NSW: Sydney Offshore Fishing

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NSW: Sydney Offshore Fishing

Where Is Sydney?

Located on the east coast of Australia, the international city of Sydney needs little introduction. The 54sq km of water within the harbour and its vast shoreline – incorporating the city and world-famous landmarks the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge – makes it a picturesque part of Australia. Lying on latitude 33 degrees, it has a pleasant year-round climate.

History Of Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city, and its expansive harbour is often referred to as the most beautiful natural harbour in the world. The city’s multiculturalism has created an amazing architectural and cultural smorgasbord, which is an exciting blend of the old and the new.

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What Is Sydney Famous For?

Australia’s gamefishing pioneers, such as Bob and Dolly Dyer, Bill Southern and Jack Farrell, all called Sydney home. Many of the country’s early gamefishing techniques originated from the Sydney area. It’s the port for many national records still, including Jason Simpson’s 245kg blue marlin on 15kg and the all-tackle record wahoo of 47kg by Bernie Malloy.

Target Species In Sydney

In the early days, Sydney was world renowned for its shark fishing. Huge tiger and whaler sharks were regularly caught within a stone’s throw of the heads. Nowadays, its striped, black and blue marlin; yellowfin, bluefin and albacore tuna; spearfish; dolphinfish; and most species of shark.

The most popular destination for gamefishermen off Sydney would have to be Browns Mountain. Located around 22 nautical miles east-southeast of Sydney Heads, it rises out of 350 fathoms to a peak of around 250 fathoms. Wintertime at Browns can often see close to 100 boats all cubing for various species of tuna and mako sharks, while in summertime gameboats spend large amounts of time targeting marlin.

The Twelve Mile Reef, which lies in 60 fathoms, is also a popular target area for gamefishermen, along with the continental shelf drop-off (which is around 18 miles offshore).

Facilities In Sydney

The Sydney Game Fishing Club – the oldest club of its type in the Sydney area – is located just inside the Heads. The SGFC venue has to be seen to be appreciated. Situated on the historic Watsons Bay Wharf, the clubhouse juts into the harbour and, with its awesome view, is a hard place to beat for a quiet ale on a Sunday afternoon. SGFC hosts two tournaments each year and has facilities for around a dozen boats.

As with any international city, Sydney has every form of accommodation and any amount of transport.

Getting To Sydney

Visiting anglers can hook up with their chosen charters from several wharves around the harbour. Taxis, buses and ferries run regularly to and from Circular Quay (the harbour’s main hub) and Manly Wharf.

Charter Boats

There are many charter boats on offer throughout Sydney Harbour. However, if sport/gamefishing is your priority, then the field quickly narrows. The two charter boats listed here can provide both the experience and the know-how to give you an excellent chance of getting on to your target species.

Ambition – contact Ivan
Tel: 0415 570 633; email: ivan@hotmail.com

Wahoo – contact George
Tel: 0414 657 332; email: george@wahoocharters.info


Sydney Game Fishing Club hosts two tournaments annually. Their premier tournament is the Easter Classic (run in March), which generally features the season’s heavier blue marlin. The second, the Monster Mako tournament, is a great off-season shark fest (run in early August), which has never failed to produce outstanding winter tuna and shark fishing.

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