Bermagui’s close proximity to deep ocean waters makes Bermagui fishing the closest run from port to continental shelf on the east coast of Australia, only a 9 mile run due east of Bermagui – make it a favourite of many game fisherman. A five hour drive from Sydney, three hours from Canberra and eight from Melbourne make it a very central location. The area is also a popular spot for anglers from Albury, Wagga region about a five to six hour drive.
Situated on the far south coast of New South Wales it offers pristine waters and a spectacular coastal backdrop of Mount Dromedary and the Mumbulla ranges. It’s some of the prettiest country in Australia. The whole area is unspoiled by development or pollution.
A modern marina with floating pens is now established as well as two good quality launching ramps for trailer boats give access to the nearby continental shelf and deep reefs via one of the safest entrances on the south coast of New South Wales. Bermagui is designated as a harbour not a bar entrance meaning you do not need to wear life jackets which is required when crossing designated bar entrances.
Bermagui fishing history
Bermagui has a long history of offshore game fishing starting in the 1920’s and coming to prominence after Zane Grey’s visit and stay in the 1930’s with his world cruising yacht “Avalon”. Zane caught the first documented Yellowfin Tuna in Australian waters as well as black and striped marlin. Through seventies and eighties it became known as a yellowfin tuna hotspot with most Australian records being held at the port. With time and possibly global warming the area is now better known as a striped marlin hotspot and a winter run of Bluefin tuna than can have fish boiling around the boat taking every bait thrown in the water.
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