GET HOOKED ON FISHING
With the continental shelf only kilometres offshore, fishing and the Ningaloo Reef go hand in hand. There are many opportunities for beach, reef and game fishing in the diverse environment of Ningaloo. Sanctuary zones are special conservation zones where fishing is strictly prohibited but there are many other areas in the Marine Park where the fishing is superb. For information on the Sanctuary Zones, please contact the local Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) office on 9947 8000 or the Department of Fisheries on 9949 2755.
Land based fishing is a popular recreational pastime as there are many different species to be caught. Beach fishing often produces surprising reef species while fishing in Exmouth Gulf turns up a variety of estuarine species. Mud crabbing and squid fishing are also popular activities. Enquire locally about what’s on the bite!
Professional charter boats depart Exmouth daily. They offer a range of tours including half and full day fishing trips, as well as being available for private charter. Some of the sought after species are North West Snapper, Blue Bone, Coral Trout and Red Emperor. Ningaloo Reef is also recognised as the premier game fishing destination in Western Australia - it is one of the few places in the world where such famous species as Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel and Sailfish are hooked regularly. Every year in March Exmouth hosts the Gamex Tournament which always produces some fantastic - often record breaking - catches (a ”Tag and Release” policy is adhered to).
BOAT LAUNCHING FACILITIES
Exmouth has 3 boat launching areas. The Exmouth Boat Harbour is located 2km south of the Exmouth townsite and offers concreted boat ramps within the sheltered wall of the marina. Other boat ramps are located 12km north of town at Bundegi Beach, and 35km from town (just north of the Cape Range National Park. boundary) at Tantabiddi. Other small boat launching areas are available from campsites in the park though these are generally only accessible to 4WD vehicles.
There are additional Sanctuary Zones that have come into effect. Special conservation regulations, bag and size limits apply in the Marine Park. Please contact the local Fisheries department or the local DEC office for further information.
OPERATORS IN THE REGION
Fishing charter operators in Exmouth include: Blue Horizon, Exmouth Deep Sea Fishing OBriens Charters, Ningaloo Pearls, Ningaloo Blue (Seaventure), Ningaloo Fusion, Fly Fishing Frontiers, On-Strike Fishing and Peaksport Fishing.
Fishing charter operators in Coral Bay include: Coral Bay Game Fishing Charters and Seaforce Fishing Charters
Some companies can offer either half day or full day charters. Exclusive boat hire or Game fishing expeditions can also be arranged. Exmouth's premier gamefishing competition occurs in March each year.
Sport fishing charters to the Montebello Islands can be booked during the months of October to March. Small intimate groups, minimum numbers apply.
Please contact the Exmouth Visitor centre to find out more details.
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