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    Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Gíday all, Iím planning on taking my 6m fibreglass CC on a holiday with my wife in March. Heading from Melbourne up the southern coast of NSW.
    Iíd like some feedback on places to go - both where to stay safely with a boat trailer and prime fishing locations. I donít have any experience on the waters up that way so Iím happy sticking close to shore ( within a 2 mile limit).
    The plan is to get some inshore fishing done - my wife wonít be in the deal if I take her offshore itís not her thing.
    Iíd like some ideas on any range of accommodations from hotels or cabins whatever we arenít fussed but Iíd like secure parking for the boat and trailer if anyone has experience Iíd love to take your advice.
    Iím guessing we will head from Melbourne direct to Eden way for the first stop, then make our way up the coast over 10 days. Might get as far up as Wollongong as the misses grew up there.
    So any options from the Gong down to the border would be great.
    Cheers
    Jamie


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    3 places that would be on my list for someone in your situation -

    Bermagui - It's got good safe access to the sea & the inshore fishing is very good (offshore particularly good at that time of year) - plenty of accommodation & as I have found caravan parks are pretty secure .

    Narooma is a must ( with a caveat) Wagonga inlet is a fantastic fishery & you wont even need to go offshore - however if conditions allow a trip out through the Narooma bar is well worth it. ( pick your tides- don't go out on a run out tide - unless there is no sea running.) The 5km run to Montague Island is worth it ..... good fishing around the island (need to watch the green zone) - but the wildlife (seals & birds) can keep you well distracted.
    Plenty of accommodation - but saying at the riverside caravan park is pretty hard to beat ....

    If you play golf Narooma golf club is worth playing.

    Batemans bay is the 3rd - The river has very good fishing at that time of year ...... you can literally do a 25km run up river just for the scenic value. Access to the sea is very good (safe) Fishing just in the bay can be pretty good - particularly for flathead...... but at that time of year anything could turn up within a 10 min run from the entrance. B
    BB had plenty of accom ..... caravan parks etc - or you can stay on the river up at Nelligen - 10km from BB - It's a cracker of a caravan park though it might be busy with skiers on the weekend.

    I'll throw another out there - Jervis Bay (Huskinson) The bay if well worth a fish , pretty easy to navigate & generally safe ...... it would be an ideal place to build your boating confidence . Spectacular scenery & some little gems were you can stop & have lunch / swim whatever ...... you could certainly spend several days here & if the weather is good..... you probably wouldn't want to leave. Accom is abundant - B&Bs , Hotels , caravan parks & a couple of resorts ......

    These are my picks - there are others but these tick a lot of your box's & novice experience

    Check them out on - you tube there are plenty of videos up on these places

    Chris
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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Thanks Chis I appreciate your time and information, thatís exactly what Iím after.
    Cheers


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Narooma is a great spot, been there hundreds of times, plenty of places to stay in the Illawarra area too, from Lake Illawarra, that should be great crabbing in March, and maybe even Prawning, plenty of fish to be had, and a good ramp at either Port Kembla or Shellharbour for those nice days when a run in the Ocean might take your fancy.

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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Another recommendation for Jervis Bay.
    I launch at Murrays Beach ramp, but there is an entry fee to enter the national park it is in.
    If you are agin that fee you can launch at Woollamia, putt putt down the creek, and enter the bay at Huskisson.
    In calm weather you can go out past the entrance to the bay.
    Outside the bay, and inside, there are the likelihood to catch flathead, and snapper and other reef fish round the 'middle ground' reefs.

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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Thanks Noelm and littlejim.


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Just had a thought, the Fishries FAD will be out then, there is one off Port Kembla, and one off Kiama, both are not that far out, and some Dolphin fish might be a good option, zip out early, get a few, then some Flathead on the way home, get them all cleaned and in the esky, then Blue Swimmers the next day in Lake Illawarra, ready for a seafood feast......

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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Now that sounds like a holiday Noelm.
    I like your style.


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Do the fisheries provide co ordinates for the FAD on their website?


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Yes they do, they put them in the same place every year, I can give them to you if you can't find them, and give you some tips on crabbing if you come up this way too.

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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    As mention above ,Start with Bermagui, acres of good fishing and safe harbour, good safe accomodation in the whole town. you should see this town during fishing tournaments, theres about a million or two dollars worths of boats,cars etc....second is Moruya launch from here and fish off tuross heads for good snapper, good access, safe crossing accomadation limited, try dolphin caravan park right on the beach Moruya heads great....
    Now Narooma? if you havent crossed this bar before or studied it ..DONT CROSS IT it is dangerous, blokes have tried this bar because its a stone throw to the kingfish grounds, but it will flip a 6 metre boat easy, launch from bermagui if you want the king fish at montague island, takes 40 minutes but safer. skip batemans bay its flogged out by all the canberra fishos, that come down , but try river for jewfish and sharks, up north heard jervis bay is also good, back to merimbula is a must stop, as well as tathra..WARNING/////// once you see tathra/merimbula you may want to live up here permanent.

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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noelm View Post
    Yes they do, they put them in the same place every year, I can give them to you if you can't find them, and give you some tips on crabbing if you come up this way too.
    Thanks Noelm that sounds great. Iíll have a search to find the FAD locations.
    Iíve never tried crabbing, all know is I have to leave a name and possibly a phone number on a tag on each pot ?
    That reminds me Iíd better get a NSW fishing license for me and the deckie !


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    Quote Originally Posted by catshark View Post
    As mention above ,Start with Bermagui, acres of good fishing and safe harbour, good safe accomodation in the whole town. you should see this town during fishing tournaments, theres about a million or two dollars worths of boats,cars etc....second is Moruya launch from here and fish off tuross heads for good snapper, good access, safe crossing accomadation limited, try dolphin caravan park right on the beach Moruya heads great....
    Now Narooma? if you havent crossed this bar before or studied it ..DONT CROSS IT it is dangerous, blokes have tried this bar because its a stone throw to the kingfish grounds, but it will flip a 6 metre boat easy, launch from bermagui if you want the king fish at montague island, takes 40 minutes but safer. skip batemans bay its flogged out by all the canberra fishos, that come down , but try river for jewfish and sharks, up north heard jervis bay is also good, back to merimbula is a must stop, as well as tathra..WARNING/////// once you see tathra/merimbula you may want to live up here permanent.
    Thank you catshark your info is gold. I have been dalmeny way before but was only able to fish off the beach back then. I agree that whole region is beautiful.
    Cheers


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noelm View Post
    Just had a thought, the Fishries FAD will be out then, there is one off Port Kembla, and one off Kiama, both are not that far out, and some Dolphin fish might be a good option, zip out early, get a few, then some Flathead on the way home, get them all cleaned and in the esky, then Blue Swimmers the next day in Lake Illawarra, ready for a seafood feast......
    Thanks again Noelm just did a quick search and got the whole list - cool.


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    Re: Advice for South NSW Coast accommodation - March.

    Quote Originally Posted by catshark View Post
    As mention above ,Start with Bermagui, acres of good fishing and safe harbour, good safe accomodation in the whole town. you should see this town during fishing tournaments, theres about a million or two dollars worths of boats,cars etc....second is Moruya launch from here and fish off tuross heads for good snapper, good access, safe crossing accomadation limited, try dolphin caravan park right on the beach Moruya heads great....
    Now Narooma? if you havent crossed this bar before or studied it ..DONT CROSS IT it is dangerous, blokes have tried this bar because its a stone throw to the kingfish grounds, but it will flip a 6 metre boat easy, launch from bermagui if you want the king fish at montague island, takes 40 minutes but safer. skip batemans bay its flogged out by all the canberra fishos, that come down , but try river for jewfish and sharks, up north heard jervis bay is also good, back to merimbula is a must stop, as well as tathra..WARNING/////// once you see tathra/merimbula you may want to live up here permanent.
    The Narooma bar demands respect (hence my caveat) ....... I've crossed it maybe 100 times - & I've been there when a couple of boats went over . (big seas & a run out tide are not favourable) - that said ...... There have been plenty of days you could ski through it .

    Narooma is a must ...... fish the estuary & if conditions allow - the bar crossing is fine (local information , weather , seas ..... then stand at the breakwall & watch)

    Batemans Bay ...... I was there again this weekend , my 8th trip since July ........ I fished 3 reefs in perfect conditions & saw no more than 5 boats within eyesight at any given time (360 deg) - so no it's not as flogged as has been mentioned ....... the trick is finding the fish & not encroaching on the Marine Sanctuary's - that's the real issue . there is more fishing pressure in the Clyde river

    chris
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