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Fishing

The Whitsundays region is a fishing haven, whether you're a novice or expert. With a wide range of tropical and sub-tropical species in our waters, it's unlikely you'll go away empty-handed.

An angler's dream

Keen to fish while chartering with us? Contact our local bait and tackle shops who have a range of fishing equipment for purchase or hire. They'll deliver tackle to our base in time for your charter. Tell them your arrival and departure dates and that you're chartering with WRAY.

Fish in the zone

To plan your trip, see the Whitsunday Zoning Map (MPZ10), which we provide onboard our vessels. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a protected area and protected zones change from year to year to allow fish stocks to replenish. The zoning map outlines where you can fish within our charter area.

Fish guide

On board all vessels is a guide to local fish, "Marine Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and South East Asia", which will become your fishing bible. It has information about species, size and bag limits. For information on rules and regulations for the Whitsunday waters, visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Closed seasons

If you intend to fish while chartering, ensure you check the closed seasons for our region before booking. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry implements closed seasons (regulated waters) where you cannot fish for certain species at particular times of the year to protect them at vulnerable points of their life cycle. Of most relevance to our area is the closed season information for coral reef fin fish.

Fishing trips

The Queensland coast is a mecca for fishing. Hiring fishing charters is one of the most popular activities on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral trout, sweetlip, red emperor and cod are just some of the prize catches on offer. We can book you a trip with a commercial operator, or you can charter a WRAY vessel and we can help organise equipment so you can experience some of the best fishing spots in Australia.

A fishing rod on the back of a Whitsunday Rent A Yacht charter boat with open water and clear horizon beyond

Catch your own dinner during your charter or book a Whitsundays fishing charter and test your angling skills.