One of the few opportunities for fishing the flats and bluewater from one location.
In the remote far north-west of Australia lies a unique small township called Exmouth, located 1300 kms from Perth. The fishery here is hugely diverse. It can be broken down into three principal areas; bluewater, Ningaloo Reef system and the gulf fishery. This unique fishery shares the aggregation of semi-temperate and tropical species of fish. When this is accompanied with the accessibility, the options of angling become somewhat endless.
Home to approximately 250 species of coral and 520 species of fish.
The Ningaloo fishery, with its prolonged fringing reef establishes boundless turquoise lagoons. Consisting of strong healthy coral, weed and sandy feeding sources, this reef establishes a solid basis for feeding patterns. These areas are frequented by species such as bonefish, permit, golden trevally and milkfish which can be caught while wading and casting at numerous tails on the flats. Queenfish, spangled emperors, black spot tusk fish are also found feeding on the flats during the tidal cycle.
The gulf fishery consists of enriched estuary systems leading into gulf waters already scattered with island reef structures, flats, rock bars. This huge area is yet another environment to target giant trevally, permit, golden trevally, queenfish, coral trout, mangrove jack, barramundi, giant herring, tuna and emperors. With an immeasurable food supply the gulf is an enriched sanctuary with regular feeding blueprints.
The bluewater fishery outside the reef is a hotspot for pelagic species due to the abundant food supply delivered and produced by the healthy fringing reef system. With regular spawning cycles come magnificent whale sharks, manta Rays which are hosts to species such as cobia, golden trevally and goldspot trevally. Their spawning also generates food attracting the allusive milk fish which aggregate in huge numbers feeding, daisy chaining while oblivious to everything else. Fusiliers feed towards the surface attracting the almighty giant trevally. Deeper a field, but relatively close species such as mackerel, billfish and Tuna are all attainable on fly.
Exmouth is one of the few destinations where is possible to flats fish for bonefish and permit and then 10 minutes later be in the bluewater to fish for billfish. Its unique surrounding environments have something special to offer to both the novice and the well-travelled angler.
Varied accommodation to suit budget
Varying packages are available to fish Exmouth that can suit any budget from a fully kitted out camping expedition to private villa ideal for families, five star hotel, groups accommodation to the top end Exmouth Escape Resort. All packages can be tailored to meet your requirements.
Access to Exmouth
Flights to Exmouth are available via Perth, Western Australia, through Qantas. Flights are two and a half hours landing in Learmonth Airport, located 35 kms from Exmouth town centre. A shuttle bus service is optional ($20) or pending on arrival time, one of our friendly staff can pick you up so you can get straight out on the water for the rest of the day.
Location: Exmouth, Australia
Water Type: Saltwater
Season: Year round
Price: Trip length and accommodation dependant
Species: Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, Golden Trevally, King Mackeral, Cobia, Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Marlin, Milkfish, Permit, Sailfish, Triggerfish
Activities & Amenities
Exmouth is reached by a two and a half hour flight from Perth, situated on the eastern coast of the North West Cape.
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