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.
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.
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.