Fishing near the Princes Highway bridge at Batemans Bay, South Coast.
Fishing near the Princes Highway bridge at Batemans Bay, South Coast. James Pipino, Destination NSW

Fishing the picturesque South Coast NSW

ONE OF the most picturesque areas I have travelled and fished is the south coast of NSW.

The stretch of coast I fell in love with many years ago, includes that between Bateman's Bay and Mallacoota. You'll travel through townships such as Moruya, Broulee, Tuross, Merimbula, Narooma and more.

I love the climate here and the huge range of fishing options available.

The estuaries are great places to target bread and butter species such as bream, flathead, whiting, luderick and tailor. The deeper waters of these estuaries often produce some really big flathead and mulloway. Waters such as those found at Mallacoota on the border are renowned for having massive flathead.

Light to medium weight spin rods and reels with six to 20lb breaking strain lines should be packed when travelling here. Jigging soft plastics on the bottom, 'walking' small surface lures on the top, high speed spinning with small metal lures or jigging vibe style plastics and metals are all great ways of enticing the estuary species you will encounter along the way.

The rock and beach fishing along this coastline is very good. Safety must always be the foremost consideration when fishing these areas.

The sand and stones will provide fishing for the likes of salmon, tailor, trevally, luderick, rock blackfish and snapper.

Surf rods and threadline and Alvey reels are perfect for these waters.

Twenty to 40lb monofilament fishing line with suitable weights (or floats) and baits of gang-rigged pilchards, mullet, abalone, prawns, cunjevoi and weed will have you in with a good chance of a fish.

Accommodation is plentiful along this route, with caravan parks, motels and B&B stays everywhere.

The area is a year round fishing option but I just love winter and spring in these parts and the fishing options these seasons provide.

Nige Webster works for AFN Fishing & Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on Channel 7Mate. Facebook: AFN The Fishing Show.


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