Ultimate Guide to Spearfishing in Exmouth, Western Australia

Exmouth is a fantastic spearfishing location located in the Northwest region of Western Australia.

Spearfishing in Exmouth Western Australia

Where can you go spearfishing in Exmouth?

There are a number of different spots you can spearfish in Exmouth depending on whether you’re land-based spearfishing or if you’re fortunate to have access to a boat.

Land-based spearfishing locations in Exmouth

There are a number of areas you can spearfish from the shore in Exmouth, however, these are somewhat limited due to a number of marine sanctuary zones located along the coast.  

Map showing where you can spearfish in Exmouth
Image from Spearing in Ningaloo Marine Park | © State of Western Australia (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) 2019.

As per the map above, you’re allowed spearfish within the gulf of Exmouth up until you reach the Bundegi sanctuary zone where spearfishing is not permitted.  From here, as you head up and around the cape you can spearfish from the shore apart from within the four sanctuary zones marked on this map – these being Murat, Lighthouse Bay, Jurabi, and Tantabiddi.

However, once you hit south of Tantabiddi (marked on the map) then spearfishing off the shore is a no-go all the way until just south of Winderabandi Point.

Spearfishing from a boat in Exmouth

If you’re fortunate to have access to a boat in Exmouth then your options on where you can spearfish are much bigger. Basically with a boat you can head out wide behind the sanctuary zones and spearfish a number of different locations.

Video of spearfishing in Exmouth from a boat

One of those locations spearfisherman target are the small islands off the north east of the Exmouth cape, including Murion Islands. These can hold some great fish, however as you can see from the map below there are a number of sanctuary zones around the islands so be sure you read the Ningaloo Marine Park spearfishing guide before heading over.

Map of where you can spearfish around the islands off Exmouth
Image from Spearing in Ningaloo Marine Park | © State of Western Australia (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) 2019.

What fish can you spear in Exmouth?

The fish you can catch whilst spearfishing in Exmouth vary depending on both the location you’re fishing from (e.g. WA state waters or Commonwealth waters)  and the along with your method, that being either free diving or spearfishing with compressed air (such as SCUBA or hookah).

Some fish species that you can spear include:

  • Emperors
  • Mackerel
  • Trevally
  • Stripey seaperch (Spanish flag)
  • Mangrove jack

However, within Ningaloo Marine Park there are also a number of species you can’t spear, especially in state WA waters.  See the below extract from the Spearfishing in Ningaloo Marine Park on the WA Fisheries website.

Image from Spearing in Ningaloo Marine Park | © State of Western Australia (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) 2019.

Watch out for Sharks

Unfortunately sharks can be bit of a problem up in Exmouth, hence if you’re heading out spearfishing then be aware of your surrounds and try to take what precautions you can to avoid sharks taking your fish, or even worse having a go at you. Check out our Shark Safety page for more tips.

Exmouth Spearfishing Videos

There are a bunch of awesome spearfishing videos of Exmouth, however probably the best vids I’ve seen are the ones posted by Brodie Moss from YBS Youngbloods.

He lives near Exmouth and is always out in the gulf and around the islands spearing some awesome fish.

An example of one of his videos is below, or check out his channel here for more….enjoy!

Useful Exmouth Spearfishing Info

There are a number of useful publications related to Spearfishing in Exmouth.  Check out some of the links below:

Keen to learn more about Exmouth, Western Australia? Check out the links below:

Or, if you would like to see other destinations within the same region as Exmouth, check out the Ningaloo and Coral Coast region page.

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