Bermagui is blessed with reefs at various depths attracting a wide range of fish species. Anglers fish for snapper, rubber-lipped morwong, leather jackets, various rock cod and wrasse and kingfish during summer and autumn. At the twelve mile reef, Tasmanian trumpeter fish can be found during summer.
Fishing in Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast
Set on the far south of the NSW South Coast, the Sapphire Coast’s shimmering waters ensure that it lives up to its name, and they’re also teeming with fish, making it one of the state's top fishing destinations. The main towns of the region, Bermagui, Tathra, Eden and Merimbula, the area’s largest town, offer fishing charters, boat ramps and plenty of land and offshore spots to throw in a line.
Tathra is approximately 35 km from the continental shelf, a short trip for game-fishing enthusiasts. Access is from the beautiful Kianinny Bay, also a popular spot for launching your boat to fish for flathead. Mimosa Rocks National Park offers spectacular beach fishing where salmon, tailor, bream, whiting and mullet can be targeted. Tathra wharf (near Tathra Beach) is also a popular spot to drop a line in.
Bermagui a popular destination for game fishing. You can also go deep-sea fishing, reef, rock and beach estuary fishing; which is dependent on the warm currents that flow over the continental shelf, carrying a great quantity of pilchards, mackerel and other small surface fish known as bait fish. These bait fish attract larger predatory fish such as tuna, sharks, marlin, tuna and albacore. Exotic fish also appear during this period, including broadbill, wahoo, cobia, dolphinfish, short-billed swordfish and even sailfish. There are also many local fishing tours available.
In Merimbula, fishing styles range from reef fishing to trolling, with catches likely to include snapper, morwong, deep-sea bream, trevally, nannygai, leatherjacket and wrasses. Some reef peaks are located just 29 km east of Merimbula and Eden with excellent rewards such as Tasmanian trumpeter, morwong, rubberlip and deep-sea ling, ocean perch and snapper.
Eden is another excellent spot for game fishing from December to May. Land-based game fishing is also popular from the Pulpit and City Rock. Reef fishing conditions are excellent, as there are so many places to fish with great expanses all the way down to Greencape and Disaster Bay.
Swimming safety information
NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options including beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:
Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty; you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.
Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.
Always check water depth before diving in, as rocks or trees could be submerged, and never run and dive into the water from the beach.
Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the area has recently experienced heavy rain or flooding.
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