Fishing on Lord Howe Island

Keen anglers will be thrilled with the world-class fishing around Lord Howe Island, home to the world's southernmost coral reef. From game fishing to beach fishing, the sparkling waters are teeming with fish, including big game fish such as kingfish, yellowfin tuna and marlin – black, blue and striped.

No commercial fishing is allowed in the marine park surrounding the remote island, which is 700km northeast of Sydney. Spearfishing is banned in the UNESCO World Heritage island group, too. There are special sanctuary zones in the marine park where recreational fishing is not permitted as well.  

Friendly fish in waters off Neds Beach, Lord Howe Island

A great way to discover the best fishing spots around Lord Howe is with a local tour guide. A range of fishing tours is available, from deep-sea charters and big game fishing to casting a line in the crystal-clear lagoon. The tour operators will provide all the necessary equipment to catch your dream fish.

Bag limits apply on certain species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy in line with its sustainable fishing guidelines. The abundance of large pelagic fish is a drawcard for recreational anglers from around the world and you’ll find opportunities to catch big game fish just a half-hour boat ride from the island. 

Friends enjoying a day out in the ocean deep sea fishing off Lord Howe Island

The waters around Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack at 551 metres, are ideal for hooking kingfish, tuna and wahoo, one of the fastest fish in the sea. The area is popular for scuba diving, too. Many rare fish species, including the protected Ballina angelfish, can be spotted here on an underwater adventure.

Rock platforms near North Bay on the main island are good for catching kingfish and silver trevally. The barrier reef protects the lagoon, which makes it ideal for hooking trevally and silver drummer. Hire fishing equipment from Thompson's Store and drop a line in from the jetty, with the famous twin peaks as the jagged backdrop.

The white sands of Blinky Beach make a lovely location for beach fishing and there is an excellent surf beach on the eastern side of the island. Please read these fishing safety tips carefully before your fishing adventure. If you’re planning to go rock fishing, always wear a life jacket and never fish alone.

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Fishing Safety

By law, you are required to wear a life jacket or buoyancy vest while rock fishing in some areas of NSW, and it is recommended that you wear a buoyancy vest for lake, river and sea fishing. Please see the Water Safety NSW website for more details.

Please consider the following safety tips when fishing:

  • Choose a safe place where there are no hazards
  • Be very careful when walking on rocks as they can be slippery, and rogue waves can be unpredictable.
  • Never fish alone and always watch the waves
  • Be aware of the tides and weather
  • Wear appropriate footwear, clothing and head protection.
  • Carry a float and line to help anyone washed in

Follow these additional safety tips at all times when rock fishing:

  • Never turn your back on the sea or ocean
  • Tell family or friends of your plans
  • Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and scan for changing conditions.
  • Check tides, swell and weather conditions before setting out and never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas.
  • Carry safety gear such as ropes, a float and torches.
  • Note the location of and access to life buoys where they are present
  • Plan an escape route in case you're washed in
  • Don't put yourself at risk if someone else is washed into the water
  • Carry a mobile phone

Visit the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW website for more information on staying safe while fishing.

Lord Howe Island fishing experiences