Bodalla Fishing & Maritime Museum
Turnoff the highway to Bodalla Fish Museum
The Bodalla Fishing and Maritime Museum is the brainchild of Paul Lyons who recently moved to Bodalla from Victoria.
With a passion for all things maritime, Mr Lyons has been collecting fishing, diving and nautical memorabilia for more than 25 years and has recently decided to put his collection on public display.
He has been working in the fishing tackle industry for 25 years and is a former diver who still snorkels 'pretty much everyday that I can'.
Paul explains, "I started collecting memorabilia 25 years ago and since I began using e-Bay my collection has expanded considerably,"
The exhibition includes a collection of shells, shark jaw mountings including fossilised shark teeth and giant Megalodontia teeth the size of your hand, old diving equipment and spear guns, a range of sinkers, a selection of scrimshaw, old fishing reels, mounted taxidermy fish, crustaceans and even a nugget of authenticated Titanic coal.
The great range of mounted fish include everything from a garfish, juvenile sunfish, a moon fish right through to marlins and sharks.
"I have nearly 70 different crustaceans from around Australia." Paul enthuses.
There are sinkers in every shape and size imaginable including a Bart Simpson and a Jeff Kennett sinker, a range of old fishing reels dating from the 1800's through to 1910, an 1800-year-old Roman Fish Hook, a fish skinner from the '60's and even a rare “fur-bearing
trout from the deep waters off Alaska".
Situated 15 kms north of Narooma, the long known mecca for Australian & international fishermen alike, this gem is tucked away just a few metres off the Princes Highway on the way back to Moruya and Batemans Bay. The large 5 bay shed is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. With internal walls, it has 1,700 square feet of wall space, crammed full of fishing, diving & maritime relics with lots of little surprises that many people won't have been seen before, & probably won't come across again. Displays include -
Bodalla Fishing Contact
- -fossil sharks teeth
- shark jaws
- beach bazookas (Bait Cannons)
- shipwreck items
- fish & shark mounts
- antique rods, reels & lures
- deep sea creatures
- tuna poling
- rare fish hooks
- ice fishing
- beach bazooka's (Bait Cannon's)
- Circa 1880's solid wooden rods
- cray & crab mounts
- Titanic coal
DONATED ITEMS ARE GRATEFULLY
ACCEPTED HISTORIC ITEMS BOUGHT, SWAPPED & SOLD
Click here to visit the Bodalla Fishing Museum website
The Bodalla Fishing and Maritime Museum is open to the public most days, but you can also make an appointment for a private viewing by ringing Mr Lyons on 0418 995 410.
The Museum is situated at 4 Laidley Avenue, Bodalla, NSW 2545
Fishing, diving & all sorts of maritime relics.
Contact Paul at:
4 Laidley Avenue
Bodalla, NSW, Australia
Phone: 04 1899 5410