Fishing in Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast
Teeming with fish, the sparkling Sapphire Coast is one of Australia’s best fishing destinations. A range of thrilling experiences are available, including game, reef and deep sea. You’ll find relaxing opportunities too, from beach and rock fishing to casting a line in estuaries and from wharves.
Fishing charters depart from harbours in this beautiful region on the far NSW South Coast. You can hire boats and other equipment. You’ll find boat ramps and bait shops, such as Bermagui Bait and Tackle in Bermagui, which is famous for game fishing in the deep blue waters for black marlin.
The continental shelf is only 20 km offshore from Bermagui. Fishing tours depart from Bermagui Harbour, home to Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, where you’ll find seafood restaurants, a wine bar and gift shops. Bermagui is a little over five hours’ drive from Sydney and 3h 20min from Canberra.
Just north of Bermagui is Wallaga Lake, a popular coastal waterway for fishing and boating. South of Bermagui is Mimosa Rocks National Park, another great fishing spot. At the southern end of Mimosa Rocks is the charming town of Tathra, where you can fish from the heritage-listed Tathra Wharf.
More fishing charters depart from Merimbula, just south of Tathra. You can join Aussie Fish Estuary Adventures for guided fishing experiences in pristine estuaries, where you can catch flathead, bream, mulloway, whiting and other species. Nearby Pambula is enticing for estuary fishing, too.
The shimmering waters off Eden, a short drive south of Pambula, are perfect for game and reef fishing — Freedom Charters offers exhilarating tours. In the spectacular wilderness of Ben Boyd National Park, to the north and south of Eden, are wonderful bays, beaches and rock platforms.