Ambition Charters - Port Stephens

D'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay
Port Stephens NS, Australia

Ambition Charters operate a world class fishing service out of Port Stephens in New South Wales, where the fishing tournaments are just startingI The fishing is exquisite from January until April, sometimes even into early May, so book your trip today and enjoy a world famous fishing adventure you’ll tell all your friends about.

The charter is operated by the lovely Captain Ivan Bennett who has been fishing since he was just a little boy. He has competed actively along the East Coast of NSW from Bermagui to Ballina for all game fish species found along the coast, and has been a member of the Sydney Game Fishing Club for over 30 years.

During the period from mid-January until April each year, he leaves Sydney and take Ambition up to Port Stephens, by road a 2.5 hour run from Sydney, where because of its proximity to the prevailing Summer currents, is regarded as one of the best game and sports fishing grounds in Australia.

Captain Ivan operates a 40-foot Precision flybridge boat, powered by two 370 HP Iveco engines with a maximum cruising speed of 29 knots. The boat is fully equipped with all the safety features and the latest Furuno electronics. There is a flybridge, a shower, a toilet, a kitchen with a refrigerator and a TV. You will use the icebox to store your catch until you return to the shore. Please beware, all Marlin species are strictly catch and release!

During the summer months, the East Australian Current eddies into Port Stephens bringing with it schools of baitfish which in turn attract Blue, Black and Striped Marlin, often in large numbers. There is also Tuna, Spearfish, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi. In fact, all the game and sports fish found on Australia’s East Coast come into Port Stephens this time of year.

Because of the movement of Game fish into this area at this time Port Stephens and the surrounding area host several Game Fishing Tournaments.

Come join Ambition Charters and Captain Ivan for a great fishing experience.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Port Stephens Game Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 13 Jan - 15 Mar
    US$ 1261
    up to 6 persons
    Port Stephens is famous for its Game Fishing with Marlin as the target species. You will spend a whopping 10 hours on the water chasing Marlin and catching other species as the favorable currents bring all sorts of game and sport fish into Port Stephens from January to April.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Spearfish (Longbill)
Spearfish (Shortbill)
Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)


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.

40 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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


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


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:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Ivan Bennett
Port Stephens, 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: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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Had an awesome time fishing for Black Marlin out at the Carpark! Ivan and Howard were a great team who made the day thoroughly enjoyable and will definitely be back for more! Thanks again guys

Fished March 10, 2018
Ivan Bennett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 12, 2018

Thanks Livio, it was a great day and a pleasure to have you on board.

All the best,
Ivan and Howie

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Unbelievable trip .
Perfect day .
2 blues 150 kg and 200kg
Ivan is a true master and expert as was Rob
What else can I say
Will be back next year
Thanks SO SO much guys

Fished March 3, 2018
Ivan Bennett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 6, 2018

Thanks very much for your kind words Stephen, much appreciated…

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