Port Fairy, Victoria

Port Fairy boat ramp locations and fishing spots
Port Fairy weather and tides
VIC fishing regulations
VIC marine parks

Port Fairy is an all-round location with a river and safe sea access to excellent offshore grounds.

There are boat ramps at Port Fairy, Killarney and Yambuk Lake, with the last suitable only for cartoppers.

Regional freshwater fishing is in the upper Moyne, and nearby Hopkins and Merri Rivers.

Deep sea species such as albacore and blue grenadier are caught out wide, but most locals and visitors target fish in close.

Salmon are one of the more common fish, mainly targeted in the surf, but they show up everywhere. They are caught all year but are best in winter and spring. Smaller fish enter Moyne River.

Snapper are best in summer and autumn. They are usually around rubble or rock bottom but do enter the Moyne River channel in summer.

Coastal species include barracouta, caught all year, best in winter and spring. Coutta enter the Moyne River channel in winter but are more usually caught along the coast.

Quality black bream are caught in the Moyne, with the best fishing downstream of the footbridge.

Looking towards Port Fairy lighthouse. Photo: Robert Deutscher
Looking towards Moyne River mouth and Port Fairy lighthouse. Photo: Robert Deutscher

Cod are caught in the bay and upper estuary from Martin’s Point to the end of the channel of Moyne River. They are caught year-round but winter is best, and at night.

Flathead are caught all year, with warmer months best.

Yelloweye mullet are caught all year along beaches, with winter best. They are also caught in the Moyne estuary. There is no need to cast far for them in the surf.

Mulloway are caught in the Moyne River estuary. Summer is best, at night. Use small live fish.

Bluethroat wrasse are caught along most rocky areas and where and kelp is found. They bite all year, as do sweep, which like whitewash areas.

Estuary perch are caught in Moyne River downstream from the footbridge. Try snags or trees hanging over the water, or bridge pylons. Summer is best and shrimp livebaits.

Bluefin tuna are caught out towards the Continental Shelf, but sometimes come closer in. March to May is the best time to fish.

Silver trevally are caught all year round but spring is best.

Spotted whiting are caught on sand patches adjacent to weedbeds. Most bays hold these fish. They are best in summer and autumn.

Sand whiting are also common.

Port Fairy tuna fishing

Port Fairy gummy sharks

Port Fairy drone footage

Moyne River by kayak (not fishing)

Hopkins River bream

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Robe, SA

Robe boat ramp locations and fishing spots
Robe weather and tides
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

Robe’s Lake Butler boat haven has school mulloway in summer, along with small salmon, mullet and bream through the year.

There is a large rock wall outside the boat haven which produces most species, including garfish, flathead, whiting, squid and large mulloway.

Robe has a good fishing jetty.

Cape Dombey has rock fishing, with a chance of snapper.

Robe’s lakes have black bream, with boat launching near the jetty on Lake Battye. Mulloway are an occasional catch.

For boaters, Guichen Bay has reef running north to south between Cape Thomas and Cape Dombey, with Baudin Rocks at the north end of the bay offering relatively sheltered fishing.

Beware the shallow reefs outside and at South Point that may break unexpectedly, including the Black Pigs.

Big mulloway can be caught from surf beaches around Robe.

Long Beach inside Guichen Bay is mostly firm for driving and has good mulloway fishing, as well as other surf species, including occasional snapper.

North of Guichen Bay is Wright Bay.

This can be reached from the main road between Kingston and Robe or via 4WD access from Kingston to Cape Jaffa.

The middle and northern ends are best for surf fishing, with big mulloway.

Boaters will find snapper at the north end of the bay, and most other species.

Robe mulloway

Robe 4WD beach fishing

Robe bream fishing

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Port Macdonnell, SA

Port Macdonnell boat ramp locations and fishing spots
Port Macdonnell weather and tides
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

Port Macdonnell is a holiday fishing destination has surf, jetty, breakwall and rock fishing, as well as good offshore spots.

It, and Robe, are arguably the state’s big-tuna capitals.

The region is also home to abalone, the southern rock lobster (crayfish), and most of the marine fish that Croweaters cherish, including gummy and school shark.

Tommy ruffs are the main target on the jetty, with salmon and spotted whiting.

The boat ramp is sheltered inside a 1km-long breakwall, which is a great fishing spot.

Some boaters catch plenty without leaving the harbour.

Pinchcut Reef lies 1km east of the jetty, and in calm weather the reef around Ruby Rock can be worth the 18km sea trip east, fishing outside of the sanctuary zone.

Summer snapper are caught in the surf near rock outcrops.

The biggest tuna are caught offshore from March to July.

The Continental Shelf lies just 30km south-south-west of the port, with tuna albacore, mako and thresher sharks, and more.

A marine sanctuary exists east of Port McDonnell.

Pinchcut Reef 38 03.390S 140 42.687E

Port Macdonnell coast from the air

Port Macdonnell tuna fishing

Port Macdonnell diving with dolphin, abalone and crayfish

Cray pot video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcHaTtzGEcI

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Kingston, SA

Kingston boat ramp locations and fishing spots
Kingston weather and tides
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

Kingston is home of the “big lobster”, but there are plenty of other fish to catch.

The town has good facilities and sheltered boat launching, along with an excellent fishing jetty and rock walls.

Maria Creek has black bream, juvenile samon and mullet.

For boaters, the local weedbeds have whiting, mullet, garfish, flathead and squid.

Flounder spearing is popular on the sheltered beaches.

The jetty produces scores of tommy ruff and squid, along with mullet and occasional mulloway.

Boats can be launched from the beach by 4WD through to Granite Rocks 19km north of Kingston on Long Beach.

Nation Rock lies about 3km off Long Beach 17km north of Kingston (see GPS), but it can break unexpectedly. Long Beach becomes deep north of Granite Rocks and fishermen looking for mulloway concentrate on this section.

Drive along the beach track and look for likely gutters.

Travel with two vehicles because of soft sand patches.

Long Beach can have piled weed and is fully exposed to the Southern Ocean.

Mulloway are the main target, but salmon, snapper, gummy sharks, school sharks and flathead are caught.

The beach north of Tee Tree Crossing is closed to vehicles from October 24 to December 24. Camping is in marked areas.

Cockles are available.

A sanctuary exists along the beach between lattitudes 36 10.094S and 36 10.094S.

Nation Rock 36 40.912S 139 49.542E
Granite Rocks 36 39.536S 139 51.068E

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Camping at Pinks Beach

Fishing off the Kingston rock wall

Kington boat fishing

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Victor Harbour, SA

Victor Harbour boat ramp locations and fishing spots
Victor Harbour weather and tides
SA fishing regulations
SA marine parks

Victor Harbour is one of Adelaide’s great weekend fishing destinations.

Being outside the shelter of the Gulf of St Vincent, the rugged coastline between ‘Victor’ and Cape Jervis has some deeper beaches and rock platforms that can produce bigger fish.

Victor Harbour has a sheltered boat ramp, but the ocean outside quickly becomes dangerous in poor weather.

Granite Island is Victor Harbour’s jewel for landbased fishos, being reached on foot via a long causeway over shallow weedbeds.

It is a long walk so take a trolley if you fish with a lot of gear.

The island’s Screwpile Jetty is a short but at times productive spot that produces anything from salmon to snapper, seven-gill sharks, barracoutta, mulloway, silver trevally and sharks, as well as tommy ruff, sweep and chow.

The snapper and mulloway bite best at dusk and dawn.

Near the Screwpile Jetty is an ocean rock wall that shields the jetty.

This rock wall produces just about anything, but should not be fished in a swell as waves break over the top.

The island’s causeway is good for gar and squid.

Victor Harbour’s two rivers hold black bream, with a few trout upstream.

Trailerboaters will find squid, gar, tommy ruff, juvenile salmon on the shallow reef grounds in the area.

Bluefin tuna are reliable in season and are even targeted in canoes.

There is an anchorage inside Granite Island on the southern side.

Nearby, at Rosetta Head, the Bluff Jetty is small but popular, especially for squid.

Boaters who want to fish inshore should concentrate on the grounds between Granite Island and Wright Island.

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Screwpile Jetty underwater footage

Victor Harbour tuna fishing

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Fishing the Savannah Way

The eastern Top End is an exciting region for touring fishos, being far from population centres and therefore receiving less fishing pressure.

The habitat is first class, but fishing quality changes markedly with the seasons, depending on wet season rainfall.

Adventurous fishos who explore the coast in a boat will find tidal creeks that hardly see a lure or bait.

Most who visit here only fish the rivers and creeks, so the shallow reefs along the coast are hardly fished.

The eastern Top End has some of the Top End’s great barramundi rivers, such the Roper, Limmen and McArthur.

The central feature of this area for travellers is Limmen National Park, declared in July 2012.

There are several camping areas within the park. Munbililla (also called Tomato Island) is the most important for fishermen.

Limmen Bight Fishing Camp and Lorella Springs Wilderness Park on Rosie Creek are located outside the national park.

Boat launch sites are at Roper Bar, Munbililla, Port Roper, Towns River, Limmen Bight Fishing Camp, Rosie Creek, Robinson River, Mule Creek and McArthur River.

Visitors can drive in from the north or south, but the roads are subject to closure from annual wet season flooding, and are often corrugated.

Call Parks and Wildlife in Katherine (08 8973 8888) or Nathan River Ranger Station (08 8975 9940) for road info, and Katherine Rod and Rifle (08 8972 1020) for the latest fishing info.

Munbililla (Tomato Island) campground on the Roper, opened in 2013. This used to be just a clearing in the bush near the concrete boat ramp, but it became so popular a proper campground was needed. It has ablution facilities and a ranger station.

Port Roper, at the river mouth on the south bank, has a concrete ramp and cleared space in the bush nearby that is used for camping. This is a “roughing it location” but huge barramundi, groper, salmon and jewfish are caught.

Small tides are best at the Roper mouth, which are difficult to determine as the river has sometimes unpredictable tides because of quirks of the shallow Gulf of Carpentaria.

South of the Roper is the smaller Towns River, which has camping near the riverbank, with an associated ablution block.

The Towns has good barra fishing and crabbing, but the fish are on average smaller than Roper fish.

South again is the Limmen Bight River, which offers a bush camping experience along the river banks at Steve Barrett’s private fishing camp.

The campsites are unimproved, next to tidal water, and boats can be moored nearby, but they will dry out at low tide.

Fish the Limmen on reasonably large tides.

Being sandy, it is quite clear, and even the last creek at the mouth can have several feet of water clarity unless the wind stirs it up.

Small tides are not always ideal for chasing barramundi, with the exception being in rivers with turbid waters.

Centre Island tides provide approximate tide times to plan your Limmen River trip.

Mining traffic diminished with the closure of local mines in 2014 after a commodity slump, but there are still heavy vehicles using the highway.

Visitors must take most supplies in.

Fuel is at Borroloola, Hells Gate, Robinson River community and King Ash Bay (McArthur River). Roper Bar store was closed at publication of this post but nearby Urupunga store sells to the public.

The Limmen camp supplied fuel in jerry cans at $2.20 a litre at our last inquiry.

Tank water is at the Limmen camp only if there has been enough rain. Call first.

Keep in mind that the road is closed each year for the wet season. The roads are rough and can break trailers.

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The Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef fishing spots
Ningaloo tides
Book Ningaloo camping
Quobba Station
Warroora Station
WA fishing regulations
Ningaloo Marine Park map
Ningaloo Marine Mark – state
Ningaloo Marine Park – federal

The coast from Warroora Station to Exmouth Peninsula, incorporating Ningaloo Reef, makes up one of Australia’s most spectacular marine habitats, and it has some of Australia’s best coastal camps.

Private station-managed camps are adjacent to white beaches and coral reef that extend from Quobba Station at the south, to Yardie Creek in the north.

North of Yardie Creek, beach camps are run by WA parks authorities. The parks are named Neds, Mesa, North T Bone, Lakeside (day use), Tulki, North Mandu, Kurrajong, Pilgramunna (day use), Osprey Bay, Bungarra, Yardie Creek, One K and Boat Harbour. See this image for their locations.

The camps have no power or water.

Most camps have easy access to beach fishing, but not all have boat launch sites.

For government camps, check the website www.parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au for the latest info to plan your trip.

Ningaloo is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef, at 260km long. It lies just 100m offshore at its closest point, and less than 7km at its furthest.

The Continental Shelf lies just 18.5km out.

Ningaloo Marine Park was opened in 1987 and covers 4000sqkm from Amherst Point in the south to Bundegi Reef in Exmouth Gulf to the north.

The park extends about 18.5km to sea.

Coral Bay has the only proper boat ramp in the immediate area, but there are beach launching sites.

On the stations, drivers must stick to tracks to prevent dune erosion, and carry fuel, food and water.

Visitors must take rubbish home and campers in some areas must have portable toilets.

Be prepared for private bag limits. Warroora Station, for example, has a 5kg fish fillet limit.

Ningaloo waters provide flats, beach, reef and offshore game fishing opportunities.

The beaches have permit, bonefish, queenfish, golden trevally and spangled emperor in the reef lagoons. Fly fishos have fine sport.

Out wide are emperor, cod, tuskfish, coral trout, mackerel, trevally, cobia and more.

Because the Continental Shelf comes close to the mainland, trailerboaters have a rare chance to catch blue, black and striped marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dolphin fish, mackerel and even broadbill swordfish.

Ningaloo has great dive sites from Gnaraloo through to Exmouth.

Whale sharks to 12m long are sighted from March to May, as they swim near the surface.

Whales are commonly seen near shore mid-year.

Fishing charter boats work from Coral Bay and Exmouth.

Fishermen can have a fine time using a dinghy at Ningaloo during calm weather.

However, to go outside the reef requires a seaworthy boat.

Getting there

The Ningaloo region is 700km north of Perth, and 130km north of Carnarvon.

A 4WD vehicle is not needed within much of the Cape Range National Park that encompasses the Ningaloo coast, but is needed to drive from Coral Bay to Yardie Creek.

The Yardie Creek crossing can be hazardous when the sand is low and there is tidal influence.

Sand driving in this area requires deflated tyres.

To reach Warroora Station, from the north take the Warroora Northern access 15km south of the Coral Bay turn-off.

Seasons

Most visitors come between April and November.

High temperatures, strong winds and cyclones discourage summer visits.

Good fishing is had all year.

Bait & Tackle

A good surf rod is a must for beach and rock fishing in this area, together with some chrome lures for distance casting.

Balloon rigs are popular for getting baits out to the fish.

Ganged hooks and pilchard baits work well on tailor, mackerel, cobia and reef fish too.

Boat fishing requires everything from handlines to trolling and spinning rods.

Pelagic fish schools are common, so a spinning rod is a must.

Rock fishing outside the confines of the reef lagoons is dangerous. Never fish the lower ledges.

Boat launching

There are sealed ramps at Bundegi (north of Exmouth), Tantabiddi Creek and near Coral Bay.

Beach launching is required in many places, and is the only way south of Yardie Creek.

The beaches are generally calm as they are inside the protective reef.

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Ningaloo inner lagoon fishing

Warroora Station camping

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Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia

Urchin Point and other Dirk Hartog Island fishing spots
Shark Bay tides
Book camping or accommodation at Dirk Hartog
WA fishing regulations
Shark Bay Marine Park
Shark Bay Federal Marine Reserves
WA marine parks

Dirk Hartog Island lies north of Steep Point, forming part of a north-south land barrier that creates Shark Bay.

The island is serviced by an airstrip and a single-car ferry across South West Passage.

Vehicle numbers on the island are capped.

The island has a homestead, six camping areas and limited upmarket accommodation.

At Dirk Hartog you must be self-sufficient. There is no drinking water.

Self-recovery is the only way if travelling alone and a satellite phone is a good idea.

The Overlander roadhouse 200km south of Carnarvon is the last fuel stop before heading to Steep Point.

It is about 41km to the turn-off to Useless Loop, then 170km to Steep Point. The barge picks you up from Shelter Bay in the morning.

Visit www.dirkhartogisland.com for more information.

How to fish Dirk Hartog

Depending on conditions, there is excellent fishing for everything from spanish flag to pink snapper, with huge popper-smashing tailor and spanish mackerel.

Urchin Point, 5km south of Cape Inscription, is a good platform in the right conditions.

It is a shallow reef with a rocky outcrop. There is a shack 30m from the beach.

Turtle Bay is beneath the lighthouse at Cape Inscription. The bay is accessed via a steep track that winds down loose sandy cliffs to a sheltered beach interspersed with reefs. There are countless fish.

Fishing with bait from the beach usually results in a feed of fish.

The Aquarium is about 20 minutes from Urchin Point via a track through tight scrub over some sharp rocks and diff-banging ledges. Expect reef fish and snapper to 6kg+.

Best results here are achieved drifting pillies down the cliff edges.

50 Cent Reef is a shallow reef washed by huge waves. Casting soft plastics produces smaller tailor and unstoppable runs by unseen bigger fish in water less than 1m deep.

Any of the island’s beaches can produce fish, especially those ending at headlands. The shallow bays inside the island have blue swimmer crabs.

Bait & Tackle

Take a cliff gaff and heaps of terminal tackle.

Take poppers and wire traces.

You’ll need long-life baits or frozen pillies if you have a freezer.

High-speed spinning reels on 3m rods are good for slugs and poppers, with longer rods for bait fishing the surf. Take a 15kg outfit for ballooning for pelagic species.

Dirk Hartog Island Fishing Map
Dirk Hartog Island Fishing Map
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Giralia Station, Western Australia

Giralia Station campsites
Giralia Station campsites

Giralia Station is at the shallow southern end of Exmouth Gulf.

It has several beachside camps that are ideal for fishermen.

The coast here is shallow and careful planning is required around the tides.

This is the southern limit of the barramundi’s range, though the fish are not common here they can be found.

Most fishermen chase other species, including whiting, bream, flathead, cod, salmon and jacks.

An interactive map of the Giralia camp sites is here.

The Giralia Station website is here.

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