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Port Hedland Flyfishing in Port Hedland

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Port Hedland is a large coastal town in the Pilbarra region approximately 1700 km road trip from Perth or 2 hour flight.  It has warm to very hot weather and is a top fishing location. The main activity of the very large working port is export of salt and iron ore.

Port Hedland lies on an inlet fringed with mangroves and has a number of tidal creeks feeding its shallow natural harbour.  Good fishing can be had in the harbour while watching bulk carrier ships come and go from port.  A wide variety of fish can be caught.

The tidal range in the area is huge - up to 11m - so it's important to check the tides when planning to launch a boat.


The tidal flows create good but ever changing fishing spots. The patterns formed on the tidal flats by the outgoing tide are remarkable.  Wading in the area can be dangerous - stonefish, rays and sharks.

Offshore fishing is excellent.  Game fishing for Marlin, Sailfish and Mackerel is popular with locals.  A long series of channel markers provide an obvious and very effective set of FADs.

A big attraction of the area is Eighty Mile Beach situated almost half way between Broome and Port Hedland.


 It has great land based fishing in breathtaking scenery - white sands and intense blue seas.  The beach stretches off to the horizon in both directions. There is a caravan park on the beach located 250 km north of Port Hedland.

Due to the resources and industrial activity in Port Hedland, accommodation can be at a premium, although there is camping, backpacking and budget accommodation around.

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