Fishing in Western Australia, along with the northern territory, is the mot remote in the country. Western Australia makes up approximately one third of the entire countries land mass and is approximately 2525500 km squared in area. There are about 1.6 million people that live in WA and of that about 1.2 million live in the capital of Perth. That works out to be something like 5 or 6 people to the square kilometer!! Western Australia runs all the way from the northern part of the continent to the southern part and it borders both the northern territory and south Australia. The coast extends almost endlessly, some 20791km and is mostly made up of high cliffy inhospitable coastline. The appearance of the coast is so inhospitable infact that when the Dutch first saw it in 1606, they dismissed it as unsettleable and kept going. Perth however is said to be one of the prettiest cities in the country with a very high standard of living, beautiful beaches and very good fishing.
From Broome and the Kimberly coast to the north, to Geraldton on the mid coast and all the way south to Perth, the fishing in Western Australia is largely still pristine. Probably one of the most famous places in Western Australia to catch fish is Broome and the Kimberly region. This area in my opinion is one of the most beautifully stunning landscapes on earth. Its ancient history spans hundreds of thousands of years and is one of the most important areas to the aboriginal people of Australia. It is 423517 km square in area and is home to about 40000 locals, half of which are of indigenous roots. There are many reasons why people visit this area.
Tourism is one of the biggest industries up here as well as a massive iron ore industry that is going to power the economy here for many years to come. There is also a big pearling industry too that dates back to the pre 1900?s when Broome was first settled. Fishing up here is what many fishermen consider to be the ultimate in fishing opportunities. The shear amount of fish to be caught and the diversity of species is what makes this area so special. We are after all talking about a place that is 3 times the size of England with a population of 40000 people!! The most sought after species here is probably the barramundi but more and more people are coming to this area in search of the great indo-pacific sailfish. These awesome fish are the fastest in the ocean and have been clocked at speeds in excess of 100km/h. every year Broome holds a flyfishing competition specifically targeting sailfish. The fish are sighted from a tower or teased to the back of the boat where the fisherman then puts a custom made fly on a 12 weight flyrod right in front of the agitated fish. It is a very visual, high adrenaline type of fishing and it has made Broome famous amongst the fishing community. There are many other species to be caught up here too numerous to start naming.
Further down the coast from Geraldton and port headland all the way to Perth, the fishing changes somewhat. Ningaloo reef is the one of the most southern coral reefs in the world and is famous for its large migration of whale sharks. The Abrolhos archipelago lies off the coast from here and is famous for some of the biggest Spanish mackerel in the world. The southern spiny lobster fishery is probably the biggest commercial fishery in WA and has been responsible for many wealthy people as well as a boatbuilding industry that has spawned some of the best sea boat designs in the world. Designers like Conquest, Marko and Millman have rewritten the book on how a real ocean going vessel is made and they were all purpose built for fishing in western Australia. Most good charter boat operators use these boats for their massive deck space and their incredible sea keeping ability.
So when looking for a fishing destination, remember the fishing in Western Australia is largely untouched and sure to impress all who are fortunate enough to experience it.