FISHING IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK

For those in the know, fishing around the Whitsundays can be very fruitful. For those not so knowledgeable, it can simply be fun to drop a line & see what happens. Having said that, there are many rules and regulations to abide by and it is advisable to get the latest updates by visiting www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb

The information contained in this webpage is gained from many different sources and is by no means complete and is only to be used as a basic guide. You should do your own research before embarking on your fishing trip as changes to legislation, etc may occur.

Now, we know all good fisher people love to show off their catches, so we are designing a page specifically for our clients to send their best fishing pictures to us for posting. All you need to do is tell us the date, the vessel you were on and a caption to include. Email them to info@yachtcharters.com.au

What type of fish can you expect to catch in the Whitsundays?

Bluefin and Mackeral are in abundance all year round. They can usually be located by the sight of seabirds skipping over the surface of the water where the tuna are. Casting or trolling around the headlands and in the passages between the islands should also land you a few good tuna for dinner.

There is excellent estuary fishing to be found in Gulnare inlet, Hill inlet, Nara and Macona inlets.

Coral Reef Fishing can provide the likes of Coral Trout, Sweetlip, Emporers, Gropers etc.

Before visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, it is important you study the zoning map for the area you are visiting to be sure of the activities that you can do and where you can do them. A link to the zoning map is below: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/10675/mpz_10.pdf

Why do we have closed seasons?

Closed seasons prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons.

Barramundi

Throughout the Queensland East Coast, a closed season applies to Barramundi from midday on the 1st November to midday 1st February.

There are 3 x nine day periods that have been implemented as closed seasons for the taking of all coral reef fish. These are October, November and December each year around the new moon phases. The closures apply to all Queensland East Coast waters between latitude 10°41īS and 24°50īS. The closures are designed to protect spawning aggregations of most Coral Reef Fish Species.

The closures for 2008 will be:
22 October 2008 to 30 October 2008 (inclusive)
21 November 2008 to 29 November 2008 (inclusive)
21 December 2008 to 29 December 2008 (inclusive).

Hiring Fishing Gear

As Queensland Yacht Charters do not supply fishing gear, it is recommend you either bring your own equipment (Generally handlines are the easiest if you just want to dabble) or you can hire gear from RodsnHooks as detailed below.

To arrange you can email us on reservations@yachtcharters.com.au or call 1800 075 013