Hand Fishing Reel, 1940s

The North Coast railway brought new visitors to Port Macquarie, including sportsmen of every type and particularly amateur fishermen. Port Macquarie was also home for professional fishermen with their fishing boats available for charter. In 1913, the Sydney Morning Herald observed that whiting and black bream were in such abundance they could be caught from the town wharf. The Royal Hotel even advertised fishing from their balcony.