Better to start from Steiglitz/Cabbage Tree Point as there is much less stink boat traffic for most of the route down ... at least until Crusoe Island.
Try HBs or SPs on the way down for a variety of species. You are safest to land on the western side just south of the northern end of South Stradbroke Is. The currents in and near the estuary can exceed 5 knots in places, and the interaction with ocean swell and wind waves (seas), combined with numerous sandbanks, can quickly get you into very dangerous waters.
To say that the estuary is tricky is at least a gross understatement
There are sandflies year round in many places on the western and northern side, particularly in lighter winds. A walk down the shore of the estuary and in 20 minutes you can be surf fishing (gutters). Another few hundred metres south and you soon escape the strong currents from the water interchange in the estuary.
It is a very reasonable day trip of about 22 km, if you get the tides right. Leave Steiglitz/Cabbage Tree Point within an hour or so of the high tide (Brisbane bar times), and return 2- 3 hours after the low tide, for a free ride home. The are some strange current effects and very rough water in the area between the N end of the island, and Swan Bay/E end of Kalinga bank. This occurs on the incoming tide, so if you're not confident maybe start your return trip an hour or so after the low, and land based fishing of N side of Crusoe to await a bit more water to come in and help make your return trip easier.
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on Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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