WET A LINE!

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Published on January 17, 2018 with No Comments

The diversity of Australia’s fishing experiences is as vast as the country itself.

Words EMMA RAMSAY
Images TOURISM AUSTRALIA

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Tasmania’s lakes and rivers provide the perfect setting for fly fishing. Credit(s): Todd Moen/Catch Magazine

 

Any way you look at it, Australia is an angler’s paradise. A massive island with a sparse population, the coastline stretches nearly 60,000 kilometres and is surrounded by warm, clean, lightly-fished seas. Not surprisingly, the richness and diversity of Australia’s fish life is nothing short of mind-boggling: nearly 4,000 marine species (and counting!) with many of these fish not found anywhere else on earth.

Included in Australia’s fishing riches are such glittering prizes as chrome-silver barramundi, massive Murray cod, the world’s greatest seasonal concentration of the huge black marlin, record-breaking giant trevally, succulent snapper and whiting, and some of the finest trout fishing to be found anywhere south of the equator.

Abundance, variety and diversity are the core characteristics of Australian fishing. Casting a line here is a giant lucky dip, and some of its tropical destinations have been known to yield well in excess of 50 species per angler in less than a week of fishing. Not that you need to travel to the more remote and far-flung corners of Australia to experience fishing bliss: there are day-trip opportunities right on the doorsteps of its major cities. These allow anglers to mix the pleasures of fine dining, entertainment and cultural immersion with offshore pelagic fishing or river angling.

For the ultimate in blue water luxury sport fishing on the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, Far North Sports Fishing (thetailor.com.au) offers a bespoke charter departing from and returning to Port Douglas, Queensland. Enjoy five-star accommodation aboard either ‘Blue Martini’ or the luxurious 105-foot Motor Yacht ‘Flying Fish’. Non-fishing partners can look to enjoying a snorkel or scuba at world renowned dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.

Alternatively, consider a heli-fishing trip. There are great spots in where fishing enthusiasts can experience some incredibly diverse locations. HeliSpirit curates a three-day fishing adventure, ranging from saline coastal flats, floodplain systems, billabongs and spectacular gorges. Each day is different with excellent choices of location. The company can also arrange a boat fishing experience amongst some of the Top End’s biggest estuarine crocodiles in the lower Ord River. Their experienced fishing guides will assist all the way, even filleting the catch that you can bring back to cook on the poolside BBQ at Freshwater Apartments.

For the best of fly fishing adventure, there is no other place to be than Tasmania. RiverFly 1864 offers a diverse range of options for beginners to advanced anglers, bringing guests on river-based day tours to multi-day wilderness campout trips in the renowned Western Lakes, in the World Heritage listed area of Tasmania. The angling vacation is paired with a stay at RiverFly Wilderness Huts in the wild and picturesque region known as Skullbone Plains, within the famed Western Lakes. They are the only privately-owned huts located in this sight-fishing area, giving anglers exclusive fishing to these remote waters. Guests contribute to the conservation of this area with a portion of every trip fee going to the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

Anglers who come to Australia agree that there is so much more to building lasting fishing memories than simply catching fish – even big ones! In the end, it is as much about context and experience, and many have found those ingredients in healthy servings. Eye-popping scenery, exotic wildlife and colourful, down-to-earth local characters are all integral parts of the bigger picture. So come on down and wet a line!

 

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