Ambition Charters

Ambition Charters is run by one of the most experienced captains in the Sydney 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.



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  • Private trip
    10 Hour Tuna Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 30 Nov
    $1,219
    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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,219
    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
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About the Captain

Ivan Bennett
Watsons Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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66 Reports
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11 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
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...I started a Chartering business in the year 2000

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
Deep Sea 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

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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Ambition Charters Delivers Again
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
75%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Robert K.
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 5.00
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Full day trip with Captain Ivan

VERIFIED   April 4, 2019
One day trip trolling for marlin & tuna. Only one bite but made it count with a 133 lb. yellowfin tuna. The seas were nice....
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Joe B.
Haymarket, NSW
 5.00
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Great Xmas bash

VERIFIED   December 7, 2018
Second time with Ivan, had an awesome day highly recommend to anyone :)
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Peter E.
Forestville, New South Wales
 5.00
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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 K.
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 S.
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 16th.September'19

September 13, 2019

The offshore fishing off Sydney is all about the Fickle Yellowfin Tuna. Here one day gone the next. There are long liners working offshore so they must be somewhere. After the spell of bad weather last week I was… Read Full Report →


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