The idyllic small coastal town of Merimbula, on the south coast of New South Wales, attracts visitors to enjoy its five beaches and range of activities, with its conditions for surfing highly regarded. Snorkelling is also very popular, along with the attraction of heading out to sea by boat and challenging nature.

A great way to spend a few hours in fresh air from the ocean is to take a voyage on a fishing charter from Merimbula. The Marina is the place to head to get on board if you wish to go in the pursuit of seeing Humpback and other species of whale pass on their annual migration from Antarctica.

Alternatively, if fishing is your passion, the Sapphire Coast offers some of the best offshore fishing available anywhere. The local reefs have a plentiful stock all the year round containing all manner of fish. Snapper, tiger, nannygai, gummy shark and gropers are just some of the varieties of fish that you might land on your expedition.

The experience heading out to sea from Merimbula is enhanced by travel in a boat well adapted for your needs. Private or public charters are available to everyone from the keen angler to a novice catered for. With only 12 people on board, you won’t be cramped for space, allowing you to relax and fully enjoy the experience. All your necessary quality equipment will be provided, and with no permit license required you save time and money and the need to pack. No dramas, just turn up when you fancy it to enjoy a fantastic fun out at sea testing your wits and skills against the fish.

With a range of reefs to choose from, your captain will head to the ones offering you the best chance of a catch once following local weather conditions. Your deckhand and the skipper will offer you technical advice, which puts any novices at ease. Before you know it, it is you rather than the fish that is hooked as you pursue ocean fishing as your new hobby.

The 3-hour charter is the most popular on offer as it allows for sufficient time to hook your catch to take home to enjoy. The fish are even cleaned and bagged up saving you time to admire your work with a glass of something of your choice.

For a fantastic fishing experience in stunning natural surroundings, make a visit to Merimbula the top of your list.