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Fishing Bag Limits

Most professional fishing charters encourage a catch and release, especially for larger fish of a particular species. There has been a strong push in recent years in Australia and around the world to encourage fishing enthusiasts to adopt conservation minded approach to their sport. This is definitely prevalent in North Queensland with most fishing charters encouraging people to keep one or two fish and release the rest.

Fish Bag Limit Min Size
Max Size
Barramundi 5 58 120
Bream N/A 23 N/A
Estuary Cod 10


Potato Cod 1 35 120
Mud Crab 10 15 N/A
Sand Crab N/A 15 N/A
Grass sweetlip Emperor N/A 30 N/A
Red Throat Emperor 10 35 N/A
Spangled Emperor 10


Red Emperor 10 45 N/A
Finger mark 10 35 N/A
Flathead N/A 30 N/A
Javelin Fish (Grunter) N/A 30 N/A
Jew Fish 10 45 N/A
Black Kingfish 10 75 N/A
Yellow Tail Kingfish N/A 50 N/A
Grey Mackeral 10 50 N/A
Spanish Mackeral 10 75 N/A
QLD School Mackeral 30 50 N/A
Spotted Mackeral 30 50 N/A
Mangrove Jack N/A 35 N/A
Coral Trout 10 38 N/A
Salmon N/A 40 N/A
Whiting N/A 23 N/A

Total reef bag limit:
30 fish (or 60 fillets) per person

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