If a fishing trip is calling out your name, consider one word: Exmouth.
A tourists’ paradise, Exmouth sits within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, and is the perfect base to explore the grandiose landscapes of the Cape Range National Park and the underwater wonders of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Exmouth couldn’t be more perfect – crystal clear waters, white beaches and marine life like nothing you’ve seen before.
But what’s even better is that this time of year in Exmouth, you’re almost guaranteed a catch each time you wet a line!
The beautiful waters of Exmouth produce what is arguably Australia’s best sports fishing, and whether you’re fishing within the Gulf, or on the Western side, there’s an abundance of tropical fish species.
Thousands of anglers head to Exmouth every year to fish, and Jeni Gates from Tackleword Exmouth knows exactly why.
“September, October and November is starting to warm up for spring and – not too hot but definitely warmer than in Perth; and the ideal time to catch a variety of fish species, whether off the beach or from a boat,” Jeni said.
“Beach fishing is easy for all levels, and this time of year we’re seeing plenty of baitfish coming close to the shore. Which of course means the bigger fish are coming in too for a feed.”
“Off the beach inside Ningaloo Reef or along the shores of the Exmouth Gulf you’ll easily be catching Queenfish, Garfish, Spangled Emperor and Trevally as well as the bread and butter species – Whiting, Flathead and Bream.”
“But if you’d rather get out in a boat, the Billfish are biting, as well as Mackerel, Tuna, Trevally and of course for the serious angler, the Blue Marlin,” Jeni said.
Exmouth is located 1200 kilometres from Perth – you could drive it in a day if you’re keen; or take a Qantas flight any day of the week. If you bring your own boat, you’re set for your fishing adventure; but of course Exmouth offers plenty of boat hire opportunities, as well as fishing charters to make life even easier. Accommodation is a plenty and there are all options to suit all budgets, from camp sites or back packers to luxury family accommodation.
If you’re planning your Exmouth trip this spring, you might want to look at checking out the Billfish Bonanza, an exciting angling competition held late October every year.
The Billfish Bonanza is a tag and release Billfish tournament held over three days. Teams in the Billfish Bonanza are fishing for Black, Blue or Striped marlin, Sailfish, Shortbill Spearfish and Broadbill Swordfish. Each catch is tagged, recorded by species and estimated weight, and then released; and points are allocated to each catch to determine the winners. Anglers wanting to get involved can visit egfc.com.au for more information.
Whether it’s a fishing trip with mates, or a family getaway, Exmouth has it all – and then some. Plan your Exmouth fishing adventure at Visit Ningaloo