For visitors to obtain the maximum benefit of this site, we strongly urge that a little time be taken to note the following advice. You’ll find it will be worth it.
The NSW section covers an area from Eden in the south & north to Tweed Heads. The Qld. section, Tweed Heads & north to Cooktown.
STEP 1 – A great place to start, is to go to “MAP DOWNLOADS” on the “HOME PAGE”. This area covers all our estuary/inshore maps, offshore GPS maps & Freshwater Impoundments. STEP 2 – In the drop bar, click on your choice of either Qld. or NSW maps or GPS maps. Or freshwater impoundments (Qld. only)
STEP 3 – Once loaded in regards to estuary/inshore fishing – scroll down through the “Key Maps” until you locate the area you wish to fish. Click on the map/s number/s. The map/s will then go into your shopping cart. For GPS map/s click on Add to Cart. Freshwater impoundments, click on the Dam name; then follow the prompts to download the map/s you require. Once downloaded, amongst other information, fishing hotspots, numerous navigation aids & anchorages (where available) will be seen. See sample map on Maps Download page.
STEP 4 – On your downloaded map/s, locate the fish species (shown within the square or oblong outline box) that can be caught within the boundaries of the map/s. Select the species you wish to fish for. NOTE: – fish species are not shown on GPS maps. See Fish ID Photos & locality guide for either inshore or offshore fishing.
STEP 5 – Go back to the Home Page click on “FREE DOWNLOADS”. In the drop bar, click on Fish Species. Once this page has loaded, scroll down the page & click on the species you have selected to fish for. This applies to offshore/reef freshwater species also. Read through the articles on any particular species you wish to fish for. In this way you will learn about what we consider to be the best time of day/night & year, tides, moons, wind strength & direction, rods, reels & rigs, baits & methods to hook a fish. NOTE: – Fish can & will be caught outside the above preferences.
STEP 6 – From there, go back to the Home page & “FREE DOWNLOADS”, click on Free Downloads in the drop bar. Locate How to tie knots & click on it. When loaded, scroll through the page. This will show you how to tie the various fishing knots that may be required. For the novice a locked half blood knot will suffice to tie on a hook, swivel or sinker for most species. You are now armed to locate our fishing hotspots, which rod, reel, rig & bait to use, best times of day & year, weather & how to go about catching a fish.
GPS Co-ordinates cover offshore/reef fishing hotspots & will appear on downloads. Our own experience has shown that the great majority of co-ordinates will be in WGS 84 datum. If having no luck with WGS 84, try AGD 66 datum. If still no luck, try another spot. See GPS shown in Qld & NSW GPS pages.
The user should be aware of the possibility of some co-ordinates being unproductive. Eg, reef may have silted over since co-ords were recorded or wave rider buoys being relocated. The GPS Co-ords were provided from many different sources. We cannot attest to the accuracy of any given spot; they are provided in good faith.
As fish species are not shown on GPS Maps;, refer “TO FISH ID & LOCALITY GUIDE” page, to see what species may be available in your selected fishing area. From there go to How to tie knots page. This will show you all the knots required to make a paternoster rig & others. Then refer to How to catch – snapper page. This will show line strength, hook, and swivel & sinker size used in the paternoster rig for catching snapper. This will suffice to catch enough various species for the novice. Line strengths may be increased if fishing amid rock or coral reefs.
Size, bag limits, area and species closures, Marine Park boundaries & limitation rules can change from time to time. Contact local fisheries & Marine Parks offices for these limits. Most Bait & Tackle shops will have updated information on these limits & are great places to find out what is the dominant species being caught in the area at any particular time of year. The onus is solely on the angler to be aware of rulings as noted in this paragraph. Ignorance is not an excuse. Fines apply to breaches of these limits.
Fish & localities given within this site, only cover the area within. IE, Eden, NSW to Cooktown, Qld.
They are approximate only. We believe the given boundaries are where the various species may be caught in better numbers. Fish have been & will continue to be caught outside the given limits.
At only $4.40 per map, you’ll find it hard to get cheaper information on the areas you wish to fish.
Always remember, they are all good fishing spots, but sometimes the fish aren’t there. Whoppers are not landed on all that much of a regular basis, you don’t have to feed the neighbourhood, be happy with a feed of legal size fish. Some of the most enjoyable fishing trips I’ve been on I have caught absolutely nothing. It’s all about, simply being out there. We recommend the user print off this page as a reference to navigate around this site. Good luck.
Check out the site (you can’t damage it) looking for recipes, boating knots, dangerous species, fish ID & Localities guide, VMR Call Signs, etc. Keep in mind most anglers & Bait & Tackle shops are happy to assist if you are having problems with anything relating to fishing. Or drop us an email about your experiences – firstname.lastname@example.org
It is of importance the user read & understands our Terms & Conditions (located at the bottom of the “HOME” or “CONTACT PAGES”, amongst others. Simply click on the Terms & Conditions text) prior to using or downloading any & all forms of information available at this Site.
No doubt, some of our information will be subject to difference of opinion with various anglers. We enter into no debate in this regard other than to say our methods & suggestions are designed to be simple for the novice, low cost, do catch fish and are as good a place as any to start. The angler will sort out their own best methods with experience.
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