Fishing the Great Barrier Reef

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The fishing options available on the pristine Capricorn Coast are truly endless. You can bring your own boat or simply hop on one of the many fishing charters departing Rosslyn Bay for either a half-day or full-day adventure. Fishing the Great Barrier Reef is an experience you will never forget.

Accommodation of choice.

Villa Mar Colina offers a Mediterranean sanctuary for you to relax in luxury to plan your fishing trip.

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We have breathtaking ocean views, we can help plan your fishing adventure or other holiday activities, not everyone in the family or group holidaying wants to fish, so spend the day by our illusion pool and lunch with our onsite BBQ.

Managing one of the nicest, most accessible accommodation options in Yeppoon is a privilege we don’t take lightly, especially with the access to amazing boutique shops, delicious culinary options and pristine beaches. 

Plus, the scenery on the way here is honestly something to behold.

But let’s talk Fishing!

If you and your family love to drop a line while on holiday’s, then we are definitely the place to stay. Yeppoon is a little seaside town with convenient access to the Coral Sea, the Southern Great Barrier Reef, coastal creeks and tidal rivers. With all of these watery playgrounds at our doorstep, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life fishing on the Capricorn Coast.

Fishing the Great Barrier Reef offers a ton of options. Reef fishing or game fishing the choice is yours. You can even take a day trip up to Rockhampton and target the prized Fitzroy River Barramundi, and if Barra doesn’t suit your palette, then the alternative options really are endless in this gorgeous part of the country.

So, what fish species can you expect to be tugging on your line?

Mackerel! The Spanish Mackerel here are something else and they are in abundance at the moment with 6-10 kilogram fish being caught just off the Keppel Islands. You can also float a Gar, a Pilchard or simply troll a lure. You can go out wide of the islands or you can keep in close and fish the coastline! The choices are endless.

So where are the best fishing spots on the coast?

With the Southern Great Barrier Reef at our doorstep and the Keppel Island Group with in our grasp, you can enjoy sandy beaches, cool breezes with sunshine , crystal clear waters, and there’s nothing like getting that first bite and the anticipation of what you may pull in.

Coral Trout and Red Throat Emperor are every CQ fisherman’s dream catch. With Red Emperor literally on our door step, so if you don’t have a boat, you can snag one of these gems off the shore,  in the Rivers, via on the Rock walls. The world is your oyster with so many options to choose from around Yeppoon, and if you don’t have a boat you can always book a charter with the experienced teams from Hooked Fishing Charters or Double Threat Charters.

Now that April and May are arriving along with the cooler weather, you can also start to target the bread a butter species such as Bream and Flathead, and the best part is that you can use a packet of bait when fishing for these! If you are up for it, you can also walk the estuaries and fish off the shoreline, however, we do recommend you fish light … and we mean light, a 4 to 10lb braid line is typically your best option.

Offshore Fishing in Yeppoon
From tuna and mackerel to cod, nannygai and trevally, Keppel Bay is stacked with a multitude of species.

The Mighty Fitzroy River offers more, a prime fish-holding habitat! Rockhampton, Queensland’s premier net-free zone and home to the Barramundi. 

How long to stay in Yeppoon?

With so many local attractions nearby including caves, waterways, beaches, rainforests and plenty of sand dunes, give yourself a week or three to explore the beautiful Capricorn Coast. And no matter what you do or how long you stay, don’t go past our haven – Villa Mar Colina.

If you are considering adding the Capricorn Coast to your travel stops this winter, then why not book now for the holiday of a lifetime.

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