Fishing the Mackerel Islands, Western Australia

Mackerel Islands is known as one of the ultimate fishing destinations within Western Australia. The ten islands and atolls combined with an amazing reef structure provide a fishing haven not only for boat fishing, though for beach fishing and fly fishing too.

Boat fishing

The Mackerel islands are pefect for boat fishing. With boat moorings available at Thevenard Island, you can head out and be fishing the massive deep water drop offs within minutes! Depending on the type of fishing you’re into you can either go game fishing, sport fishing or try some reef and bottom bouncing.

Game fishing

The sheltered waters of the mackerel islands provide ideal waters for school of bait fish to concregate and seek shelter. In turn this attracts large preditory pelagics like tuna, wahoo, spanish mackerel and bill fish. This attracts a number of game fisherman who have alot of success and catch some prize fish by trolling lures and skirts around the schools and along the coral drop offs.

Sports Fishing

Known as catch and release, a number of sports fisherman flock to the area to put their fishing gear to the test. Usually around the shallower reef sections sports fisherman cast lures and flys to target species such as queenfish, coral trout, GTs, tuna a different mackerel species.

Reef Fishing


If you’re chasing that elusive Red emperor, massive rankin cod or a nor-west snapper then bottom bouncing the reef and bombies in the area will produce the goods.

Fishing Charters

If you’re keen to make the most of your trip to Mackerel Islands then the a fishing charter trip is a great option. There are a number of different options available, including 3 or 7 day fishing charter packages.

This package cover everything, including transfers to the Thevenard Island, accommodation, lunch and dinner daily, fish cleaned and fillet and much more. As a part of the package you also get to use the latest shimano tackle.

Need to hire a boat?

If you don’t have a boat and want to get out and do some boat fishing you can hire a boat from Thevenard Island. They also hire fishing tackle too.

Fishing videos

Check out these two fishing videos showing how awesome the fishing at Mackerel Islands is!

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More Information

For more information on fishing the Mackerel Islands, check out this fishing page on the Mackerel Islands website.

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