Are you a fishing enthusiast? ....... perhaps in search of new fishing grounds to explore? ..... Wooli is right in the midst of a Marine Park! The fishing culture of this locality, which dates back centuries. Wooli is a fishing paradise uniquely located in the middle of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, and bounded by both the pacific ocean and the pristine river Wooli Wooli and Minnie Water, all of which offer unique fishing experiences.
Variety of Fish Species
The Wooli Wooli river from which the locality gets its unique Wooli name, boasts an abundant variety of species: blackfish, luderick, flathead, mulloway, tailor, mangrove jacks, whiting, bream, mullet etc. These fishes are available throughout all the seasons, providing for both winter and summer fishing enthusiasts.
Wooli has no commercial fishing industry nearby, which ensures a constant and excessive supply of all its varying fish species, making for a good catch at all times.
The sustainable fishing nature of the Wooli community ensures that generations to come will be able to experience the same exciting fishing adventures.
Deep Sea Fishing
Fancy a fishing expedition in the great blue? The Wooli community as a sea-side people have been fishing for years, with the river and sea being more of a second home to home to them. Fishing expeditions can be organized with locals, for those who will love to venture past the Wooli Wooli river to sick the thrill of deep sea fishing.
All year round fishing
Unlike some fishing spots around the world, Wooli is a predominantly a fishing community, which offers for all year round fishing. Fishes are especially concentrated in large quantities all year round in the tidal river, where a live bait can see you pulling in a huge bream or healthy flathead. Fishermen and their families can therefore come here at any time of the year, and be sure to have their fishing fantasies met in full. there is something even for those who do not want to venture far in to the water. The gutters by the beach allow for an assortment of different fish species, that will count for a more than decent catch. Crab fishing is also big in the area.
River Wooli Wooli
The Wooli Wooli river is the most pristine (clear water, free of human alterations) river in all of Australia, making its waters very conducive for fish life and wellbeing. Covering an area of about 3.7km2, the river has a variety of fishing spots and marine life species (fish and crab). A popular stop point at Wooli for baits and general fishing advice is Stan Young's shop.
Some of the popular fishing spots include the breakwall at the mouth of the river, where you catch some very large cobias. Lurking in the weedbeds of the river estuary are huge flatties which could be easily caught at high tide. As far as baits go, yabbies are the most preferred by the marine life of the area.
Solitary Islands Marine Park
Wooli is ideally located to the north of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, where anglers can target trevally, pelagics such as kingfish, dolphin fish and cobia. Snappers can be caught inshore in winter and further offshore in summer, including Spanish mackerel for a short period in late summer.
The Sandon, Wooli Wooli and Corindi Rivers offer good fishing for bream, flathead and whiting. You can as well choose from numerous rock and beach fishing locations. Bream, jewfish and whiting can be caught near the Coffs Harbour. If you are a spearfisher, you could brave the open ocean in search of tuna, dolphin fish and marlin.
Fishermen who go out to fish in the Marine Parks will be delighted to find out that the following species can be caught within the park habitat: Finfish (fish with scales) except black cod, estuary cod, giant Queensland groper, eastern blue devilfish, Ballina angelfish and the elegant wrasse as protected under the Fisheries Management Act 1994; all sharks and rays (all species except great white, grey nurse and the herbsts nurse sharks); lobster, crayfish (eastern rock, slipper, painted rock); prawns, squid, pipis, mangrove worms, beach worms, eels, marine yabbies (nippers), mud crabs, blue swimmer crabs, spanner crabs, sea lettuce, bait weed, oysters, turban shell (googoombull), abalone, periwinkles.
Care should be taken not to touch any of the following species as they are protected throughout the park: corals (soft corals and gorgonians, hard corals, black corals); sea anemones, zoanthids, corallimorphs, all pipefishes and seahorses, giant clam, broad-banded anemone fish. If in doubt, talk to a park guide.
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