Fishing in Nelson Bay

A holiday to Nelson Bay is a great choice for those in the family that fish. It’s also a beautiful place for those wishing for a relaxing beach getaway or a fun family holiday.

Nelson Bay Fishing

One of the most popular activities is fishing in Nelson Bay. Nelson Bay has a long history of being a fishing community with Chinese fishermen establishing a camp in the Nelson Bay area back in the early 19th century. During the warm season, flathead fish are easily caught in this area of the country. The average size of flathead in Nelson Bay is 60 cm. That’s an excellent size for cooking and can easily be taken back to your holiday rental for nightly dinner.

The Rock Wall area is one of the more popular places to fish for those who wish to stay on land. Choose to fish on land or rent a charter to go out into deeper waters. If you’re bringing a big group to go fishing, be sure to book with your charter in advance.

Hire a Charter Boat

If you’re visiting the area, one of the best ways to fish and to find the good fishing spots is to hire a charter company. You can choose from a wide range of vessels and boats, all catered to meet your personal requirements. There are many charter companies located right in Nelson Bay, such as Reef Adventure, Inya Dreams, and Kunara, that will take you out on fishing trips.

Most boats for hire come supplied with safety gear, fuel, a briefing of the boat and the area, and information on where to fish for the day. The charter companies know where the fish are biting and when, so this is a nice option for travellers. Plus, with many charter companies, a fishing license isn’t required so you’re free to fish in the bay without restrictions.

Types of Fishing

Depending on the amount of time available or your personal preference, there are many different types of fishing expeditions you can embark on. Deep sea fishing is a popular option. Fish the offshore reefs to near Stockton Bright and Broughton Island to catch snapper, morwong, pigfish, nannygai, trevally, kingfish and leather jackets.

If you head out in the evening hours, between 2 and 10 p.m., you can target jewfish and teraglin in the reef areas. These species only come out as darkness falls, so plan this trip accordingly. Or you may wish to spend the entire day on the water and do some game fishing. Lighter tackle and fly fishing are popular options where you can fish for black, striped and blue marlin. You can also keep an eye out for shark species like mako, tiger, hammerhead and whalers.

Nelson Bay Holiday Rentals

Make your stay in Nelson Bay even more enjoyable by staying in a comfortable holiday rental. Travellers enjoy the spacious accommodations and the close proximity to the fishing and other activities the area has to offer. After a day of catching fish, relax in a holiday rental that offers plenty of room for the entire family to spread out.

Enjoy a relaxing, beautiful and fun holiday in Nelson Bay. Come for great fishing options, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Australia. The weather is warm, the fish are biting, and the experience awaits.

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