Fishing in Merimbula – Pambula
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. Merimbula’s newly created artificial reef is now in place and provides an excellent habitat for a wide range of fish species common to the region. The reef is located 2.5km southeast of the Merimbula estuary entrance in approximately 32 metres of water. Follow the link here for GPS co-ordinates
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.
Local knowledge – Merimbula Big Game & Lakes Angling Club
For some real local knowledge, you cant go past a visit to Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club
Established in 1936, MBGLAC is a family orientated fishing club with about 200 members, including Small Fry (up to and including 10 years as at 1st July) and is active in big game, estuary, beach and bottom bouncing. The Club operates from its own licensed premises, at Spencer Park, Main Street, Merimbula, right on Merimbula Lake.A million dollar view and its own jetty! The bar is open from 6.30pm every Friday night serving drinks and bar snacks, and visitors are most welcome to come and enjoy the ambience. Head along to listen to the weekly fishing report, find out where the fish are biting and what has been caught through the week.
During Summer it’s family night at the Club, on the last Friday of the month. Bring the family, enjoy the adjacent park, the beach and the great views.