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Fishing on Lord Howe Island

  • Fishing on Lord Howe Island
  • 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-feeding fish at Neds Beach

    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.

  • Stand-up paddleboarding on the waters of Lord Howe Island

    Stand-up paddleboarding

    One of the best ways to enjoy the pristine blue waters of Lord Howe Island is from the peaceful perspective of a stand-up paddleboard. Hire a board at Neds Beach or from the PRO DIVE Hire Centre at Lagoon Beach and keep an eye out for wrasses, turtles, stingrays and myriads of coral as you glide through the calm waters.

  • 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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