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Fishing on Lord Howe Island


Catch of the day

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

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Fishing on Lord Howe Island

A good catch on Lord Howe Island, NSW

Located at the intersection of five major ocean currents, surrounded by a marine park and with no commercial fishery, the waters of Lord Howe Island are teeming with a wide range of tropical, subtropical and temperate species. 

The island offers excellent fishing for the amateur and expert alike, ranking as a internationally-renowned classic sports and game fishing destination.

Big game fishing opportunities can be found within a half-hour boat ride from the island where you can hook black, blue and striped marlin. Deep-sea fishing adventures can also reap a wide variety of cod species.

Catch Lord Howe kingfish, silver travelley, tuna and wahoo in the waters around Balls Pyramid, the worlds tallest sea rock stack at 551 metres, just 23 km southeast of the island.

Enjoy beach fishing in surf and still water. Cast off at Blinky Beach for Australian salmon, or drop a line from the jetty to hook garfish. The rock platforms Clear Place and Old Gulch near North Bay also offer good fishing locations for catching kingfish and travelley. The lagoon is ideal for sport fishing - its shallow waters contain trevalley, silver drummer, bluefish and the double-header wrasse. 

Bag limits apply to certain species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy.

  • Hand-feed fish at Neds Beach

    Enjoy a unique Lord Howe Island experience hand-feeding fish at Neds Beach Sanctuary Zone. This special purpose zone provides the opportunity to view an amazing diversity of fish, marine life and coral close to shore. Feed eager mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver drummer, spangled emperor and metre-long kingfish.
  • Bushwalking and birdwatching

    Lord Howe Island is one of Australias premier birdwatching destination, home to more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including the unique Lord Howe Island woodhen. Enjoy breathtaking views of the island and its birdlife on bushwalks to Malabar Hill, Mt Gower and the Valley of the Shadows.

  • Snorkelling and diving

    Located at the crossroads of five major ocean currents, Lord Howe Island is home to an abundance of beautiful marine life. Swim amongst up to 90 vibrant species of coral and 500 types of fish, turtles and stingrays. Spectacular diving and snorkeling sites include Neds Beach, Erscott's Hole, the Admiralty Islands and Ball's Pyramid.

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