Jetty fishing has long been a very popular activity in Tasmania due in large part to the being an island to being a very accessible pastime. Jetty fishing doesn’t take a lot of effort either – a basic fishing road and rig setup and some whitebait and away you go. It’s a great way to introduce kids to fishing and to also simply relax. Today we list our favourite 5 jetty fishing locations in Tassie.
#1: Fishing Eaglehawk Neck Jetty – we love throwing a line in off the Eaglehawk Neck jetty Pirates Bay as there is also lots of activity – boats and people coming and going all day long. It’s also a modern and large jetty with good parking and in a spectacular part of Tasmania.
#2: Fishing Sorell Causeway – anyone regularly driving from Hobart past the airport towards Sorell and the Tasman Peninsula will pretty much always see people fishing from the causeway, which must mean something! The Midway Point Causeway is arguably one of the most reliable spots to throw in a line from a jetty and catch a decent fish – salmon, mullet, flathead, cod, skates, flounder, gummy sharks and an occasional bream are caught here.
#3: Fishing Stanley Jetty – At number 3 we’ve gone with fishing from the jetty at Stanley. As a township, Stanley is becoming ever popular due in no small part to the fact that it is located in a truly stunning part of Tasmania, which sweeping ocean views. The annual snotty trevally run has become a major tourist attraction in the area with wharf fishery attracting hundreds of amateur anglers. Snotty Trevalla can be caught from ap. Mid-October through until later April / May. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
#4: Fishing St Helens Wharf – St Helens is a small, but popular fishing village on the north-east coast of Tasmania that is home to a small resident population that swells with holidaymakers during holiday periods. Georges Bay St Helens offers a good variety of shore fishing options and we recommend the St Helens Wharf, however, be warned it can get very crowded. Maybe if it is busy, try one of the many other small jetties around the bay.
#5: Fishing Dover Jetty – rounding out our top 5 jetty fishing locations Tasmania is Dover Jetty south of Hobart. Again, Dover is a small coastal town set (obviously) right on the water and featuring fabulous views and some excellent local dining options. In Tassie waters, you will find two main species of squid – the Southern calamari, or simply ‘calamari’ and arrow squid. This is the main reason why you will see people fishing from the Dover Jetty during Summer months.