Ambition Charters

Military Road
Watsons Bay NS, Australia

Ambition Charters is run by one of the most experienced captains in the Watsons Bay area - Captain Ivan. He has been fishing for over 50 years now, and many of those years have been spent with the Sydney Game Fishing Club tournament fishing for big game fish, winning and placing high on the score boards. Next to being an excellent captain and marine life lover, Ivan is a fun and intelligent person who will make sure you have an adventure of a lifetime on his boat - The Ambition, and will teach you anything you need to know about the techniques, fish and the area.

You will fish aboard his 40 foot Precision flybridge boat, which was originally built in 1987 and restored in 2010. It is powered by two 370 HP Iveco engines with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots, and has a capacity for 6 guests. The boat is fully equipped with all the safety features including a liferaft, a CPR-trained crew and fire extinguishers. It also has the latest Furuno electronics including a GPS, a VHF radio, a radar and an excellent fishfinder. You will also find a flybridge, toilet, shower, a kitchen with a refrigerator and a TV aboard this boat. The icebox will be used to store your catch until you return to the shore, and please note, all Marlin species are strictly catch and release.

Ambition Charters will take you fishing in the pristine blue waters of Watson Bay and offshore into the deep. You will be targeting Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna and Yellowtail Amberjack. Captain Ivan will provide you with the necessary equipment in form of Shimano rods, reels and tackle, live and artificial baits, and a fishing license. You will be able to use the fighting chair, outriggers, centerriggers, tuna tubes, a livewell and will also have a first mate on hand. The crew will clean and fillet you catch so you can take it home, too.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Tuna Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Nov
    US$ 1314
    up to 6 persons
    In the late Summer and Winter, May through to November, is when the Yellowfin, Bluefin and Albacore Tunas turn up in the waters off Sydney. You will depart at 7AM from Watsons Bay, Sydney, heading to the grounds, some 20 to 30 miles offshore to troll or drift for the Tuna.
  • Private trip
    10 Hours Game Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1314
    up to 6 persons
    In the summer months, December to May, you will start at 7AM heading to the grounds which vary from day to day and depending on what's around you will either troll, live bait or skip bait for Marlin, Mahi Mahi and Tuna. You will be returning to the Port between 5 and 6PM depending on the bite. Autumn and Winter is the time for the Tuna's, Yellowfin and Bluefin as well as Mako's for those who like the high flying sharks
  • Shared trip
    Whale Watching - Sydney
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 10 Jun - 30 Nov (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    US$ 146
    per person
    4 persons minimum
    From mid-June until November the migration of Hump Back Whales is in full swing with thousands of these magnificent creatures moving up and down the coast. Accompanying them are Dolphins, Southern Right Whales and even the occasional Blue Whale may be seen. On their way back down the coast the female Hump Backs are often seen sheparding their newborn calves as they return to their Antarctic feeding grounds.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)

Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Pink)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Precision (Flybridge) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 370HP Iveco engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Ivan Bennett
Watsons Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Member since November 2016
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I have been a fisherman since I was a kid and developed a love for the seas and all that lives in and on the oceans. It is my passion...I have been a member of the Sydney Game Fishing Club for over 30 years and have fished competitively along the East Coast of NSW from Bermagui to Ballina for all the Game fish species found along our coast...
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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
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Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Herman L. Hogue
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 5.00
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10 hour Tuna Trip

VERIFIED   October 29, 2017

The way the Captain and mate set up the gear and run the charter service, It was a pleasure to go out to fish with them both.

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Joe Butler
Auburn, New South Wales
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Great day out!

VERIFIED   October 27, 2017

Ivan and Ritchie are legends we had a fantastic day out on the water. caught a few fish drank a few beers shared some good...

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Peter Easson
Forestville, New South Wales
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Day Charter 6/1/2017

January 5, 2017

What an experience! Ivan, the captain is a master at locating fish. His experience and knowledge is the best in NSW. Not only...

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Bobby Kershaw
Dee Why, New South Wales
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Ambition Charters Delivers Again

December 7, 2016

My experience with Ambition charters could not have been better. We were provided a very professional service that put two...

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Ron Stephenson
Hornsby, New South Wales
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Full day Game Fishing at Port Stephens

March 15, 2016

We were lucky with the weather and left Nelson Bay at Port Stephens at 7am. First we collected some live bait then headed out...

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Fishing Reports

Ambition report 10 th. September'18

September 09, 2018

Spring is usually a great time for fishing off Sydney. Out wide Tuna are showing up with Albacore and Yellowfin in the mix. Also on the offshore reefs the Kingies should be in residence. Around Browns Gemmies are still… Read Full Report →