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.

Local fishing boats docked at Bermagui Fishermens Wharf, Bermagui

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.

Couple enjoying a tour with Captain Sponge's Magical Oyster Tours on Pambula River, Pambula

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. 

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Fishing Safety

By law, you are required to wear a life jacket or buoyancy vest while rock fishing in some areas of NSW, and it is recommended that you wear a buoyancy vest for lake, river and sea fishing. Please see the Water Safety NSW website for more details.

Please consider the following safety tips when fishing:

  • Choose a safe place where there are no hazards
  • Be very careful when walking on rocks as they can be slippery, and rogue waves can be unpredictable.
  • Never fish alone and always watch the waves
  • Be aware of the tides and weather
  • Wear appropriate footwear, clothing and head protection.
  • Carry a float and line to help anyone washed in

Follow these additional safety tips at all times when rock fishing:

  • Never turn your back on the sea or ocean
  • Tell family or friends of your plans
  • Always spend time watching the conditions before fishing, and scan for changing conditions.
  • Check tides, swell and weather conditions before setting out and never fish in exposed areas during rough or large seas.
  • Carry safety gear such as ropes, a float and torches.
  • Note the location of and access to life buoys where they are present
  • Plan an escape route in case you're washed in
  • Don't put yourself at risk if someone else is washed into the water
  • Carry a mobile phone

Visit the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW website for more information on staying safe while fishing.