Coral Coast fishing charters and fishing spots offer some of WA’s (Western Australia’s) best opportunities to chase a catch. A huge variety of fish species can be found along the 1,200 kilometre coastline from Cervantes
, including game and deep sea fish, making it the perfect destination for novice and experienced anglers alike.
Check out these favourite WA fishing spots or search the list of Coral Coast fishing charters and chase your ultimate catch.
Exmouth fishing spots and charters
The Bundegi Flats are kilometres long with popular species including groper, coral trout, snapper and emperor. Learmonth Jetty is a fantastic WA fishing spot for leisure anglers, with bream, mackerel, whiting and queenfish swimming within reach of a rod and reel. Coral Coast game fishing charters are also available in Exmouth and marlin, mahi mahi, mackerel and sailfish are regular catches on these outings.
Coral Bay fishing spots and charters
Deep sea fishing charters, light game fishing and beach fishing (away from the popular Coral Coast swimming beaches) are all on offer at Coral Bay
. This area supplies many restaurants with Nor West snapper, red emperor, coral trout and cod. The bay itself is considered a sanctuary zone, so fishing is not permitted. However, you can experience the unusual snapper feeding frenzy at 3:30pm each day – some even allow you to hand feed them.
Fishing in Kalbarri
The Murchison River that flows alongside Kalbarri
is home to species such as black bream, mulloway, whiting, giant herring and trevally. These popular WA fishing spots are frequented by local and visiting anglers.
Sitting at the mouth of the Murchison River, Black Rock and Oyster Reef can produce some great catches, especially tailor. Take extra care in these areas, huge swells can catch the inexperienced fisherman off guard.
Chinaman’s Beach is also a great spot for chasing mulloway, tailor and mackerel. Wittecarra Creek and Red Bluff, located south of town, are excellent for surf casting, offering the chance of catching mackerel, tailor, mullaway and cod.
Fishing in Shark Bay Shark Bay
is teeming with hundreds of species of fish. To get a real piece of the action, join one of the fishing charters operating in this area of WA’s Coral Coast. On a lucky outing, you may see migrating whales or even sharks. Or stay on dry land and try dropping a line from the shore or jetty in Denham
As Shark Bay is a protected area, there are restrictions on the quota and size of fish caught for recreational purposes. Information about local restrictions is available from the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
Fishing in Jurien Bay
If you love fishing and crabbing you’ll love Jurien Bay
. Try your luck casting a line from the beach, or head for local fishing spots including the limestone groynes, marina, or the two old factory jetties which are open to the public. Coral Coast fishing charters also run from Jurien Bay and facilities for the boating public include accessible ramps and jetties.
Fishing in Dongara and Port Denison
The twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison
are considered to be the rock lobster capital of Australia and are perfect for the amateur fisherman. The three jetties situated along Arurine Bay are a great place to throw in a line while you enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Fishing in Geraldton
Point Moore and Separation Point are among WA’s best fishing spots for whiting and herring. The Batavia Coast Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf are good spots for catching bream and also offer a fantastic vantage point for watching the rock lobster fishing fleet during peak season between November and June. Beach casting is another popular pastime among the locals.
Abrolhos Islands fishing charters
Head out to the Abrolhos Islands
of Western Australia’s Coral Coast with one of the local fishing charters or hire a boat. Drift baiting is a very popular and rewarding activity, but it’s important to note that parts of the Abrolhos are protected and have restricted access.
Fishing in Carnarvon
Built in 1897, One Mile Jetty in Carnarvon
is a very popular WA fishing spot. Common catches include mulloway, tailor, bream and mud crabs, with blue manna crabs making an appearance between March and July.
Just south of the Carnarvon blowholes
, crayfish and oysters can occasionally be found on the rocks surrounding the rock pools. Gnaraloo Station, approximately 90 minutes north of Carnarvon, is a top WA fishing spot for chasing emperor, mackerel, tuna, trevally, pink snapper, jobfish, cod and sailfish, most of which can be caught year-round. Drift baiting is also quite rewarding at Gnaraloo.
For information about licences and other fishing regulations, visit the Department of Fisheries
website. Check out the list of Coral Coast fishing charters and be sure to drop in to the local bait shop and ask the experts to share their tips on the best WA fishing spots