Fishing on Lord Howe Island
From game fishing to beach fishing, anglers will be thrilled with the world-class fishing around Lord Howe Island, home to the world’s southernmost coral reef. The sparkling waters are teeming with fish, including big game fish such as kingfish, yellowfin tuna and marlin – black, blue and striped.
The UNESCO World Heritage island group is 700km northeast of Sydney. No commercial fishing is allowed in the marine park surrounding the remote island chain. Spearfishing is banned, 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.
For sustainable fishing, bag limits apply on certain species and the island encourages a catch-and-release policy. The abundance of large pelagic fish is drawcard for recreational anglers from around the world. Within half-hour boat ride from the island you’ll find opportunities to catch big game fish.
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. The area is popular for scuba diving, too. Many rare fish species, including protected Ballina angelfish, can be spotted here on an underwater adventure.
On the main island, rock platforms near North Bay are good for catching kingfish and silver trevally. The barrier reef protects the lagoon, which is ideal for hooking trevally and silver drummer. Hire all your fishing equipment from Thompson's Store and drop a line from the jetty, with the famous twin peaks as a backdrop.
A lovely location for beach fishing is on the white sands of Blinky Beach, an excellent surfing beach on the eastern side of the island. Before your fishing adventure, please read these fishing safety tips carefully and if you’re planning to go rock fishing, always where a life jacket and never fish alone.