Ambition Charters

Looking to experience the best angling opportunities that Sydney has to offer? Hop aboard Ambition Charters, run by one of the most experienced captains in the area!  Captain Ivan Bennett has been fishing for over 50 years now, is a lover of marine life, and can’t wait to make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime aboard his boat.

Many of Capt. Ivan’s fishing years have been spent with the Sydney Game Fishing Club, tournament fishing for big game species – as well as winning and placing high on the scoreboards. He’s a fun and intelligent captain who will teach you anything you need to know about the fish in this area, and the best techniques you should use to hook ‘em.

You’ll fish aboard his 40’ Precision flybridge boat, with plenty of room for up to 6 guests. Anglers of all skill levels are welcome, so bring along the whole family or your best angling buddies. She’s fully equipped with all the safety features including a liferaft, as well as the latest Furuno electronics.

You’ll also find a flybridge, toilet, shower, a kitchen with a refrigerator, and a TV on board this boat. The icebox will be used to keep your catch nice and fresh until you return to the shore. Please note that all Marlin species are strictly catch and release.

Ambition Charters will take you fishing in the pristine blue waters of Watson Bay, as well as further offshore into the deep. Get ready to cast your line for Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, and Yellowtail Amberjack. These species put up a serious fight, so there’ll be rod-bending action aplenty!

Capt. Ivan will provide you with the necessary equipment, including Shimano rods, reels and tackle, live and artificial bait, and a fishing license. You can take advantage of the onboard fighting chair and outriggers to maximize your catching potential, too. Your fishing license is covered by your captain, so come aboard Ambition Charters and get ready to discover what these prolific waters hold!



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  • Private trip
    10 Hour Game Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,384
    price breakdown
    $1,384
    Come target some of the world's most famous big game fish on this 10-hour adventure! You'll depart early and head to the hottest fishing grounds, which vary from day-to-day. Depending on what's biting, you'll 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. During autumn and winter, you'll find Mako Sharks on offer, too – perfect for those who like high-flying fish! Your license and fishing gear are included.
  • Private trip
    10 Hour Tuna Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Nov 30
    $1,384
    price breakdown
    $1,384
    If you want to battle some beasts of the deep, join your captain in the late summer through winter, when Yellowfin, Bluefin, and Albacore Tuna show up in the waters around Sydney! You will depart at 7:00 a.m. from Watsons Bay, heading to the top fishing grounds around 20–30 miles offshore to troll or drift for your target species. Your fishing gear and license are included.
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About the Captain

Ivan Bennett
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
79 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
12 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since November 2016
I have been a fisherman since I was a kid, when I developed a love for the seas and everything that lives in and on the oceans. It's 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 the various game fish species found along our coast. I started my chartering business in the year 2000.

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Targeted Species

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

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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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Recent Fishing Reports

Ambition report 20th.December'20
Ambition report 20th.December'20
December 20, 2020
Reports were coming in of Striped Marlin and some good sized Mahi Mahi around the shelf and the odd Yellowfin further out. So after  I cancelled  a couple of charters because of the Virus I decided I was going out no matter what. I received quick responses from members wanting to join me after a post to the club’s facebook page so all was set. Unfortunately due to cloud cover the only SST’s available were from several days beforehand but I’d been told the temps were around the 22 to 23 C so it was all systems go. The forecast was for light winds and calm seas. However  15 to 18 knots is not exactly light winds and the sea was a mess with a residual swell coming from the yesterday's Southerly. So, that together with the bounce back from the cliffs made for an uncomfortable ride from which one of the crew succumbed. We put the lures in just short of the shelf and headed out marking bait as we went but it was all deep. One of the boats out there, ‘Grey Goose’ , had already raised a Marlin but no hook-up. Later on a Mako hit one of their lures; it is not uncommon for Mako’s to hit lures and just to prove it wasn’t a fluke they raised another later in the day. We continued marking bait and found some birds working on what looked like to be Striped tuna but we raised nothing after chasing them for a while. What we did find sadly was that the warmer water had moved out. The best I found was 21.6 C and that after a temperature break of 0.3 C . It was while working the break that we had a double hook-up. Marlin was the call, but the sight of green and gold told a different story. We landed two good sized Dollies, supper was provided. December Mahi Mahi Several other boats reported hits from Striped Marlin, I think one tagged fish was estimated to weigh only 50 kilo’s. And then it was our turn, the shot gun went off, the Marlin took a bit of line then just dropped off. Damned Stripies, however he was still there following the lure. He/she had at least four other shots and missed each time and eventually lost interest. We pulled the lure in to check it out and I found the leader chafed for nearly a metre above the lure. I know it happens all the time but it is so frustrating, they obviously know they want the lure but just keep missing it. Maybe they should get some lessons from their Black and Blue cousins. So, that was the day, a good feed to take home and calm seas for the run. I have booked in at Port Stephens from the 24th.January until the end of February. Not as long as previous years due to the virus but I hope next year’s season will be as good if not better than this year’s. So, if you do want to catch a Marlin, Port Stephens is the place to do it… Tight lines, Ivan

Customer Reviews

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4.93
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Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
67%
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Tamsin B.
Surfers Paradise, QLD
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VERIFIED   10 Hour Game Fishing on January 9, 2020
Although we did not catch a marlin, the very competent crew ensured we had a good day and caught some smaller fish which was...
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10 Hours Port Stephens Gamefishing on 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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VERIFIED   10 Hour Game Fishing on 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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Half Day Sports Fishing - PM on 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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Hornsby, New South Wales
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Full day Game Fishing at Port Stephens

10 Hour Game Fishing on 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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