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Photos are of Percy and David who both enjoyed successful offshore trips and were proud of their catches.
Awesome angling options for Agnes Water/1770
ROUND I usually purchase 60km offshore.
130km north my bait here and have Take care at the mouth of Bundaberg, always found it to be when planning to cross
Bundaberg Region
the twin towns of Ag- fresh and of high qual-
the bar, and always log on with Volunteer Marine Rescue Round Hill.
nes Water and Seven- teen Seventy provide a range of great fishing and recreational oppor- tunities.
usually located close to the southern end.
with 6-10lb monofila- ment line rigged with a regular trace of around 30-50cm in length.
ity, particularly the IQF pillies I use offshore.
The small township of Agnes Water provides access to a patrolled surf beach for swim- mers and board riders, a long beach with beach- worms to catch and gut- ters to fish and a small shopping precinct.
This provides a very long stretch of beach to the north, where beachworms can be caught and where there are often neat low tide gutters to tar- get bread and butter species such as whit- ing, bream, tarwhine and flathead.
If you’re unable to source your own beach- worms or pipis, in- clude yabbies – which can be pumped from Round Hill Creek – or purchase bait from the tackle shop at Agnes Water, such as prawns and beach worms. Round Hill Creek estuary
The option to drop the pots in and try for a mud crab is also available in the estuary, though my son had two pots taken over two days in the recent holidays.
There are many op- tions and starting marks available for those new to the area.
And Seventeen Sev- enty provides excellent access to a large estu- ary system, to offshore waters and the islands of the Bunker Group.
Pipis are available for bait occasionally too.
One was a fairly dodgy pot, while the other was new – most likely taken by a person who believed they de- served the crabs more than Lachy.
Offshore fishing op- tions begin outside the bar, with trolling along the rocky headland pro- viding mackerel and other pelagic action.
Over the recent school holiday period, I spent time enjoying this ar- ea and, although the weather was not kind for offshore fishing for much of my stay, I was able to head offshore on two occasions.
This stretch of beach is an ideal area to in- troduce young anglers to beach fishing, espe- cially when conditions are good, as the small low tide gutters are eas- ily accessed.
Round Hill Creek pro- vides a range of fishing options for the shore- based angler and small boat owner, with plenty of rocky shoreline to target as well as sandy stretches of beach and bank.
They say ‘a secret can only be kept by two people if one is dead’, so I believe that the people who behave like this are ‘known’, and that this behaviour is ‘acceptable’ to those who know.
Between the mainland and the Bunker Group is a large expanse of water that does fish well if you locate good bot- tom features, or head to one of the many starter mark locations such as the Banana Gutter.
Unfortunately, I had other commitments on the other occasions when weather condi- tions were favourable but I know – living close to the area – that there will be more op- portunities in the near future.
Other benefits include no snags and plenty of beach area for the kids to play on if they be- come bored with fish- ing.
If you have access to a boat or choose to hire one, there are many sand and mud banks with drop-offs and other features that pro- vide plenty of fishing options.
It is interesting con- duct and I guess simply reflects their upbring- ing or needs.
Agnes Water
A range of bait choic- es can be provided by the Agnes Water 1770 Bait and Tackle shop, along with – and best of all – advice and tips for fishing the local area.
Round Hill Creek gives access to the waters offshore and includes the Bunker Group of islands around
As always, I can be contacted via Bush ‘n Beach website, by email at fishnboat@bigpond. com or via post at PO Box 5812 Bundaberg West Queensland 4670. Until next month...
The main Agnes Wa-
ter Beach is bordered
by two rocky head-
lands, with the surfing
and swimming area
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With such a long stretch of beach avail- able, it is not unusual to see a beach cart be- ing used as a ‘base’ for fishing equipment and refreshments as anglers make their way along the expanse, moving from one gutter to the next.
The best baits are those you can source yourself such as yab- bies.
I was taught – and teach my children – ‘if it’s not yours, don’t touch it’ and ‘if I need or want it, I work for it’. Ocean access at Seventeen Seventy
For those heading further offshore, the is- lands and reefs of the Bunker Group are the pick.
The best gear for this area is a light action surf rod and an Alvey or spinning reel spooled
They were located up small mangrove alley- ways, so they wouldn’t drift.
Again, Agnes Water 1770 Bait and Tackle is a great starting point for information and supplies, right down to the latest marks for bait jigging off the entrance of the bar.

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