QueenfishVery few places in Australia can produce the amount of saltwater action that can be enjoyed in and around the islands, and fly fishing is no exception.

The Mackerel Islands has hosted individuals as well as fly fishing groups up to 30 without any problem, and produce upward of 70 species of fish, including mega class fish, in a week. Truly a fly fisher’s dream.

All the islands and sandy cays in the group produce quality fish, both from shore and a boat. Both options can produce sessions which would be hard to beat anywhere in the world.

By boat, metre-long queenies are beaten to the fly by even bigger models – unstoppable 12-kilogram golden trevallies have the ability to transform your 10-weight or even 12-weight rod from a four piece to a six piece in a second. Sailfish, mackerel, wahoo, cobia – all the big hitting species. It’s that sort of place.

Thevenard Island beach fishing reliably produces trevally, permit, queenfish, northwest snapper, various cod species, long tom and coral trout.

If you’re staying on the islands, you can hire a boat or book a personal charter to experience the mega action.

What Gear Should I Take?

Shore based:

Either 8 or 9 weight rods with intermediate line should cover all the bases.

Boat based:

10-12 weight rods with fast sinking line are the go. You will encounter larger fish hanging on the drop offs, so a fast sinking line will get you in the zone for the trophy fish, which are there just waiting for your fly.

If you’re thinking of staying, see accommodation options for the Mackerel Islands and the Onslow Beach Resort.