Exmouth, Australia

Great flats and bluewater fly fishing all from one location.

In the remote far north-west of Australia, some 1300km from Perth, lies the small township of Exmouth. The fishery here is hugely diverse and can be broken down into three principal areas; bluewater, pristine lagoon and the gulf fishery. Offering easy access along with both semi-temperate and tropical fish species, anglers here will enjoy almost limitless options. 

Home to approximately 250 species of coral and 520 species of fish.

The lagoon fishery comprises healthy coral and weed and the sandy feeding sources establish a solid basis for feeding patterns. These areas are frequented by bonefish, permit, golden trevally and milkfish which can be caught 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, and 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 a rich 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 like cobia, golden trevally and goldspot trevally. Their spawning also generates food attracting the elusive milkfish which gather in huge numbers feeding, daisy chaining while oblivious to everything else. Fusiliers feed towards the surface attracting the almighty giant trevally. Deeper waters host mackerel, billfish and tuna which 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 boat to fish for billfish. The pristine environments have something special to offer to both the novice and the well-travelled angler.

Varied accommodation to suit all budgets

There are various packages available for fishing around Exmouth, and something to suite every 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. The two and a half hour flight lands in Learmonth Airport, which is 35km from Exmouth town centre. A shuttle bus service is available or a great option is to rent a vehicle locally.

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