefs, and Main Beach is no exception. Travel just 6 kilometres from the shore to hit waters brimming with impressive bottom-dwellers! For anglers who want to squeeze in a half-day trip, or newer fishermen unsure about heading offshore, there’s nothing better.
The general rule is that the further you go, the bigger the fish! You can hook Pink Snapper, Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack), Amberjack, Cobia, and even Tuna species within 15 minutes. Even better, you’ll find charters ready to take you out year round!

For Seriously Adventurous Anglers!

If you’ve always wanted to conquer a trophy-sized Marlin, get ready to head offshore on a full-day adventure! 
Most charters will take you past the reefs, where you’ll start trolling, before heading into the open ocean. Bring plenty of fighting spirit – with depths of over 300 metres, there are seriously huge fish lurking beneath these waters.
As well as the trifecta of Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, other big game fish call these waters home, including Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and others. The best time to visit is in the spring and summer months, with January offering extremely productive Black Marlin action!

What to Bring

In Queensland, anglers don’t need a fishing license. However, be aware that restrictions apply depending on the species you target. Feel free to discuss this with your captain!
The majority of charters provide fishing gear, tackle, bait, and lures. Bring along:
  • Money for tips – Deck hands are common, especially on longer trips!
  • Snacks and drinks – Ice and water are usually provided.
  • During the summer months, make sure you "Slip, Slop, and Slap" – This is Aussie terminology for slipping on a shirt, slopping on 50+ factor sunscreen, and slapping on a sunhat!
The Pacific Ocean is on your doorstep, so why not make Main Beach the starting point of your angling adventure? Come and discover the real treasure that lies beyond the lustrous Gold Coast!

Main Beach Fishing Seasons


If your new year’s resolution involves hooking huge Black Marlin, Main Beach in January is the place to be! Offshore waters are brimming with this species, as well as Blue Marlin and Sailfish.


Main Beach’s incredible deep sea fishing opportunities continue – although Black Marlin are on the way out, they’re replaced by masses of Blue Marlin. Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, and Sailfish just keep coming!


This month signals the start of autumn, and offshore fishing for big game switches from Billfish to tasty Tuna species! Yellowfin Tuna and Mackerel Tuna are especially plentiful.


Although reef fishing is good year round, April is when the action really heats up! Visit now, and you’ll be able to hook Pink Snapper, Kingfish, and plenty more just kilometres from the shore.


Although May signals the real start of winter, reef fishing stays strong, and Yellowfin Tuna thrill Main Beach’s deep sea fishing fanatics by making a reappearance offshore! 


We’re smack-bang in the middle of Main Beach’s winter season, but the climate is mild, and there’s still plenty of sun – and reef fishing is better than ever! Huge Amberjack, Kingfish, and Cobia are up for grabs.


 If you want to explore Main Beach’s inshore fishing opportunities, July is a great time to visit – the popular Flathead is regularly found in the estuary at this time of year. Snapper and Tuna are patrolling the reefs!


As spring approaches, it’s all about estuary fishing in Main Beach! The famous Gold Coast Seaway is brimming with Flathead, and Trevally species can also be found inshore. Shark species are lurking by the reefs.


September signals the true start of spring, and this means that Flathead fishing only gets better and better. Adventurous anglers should head to the reefs to hook Cobia before they depart for the year.


The waters are getting warmer as summer approaches, which means that big game season is almost here! Head to the reefs to battle the last of the Shark species before they migrate for the year.


As well as the weather, offshore waters are seriously heating up, with Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo all making themselves known to sports fishermen. Billfish start to show up, so you might hook a Marlin or two!


Give yourself the Christmas present of a lifetime, and visit Main Beach for some incredible deep sea fishing – Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin are all on offer, as well as huge Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Wahoo!

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Reviews of Fishing in Main Beach

Half day trip with captain Brian and 1st mate billy
Daniel G. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on January 3, 2020
Best at high tide and even better if you go out on a boat or charter
Half day trip with Captain Brian and decky Billy
Jason Q. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on December 23, 2019
Fishing is fishing, sometimes you catch fish sometimes you don't. Don't get upset if you expect something and it doesn't work out.
Half day fishing trip
Siyu W. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on December 15, 2019
Take motion sickness medicine before the trip, wear sandals as your shoes will get wet.
Half day trip
Amee J. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on August 3, 2019
Target bottom species in August there won’t be any Pelagics around
Half Day Trip
Wayne M. fished with True Blue Fishing Charters on February 12, 2019
Go out with True blue fishing charters, well worth the money.
Half day with Captain Brian and deckhand Billy
Matt L. fished with Top Gear Fishing Charters on February 9, 2019
Go to Fishing Gold Coast with Brian and Billy Mariners cove. A+
Fishing with Mark
Kennet G. fished with True Blue Fishing Charters on November 30, 2018
We like very mutch the captain do his best and take us too severel spots but the fish wanted play whit us. Thats how fishing is :-) Coming back next time we are in Australia. Kennet and Florence from Sweden.
Great owner & skipper, excellent boat, lots of fish caught, overall a great days fishing.
Bill F. fished with Discovery Fishing Charters on August 15, 2017
Fish early, and use lures & soft plastics.

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