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The Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef World Heritage coastline offers fly-fishermen an excellent opportunity to enjoy world-class fly fishing to a huge range of species including Indo-Pacific Permit and is home to Australia’s only reliable Bonefish fishery.

Fishing both the gulf and Ningaloo reef sides of the peninsula also provides a great diversity of fishing options available, from mangrove systems and shallow flats through to coral reef systems in crystal clear water. Also home to Giant Trevally, Queenfish, Cobia, Golden Trevally, Blue Bastards and Barramundi, Exmouth is an excellent location to target all 6 species of Billfish on Fly.

Located 1200km north of Perth, the Ningaloo Reef is also renowned for its annual whale shark migration and fantastic scuba diving. This majestic reef runs 250km along the coastline and features deserted beaches, clear blue skies and an array of great accommodation options.

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With numerous accommodation and package options available, Exmouth is great for grabbing a few friends or the whole family and heading west for some outstanding flats or Bluewater fly fishing.

A short flight north from Perth, Exmouth has the benefit of providing sheltered fishing conditions from all angles, with both the gulf and reef side of town providing extensive habitat to explore.

We have a great range of select accommodations including private house stay’s, villa’s, resort-style accommodation or deluxe eco-camping on the shores of the magnificent Ningaloo Reef.

With plenty of amazing fresh seafood available and a decent range of dining options, Exmouth is also a great destination for couples looking to get away from the city and enjoy some of the non-angling activities on offer. Including snorkelling with whale sharks, turtle nesting, birding and observing the natural flora and fauna in a serene and remote location.

With a world-class Permit fishery in the Gulf of Exmouth and the development of Australia’s only reliable bone fishery since 2005, pioneer Brett Wolf can lay claim to putting Exmouth on the map within fly fishing circles.

Double figure bonefish are caught regularly in this part of the world, the sun is almost always shining and the local seafood is simply amazing.

However, it’s the Permit that many anglers travel to Exmouth to target with T. Blocchi predominantly landed and the occasional T. Anak species also landed on fly. Often seen in large schools, they share the flats with Bonefish, Golden Trevally and Giant Trevally well over a meter in length.

As with most guiding operations, you will be on the water early and have the option of chasing a variety of species each day. You can cast a fly at teased Marlin or Sailfish in the morning, for example, then move in through the reef to the lagoon flats and cast a fly a Trophy Bonefish and feeding Permit in the afternoon with the sun over your shoulder.

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The fringing reef off Exmouth and the North-West Cape is Australia’s largest, and lays anything from a few hundred meters to a few kilometres offshore – and it basically forms a giant lagoon inside. With extensive shallow sand flats and low tidal movement, it makes the perfect combination for polaroiding and sight casting from the front deck, which is equipped with an electric and lean bar.

Seasonally, the region fishes well year-round and there are a host of other species on the flats and mangrove creeks including, Milkfish, Barramundi, Queenfish, Spangled Emperor, Giant Herring, Tarpon, Cobia, and Blue Bastards.

If you are specifically interested in chasing Billfish on fly, then there are few places better in the world than Exmouth to realise that experience. Blue, Fly Odyssey works with a number of the best game boat operators in Exmouth from October – February each season, while we can also combine a trip to include both flats fishing and Bluewater on the one itinerary to suit the best moon phases and tides for each.

For larger group bookings, Fly Odyssey can arrange co-guiding with a number of other operators in the region.

As per all Fly Odyssey bookings, we will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed pre-trip fly fishing guide prior to departure.

Flights to Exmouth are less than 2hrs in duration and are available daily from Perth, Western Australia.

Flights generally depart very early in the morning or around midday which is perfect for connecting flights from Melbourne and Sydney.

Landing in Learmonth Airport which is fifteen minutes from the Exmouth town centre, we can, arrange a private transfer, hire a car for your stay or local taxi to take you to your accommodation for check-in.

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Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favourable exchange rates.

Fly Odyssey has access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.

This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.

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We specialise in family, couples and group stays to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.

This includes extended stays in Perth and holidays to the Cocos Keeling Islands.

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  • Ningaloo Marine Park Australia’s largest fringing coral reef extends 280km along the coastline
  • Indo-Pacific Permit Home to both Permit Species T. Blocchi and T. Anak
  • Location Exmouth is less than a two-hour flight north of Perth
  • Climate With no wet season, it is dry and warm all year round
  • Trophy Bonefish One angler has landed two 10lb+ bonefish in one day
  • Billfish Its impressive with Sailfish, Black, Blue, and Striped Marlin all available
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What time of year is best for fishing Exmouth? ›

March to August are good months to visit this north west coast, offering fairly stable weather patterns and consistent fishing. Exmouth has a couple of reputable charter boats and guides, as well as boat hire which offer a range of quality alloy boats up to 7m.

What fish are in Exmouth? ›

Blue and black marlin, sailfish, Spanish mackerel, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, dolphinfish, red emperor, gold-band snapper, ruby snapper, rankin cod, longtail tuna, bonefish, permit, barramundi, bonefish, giant trevally, golden trevally, giant herring, mangrove jack, squid, mud crabs.

How do you catch fish in Exmouth? ›

Look for gently-sloping ground in waters ranging from 30-80m deep along the western side of the cape and Muiron Islands. Coral trout Use large, hole and cut baits such as fresh in- store mullet and squid. Soft plastics work well on these species too. Look for shallow reefy country such as that within Exmouth Gulf.

Where are the fish biting in Exmouth? ›

Popular beach fishing spots in Exmouth are Learmonth Jetty, Pebble Beach and the Marina and Canals on the Gulf Side where you can use both lures or bait depending on species you wish to catch.

What are the best months to visit Exmouth? ›

The best time to visit Exmouth is between March and October – here's why. First and foremost, the weather is great. Exmouth has lovely warm weather during these months, even in winter. It's sunny but not too hot, and the winds are great for surfing.

What is the best months to go fishing? ›

Fishing can come alive in the dead of winter on a mild afternoon, but spring and fall usually present the best action. Generally, I try to avoid extremes of heat and cold and times when the water temperature falls rapidly. My best days tend to happen when the temperatures are mild and the weather conditions stable.

Do you get crocodiles in Exmouth? ›

Crocodiles. Crocodiles are not normally found on the Ningaloo Coast, but there have been rare and isolated occurences of estuarine or saltwater (saltie) crocodiles in the area.

Does Exmouth have sharks? ›

There are up to 600 whale sharks in Exmouth at the peak of whale shark season, making it one of the best places in the world to see these gentle giants up close.

Are there stonefish in Exmouth? ›

A huge Estuarine Stonefish (Synanceia horrida) under Bundegi Boat Ramp, Exmouth. This Stonefish is probably the same one we've seen in the same place for several years now – we should give it a name….?

What is the best wind for fishing in Exmouth? ›

If the wind is blowing from the south west you can fish in the gulf area, if the wind is blowing from the south east you can target the Ningaloo Reef area of the peninsular.

Can you fish on Exmouth Beach? ›

Exmouth Beach sits at the rivers mouth, making it a fantastic fishing area with good all year round venues and species to be caught for anglers. The nearby sandy beach can produce good catches of Plaice and Dover Sole as well as Bass when there is sea running.

Where are the squid in Exmouth? ›

Learmonth Jetty near Exmouth is one such location where you should always carry a squid jig, as is the long jetty at Busselton. Both these locations will produce squid during the day, however as mentioned before, just on dark is prime time.

Where is the largest fish catching area? ›

The North-West Pacific Region

It stretches from the Bering Sea to East China Sea and the world's largest as well as greatest fishing ground.

Where can I boat fish in Exmouth? ›

Boat Launching Facilites

Exmouth has three strategically placed boat ramps providing easy access the waters surrounding the North West Cape. Right beside Exmouth township, Exmouth Marina is on the coast of Exmouth Gulf, while 12km to the north Bundegi Boat Ramp sits just inside the tip of North West Cape.

Why is Exmouth famous? ›

Though Exmouth may be more famous for its snorkelling, fishing and diving spots off-shore, it's also home to a unique water system that is best explored by kayak. Yardie Creek flows all year round winding its way past stark, red rock cliffs.

What is Exmouth best known for? ›

Exmouth is most famous for its long sandy beach, beautiful coastline, and range of watersports to try out. It's also known for being the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site that stretches for 95 miles along the coast of East Devon and Dorset.

Can you swim in the sea in Exmouth? ›

The Exmouth coastline offers a number of beautiful sandy beaches and the Town Beach is the most accessible and closest to the town centre. The beach is a safe place to swim, especially at high tide even with children.

In which season fishes do not go for fishing? ›

Monsoon is when the fish breed and during this time, fishermen are banned from fishing. Thus, fishermen do not go fishing in monsoon to ensure that there can be enough fish for a full year.

What time of day do fish bite most? ›

The best time to go fishing is typically either early morning or late evening when food is abundant and fish naturally feed. Within an hour of sunrise and an hour after sunset are the times when fish are likely to bite the most. Fishing for some species of fish is much better at night than during the day.

What is the best day to go fishing? ›

Fishing is said to be best during the time between a new Moon and a full Moon. This is what the Almanac's Best Fishing Days are based on.

Are there sea snakes in Exmouth? ›

Its discovery 300 kilometres south of Dampier at Exmouth takes the number of sea snakes found in its gulf to 11 out of the 24 species found in Western Australia. The conservation status of about 40 per cent of sea snake species is too hard to determine given a lack of data.

Can you drink water in Exmouth? ›

The water supply in Exmouth meets all safe drinking standards. “However, due to naturally occurring minerals and salts, the elevated hardness of this water can affect its taste and appearance.”

Can you swim in Exmouth all year round? ›

Do I need a wetsuit in Exmouth? If you are a southerner like us, you'll find the water temperature in Exmouth lovely year round. Water temperatures across the year range from 26 in summer to 22 in winter. If you are in Exmouth between November and March some kind of covering will protect you from the sun.

Are there mosquitoes in Exmouth? ›

The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors to prevent bites.

Is it worth driving from Perth to Exmouth? ›

A Perth to Exmouth road trip is one of the best ways to see a number of unique attractions along Australia's Coral Coast. The Perth to Exmouth drive takes you along one of the most splendid parts of the Western Australian coastline.

Are great whites in Exmouth? ›

If you're looking for an unforgettable underwater adventure in Exmouth, you'll be pleased with what you find here. Aside from the world's largest fish, whale sharks, you'll also see some of the most feared predators in the ocean, great white sharks.

Has anyone been stung by a stonefish? ›

The stonefish is the most venomous fish in the ocean and many have died after being stung by one.

What poisonous fish are in Western Australia? ›

There are two main types of poisonous fish, ones that sting and ones that are poisonous to eat. Fish that have venomous barbs include the stonefish (see below), the lion fish, the spine foot and to a lesser extent catfish and flat head.

What are the symptoms of stonefish in Australia? ›

Symptoms of a stonefish sting are severe pain that quickly travels up the limb and swelling. The person may go into shock. Call triple zero (000) for an ambulance and soak the affected area in hot water (no hotter than can be easily tolerated) for 20 minutes to relieve the pain.

What is too windy for fly fishing? ›

The bigger issue for most of us is that it's just not much fun to fly fish in a stiff breeze. A steady 10 mph wind can take the shine off an otherwise stellar day. Add an extra five to ten miles per hour and most folks struggle with errant casts and seriously diminished accuracy.

What is considered too windy for fishing? ›

But, it's always better to err on the side of caution. As a general rule, anything over three foot seas with winds of 20 to 25 knots creates conditions that are no longer safe for fishing.

Can you catch barramundi in Exmouth? ›

In Western Australia, barramundi are found in rivers and along the coast from Exmouth Gulf to the Northern Territory border, however, they are most prolific in the Kimberley where a large area of the State's tropical rivers are located.

Can you crab at Exmouth? ›

Great beach for kids , got sand for them to did in and loads of rock pools which we found crabs fish and even a star fish . The rocks do get very sloppy though so be carful. The toilets are typical seaside toilets full of sand and a bit smelly .

What fish can you catch in reef fishing? ›

Snapper, grouper, amberjack, ling, cobia, tuna, barracuda and halibut like to hang out around reefs. Fish often hang out in the reefs, but sometimes can be caught on the outer edges. If you're interested in a really fun excursion, book a reef charter with a local captain; we guarantee you won't regret it!

Where is the Blue Lagoon in Exmouth? ›

Blue Lagoon is about 400 metres off shore and a guided snorkelling session should be a bucket list item. Prepare to be overwhelmed by a colourful array of fish and creatures that inhabit this little pocket of the 260-kilometre Ningaloo Reef.

What is the lizard of Exmouth? ›

The Exmouth spiny-tailed gecko (Strophurus rankini), also known commonly as Rankin's spiny-tailed gecko, is a species of lizard in the family Diplodactylidae. The species is endemic to Western Australia.

Is Shark Bay in Exmouth? ›

The distance between Exmouth and Shark Bay is 400 km.

What fish are in Greenhead? ›

Offshore, Green Head is known for crayfish, dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin gropers, while fishing from the beach there are many great catches including whiting, herring, tailor, squid and mulloway. There is a recreational jetty and fish cleaning facilities at Anchorage Bay and a boat ramp at South Bay.

Can you catch pink snapper in Exmouth? ›

The western gulf, from about Learmonth north, produces tropical reef fish and temperate species such as tailor and pink snapper.

What types of whales are in Exmouth? ›

Humpback whales migrate twice annually through the Ningaloo Marine Park waters, other frequenters of the Ningaloo area include the minke, southern right and blue whales.

What eats greenhead flies? ›

Adult greenheads are food for birds, bats, dragonflies and predatory wasps.

Can you eat green sunfish? ›

A popular panfish among anglers, the Green Sunfish is a freshwater fish that can be either caught live as a pet or for eating.

What kind of fish is fly fishing? ›

Fly fishing is most renowned as a method for catching trout, grayling and salmon, but it is also used for a wide variety of species including pike, bass, panfish, and carp, as well as marine species, such as redfish, snook, tarpon, bonefish and striped bass.

Is the fish seeker legal in Australia? ›

Yes. A recent assessment from the Queensland Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries in respect of the Fisheries Act 1994 advises that the Fish Seeker complies as it is only used to deploy the fishing apparatus i.e. the line and hooks.

What months are best to catch snapper? ›

Time of year: Pink snapper are typically caught all year round. However, the best time to catch them is during the warmer months when the water is warmer and the fish are more active. Technique: Bottom fishing with baits such as squid, pilchards, or worms is a common method for catching pink snapper.

Are there killer whales in Exmouth? ›

Did you know WA has the two largest known aggregations of killer whales in Australia? And one of the spots is Ningaloo! The highly intelligent, extremely fast and fascinating creatures are regularly spotted off Ningaloo and Exmouth where they hunt, feed and play in groups.

Are whale sharks in Exmouth now? ›

The best time to see and swim with Whale Sharks at Exmouth in 2023 on the Ningaloo reef is from March to August this year. The whale shark is the world's biggest fish and congregates along the Ningaloo Reef.

Why do whale sharks go to Exmouth? ›

Each year during whale shark season, as many as 4,000 whale sharks congregate in the area surrounding Exmouth, spanning the Ningaloo Reef. The whale sharks are attracted to the region because of the temperate climate of the waters, and because of how dense these waters are in minerals!

What month is best to catch barramundi? ›

Barramundi fishing:

Between March and May the rain eases as the monsoon dissipates. The big rivers start to regain their shape as the floodplains drain into the sea. Known as the 'Run-Off', it is unquestionably the best time for barramundi fishing.

What is the closest fish to barramundi? ›

Barramundi is a round fish – similar to Wild Sea Bass. Barramundi are generally farmed in freshwater and available with Global Gap certification. As Barramundi is a farmed fish, it is generally available all year round. Alternatives to Barramundi would be Sea Bass.

What are the secrets to catching barramundi? ›

Find a good spot. Look for snags, deep holes, intersections of two separate flows of water. Spots where a hungry barramundi will likely wait to ambush prey. Without a boat, a good spot generally means anywhere that you can access and cast a line.


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