Fishing Gear

Throw a line in while sailing in the Whitsundays and try to catch yourselves some dinner! All of Whitsunday Escape’s fleet are fitted with rod holders for your fishing enjoyment.

Rods and tackle boxes are available for hire and will be available for collection from our office upon your arrival to check in at the marina. Most fisherman find that lures towed behind the boat or dinghy are easy to manage and are mostly successful in the Whitsunday waters.

Order well in advance to ensure availability!

Fishing Rods

$50 / 7 nights

Rods & Reels:

  • quality spinning reels with 30lb breaking line
  • sturdy boat rods

Tackle Box

$25 each

or $15…

if you hire two or more rods

Fully equipped tackle box includes:

  • knife
  • pliers
  • sinkers
  • hooks
  • soft lure

Handline Pack

$60 / 7 nights

  • 3 handlines with 30lb breaking line
  • 1 silver spoon lure
  • 1 net
  • mini tackle box with extra hooks and sinkers
Hire Fishing Gear

Hire Fishing Gear
Handline pack

Most fisherman find that lures towed behind the boat or dinghy are easy to manage and are mostly successful in the Whitsunday waters. Frozen bait is available to purchase at the marina kiosk or chandlery.

You are welcome to bring your own fishing gear or you can rent quality spinning reels and rods through Whitsunday Escape. 


Fishing in the Whitsundays

Recreational fishing is permitted at most of the Whitsunday islands and no licence is required to fish in the marine waters of Queensland. However, we are governed by zoning regulations which apply to Great Barrier Reef waters. Zoning maps are provided on board every boat for your reference.



Fishing Closures

Fishing closures for spawning aggregation apply for all coral reef fin fish species found on the Great Barrier Reef. During closure times, fishing for certain species of reef fish is prohibited and hefty fines apply.

Fishing for game fish species is still permitted during these periods. Before fishing for any coral reef fin fish species, visit the Queensland Department of Primary Industries fishing website to find out more information.

Year Fishing Closure 1 Fishing Closure 2
2015 10 Oct – 14 Oct 09 Nov – 13 Nov
2016 28 Oct – 01 Nov 26 Nov – 30 Nov
2017 17 Oct – 21 Oct 15 Nov – 19 Nov
2018 06 Oct – 10 Oct 05 Nov – 09 Nov

charter boat fishing whilst sailing with Whitsunday Escape

Spear Fishing

Spear fishing is only permitted in a very small part of the Whitsundays (outside the public appreciation boundary) details are on the zoning map.

It would not be worth bringing spear guns as the visibility in the small permitted area is usually poor. 

Fishing with Whitsunday Escape