Fishing in Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast
The sparkling Sapphire Coast is teeming with fish and scenic spots to throw a line in. Regarded as one of Australia’s best fishing destinations, the region has a range of thrilling experiences on offer that include game, reef and deep sea fishing. Stand side by side with sun-kissed anglers on the beach or cast off from an historic wharf.
Fishing charters regularly depart from harbours in this beautiful region on the far NSW South Coast and you can hire everything from boats to fishing rods. You’ll find boat ramps and excellent bait shops, such as Bermagui Bait and Tackle, where you can get tips from the locals and discover their favourite fishing spots.
The continental shelf is only 20km offshore from beautiful Bermagui and the town is famous for game fishing for black marlin in the inky blue-black waters. Fishing tours leave from lively Bermagui Harbour, home to Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, where you’ll find a clutch of seafood restaurants, a wine bar and gift shops.
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 exciting tours. In the spectacular wilderness of Ben Boyd National Park, to the north and south of Eden, are wonderful bays, beaches and rock platforms.
For seafood sourcing of a different kind, join a tour of an oyster estuary to sample famous Sydney Rocks fresh from the water. Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour operates out of Pambula and takes visitors on a two-hour tour of an oyster farm on the pristine Pambula Lake.