Ambition Charters – Port Stephens

Ambition Charters operate a world-class fishing service out of Port Stephens in New South Wales, where the fishing tournaments are just starting! The fishing is exquisite from January until April, 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 takes Ambition up to Port Stephens, 2.5 hours away from Sydney. Because of its proximity to the prevailing Summer currents, Port Stephens is regarded as one of the best game and sportfishing grounds in Australia.

Captain Ivan operates a 40’ 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.

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 sport 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. Please note that all Marlin species are strictly catch and release!

Come join Ambition Charters and Captain Ivan for a great fishing experience off the coast of Australia!



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  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Game Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 19 - Mar 19
    $1,317
    price breakdown
    $1,317
    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.
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About the Captain

Ivan Bennett
Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia
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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

Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)

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

Wahoo Wahoo

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

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
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

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
Bank Transfer
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.89
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Stephen M.
Moorebank, New South Wales
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VERIFIED   March 3, 2018
Unbelievable trip . Perfect day . 2 blues 150 kg and 200kg Ivan is a true master and expert as was Rob...
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David H.
Adelaide, SA
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Fishing with Ivan

VERIFIED   March 11, 2019
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Livio K.
Dulwich Hill, NSW
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Marlin fishing for brother’s 40th

VERIFIED   March 10, 2018
Had an awesome time fishing for Black Marlin out at the Carpark! Ivan and Howard were a great team who made the day thoroughly...
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