illawarra Boat Charter

illawarra Boat Charter is run by Captain Carl who loves fishing with guests and has owned and operated the company since 1984. He is an experienced and patient person who enjoys meeting experienced and novice fishermen from all over the world.

Wollongong is located just 81 kilometers from Sydney, and its name is believed to mean “seas of the South” in the local Aboriginal language. This seaside city lies on a narrow coastal plain between surf beaches and the cliff line of the rainforest. It is host to the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere named Nan Tien Temple.

You will fish aboard the 43 foot custom built classic boat, which was originally built in 1971 and restored in 1998. It is powered by a 210 HP Rolls Royce engine and has a capacity for 10 guests. The boat contains a GPS, a VHF radio and an excellent fishfinder which will help you locate the fish, as well as all the safety equipment in form of life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers, EPIRB, a life raft, a CPR-trained crew and a first-aid kit. You will find the boat’s toilet and shower useful, especially as you will be spending the full day on the water. It has a flybridge ideal for sight fishing, an icebox to keep the catch fresh, outriggers and downriggers, a livewell for the bait and a first mate.

illawarra Boat Charter will take you fishing in the reefs and offshore waters of Wollongong where you will be able to target a huge variety of species. Inshore and nearshore species which can be also be found at the reefs include Pink Snapper, Leatherjacket, Morwong and Flathead.

The offshore species will include the Mako Shark, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, and Albacore, Yellowfin and Skipjack Tunas. Captain Carl will provide you with rods, reels, tackle, live and artificial bait. Please note this is a child-friendly charter where smoking is not allowed.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip - Game Fishing (Max 6)
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $846
    up to 10 persons
    This is a full day of 10 hours of deep sea fishing. You will target Black, Striped and Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Albacore, Skipjack and Yellowfin Tunas and other offshore species. Please bring refreshments and food for the day, as well as protective clothing as you will be spending an entire day on the water.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Reef Fishing
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $698
    up to 10 persons
    This unique trip will take you to the beautiful Wollongong and Bulli Bandit Reefs where you can target species such as Pink Snapper, Leatherjacket, Morwong and Flathead. This trip is for up to 12 guests.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flathead Flathead
Leatherjacket Leatherjacket
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Morwong Morwong
Shark (Mako) Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Skipjack) Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Custom Built (Classic) originally built in 1971, and restored in 1998. Powered by a 210HP Rolls Royce engine.

Length
43 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Carl Loves
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Member since November 2016
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Captain Carl has been running Whale watching trips and fishing charters since 1984, and is an extremely knowledgeable person when it comes to the local marine life and nature. He also enjoys bird watching. Captain Carl will happily teach you about the techniques need to catch some big game fish and help you reel it in, as there is nothing more satisfying than seeing his customers smile.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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3.46
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Half day trip with Captain Carl
Half day trip with Captain Carl
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Good experience
83%
Friendly captain
88%
Recommend this charter
75%
Appropriate for children
57%
Satisfied with the boat
86%
Catch intended fish
60%
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Sam H.
Moruya, NSW
 3.67
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8 hour fishing trip

VERIFIED   September 21, 2018
Captain Carl took us to some great spots, looked after all our tackle needs. We saw lots of whales, dolphins and seals as well...
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Kyle L.
Auburn, NSW
 2.67
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10 hr Game fishing

VERIFIED   February 16, 2019
9 hours of solid trawling with zero result other than a small Bonito and a baby Mahi. Long day sitting idle. Would have liked...
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Jason A.
Moorebank, New South Wales
 5.00
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VERIFIED   March 7, 2018
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Scott B.
Wyongah, New South Wales
 5.00
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VERIFIED   March 25, 2017
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Peniamina T.
Ryde, New South Wales
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8 Hour Trip - Reef Fishing

VERIFIED   April 15, 2017
Better with a deck hand on board, to assist the captain so he doesn’t get upset when he has to get off his ass &...
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