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.

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 g

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Boat Specs

Precision (Flybridge) originally built in 1987, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 370HP Iveco engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots.

40 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up To 30 Miles
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
All Shimano Up To 24kg
Drift Fishing
For Sharks And Tuna
Targeted Species
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)

Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Pink)

Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
if needed are caught on the day
Catch cleaning & filleting
Soft drinks and water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
Over 10 Years Old
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
No Marlin are killed...
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
Marlin Are Strictly Released

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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
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...
Response time: 7 hours
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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What an experience! Ivan, the captain is a master at locating fish. His experience and knowledge is the best in NSW. Not only does he increase your chances of a hookup, you take away a learning experience from the whole day. My son, Patrick Easson tagged his first marlin -  a very feisty black. You could really sense the anticipation of a hookup every minute of the day. The crew are constantly changing tactics, lures and layouts. Ask a question and it’s answered thoughtfully. Even if you’re an accomplished angler, if you have never caught a marlin, it’s worth the money just to get that extra knowledge. Ivan, your’re a master skipper. Thanks again
Peter Easson

Fished January 5, 2017
Ivan Bennett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 11, 2017

Thanks for your kind words Peter it was a pleasure to have you and your son on board…

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My experience with Ambition charters could not have been better. We were provided a very professional service that put two of our guys onto fish of a lifetime. Ivan the captain quite obviously has years of experience and twice now has delivered world class Marlin fishing right at the heart of Sydney.

In two trips we have tagged and released one striped Marlin of approximately 70kg, one Blue Marlin around 150kg and a dolphin fish at 12kg. Nothing short of exceptional

Fished December 7, 2016
Ivan Bennett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 8, 2016

Thanks Bobby a pleasure having you and your mates on board - pressure’s on for next year…

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It was great to be out again with Ivan and his deck hand Pat at Port Stephens. The weather was not as good as we would have liked but the fishing more than made up for it. We tagged a Blue and a Striped Marlin and saw a couple of others.

The boat was more than adequate for the conditions and Pat the deck was exceptionally helpful.

We can’t wait until next year for our annual trip…

Fished March 28, 2016
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