#1 Basic Research

The biggest mistake you can make when fishing, is going in blind. All fish are different! Some fish like saltwater instead of freshwater, some fish like the warm shallows instead of the cold deep water, and some fish are hungrier in the morning instead of the evening.  Give your future fishing spot a quick Google search and find out what type of fish you’ll be on the lookout for.

#2 Get The Right Tackle

If it’s your first time fishing, head to your local Whitsundays fishing tackle store and fill up your tackle box up with all the essentials like:

  • Fishing line
  • Hooks
  • Floaters
  • Sinkers
  • Lures & soft plastics
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Filleting knife
  • Torch
  • First aid supplies

Depending on where you choose to fish and what type of fish you’re looking to catch, you may need more specialised equipment. Speak to one of the experts at the tackle store and they should be able to help.

#3 Which Bait Is Best

Using the wrong bait can be the difference in having a good day out or going home empty handed, and again this comes down to research. Use this guide to determine what bait to use for which species and remember if the bait isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change!

#4 Play The Waiting Game

fishing relax
Fishing should be a relaxing activity and it requires a lot of time, patience and dedication. If at first you don’t catch a fish, don’t get frustrated. Stick to your guns and the fish will eventually come.  When it comes to fishing, catching a fish is just a bonus!
Remember to keep noise to a minimum while you’re fishing, keeping a close eye on your line for any bites and pull hard to hook your fish when you get the opportunity.  Be sure to check your line every 20 minutes or so, to make sure your bait and tackle is still in order.

#5 Get Advice & Learn From The Best

experienced fisherman
Fishing is a skill that is easy to learn and difficult to master.  If you’re fishing in a new spot, nothing beats a bit of local knowledge. Whether it’s your local bait and tackle store or a local fisherman, they may be able to point you in the direction of the best fishing spots and advise you on what bait is best.

Want to know all the secrets? Sign up for a fishing charter and study from those who fish for a living! We’ve featured a couple of Whitsundays fishing charters where you can get advice and hone your skills.

Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays
Plenty of quality fish, Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays
Plenty of quality fish, Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays

Address: Shute Harbour rd, Airlie Beach QLD
There’s no better way to experience the Whitsundays and its surrounding islands than with Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays charter. They offer the following:

  • Multiple day private charters
  • All styles of fishing
  • Rods, reels, bait, tackle and food supplied

The experienced team on board this charter have all the local knowledge to give you the best chance of catching quality fish. For more information, visit the Sea Fever Sportfishing Whitsundays LocalSearch profile.

Whitsunday Fishing Charters
One happy fisherman, Whitsunday Fishing Charters
One happy fisherman, Whitsunday Fishing Charters

Address: Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach QLD
The Whitsundays are full of colourful reefs and pristine blue waters thriving with a variety of fish. You can see it all with Whitsunday Fishing Charters. They offer the following:

  • Free use of quality rods, reels & handlines
  • Tackle & bait supplied
  • Morning & afternoon tea supplied

For the ultimate fishing experience, book a charter with Whitsunday Fishing Charters today! Visit the Whitsunday Fishing Charters LocalSearch profile to find out more about their services.

If you’re ever travelling around Australia fishing, be sure to check out some of these spots: