Hooked on Tallebudgera Creek
What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught on a family holiday?
Explore a waterway that is steeped in legendary history and cultural diversity when you choose Tallebudgera Creek as a holiday destination.
Tallebudgera, an Aboriginal expression meaning good fish, and its creek continues to live up to its name and is home to superb seafood catches of bream, whiting and flathead.
You will find yourself in the historical grounds of the indigenous Kombumerri clan, speaking the Yugambeh language and part of the traditional owners of the land of Burleigh and surrounds.
They relied on this bountiful waterway and its abundance of seafood to feed their families.
Starting 25km away in the hinterland towards the McPherson Range and the Springbrook Plateau, the Tallebudgera Creek continues to be a jewel in the Gold Coast’s crown.
Fishing remains one of the most popular activities on the creek which is a picturesque recreational playground for locals and holidaymakers alike.
There’s plenty of sandy shoreline so nabbing that big catch can be as simple as planting your camping chair on the sand just metres from the camp ground and arming yourself with a fishing line, bait and a bit of luck.
Here’s 7 simple steps to help you catch the perfect bream at Tallebudgera Creek:
- Get their interest - bream love to hide and you’ll often find concentrations of them in or near structures such as boat ramps, jetty pylons, rock walls - anywhere where there’s a structure providing some shadow. Whether it’s bread or chopped up pilchards you can increase your chances by regularly throwing small bits of bait into the water to initially attract these opportunistic feeders
- Bait - manmade or natural live baits will work for bream, such as cheese, chicken pieces, worms, prawns. If you are using artificial bait opt for a small and light lure.
- Equipment - it can be as simple as rigging your rod or hand held line with an appropriate sized hook - not too big as you want your bait to be what the bream see, not the shiny hook. Or you could use a running sinker (the lighter the better).
- The tide - At high tide you may find casting up into the mangroves is a good method as bream move upstream looking for food. It’s also a good idea to stay away from deeper water at high tide as bream are known to prefer the shallows. When the tide is out the best spots to fish are bridge pylons, snags from fallen trees and channels.
- The timing - while you’re waiting to land your bream, soak up the soothing waters and picturesque views looking over the water to the treetops of the Burleigh Ridge Park and Tallebudgera Conservation Park. Ignore the first bumps and taps the fish is likely to make, wait for the rod to load up before you hook your fish.
- The catch - size matters here in Queensland and by law a bream must be at least 25cm in length to keep (https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/rules/limits-tidal#bream )
- The bragging rights - your encounter in this natural wonderland will surely need to be captured. Snap a photo of your classic catch and and if posting your special moment to social media be sure to tag @TallebudgeraCreekTouristPark
If exploring the waterway is your ideal day out, grab a kayak and venture over to the rock wall or estuary directly opposite the Tourist Park to increase your chances of hooking the perfect fish. Or head further up Tallebudgera Creek for some sneaky serenity.
Take advantage of the very special opportunity to continue a Tallebudgera tradition started by the Kombumerri people when you holiday at Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park.
For more information visit http://www.goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/tallebudgeracreek-parkhome