Fly Fishing The Ningaloo Coastline
The waters around Exmouth offer an incredibly diverse fishery. On the flats inside Ningaloo Reef, trophy bonefish, permit, golden trevally, and giant trevally can be caught within a mile or two of the deep water beyond the reef where sailfish and marlin can be teased on the fly. A short distance away on the other side of North West Cape, the shallow waters of Exmouth Gulf offer vast flats, mangrove-lined creeks, small islands, and coral shoals.
Approximately 1200 km north of Perth, daily flights land at Learmonth airport and anglers regularly book 7 nights/ 5day fishing trips, using lay days to capitalize on the best weather and fishing conditions. Nonfishing activities abound and from autumn through spring – the shark whale migration is a highlight.
This is one of our most family-friendly destinations and an incredible location to sample the wild west of Australia.
Lodging is custom to the client from self-catered to deluxe award winning lodgings. We recommend the Exmouth Escape for your consideration.
Food and Beverages
From self-catered meals to excellent local restaurants and bars – there are plenty of options in Exmouth. You must try the local meat pies from the bakery. A true “Aussie” classic! Ice cold Water and packed lunch included each day with a fishing charter. Locally caught shrimp on a slice of fresh bread is often on the menu!
Typical Length of Stay
7 nights and 5 days fishing or package to suit.
There are amazing opportunities from swimming with Whale sharks, snorkeling, diving, outback tours, and surfing that can be explored.
Internet is widely available. The calling code for Australia is +61.
How To Get There
Flying is the most effective way to reach Exmouth. Almost all flights transit through Perth and it pays to give yourself an evening in Perth to catch one of the many daily flights to Exmouth the next day. If you choose to catch the earliest flights, your guide can pick you up from the airport and you can be fishing – right off the plane!
Arrival and Departure Details/Times
Packages can be tailored to your arrival and departure times. Transfers can be arranged by Yellow Dog.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Calm offshore conditions allow the opportunity to cast to billfish, tunas and a multitude of species balling bait and capitalizing on the incredible biomass. You might be teasing fish or casting to free swimmers. The flats harbor permit, blue bastards, queenfish, and trevallies. On any day you could be fishing to tailing permit within sight of boats trolling for billfish. Fishing is from the boat and your guide will use electric motors to place you into the perfect position to make the cast. Some days you might use chumming techniques to bring fish off the reefs or up from deep water into casting range.
Temperatures are warm through the winter and can be hot through summer – The windiest months are November through January.
You will be guided by Ben Knight. Ben has over 10 years’ experience fishing the waters of Exmouth Gulf and the Ningaloo Reef. He specializes in guiding light tackle enthusiasts for trophy bonefish, permit, giant trevally, billfish and all other sports fish in these pristine waters.
Two of the key characteristics that make Ben an outstanding guide, is his attention to detail and patience.
Boats and Equipment
Quality fly rods and reels are available on request and flies can be supplied at cost. The boat is a customized center console – surveyed to Australia’s 2C survey standards with the very latest electronics. Extremely roomy and launchable from the beach – you can be on fishing right off the ramp or beach.
2019/2020 Season Rates
Rates 1200 AUD 1-2 anglers
Maximum of 2 to the boat
What’s Included: Guided fishing 1-2 anglers
- Cold water and packed lunch
- Fishing license
- Equipment and flies at cost if lost or broken
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
Transfers, hotels, and meals in Australia
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
AVAILABILITY – on request.