Big Fish Kayaks Trip Report– Scarborough Reef, Redcliffe, Queensland

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Distance from Brisbane:

40 minutes.



We have fished this reef numerous times from both boat and kayaks and we have found that it generally fishes well in the right conditions.

These conditions include, limited boat traffic, the correct tide times and wind direction.

Make sure you check out these conditions in your preparations, as you do not want to kayak in the wrong conditions.

Scarborough reef is located a short paddle (assuming ideal conditions) from Scarborough Point, in fairly shallow waters.

The reef has a mixture of bottom structures including, rock, weed and rubble patches that makes it suitable for a good range of species.

You will find that this is a popular kayak fishing spot, so you are rarely kayaking on your own (good if new to the game!).

Product Used:

BF-401 and (BF-301) Fishing Kayak package:

The team at Big Fish Kayaks have taken both our 3 metre (BF-301) and 4 metre (BF-401) kayaks out on this reef numerous times and always had a great time.

Both kayaks offer easy paddling and are an extremely stable fishing platform.

Both kayak packages comes fully loaded ready for you next fishing adventure.

For more information check out our website at the following link

Target Fishing Species:

Squire/Snapper, Bream, Whiting, Grassy sweat lip, Cod

Launching Facilities:

The Scarborough shoreline offer several launching facilities however, Jamieson Park, located at Reef Point Esplanade is a fantastic place to launch kayaks.

Parking is available opposite Newport Cruising Yacht Club, with only a short walk for a beach launch.

This is a great place for a family day out with nearby Public toilets,

BBQ facilities and playgrounds in the park.

A coffee shop is located opposite the park, and the famous Morgan’s Seafood is located a short distance if you need to pick up some fresh bait.


- Carefully lower anchors to minimise noise

- You will be more successful if you fish using light gear.

- Early morning and late afternoon offer the best fishing conditions

- Drift fish where possible

- Be aware of boat traffic as it can get quite busy

- Check your tide times as the shallow bays sand banks become exposed at low tide.


- Close shoreline paddle, with a wide variety of fish on offer

- Popular with kayak anglers, offering security for beginners


- Shallow waters

- As it is popular, it can be busy,shutting down the fish

More information:

For more information of fish sizes, limits and rules visit the Queensland State Government, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website at