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Townsville Fishing

Townsville Fishing

Townsville, a city on the Queensland coast, features access to the Great Barrier Reef and beautiful beaches. Several aboriginal peoples used to inhabit the land that is now Townsville, including Wulgurukaba, Bindal, Nawagi and Warakamai. Captain Phillip Parker King and botanist Alan Cunningham rediscovered the land in 1819. James Morrill was on a shipwreck near the area in 1846 and lived with Bindals for 17 years before returning to English society. Townsville was founded in 1864 as a port to serve the grazing and mining industries in North Queensland.

Fishing has been an important part of the history and culture of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The city is located near the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's richest marine environments, and has long been a popular destination for recreational and commercial fishing. In the 19th century, local fisherman caught and processed seafood for the growing population, and the industry continued to grow in the 20th century with the development of modern fishing techniques and the expansion of the city's port facilities. Today, fishing remains an important part of the local economy, with a thriving commercial and sport fishing industry that supports both local families and visitors to the area.

While inshore Townsville fishing, you could catch Barramundi, Bream, Dusky Flathead, Fourfinger Threadfin (Bluenose Salmon), Mangrove Red Snapper, and Whiting. There are several species of Trevally as well, with Giant Trevally and Golden Trevally being the most common. Nearshore and offshore fishing Townsville can produce many different species of Emperor, Grouper and Snapper on bottom. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, and Yellowfin Tuna are common catches.



Top Townsville Fishing Spots

  1. Florence Elliot
    5/16/2014 11:25:50 PM - Florence Elliot


  2. Beals Bomber
    4/22/2011 11:42:39 PM - Cobia, Reef species. Water dept 24m.


  3. Paluma Shoals
    12/5/2018 2:27:42 PM -


  4. Acheron Shoals
    4/22/2011 11:42:39 PM - Reef species. Reef and rubble bottom.


  5. Burdekin Rock
    12/5/2018 2:27:42 PM -


  6. Maggie L Weston
    5/16/2014 11:27:51 PM - Maggie L Weston


  7. Trawler Wreck
    1/9/2013 8:47:44 PM -


  8. Rialto
    5/16/2014 11:28:16 PM - Rialto


  9. Townsville Wide
    4/22/2011 11:40:44 PM - Spanish Mackerel, Red Emperor, Nannygai. Rubble bottom.


  10. Mackeral Patch
    1/9/2013 8:47:44 PM -



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Townsville Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Townsville, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Barramundi

  2. Barramundi

    There is a 60.51% catch rate for Barramundi, based on 2752 Barramundi counted.

    Townsville Barramundi Counts Chart
    Barramundi

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE BARRAMUNDI COUNTS CHART


  3. Greater Hammerhead

  4. Greater Hammerhead

    There is a 14.16% catch rate for Greater Hammerhead, based on 644 Greater Hammerhead counted.

    Townsville Greater Hammerhead Counts Chart
    Greater

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE GREATER HAMMERHEAD COUNTS CHART


  5. Blacktip Shark

  6. Blacktip Shark

    There is a 10.36% catch rate for Blacktip Shark, based on 471 Blacktip Shark counted.

    Townsville Blacktip Shark Counts Chart
    Blacktip

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE BLACKTIP SHARK COUNTS CHART


  7. Mangrove Red Snapper

  8. Mangrove Red Snapper

    There is a 9.15% catch rate for Mangrove Red Snapper, based on 416 Mangrove Red Snapper counted.

    Townsville Mangrove Red Snapper Counts Chart
    Mangrove

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE MANGROVE RED SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


  9. Giant Trevally

  10. Giant Trevally

    There is a 2.13% catch rate for Giant Trevally, based on 97 Giant Trevally counted.

    Townsville Giant Trevally Counts Chart
    Giant

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE GIANT TREVALLY COUNTS CHART


  11. Golden Trevally

  12. Golden Trevally

    There is a 2.07% catch rate for Golden Trevally, based on 94 Golden Trevally counted.

    Townsville Golden Trevally Counts Chart
    Golden

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE GOLDEN TREVALLY COUNTS CHART


  13. Fourfinger Threadfin

  14. Fourfinger Threadfin

    There is a 1.14% catch rate for Fourfinger Threadfin, based on 52 Fourfinger Threadfin counted.

    Townsville Fourfinger Threadfin Counts Chart
    Fourfinger

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE FOURFINGER THREADFIN COUNTS CHART


  15. Bull Shark

  16. Bull Shark

    There is a 0.33% catch rate for Bull Shark, based on 15 Bull Shark counted.

    Townsville Bull Shark Counts Chart
    Bull

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE BULL SHARK COUNTS CHART


  17. Fingermark Bream

  18. Fingermark Bream

    There is a 0.07% catch rate for Fingermark Bream, based on 3 Fingermark Bream counted.

    Townsville Fingermark Bream Counts Chart
    Fingermark

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE FINGERMARK BREAM COUNTS CHART


  19. Longfin Grouper

  20. Longfin Grouper

    There is a 0.04% catch rate for Longfin Grouper, based on 2 Longfin Grouper counted.

    Townsville Longfin Grouper Counts Chart
    Longfin

    ENLARGE TOWNSVILLE LONGFIN GROUPER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 12 species of fish and 4548 fish counted for February around Townsville.

To date, there are 34 species of fish and a total of 61461 fish counted for Townsville and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1877 (146 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 6:24:02 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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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Top Townsville Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Tackle World Townsville
    Tackle World Townsville is a local family owned and operated tackle shop. We have been open in the Townsville region for over 20 years specialising in all things fishing and spearfishing. We are fishing mad and fishing tackle is our passion. Ph: 07 4

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Top Townsville Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Affordable Charters
    Affordable Charters is Townsville’s premier vessel charter company.

  2. Aussie Barra Charters
    Andrew Mead's Aussie Barra Charters (Est.1992) is known as one of the best fishing guides in North Queensland. From Barramundi, estuarine, pelagic & reef species our Fishing Charter Packages cover Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Magnetic Island, th

  3. Fish City Charters
    Experienced Townsville fishing charter operation catering for all levels of angler experience. From barramundi to Spanish mackerel and marlin, we do it all. Full and Half day charters available.

  4. Northern Conquest Charters
    Townsville's best-known​ fishing charter - Nth QLD - Great Barrier Reef

  5. Utopia Charters
    Fish on board Utopia, a 50 foot Riviera sports fisher, in the pristine Great Barrier Reef waters off Townsville and Magnetic Island Australia

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Top Townsville Marinas

  1. Breakwater Marina
    We welcome Long Term or Short Stays, for any size boats from under 8m up to 45m. Our 24-Hour Fuel Wharf sells Unleaded, Diesel, and has Ice and Gas Refills. See Scott, Kerry, Mary-Anne & Bree in the office with Bryce on the fuel wharf for assista

  2. Townsville Yacht Club Marina
    The Townsville Yacht Club has been serving the boating community in North Queensland for 67 years. Our new marina has reinvented the meaning of top of the line amenities and infrastructure. The marina has165 berths (including regatta berths) and is a

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