Outsiders Club

Pro Tips for Successful Fishing Adventures

01 Feb 2024
5 minutes

Fishing is a hugely popular pastime in New South Wales, as the coastline and inland dams are brimming with fish and fantastic fishing opportunities both on shore and from a boat. To make sure, your fishing experience is breaming (brimming) with success, here are some top tips to ensure you not only catch the big one, but have a great time doing it.

1. Fish seasonality

Yes, its a thing! Understanding seasonal fish migrations and behaviors is key to a successful fishing trip. We suggest researching the peak seasons for your target species to maximize your chances of a fruitful catch. Summer and early autumn are prime times for Whiting, Perch, and Travalla, whereas winter sees Pink Snapper activity peak. Murray Cod and Bass are best pursued outside of their breeding seasons to ensure sustainable angling practices.

2. Local Knowledge is Key

Tap into local expertise by engaging with bait and tackle shops, fellow anglers, or hiring a fishing guide. They can provide invaluable insights into prime fishing spots, bait preferences, and techniques tailored to NSW waters.

3. Master Your Technique

Whether you prefer bait fishing, lure casting, or fly fishing, honing your technique is essential. Experiment with different rigs, casting styles, and retrieval methods to adapt to varying conditions and fish preferences.

4. Respect the Environment

Practice responsible angling by adhering to catch and size limits, respecting protected areas, and properly disposing of any waste. Preserve the beauty and biodiversity of NSW's aquatic ecosystems for future generations to enjoy.

5. Follow the rules

Make sure you follow the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fishing guidelines and get your licence.

6. Boat fishing 101

Make sure someone knows where you are going, take water, sunscreen, hats, and ideally a sat phone for areas of low or no signal.

Finally, enjoy! And when you aren't hard at work on the fishing, explore the local region and get that fresh air into your soul! Looking for more information on fishing in NSW, we have you covered with info on coastal fishing and dam fishing.