Lord Howe is legendary for fishing. Surrounded by Marine Park and with no commercial fishery, the diversity of species, terrain, methods – and the sheer abundance of fish – rank Lord Howe among the world’s top fishing destinations.
There are dozens of hot spots for hooking into monster pelagics such as Lord Howe Kingfish, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo, as well as several species unique to Lord Howe.
And there’s a virtually untouched game fishery – featuring Black, Blue and Striped Marlin – as little as half an hour from the jetty. Lord Howe is protected by the world’s most southerly coral reef, which shelters the crystal-clear Lagoon. The local sportfishing ‘grand slam’ is to catch a Trevally, Silver Drummer, Bluefish and the endemic Double Header Wrasse in one session of sight-casting in the shallow waters of the Lagoon. (Bag limits apply to Bluefish and Double Headers, and a catch-and-release policy is encouraged).
A variety of dedicated charter fishing boats operating from Lord Howe, with half, full-day and private charter tours on offer. All boats provide quality fishing tackle suited to Lord Howe’s conditions and to landing you the fish of a lifetime: you don’t need to bring a thing.
Tackle is included in the price of most fishing trips, and most charters use 80lb tackle with a good overhead or spinning reel. With its sheltered Lagoon and variety of terrain, it’s possible to find good fishing in almost any weather. If you don’t want to get in a boat, there are great beaches, a jetty and rock fishing platforms that offer a variety of options. (The locals love a fry-up of fresh Garfish, caught from the jetty). Great for the kids!
Lord Howe’s geographic location means that we have all the major Pacific pelagic game fish along with a blend of Australia’s tropical and temperate species, as well as a few from New Zealand! An amazing diversity of angling species in a very small area.
- Yellowfin Tuna
- Silver, Black and Big Eye Trevally
- Marlin (Black, Blue, Striped)
- Bass Grouper
- Yellow Spot Wrasse
- Cod (Opal eye, Maori, Brown, Blue – numerous species)
- Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi)
- Silver Drummer
- Double Header Wrasse
- Spangled and Red-throat Emperor
- Snapper (King, Flame)
- Sharks: Whaler, Hammerhead, Mako, Tiger
- Sailfish (not common)
- And plenty more, including species native to Lord Howe, found nowhere else.
- Sport fishing in the Lagoon
- Big game fishing only 3km off-shore – great game fishing action
- Beach fishing – surf and still water (Garfish are a local favourite)
- Rock platforms
- Ball’s Pyramid – the world’s tallest sea stack
- Admiralty Islets
- Ocean drop offs to 500 metres