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ICONIC SALTWATER FISHING LOCATIONS AROUND AUSTRALIA

Is doesn’t matter what state you live in Australia, there are plenty of great places to go fishing. I love fishing trips. There’s something about getting on the road or even getting a cheap flight to get away for a week of fishing that brings excitement to my life for months leading up to departure.

With so many top fishing spots it is hard to say which ones are definitely the best, but here is a top list for anyone to better or add to if they wish.

ABROLHOS ISLANDS

The 122 islands of the Abrolhos Islands in Western Australia offer an amazing reef system with a huge amount of sea life. There are so many various species to fish including Coral Trout, Groper and many more.

GIPPSLAND

Gippsland simply offers awesome estuary fishing. It’s popular with fishos around Australia, no matter what their fishing style. You’ll find plenty of Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Tailor, Trevally, Mulloway and Salmon in the brackish waters.

ARNHEMLAND

When most people think of Arnhemland, they think of dry deserts. As an angler, you will find some of the best Barramundi fishing in Australia and the world. Also, because fishing in this area is restricted to those holding special permits, fish numbers are extremely high. The coastal creeks and rivers are packed with Barramundi, Jewfish, Saratoga, Salmon and in the oceans, you will find loads of Golden Snapper, Giant Trevally, Tuna, Snapper and many other species.

ST HELENS

Many anglers think of Tasmania a haven for freshwater fishing. There are plenty of options for those who love saltwater fishing and St Helens should definitely be on your bucket list. The region offers excellent estuary and bay fishing for Salmon, Bream, Snapper, Whiting, Garfish and many more.

CAPE YORK

Cape York is an iconic region of Australia and every Aussie fisho should head north at some time in their life. The fishing opportunities are simply too numerous to list.

BERMAGUI

If you want to try your hand at game fishing, Bermagui has a reputation of delivering some of the biggest fish caught each year. Its continental shelf that runs close to the shore attracts many species including prized Marlin and Tuna.

PORT LINCOLN

With so many great fishing spots in South Australia, it can be hard to choose which one is best. Port Lincoln is another Australian icon for fishing. From beach fishing to the largest artificial reef in the Southern Hemisphere, there is something for all anglers.

EXMOUTH

You can’t leave Exmouth out of any bucket list. It would have to be one of the most iconic fishing locations in Australia. From land-based fishing to fishing on the reef, you’ll find all those prized fish species. All of the 6 Australian Billfish species, including Blue, Black and Striped Marlin are found in this region.

 


What other fishing regions or locations do you think should be included on this list of iconic fishing locations? Share your thoughts through the comments section below.

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Robert M Davies
rob.m@dinga.com.au

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.