Fishing in Western Australia

If you enjoy sport fishing as much as I your fishing friend does, you will love fishing in Western Australia

WA has pristine and very beautiful blue waters that are literally teeming with an amazing variety of fish of all types.

From the small Bream, Whiting, Herring and Flathead to the rather big Coral Trout, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and Trevally to the often. Huge Marlin, Sailfish and Sharks.

You just never know what you are going to catch! On a really lucky day, you could even snag a prize catch of a gigantic, 4-5 meter long (approx 15 feet) White Pointer! or perhaps it will be a magnificent blue or black Marlin or as I once did, an unsuspecting scuba diver.

Don't forget the rivers and lakes of Western Australia as catches of Rainbow and Brown Trout.Perch, Bass and even the odd Carp are usually found in these great fresh water fishing spots.

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From the small Bream, Whiting, Herring and Flathead to the rather big Coral Trout, Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel and Trevally to the often huge Marlin, Sailfish and Sharks.

You just never know what you are going to catch! On a really lucky day, you could even snag a prize catch of a gigantic, 4-5 meter long (approx 15 feet) White Pointer! or perhaps it will be a magnificent blue or black Marlin or as I once did, an unsuspecting scuba diver.

When is a Good Time for Fishing in Western Australia?

Any time of the year is a good time for fishing in Western Australia but the months from November to March are particularly good and the warmer weather is more conducive to early morning and twilight fishing.

Also, during this time, the rivers that flow into the ocean becomes more estuarine, making them an excellent feeding ground for many of the local marine species.

Lots of fish in one place means there’s lots more to catch! Winter fishing is also catching on and the best time to indulge in this past time is just before and after rain or storm and when the water is a bit murky.

But the local tides play a large part on whether fish are around or not in winter.

But in winter good catches can be achieved if you try and change spots until you find the fish which are normally near shore or shelter in the river estuaries.

When I was a younger guy it was always my dream to try Western Australian fishing, and now I have and it is a dream come true.

Top Spots for Fishing in Western Australia

For a truly unforgettable fishing in Western Australia experience, check out these top fishing spots in WA and some of the species you can expect to find in these waters:

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Montebello Islands

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The waters at the Montebello Islands are brimming with coral trout, mangrove jacks and sailfish.

After a day out fishing in these waters, you are sure to have plenty of ‘fishy’ stories (Tall fishing tales) to regale everyone with.

You may even find Humpback whales passing through during their yearly migration.

Dugongs are found in the shallow warm waters.There are actually at least 456 fish species found in the Monte's so you certainly should be able to find a decent fish to go after.

The Monte's are 65 nautical miles west of Dampier

Make sure you use Apache charters for fishing the Monte's from Exmouth as they are just great. And you can try for these species of fish, red emperor, coral trout, pink snapper, or pinkies as they are so often called.

Also you will be trying for baldchin groper and norwest snapper.

You can even try going after the pelagics like spanish mackerel, yellow fin tuna and naturally sailfish. which is excitement plus.
So it's gotta be Apache charters for fishing the Monte's and they do insist that all their anglers aboard the Lady Grace follow the WA fishing regulations for the future of fishing in this magical area so that our kids can do it too.

You can call them on: Telephone: 0417 968 372 or (08) 9339 2432

The Lady Grace charter vessel is 20 Meters, 70 ft long and all comfort, so a great fishing expedition is assured.

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Kalbarri

This is the perfect spot to fish in if you are looking for tuna, amberjack, yellowtail kingfish, dhufish, tailor, black bream, baldchin groper or a monster snapper.

If you would like to know more about it click kalbarri fishing  there is a ton of info there about fishing in Kalbarri.


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Check out the very excellent Kimberly Cruise when visiting or fishing in Western Australia for a great fishing experience.

Pier Fishing

Rowley Shoals

A favorite haunt of many popular TV fishing shows and anglers, and the fish in Rowley shoals are almost celebrities in their own right.

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Some of the celebrity fish include dogtooth tuna, red emperor, wahoo and sailfish.Rowley Shoals Marine Park is located just 300 kilometres west of The magnificent Broome Broome is in the southern part of our magnificent Kimberley region and is often called the gateway to the Kimberley's.

Broome is about 2500 kms from Perth. A number of fishing charters head for this amazing Western Australian fishing hot spot.Rowley Shoals is well known to Western Australians as the home of the sailfish, and another fish often caught here is that mighty fighter, the yellowfin tuna and boy! do they put on a hard fight.

The tuna in this area average 15 to 30 kilograms.The almost unstoppable dogtooth will also make its presence felt on a Rowley Shoals fishing trip.

Other species normally found in this pristine area are Wahoo and the Swordfish are prolific.Bombies and corals are found here and they give us the hottest of all fishing sessions.

While Red bass, beefy coral trout, bluefin trevally, cods, Maori wrasse all kick in to help make this fishing hot spot one of the world's top fishing destinations. Rowley Shoal lagoons are catch and release only.

The Fitzroy River: Offers the keen angler some 40 different species of fish, including the hard fighting fish the barramundi and threadfins also call these waters home. Getting to Fitzroy River. The town and crossing is about 1/3 of the way to Kununurra or about 356 kilometres along the Great Northern Highway from Broome (The gateway to the Kimberlies). There is plenty to see and do besides the great fishing when at Fitzroy Crossing. Some time spent at Geikie Gorge is well worth the effort for a nice day trip. Also there is the marvelous Brooking Gorge which is also worth a visit. Fitzroy has camping grounds where you can use a caravan, camp trailer or tent plus more conventional accommodation. It even has an air field if you choose to fly there. 1 great way to get to the crossing is to use my old mates, Wicked Campers and each Campervan contains a bed, cooking gear and of course wheels to get you there. If coming from Perth or Broome you will find a branch in both Cities to use. Another 1/3 of the way to Kununurra is Halls Creek which is another really wonderful place.

Fitzroy River Great for Barra fishin
• The Fitzroy River: Love to sit back and relax while waiting for the fish to bite? The Fitzroy River is a very large river that runs straight through the centre of the Fitzroy Crossing township. It is a fact that thee mighty Fitzroy is the second largest river Australia behind the Murray/Darling river System and it takes 2 rivers to beat the Fitzroy River in size. The Fitzroy provides an extensive variety of fish species and a number of different locations and approaches for your fishing delight. You do not need to travel far either to get into some top fishing, where the town reaches some highly regarded among locals as a top Barramundi hotspot during the warmer months and during winter the big Salmon move up onto the mud banks to feed and can be caught easily. The Barra are usually found around the rocks in the middle of town by either casting lures or live baits around them. They can also be found further downstream along the rock walls that line the banks and in the mangroves. Another popular way to target big fish is to troll stretches of the river. Just be warned though that there are some shallow areas and rock bars that pop up rather quickly. Another thing to remember is that there are many trophy size fish in the river, with many caught every year over the magic metre mark, and a couple caught over the maximum legal size of 120cm. If the Barra you catch is over 120 cm it must be released as it is a breeding female and they are protected to keep the fish stocks for future fishing trips. The most popular and successful lures to use when chasing these fish are the locally made Richos lures. These have been designed and made by local angler Ken Richardson for the local fish and they certainly do work. Of course, all other popular Barra lures also work in this system including the Classic Barra, Reidys, Halco and Cultiva lures.

The Blackwood River


This is the ideal fishing spot for you. The fish you can expect to find here are bream, yellow bellied Perch, fresh water cobbler, redfin, catfish, marron in season and maybe a beautiful rainbow Trout or two.<P>The Blackwood river meanders through some of the most beautiful countryside in WA so even during those times when the fishing in Western Australia is not at it's best you can have some quality time just enjoying the scenery all around you.It really is a beautiful place and the fishing is spot on as well.<P>

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Sailfish caught with www.exmouthbillfish.com

Catching fish like the five above are the norm when you go out with Exmouth Billfish Charters they really are the best fishing charter in a Australia and their crew is the friendliest folks I have ever met.

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