Fishing on sand and gravel around the Bournda, Tura Beach, Merimbula Bay and the Pinnacles areas produces some of the best Flathead and Gummy Sharks on the NSW Coast.
The Local Reefs
Snapper, Morwong, Deep Sea Bream, Trevally, Nannygai, Leatherjacket, not to mention the many varieties of Wrasses and Gropers, are a bottom bouncer’s picnic, so if you’re looking for a special variety of table fish, be assured the Sapphire Coast has them. Available all year round.
The trolling season runs mid October to the end of June. The fish targeted are Yellow Fin Tuna, Albacore, Dolphin Fish, Wahoo and Marlin. Trolling with lures is one method used to hook these fish. Slow trolling with Slimy Mackerel, Cowan Young and Striped Tuna is another. The best live bait, slow trolling season for Marlin is February and March.
Live Bait Cubing Season
Drifting over the Tathra and Merimbula canyons with live bait and running a cube trail produce some of the best catches of Yellow Fin Tuna and Albacore on the eastern coast of Australia. Big Sharks, mainly Makos are another fish caught in burley trails during Tuna season.
Some good reef peaks are located just 15 to 16 miles east of Merimbula and Eden. The rewards are excellent with Tasmanian Trumpeter up to 35lbs, although most fish are between 10 and 20lbs. Also caught are Morwong, rubber-lip and Deep Sea Ling, Ocean Perch and Snapper. On the edges of the reef large Tiger Flathead.
Fishing Operators and Charters
Headland Fishing Charters
Going fishing with Headland Charters is a real adventure for young and old, if you have never fished before or you are a pro, we will take good care of you.
You’ll be fishing on the best boat in town with personal service guaranteed. Jadele II, in full maritime survey for 12 passengers and 2 crew. Available for share charters or exclusive hire. Reef, game, shark, king fishing and whale watching (in season). Also scenic coastal cruises.
On-board toilet. BYO food and drink. No fishing licence is required. All fishing gear and bait supplied and all fish are cleaned for you. Personal service guaranteed
Reel Affair Fishing Charters
Reel Affair is a superbly crafted 38ft mariner with wide decks, lounge, kitchen and bathroom facilities on board. Specialising in GAME, DEEP SEA, REEF and KING fishing you will receive expert service and an unforgettable day of fishing.
Your charter fare includes all bait & tackle, quality overhead & spinning reels & rods, professional game reels & stand up & chair rods, tea/coffee/light snack and your fish cleaned and packed. Book now for a day to remember!
1800 233 247
Head Hunter Charters – Game Fish Merimbula
The Head Hunter was designed from the ground up to tackle big game fish, boasting fast cruise speeds and all the creature comforts of home to ensure you have the trip of a lie time! Based in Merimbula, with expeditions from Ulladulla to Eden and most ports in-between. your fishing experience with their personal touch. Head Hunter Charters love nothing more than chasing Marlin and Tuna and invite you to join them on the ultimate adventure! Half Day, Full Day. Live Aboard, Tournament & Packages available. Specialising in Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore & Broadbill – all tackle provided
Merimbula Marina operates multiple cruises each day during September to November. We are a family owned and operated business and believe in responsible and respectful whale watching practices. We have a deep love of the ocean and all its amazing creatures and enjoy sharing this with our passengers.
We have been operating our vessel True Blue from Merimbula for over 10 years. She is a 16 metre Super Sea Cat with three unobstructed 360 degree viewing decks to whale watch from. She has both indoor and outdoor seating and onboard toilets. Live and informative whale commentary and morning or afternoon tea is provided. You are also likely to see other whales like Southern Rights, Minkes, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas and marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, Australian Fur Seals, a bounty of sea birds and more from the boat.
Launched in May 2015 “Sensational” is the Sapphire Coast’s newest and fastest whale watching experience! She is a fast, economical eco-RIB. With real 360 degree water level viewing this vessel allows you to get up close and personal with the whales!
Check out our daily photos and whale reports on our facebook page www.facebook.com/Merimbulamarina. Like our page and download photos taken from your cruise for free!
Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma offer fully catered trips ranging from 2 to 9 hours wether fishing, diving, snorkelling, whale watching, Montague Island Guided Tours, Lighthouse Tours, Evening Penguin tours or a mix of all our options.
Playstation is a 9.8 metre purpose built fishing and tour boat, with toilet and cooking facilities.
Narooma Tours and Charter Fish Narooma uses the latest top quality gear available from our fishing tackle, lures to electronics.
Fishpen Charters Merimbula
Departing from Merimbula’s iconic Mitchie’s Jetty and offering the ultimate fishing adventure. We cater for the novice to the experienced fisher, specialising in reef and fun-filled family trips. Broadbill is a fully-surveyed stable vessel with experienced and friendly skippers. Your catch is cleaned and ready for the pan! Your enjoyment and safety is our priority, therefore, we DO NOT fish in rough weather. During Sept/Oct/Nov the annual migration of the mighty humpback whales takes place just off the coast of Merimbula, an encounter with these truly awesome creatures is an experience that will not be easily forgotten on board Broadbill. Trips depart from Mitchies Jetty on Fishpen Road.
Rathlin II Fishing Charters
Game, Deep Sea & Reef Fishing. Rathlin II is a luxuriously appointed 41ft Steber with twin diesel and the latest technology in fish finding and navigation equipment. Locally owned and operated with a skipper that has 25 years international commercial fishing experience. Charter Fare includes: Bait & Tackle, Quality overhead and spinning reels and rods, professional quality game reels, both stand-up and chair rods, tea & coffee, snacks fish are cleaned, no fishing licence required.