Fishing on Lord Howe Island

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Lord Howe Island fishing charters

More than 10 dedicated charter fishing vessels run from Lord Howe Island, offering half-day, full-day and private charter tours for all levels of fishing expertise. Head out on to the sparkling waters with knowledgeable local guides and discover Lord Howe Island's best locations for deep-sea, reef and fly fishing.

  • Fishing, Lord Howe Island
  • Fishing, Lord Howe Island

Fishing on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island’s waters are teeming with a wide range of tropical, subtropical and temperate species of fish.

Surrounded by a marine park, protected by a coral reef and with no commercial fishery, the region is home to kingfish, tuna, wahoo, trevally, silver drummer and bluefish.

Ranking as an internationally-renowned classic sports and game fishing destination, big game fishing opportunities can be found within a half-hour boat ride from the island, including black, blue and striped marlin.

Fishing, Lord Howe Island

The waters around Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea rock stack at 551 metres, are ideal for hooking kingfish, tuna and wahoo. Rock platforms near North Bay offer good fishing locations for catching kingfish and trevally. The lagoon is ideal for catching trevally, bluefish, silver drummer and the double-header wrasse.

Cast off at Blinky Beach for Australian salmon, or drop a line from the jetty to hook garfish. Bag limits apply to certain species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy.

For a unique fishing experience, try hand feeding the fish at Neds Beach, with a beach sanctuary zone where you can view and feed the multitudes of fish that inhabit the bay.

A short walk through the banyan and palm forest takes you to the beach, which is also ideal for paddling and snorkeling.

  • Hand feeding Fish on Lord Howe Island NSW

    Hand-feed the fish at Neds Beach

    Hand-feed eager mullet, garfish and kingfish for a unique Lord Howe Island experience at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. Here you can see an amazing diversity of marine life and coral close to shore. You can also paddle or snorkel in the clear waters of the beach and get up close with fish.

  • Stand-up paddleboarding on Lord Howe Island

    Stand-up paddleboarding

    Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. Glide through the calm waters of the bay, where you can see turtles, stingrays, schools of fish and vibrant coral. It’s great fun and an excellent way to explore the island’s waters.

  • Snorkelling, Lord Howe Island

    Snorkelling and diving

    Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of beautiful marine life, and snorkelling is one of the best ways to see it up close. Spectacular diving and snorkeling sites include Neds Beach, Erscott's Hole, the Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid. Swim amongst up to 500 species of marine life including fish, turtles and stingrays.

Swimming safety information

Swimming safety information

NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:

Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.

Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.

Always check water depth before diving in, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from the beach.

Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.

Lord Howe Island Adventure Challenge

Lord Howe Island is a gem of the natural world. Its dramatic scenery, lush subtropical forests, rare flora and fauna, pristine beaches and colourful marine life are breathtaking and unique. Sir David Attenborough once wrote that Lord Howe is “so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable… Few islands, surely, can be so accessible, so remarkable, yet so unspoilt.”

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