Narooma is one of New South Wales’ great fishing holiday towns, with sea access for trailerboaters, and several good estuaries nearby.
Narooma is the gateway to Montague Island, with gamefish such as yellowfin tuna and marlin caught in this area, as well as kingfish and snapper.
If fishing the island note that there are marine sanctuary zones, part of the Batemans Marine Park which encompasses this region.
Narooma Bar can be hazardous and should be used only in good conditions.
The entrance rock walls produce big mulloway, bream, salmon and tailor, but the tide rips through and the rocks are large, making fishing difficult.
The local beach fishing is good with salmon and tailor at the main beach can be good, which is located near the local golf course.
There is rock fishing also, with kingfish and more.
When it is rough outside, Wagonga Inlet has quality bream, luderick, whiting and flathead.
The long rock walls hold quality luderick. Bream fishos should try driving around the lake, as there are many fishable jetties.
Footpaths near the mouth fish well for salmon and trevally on an incoming tide, and the area around the bridge is good for big flathead and summer.
Try near the sand boat ramp early in the morning during the week when boat traffic is low.
West of the bridge, near Narooma Quata Park, bream, flathead and mulloway are caught.
Wagonga Head has mainly salmon, tailor, bream and luderick.
The beach alongside Surf Beach Holiday Park has salmon, flathead and bream. The mouth of Little Creek has bream. Try morning and late afternoon.
Other beaches and headlands can be seen here.
Dark nights (no moon) in summer are best for Wagonga prawns, and mulloway often run with them at the lake mouth.
Offshore there are winter and summer snapper runs, with winter fish coming closer inshore.
Gear tips for New South WalesA 3-6kg spin outfit is the ideal all-rounder for most New South Wales estuary and freshwater fishing. See eBay listing here.
For wary fish in clear water, a 1-3kg spin outfit is ideal for estuary whiting, bream and bass. See eBay listing here.
A medium surf rod-reel combo is ideal for New South Wales beach fishing for tailor, bream and small mulloway. See eBay listing here.
A heavy surf rod-reel combo is needed for larger mulloway. See eBay listing here.
Metal slice lures are ideal for tailor, kingfish and salmon in the surf and off the rocks. See eBay listing here.
Soft plastic grubs are good all-round lures for a range of New South Wales saltwater and freshwater species. Listing on eBay here.
Jig heads are needed for unrigged soft plastic lures. Listing on eBay here.
Squid jigs are useful in New South Wales, especially in Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay. Listing on eBay here.
Star sinkers or snapper leads are generally used on a paternoster rig for surf and boat fishing. For most other fishing, ball sinkers are used, as part of a running sinker rig. Listing on eBay here.
Hooks in mixed sizes (suggest 1# or #2 for whiting, 6# or #8 for garfish, 4/0 for tailor, salmon and flathead, 11/0 for large mulloway). Listing on eBay here.
Ganged hooks (joined chains of hooks) are used when fishing pilchard baits for tailor. Listing on eBay here.
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Some external videos filmed in the Narooma region are featured below.