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Port Macquarie is a coastal town in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area was originally inhabited by the Birpai people, and the arrival of the Europeans had a significant impact on the indigenous population. John Oxley was the first known European to discover the land in 1818. He named it after the New South Wales governor Lachlan Macquarie. Oxley reported that the area was abundant in fish and had sharks larger than he had seen before. Port Macquarie was founded in 1821 as a penal colony. Over time, the town grew and developed, and by the mid-19th century, it had become a bustling port and a center for trade and commerce. Featuring 17 beautiful beaches, Port Macquarie today is a popular fishing destination.
Fishing has been a significant part of Port Macquarie's history and economy since its establishment as a penal colony in the early 19th century. The town's location on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia, made it an ideal place for fishing, and the local area was known for its abundant seafood. In the early days of the colony, convicts and free settlers would fish in the waters off Port Macquarie for sustenance, and the practice continued to grow and develop as the town grew and prospered. Today, fishing remains an important part of Port Macquarie's economy, and the town is home to a thriving fishing industry, with commercial and recreational fishing operations. The local waters are still known for their abundant seafood, including species such as prawns, snapper, and tailor, and the town is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts from around the world.
With a warm temperate climate, numerous reefs and rocky headlands, and access to deep water creates an attractive environment for many fish species. There are two river systems flowing through the coastal town as well. Some of the top species to target inshore fishing around Port Macquarie are Bream, Dusky Flathead, Mulloway, Tailor, and Whiting. Nearshore and offshore fishing can produce Snapper and Grouper on bottom and Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna.
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There is a 43.18% catch rate for Great White Shark, based on 38 Great White Shark counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE GREAT WHITE SHARK COUNTS CHART
There is a 14.77% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 13 Bluefish counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE BLUEFISH COUNTS CHART
There is a 13.64% catch rate for Sandbar Shark, based on 12 Sandbar Shark counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE SANDBAR SHARK COUNTS CHART
There is a 12.5% catch rate for Australian Salmon, based on 11 Australian Salmon counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE AUSTRALIAN SALMON COUNTS CHART
There is a 5.68% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 5 Common Carp counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE COMMON CARP COUNTS CHART
There is a 4.55% catch rate for Yellowfin Bream, based on 4 Yellowfin Bream counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE YELLOWFIN BREAM COUNTS CHART
There is a 2.27% catch rate for Bull Shark, based on 2 Bull Shark counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE BULL SHARK COUNTS CHART
There is a 2.27% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 2 Striped Mullet counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART
There is a 1.14% catch rate for Dusky Flathead, based on 1 Dusky Flathead counted.
ENLARGE PORT MACQUARIE DUSKY FLATHEAD COUNTS CHART
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Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.
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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Port Macquarie are the following:
Crowdy Head FAD
Distance from nearest access point (km): Crowdy Harbour 17
Depth (m): 79
Crowdy Gap Reef
Crowdy Gap Reef
Port Macquarie FAD
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