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Top Fishing Charters in Exmouth

Fishing in Exmouth

Make the 1,200 km trip north from Perth and you hit the small-yet-stunning resort town of Exmouth, WA. Nestled in the Exmouth Gulf and protected by the North West Cape, this hidden corner of the country is best known for its white sandy beaches and great snorkelling around Ningaloo Reef.
What you may not know is that Exmouth fishing charters can get you on a who’s who of the country’s top gamefish, with an exclusive claim to some of them! Cast from shore or head to the edge of the continental shelf – whatever you do, you’re in for a real fight if you wet a line in these remote waters.

Known For

Exmouth is best known as Australia’s only reliable Bonefish fishery. Big words, which are more than deserved and don’t come close to describing the area’s flats fishing. There’s a lot more here than Bonefish, too. Venture out from the sheltered shallows of Exmouth Gulf and you hit the vast reef which won the Coral Coast its name. This is food fish central, with Snapper, Coral Trout, Red Emperor, and more.
After something a little bigger? How about Billfish! Exmouth is visited by both Black and Blue Marlin in huge numbers each year. Throw in easy access to the fishing grounds and you start to see why deep sea fishing Exmouth’s bluewaters is so much fun. Just ask the guys who caught Australia’s first grander Blue Marlin (and the current national record for Blue Marlin) here in 2014. Tempted yet? There’s a lot more still to come...

Types of Fishing

Big Game Fishing

If you’re on the hunt for a world record, you’ve come to the right place. Heavy tackle season is incredible here, with monster Blue and Black Marlin putting line and angler to the test on the outer reaches of Ningaloo Reef. The drop-off starts almost as soon as the reef ends, plummeting 1,000 metres just 20 km from shore in some spots. 
All 6 of Australia’s Billfish show up here: Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, and Shortbill Spearfish come together to make for some unforgettable fishing. Factor in a record-breaking Blue Marlin fishery and you begin to wonder why people go anywhere else.
Still not good enough? What if we told you the action never ends. Black and Blue Marlin are excellent in all but the depths of winter, and still occasionally show up even then. Sailfish peak in the winter months and Mahi Mahi and Wahoo are both here year-round. There’s never a bad day for Exmouth fishing charters.

Reef Fishing

We’ve talked a lot about Ningaloo Reef but haven’t given it its full credit yet. With almost 300 km of coral to explore and relatively little fishing pressure, the area is home to more tasty bottom fish than you can shake a stick bait at. Coral Trout, Pink Snapper, Red Emperor, Sweetlip Emperor, Queenfish, and even the occasional Dhufish is reeled in here. There’s no risk of going hungry after one of these trips, and you can enjoy them every month of the year!

Flats Fishing

Exmouth is widely-agreed to be Western Australia’s top fly fishing destination, and it’s easy to see why. Vast, sandy flats start just a couple of casts from town, full of the area’s signature Bonefish. The flats don’t lack for variety, either, with Permit, Golden Trevally, and even GTs - more than enough for any angler.
Exmouth’s shallows are productive year-round, but they hit a whole new level at the end of winter when calm waters and dry weather make for days of fun in clear, glassy waters.

Need to Know

Fishing Regulations

You don’t need a fishing licence, whether you’re on a charter or fishing from shore. If you’re taking your own boat out or going after certain species like Rock Lobster or Abalone, you will need to buy a fishing permit. Be aware that many species have size and possession limits. Read up on these before you fish or head out with a charter to catch a boatload of fish without having to worry about which ones you can keep.


An entry-level full day trip fishing the flats or the reefs costs around $1,000 AUD. You can often pop offshore to try for Sailfish on these trips, too, if you’re feeling adventurous. If you’re after some serious heavy tackle sportfishing, prices start at around $2,000 AUD for a day trip. Bigger boats even offer extended liveaboard packages, taking you to the best and most remote spots to battle the biggest of the big game. This is how records are broken!

Getting There

You can fly to Exmouth’s Learmonth Airport or get an overnight coach from Perth. You can also make a road trip of it, driving up Australia’s stunning west coast. You’ll want to allow a couple of days for this, though.
However you get here, and whatever you do when you arrive, you won’t regret visiting this beautiful corner of the country. The beaches are flawless and the fishing is even better. Whether you’re taking the family for a seaside break or planning the ultimate bucket list fishing trip, the waters around Exmouth are calling your name. Are you really going to ignore them?
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Exmouth Fishing Seasons

Enjoy some world class Marlin fishing at the Exmouth Heavy Tackle Tournament then hit the beach to catch the summer sun. You might even see turtles nesting this time of year!

Black Marlin season is still going strong out on the deeper reaches of Ningaloo Reef, and Blue Marlin are in their prime. In fact, everything’s good, whether it’s reef, flats, or even beach fishing.

If you need your fix of competitive sportfishing, join the GAMEX fishing tournament for a week of big battles against monster Marlin. If not, Queenies, Snapper, and much more wait on the reefs.

April is the perfect time to fish the local reefs for Snapper, Red Emperor, GTs, and the colourfully-named Blue Bastard (Queenfish). You have a good chance of spotting Whale Sharks, too.

The Masters Billfish Tournament invites anglers over 50 to catch that fish of a lifetime. Whatever your age, you can’t go wrong fishing for Snapper in May, and the Spanish Mackerel are on fire, too.

Tournament frenzy shows no signs of stopping in June, with the Exmouth Reef Fish Classic drawing anglers out to the corals in search of the biggest Red Roman, Snapper, Coral Trout, and more.

You can enjoy the water in any number of ways in Exmouth’s coldest month. See Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, and various whales while enjoying great surf or awesome flats and reef fishing.

The first of the Black Marlin come smashing onto the scene in August, as flats anglers enjoy the year’s best Bonefish bite. Fisherwomen head out in search of the best of them in the Ladies’ Day Tournament.

Ditch your conventional rod and crack out your flies for the LOOP Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival. They’ve chosen the perfect time for it, with Bonefish, Permit, GTs, and even Striped Marlin biting hard!

There’s never a bad time to take part in Exmouth fishing tournaments. In October, it’s the Billfish Bonanza, going after Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin. Yellowfin Tuna are at their best this time of year.

Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin are all on fire, and there are huge numbers of Sailfish, too. Throw in the chance of a Spearfish or Swordfish, and you could land the world’s first Billfish Fantasy Slam!

Hit the beach to swim in the warm, tropical waters and see turtles nesting. Otherwise, hit the ocean to take on Marlin, Sailfish, Snapper, Rock Cod, Queenies, Bonefish, and so much more.

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What People Are Saying About Exmouth

"Full day with Adam"

Jeremy R. fished with Seaforce Charters – Exmouth on December 3, 2018

If you are new to fishing i would start with guided coral fishing trip. It will help you to learn the skills and tricks for casting, rigging different types of lures and effectively displaying those lures in the water. After that i would suggest going for the trophy fish like Marlins and Tunas! There is a whole range of fishing suited for everyone in Exmouth.

"Fantastic Fishing Trip"

Behman P. fished with Innkeeper Sport Fishing on November 16, 2018

Hire the InnKeeper boat as it is very comfortable and the crew are very professional.

"Full day gulf!!"

Daniel F. fished with Ningaloo Sportfishing Charters on March 29, 2018

Be prepared for conditions with varying wind, but the captains are awesome and when you finally get out it will be great!

Top Targeted Species in Exmouth

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)



Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)



Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Marlin (Striped)

Marlin (Striped)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)