NSW: Port Hacking Offshore Fishing
Port of Call - Port Hacking
Only a stone’s throw from Sydney, Port Hacking is pristine, historic and easily accessed. Oh, and the fishing ain’t too shabby either! John Ashley has the story.
Where Is Port Hacking
Port Hacking is located on the southern boundaries of Sydney, about 23 miles from the CBD. The beautiful Port Hacking River is the cleanest system in Sydney, and because there is no industry on the foreshores it’s virtually unpolluted.
On the southern side of the river lies the vast Royal Nation Park, while residential properties dominate the magnificent bays and headlands on the other bank.
Access to the Pacific Ocean from the river mouth is excellent in any sea condition, and the heads are wide and deep.
Port Hacking is Famous For
Port Hacking is famous for its clear, clean water and white sandy bottom. The famous Cronulla beach lies on its northern headland, and the pretty little township of Bundeena is located on the National Park side of the southern headland.
The river and its perfect access to the sea make it a safe place for all kinds of watersports. The Royal Motor Yacht Club, Cronulla hosts much of the boating activity, including the bottom-fishing club and the Port Hacking Game Fishing Club.
History of Port Hacking
There’s a lot of history connected with gamefishing and timber-boat building before World War II.
The Port Hacking Game Fishing Club is Sydney’s second-oldest game club, and it was started back in 1953 by distinguished master mariner, keen fisherman and RMYC member Capt C Logan. Several generations of anglers have now come through the Port Hacking Club, and many GFAA and world records are held by its members.
The club’s first and oldest world and Australian record set by a member still stands today: the late Mrs June Turnbull captured a massive 1173lb tiger shark on the famous Adriatic with Frank Lipanovich back in 1963.
Target Species in Port Hacking
The deep offshore reefs and unusually steep continental shelf grounds off Port Hacking produce some of the best mako shark fishing on the NSW coast. One glance through the record books will confirm this statement, but the area also produces many other sharks, billfish and tuna.
Wide off Port Hacking in 1000 fathoms lies and area known as Heaton’s Hill, and this place is actually a huge canyon cutting back into the coast. Blue marlin are the targeted species here, and over the past five years some lovely fish have been caught and lost.
Bottom fishing offshore for flathead and snapper is also popular, and the Jibbon Bombora just off the southern side of the heads produces good catches of kingfish and other reef species.
Getting To Port Hacking
Sydney’s international and domestic airport is just a half-hour drive or a 50-minute train ride from Cronulla Marina or the RMYC. From Sydney’s CBD, it’s a 45 to 60-minute drive or train trip.
Tournaments in Port Hacking
The Port Hacking GFC holds its annual Port Hacking 100 in spring (October, Sydney-time) to coincide with the run of awesome mako sharks.
Details or entry forms can be arranged through the RMYC Cronulla or through the PHGFC’s email address: email@example.com
Charterboats in Port Hacking
Bianca Deep Sea Fishing and Game Fishing Charters, tel (02) 9525 1667 or 0417 892 232
Cronulla Fishing Charters, tel (02) 9523 5511
Broadbill and Billfisher Charters, tel (02) 9534 2378 or 0409 047 727