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Australia is the biggest island in the world and with this title comes 1000’s and 1000’s of kilometres of coastline. It doesn’t take much imagination to think that there would be some amazing fishing in these waters and the good news is that there absolutely is. From record breaking tuna, monster bill fish to bountiful bream and boisterous barramundi, Australia offers some of the best fishing adventures in the world. It’s not all salty either. World class trout fishing has a home in Tasmania and then there’s the Murray River in Victoria.
If your planning on wetting a line in Australia then we’ve covered some of the most famous fishing regions/species in the land.
“Launceston” by Edoddridge – Own work
Tasmania is often referred to as one of the “world’s last great fisheries.” Not only does it offer some excellent offshore game fishing, but the inland lakes and rivers are incredibly pristine. If your into game fishing then Tasmania has some real whoppers to be caught.The waters off Tasmania have netted many world record breaking fishing, including 6 for Southern Bluefin Tuna alone.
However, Tasmania is truly famous for its fly fishing. It’s untouched rivers and lakes offer literally some of the best fly fishing in the world. From fast flowing rivers to tranquil lakes, all are brimming with brown trout and rainbows too.
If your interested in doing a charter or hiring a guide there are a wide range of options to suit all levels of experience. Click here for more info.
“Barramundi” – One of the great fighting fish of the Northern Territory
The Northern Territory offers a ton of fishing opportunities, but one of the most popular is the opportunity to fish for Barramundi. Colloquially known as “Barra”, these powerful fish are one of the best pound for pound fighting fish out there. They are often caught by casting lures into snags along the banks of estuaries but they can also be caught by trolling lures too. Many guides offer day trips but you might also consider going out for a few days to really experience what Barra fishing in the Northern Territory is all about.
“Giant Trevally” – Beautiful and powerful game fish found in Exmouth
Exmouth is the home of Australian game fishing. Nearly all of the broadbill species found in Australia can be caught here all year round, now that’s exciting! Being close to the continental shelf is what makes the game fishing around Exmouth so special. If you are looking to bag your first marlin then this is the place to go. There are many different charter operations in the area that you can connect with to go out into the deep. There is also some great onshore fishing where you can catch famed species like the giant trevally. Everything in the area is geared to sport fishing so you can also take lessons and get top of the line gear to use too. Check out this resource for tips on catching a wide variety of species in Exmouth.
Fishing Murray River The famous Murray Cod
The Murray River is most famous for the Murray Cod, but there are many other species of fish to be found in its waters. What you will find will depend on which part of the river you fish, the mouth or the body. Near the mouth you will find more of the cod, pinkies and perch. In the river proper you can find everything from trout to European carp, river bream to gudgeon and more. One of the things that makes fishing the Murray River such an ideal adventure is that you never know what you’re going to get. Chances are you could catch something completely unexpected.
Gummy Shark is a popular target species and great eating fish in Victoria
There are many different opportunities for you to fish in Victoria. Some of the best saltwater opportunities can be found in and off of the Mornington Peninsula. There is also good fishing off the coast of Gippsland, Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road. Popular species include snapper, tuna and kingfish. If freshwater bream is more your style, then you want to head to goldfield regions, Grampions or the Murray. In all of these places the waters are rich with cod, trout and perch. Given the temperature of the local waters, you will also be able to fish all year round.
Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay are well stocked with flathead, pinkies, small shark, perch, snapper and tuna. You can fish from your own boat or take a fishing charter. If you’re really keen you can fish off the jetties too. This can be an ideal way to make sure you get your fishing in while being not far from the big city. You don’t have to go out far to make the day of it, and can still get back and cleaned up to enjoy the nightlife of Melbourne.
This is only a small snapshot of the fishing opportunities in Australia. There is really great fishing on the NSW wales coast, all throughout Queensland, WA and South Australia too. No matter where you visit in Australia you’ll be able to get your fill of fishing somewhere and remember a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!