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Fishing is one of Bowen’s biggest attractions. You can throw in a line from a beach, at a creek, off some rocks or the end of the jetty at the Front Beach. If its deeper water you are after, fishing charters from Ayr or Airlie Beach can take you where the big fish are. Fish in the waters around Bowen include coral trout, barramundi (in season), cod and sweetlip as well as grey, spotted and spanish mackerel.
One thing to keep in mind while fishing around Bowen is the zoning for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. For more information about zoning, bag limits and size of fish, contact the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol on 4786 3444.
The Bowen Family Fishing Classic Wet Weekend is held in September every year, located along Bowen's Front Beach at the Soundshell. The event not only offers anglers the chance to compete for a host of fantastic prizes - it provides the whole family with the opportunity to play and be entertained over an entire weekend at the Top of the Whitsundays.