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Fishing travel Insurance

Ready with a hook, line, and sinker? Here are some fast facts about this luring sport:

  • There are 27,000 living species of fish worldwide, out of which 6,000 species are found in Australian waters alone.
  • The stone-fish is one of most poisonous fish in the world, and the anti-venom is one of the more commonly used ones in Australia
  • One puffer fish contains enough poison to kill 30 people.
  • While there are no proven reports of piranhas killing a person, piranhas do eat human carcasses. 

Keep reading to find out what travel insurance can help you with if you’re planning to go fishing this holiday. 

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What do we cover if you're going fishing?

If you find yourself in deep water, we might be able to help:

  • Fishing is automatically covered on all of 1Cover's travel insurance policies
  • For most policies (except Domestic policies), we provide medical and hospital assistance, and medical evacuation (if it's deemed necessary). 
  • Depending on your policy, you could also be covered for pre-paid activities that you miss out on because you're unable to travel.

what don't We Cover If you're going fishing?

You won’t be covered for anything arising from your fishing if:

  • You’re under the influence of any intoxicating liquor or drugs (except a prescribed drug)
  • You’re part of a competition or fishing professionally
  • You don’t follow instructions and/or wear the appropriate safety equipment
  • You go fishing with a pre-existing medical condition that affects your fishing and you never told us about it
  • You're going deep sea fishing and you're over 10 nautical miles away from land
  • You're going ice fishing.

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Stay safe: fishing Top tips 

  • Weather Conditions

    Check tides, swell and weather conditions before setting out, and avoiding fishing in exposed areas during rough or large seas.

  • Take a friend

    While fishing can be a fun solitary activity, if you're starting out, it might pay to learn the ropes from a more experienced friend.

  • Life jackets are a must

    On many boats, life jackets are compulsory, but as a precaution, they should be worn on land too. And if you're taking children fishing, they're even more important.

  • Handle fishing gear with care

    Fishing equipment can be dangerous, so it's important to seek guidance when you first start. When casting a line, look behind you, be very careful when unhooking fish, and store hooks so that they aren't exposed.

  • Avoid alcohol

    Like all activities near the water, alcohol should probably be avoided. After all, studies show that the chances of being involved in a boating accident doubles when there is alcohol involved. And since fishing and boating go together, it's best to abstain - and the same goes for fishing on land.

Fishing FAQs

  • Do you cover rock fishing?
  • Yes, provided that you are not putting yourself at undue risk and take all reasonable safety precautions. 

  • Do you cover ice fishing?
  • No, unfortunately, we don't provide cover for ice fishing.

  • Do you cover deep sea fishing?
  • We only cover fishing under ten nautical miles away from land mass.

  • Do i need a license to fish?
  • When planning your fishing trip you should check with the local authority if you require a license to fish. If you are booking a charter, your provider should be able to provide you with this information.

  • will i be covered if i miss my fishing tour?
  • There is a provision to claim for Cancellation Fees and Lost Deposits of unused travel arrangements if you have to cancel your trip or your trip is shortened due to claimable events such as injury/illness, and the fees cannot be recouped from the provider.

  • Is my fishing equipment covered? 
  • Under the standard Luggage and Personal effects benefit we provide cover for sporting equipment that you own up to $750, but we don't cover the equipment while it's in use.  Note that we don't cover rental equipment. 

  • What if I lose or damage rental fishing equipment?
  • Our Luggage and Personal effects benefit provides cover for items that are owned by you. For rental equipment you may need to check with the rental company if they have any additional protection options for you. 

  • How much am I covered for if something happens to me while I’m fishing?
  • Provided you are within the parameters stated in the PDS, and you don’t have a Domestic or Frequent Traveller Domestic policy, then benefit we offer is unlimited. Terms and conditions apply. Please note that we don't cover for Search and Rescue. 

  • What if i need medical assistance?
  • In an emergency, get yourself to hospital. As soon as it's possible, we advise that you or a member of your travelling party call our medical assistance team who will be able to liaise with you or the hospital.   



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Activities We cover

We cover 100+ activities. Find out all information you need about what’s covered and what’s not before you go adventuring. 

Where are you off to?

Amongst other places, people go fishing in New Zealand, China, Europe, the US and even Australia. Find out all about travel insurance on our individual destination pages.

Medical Questions

Have a pre-existing medical condition that might affect your fishing? Pregnant? Or want to know about repatriation? Find out everything you need to know here.


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If you have any other questions or queries, please visit our Contact Us page. 
If you are experiencing an emergency, please use the details on our Emergency Assistance page.