Fishing in Brunswick Heads
Cape Byron Marine Park covers approximately 22,000 hectares, extending from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. It includes the seabed and extends seaward from the mean high water mark to the 3 nautical mile limit of state waters. The tidal waters of the Brunswick River and its tributaries are within the Marine Park and their use is regulated through the Cape Byron Marine Park Zoning Plan. This aims to conserve marine biodiversity while allowing sustainable recreational and commercial activities.
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Marine life includes many species of dolphins, fish, seabirds and marine plants, and some, such as little terns, grey nurse sharks and sea turtles, are threatened. Examples of some of the tiny marine organisms living in the shallow waters of the Brunswick River include colourful nudibranchs (sea slugs), sea snails, shrimps, crabs, corals, starfish, anemones, octopus, flat worms, sea squirts and sponges.
Brunswick Heads is a very popular destination for recreational beach and river fishing. Healthy and diverse habitats mean healthy and diverse fish populations; a must if you want to catch fish. Fishing and gathering invertebrates is not allowed in the Marine Park sanctuary zones, which include most of Marshalls Creek and Simpson's Creek upstream from the Bowling Club.
Licences are required for hand or line fishing, bait collecting or collecting invertebrates or for possession of fishing gear near waters. (Under 18 years are exempt). Licences can be obtained from Brunswick Bait and Tackle, KC's Takeaway, Ferr Reserve Caravan Park and the supermarket. You must carry the receipt with you when you are fishing.
Only catch sufficient fish for your immediate needs. Use environmentally friendly tackle where possible and dispose of litter responsibly. Please acquaint yourself with the NSW regulations covering bagging and minimum fish sizes displayed on notices and in brochures. Spearfishing is prohibited. It is illegal to sell your catch.
What's biting in the Brunswick?
Estuary perch, yellowfin bream, tarwhine, sand flathead, garfish, leatherjacket, mangrove jack, luderick, moses perch, mulloway, mullet, pearl perch, tailor, silver trevally, snapper.
Availability of fish depends on the season, the tides and the weather.
Collecting pippis, yabbies and crabs
The pipi is an important food source for the pied oystercatcher. Pippi collection must be undertaken by hand and should not be taken 50m beyond the high tide mark. They should be used as bait only. Please take only what you need for the day and rebury the small ones. The bag limit is 50. The island near the Ferry Caravan Park is a good place to collect yabbies for bait. Mud, black and mangrove crabs must be over 8.5cm from front to back of carapace. The bag limit is 5.