The Queensland Government has eased restrictions on getting together, travelling and participating in recreational activities within the state. Residents are now free to travel throughout the state for any reason. Overnight trips are allowed again, too. This is largely due to the fact that local communities cooperate with physical distancing measures and other coronavirus-related precautionary measures.
Not everyone has the same freedom to move around so freely yet, though. Internal restrictions make it difficult for most people to visit Australia and explore the adrenaline-rush activities that the country is known for. Make the most of this time and tick another box on your extreme adventure checklist.
Get Closer to the Sharks Through Shark Fishing
The Gold Coast is known for recreational shark fishing. Many people sign up for this activity because few things compare to the adrenaline of witnessing one of the ocean’s most formidable creatures take the bait.
It’s not easy taking on these large Gold Coast sharks, so you have the option of sharing your fishing rod with someone else. It can be your adventurous friends’ perfect group activity this spring.
The best months for fishing are usually from May to August, but you can still enjoy it year round.
Get to Know the Different Species You May Encounter
Are you ready to battle with some of the biggest sharks in Queensland? When you sign up for recreational shark fishing, expect that you would encounter a variety of shark species.
- Bronze Whalers
Bronze whaler sharks are also known as copper sharks because of the bronze ridge resting between their dorsal fins. They’re also known as narrowtooth sharks because of their narrow, hook-shaped teeth. These sharks aren’t friendly, but they generally aren’t harmful, either. They only get aggressive in the presence of prey or a food source.
- Bull Sharks
The bull shark is definitely something to look out for. This predatory species with a stocky body and a broad snout can easily survive in both saltwater and freshwater environments. They tend to live in shallow waters so human interaction is highly likely. Be careful, though. They’re up there with the tiger shark and the great white; they are the most likely species to attack humans.
Hammerhead sharks are an interesting species. Their head is shaped like a flattened hammer. Their eyes are on the outer edges of the head, giving them a 360-degree view of their surroundings. They do have a blind spot right in front of their nose, though. If you encounter this type of shark, brace yourself for their sudden turns and their ability to sharply twist and bend.
- Mako Sharks
The Mako shark is a fast species that can easily leap out of the water. Given their speed and jumping abilities, they’re going to be a handful to encounter. If you want to know what these sharks look like, they’re basically the younger sibling of the Great White Shark. You also can’t miss their intimidating teeth which are visible even when their jaws are closed.
Have fun shark fishing, but keep in mind that they are still dangerous predators. So stay alert!