“If I only fished to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.

I need this wild life, this freedom.” - Zane Grey.


Few places on the New South Wales coast are better for fishing than Bermagui. It is renowned for its deep sea and game fishing, particularly yellow fin tuna and marlin, and also its estuary fishing in the surrounding rivers and lakes.

The famous American author of westerns, Zane Grey, helped establish game fishing in Bermagui in 1936. Back then, his methods and tackle were unknown to most Australian anglers. For instance, he invented the teaser, a hookless bait that is still used today to attract fish.

Zane Grey was the patron of the Bermagui Sport Fishing Association in 1936/37 and anchored his yacht, Avalon, in Horseshoe Bay. He wrote about his experiences at Bermagui in his 1937 book, ‘An American Angler in Australia’.

In 1936, he caught a 460kg tiger shark which was the largest fish in the world at that time to have been captured using a rod and reel. In the same year, he caught the first yellowfin tuna ever found on the south coast. It weighed about 40kg.

Today, the fishing is still as good as ever and the area’s experts are even better. The Bermagui Beach Hotel has three of them here to help you. You can tap in to their local knowledge to find out things like where the fish are running when as well as what bait to use and other ‘need to know’ information.

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Bermagui Beach Hotel

10 Lamont Street, Bermagui NSW 2546

Phone: 02 6493 4206 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm

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