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There’s one thing anyone who’s had a go at fishing Sydney’s waterways will agree on: these waters have something for everyone. Just as the city of Sydney has an attraction for every type of tourist, its fishing spots have something for every angler. With everything from scenic boat cruises past the Opera House to deep sea Marlin fishing adventures, the fishing charters Sydney offers have it all. If any city can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed, this is the one.

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It doesn’t get much more iconic than Sydney Harbour. And there’s no better way of taking it all in than by boat. As far as holiday hacks go, taking a fishing trip in Sydney is a pretty big one. Not only do you get to enjoy choice views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, you will be able to catch a very diverse selection of fish. If you’re lucky, you could even come up close and personal to breaching Humpback Whales, too.

Sydney Harbour is the most sheltered harbour in all of Australia. Everything from Bonito to Kingfish, Salmon, and Tailor drops in on this huge expanse of water during the year, and we don’t blame them. With calm waters most of the year round, this watery playground is pretty pleasant for people, too.

But the Harbour is only part of what you will experience when you go fishing in Sydney. Head south, and you can explore the rich aquatic life around the reefs of Botany Bay. Even if you’re fishing from a small boat, you will be able to access the artificial reefs and beaches that make this area one of the most popular fishing hotspots in Sydney. Travel slightly further out, and you can try reef fishing over Sydney favourites such as the 12 Mile and The Peak. Kingfish, Snapper, Trevally, and even the odd Mahi Mahi will keep you entertained here for hours. All this, within a 20 minute boat ride from the Heads.

Now, that’s all great for families, people fishing for food, or avid anglers who don’t want to go too far offshore. But when it comes to sport fishing, Sydney really comes into its own. With Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin all making an appearance in the summer and Southern Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Albacore Tuna in the winter, there’s hardly a time when you can’t put your big game fishing expertise to the test. And for those in the deep dropping fraternity, Blue Eye Trevalla and Gemfish can be found in favourite haunts such as the Browns Mountain seamount. Believe us when we tell you that when you’ve tried fishing in Sydney once, you’ll be hooked.

Rules & Regulations

Fishing licenses are required in New South Wales for anglers over 18, although some Sydney fishing charters hold a Recreational Fishing Fee Exemption Certificate - check to see if the boat you are booking has this, as it will allow you to fish license free. Bag and size limits apply to numerous fish species: your skipper will be able to inform you which of the fish you catch are legal to keep.

Types of Fishing

Anything from good old fashioned bait fishing to high speed jigging or even big game fly fishing has its time and place in Sydney. Bream and Flathead are the local inshore superstars and great fun on super light tackle. Kingfish, Bonito, Salmon, and Tailor can be explosive on light tackle with soft plastics. Or, anchor up and have a go at reef fishing for some big Snapper. And if you’re after a Kingfish to brag about, live bait can be a good option. Head offshore for some incredible spearfishing opportunities too. 

But it’s when you head further offshore that things get really fun. Deep sea charters will take you trolling for Marlin in the Summer or Tuna in the winter. In these parts, it’s common to use a mixture of divers and skirts in your trolling spread, and then ‘cubing’ for Tuna. These monsters of the sea find the local delicacy of small cubes of pilchards hard to resist!

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January

New Year kicks off with a bang in Sydney. Peak tourist season makes the town and beaches packed. Escape the crowds and head offshore - Marlin and Mahi are swimming nearby along the East Australian Current.

February

Escape the heat of the city and breathe in the sea breeze. There is good Marlin fishing to be had offshore, with Mahi also being caught around the FADs. Morning fishing tends to be the most successful.

March

Visitor numbers fall slightly, making March a great time to visit Sydney. Water temperatures gradually start to drop. There's still some chance of Marlin and Mahi offshore, with Tailor, Salmon, and Bonito biting in Sydney Harbour.

April

Most of the fishing moves closer to home as the temperatures drop. Look for Tailor and Salmon off the beaches or Bonito and Mac Tuna in the Harbour. Offshore, Mahi is still a possibility, with Blue Marlin on the cards, too.

May

Local species start to feed up for winter. The changing season can make fishing unpredictable, but Kingfish, Flathead, and Mulloway are common catches. Deep drop for Hapuka and Blue Eye Cod offshore.

June

As winter draws in, some Sydney anglers pull in their boats and take a break. But not us. This is a great time to catch Snapper over the inshore reefs. As for other species, there might be fewer of them, but they are better quality. 

July

It might be cold, but don't let that stop you getting out. Look for tasty Squid, Trevally, and Bream in the Harbour, Snapper, Teraglin, and Kingfish over the inshore reefs, and Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Albacore Tuna offshore.

August

Believe it or not, this is a great time of year to fish offshore in Sydney, with Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna generally very good. Don't miss the SGFC Tuna Slam and the Geoff Woolley Memorial Monster Mako Tournament.

September

The weather begins to feel a little more spring-like, with the bite transitioning alongside the weather. Flathead starts to liven up, with Bream, Tailor, and Salmon still putting up a good show at the beaches.

October

The waters offshore begin to warm, meaning hook ups on Striped Marlin if you're lucky! Join in the local spirit at the Warringah Anglers Club's 'Hunt for Red October' Snapper competition - all proceeds go to charity.

November

This can be a really fun time to fish. Tailor and Salmon are reacting better and better to surface lures in the Harbour. Look for Kingfish over the local reefs. This month is full of surprises - you never quite know what you'll catch!

December

Peak tourist season hits Sydney as summer arrives. Head offshore for Marlin and Tuna or stay closer to home, fishing for Tailor, Kingfish, Salmon, Bonito, and much more. It doesn't get more festive than this!

Sydney Fishing Calendar

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Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
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Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
Heney  H.
Heney H. Boston, MA
Well the only thing that you need to keep in mind when you go fishing at all, you may or may not catch what you are looking for and that's why it called fishing and not catching. Put your faith in the Captain and crew and you will have a good day.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Well the only thing that you need to keep in mind when you go fishing at all, you may or may not catch what you are looking for and that's why it called fishing and not catching. Put your faith in the Captain and crew and you will have a good day.
Herman  L.  H.
Herman L. H. United States
Check the weather before going out and take sea sick tablets even if you don’t get sea sick!
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
Check the weather before going out and take sea sick tablets even if you don’t get sea sick!
Philip  N.
Philip N. Lilyfield, New South Wales
There are several good charters on here and good info. I was a first-timer and got connected easily, with easy deposit and payment. And....caught fish!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
There are several good charters on here and good info. I was a first-timer and got connected easily, with easy deposit and payment. And....caught fish!!
John  E.
John E. Australia

Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
This was our second time on Fishfinder Charters and again had a wonderful day. Tony and John are down to earth and make the trip enjoyable. Can't wait to go again highly recommended.
Heney  H.
Heney H. Boston, MA
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Was a cold day but was a good day out caught heaps of fish and crew were very good would highly recommend
John  C.
John C. Sydney, New South Wales
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Absolutely amazing. Loved the captain and Deck hand! Great people. Really taught us a lot. Would highly recommend to family and friends! And even you guys reading my review! :) looking forward to my next trip with them again. -Dennis.
Dennis  T.
Dennis T. Lane Cove, NSW
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Although we did not catch a marlin, the very competent crew ensured we had a good day and caught some smaller fish which was great fun. I do think it would help to give some more info about the boat, particularly that there is no seating or shade on the lower deck - maybe more emphasis should be placed on promoting this as being a sports fishing vessel rather than for tourists. However we all had a great time. Thankyou
Tamsin  B.
Tamsin B. Surfers Paradise, QLD
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
My family and I had a fantastic morning fishing with Tony and John. They made us feel welcome from the start and were extremely helpful throughout the day. Even when a few in our group were feeling seasick they bought us back in through the Heads to a more protected area where we kept fishing. Overall a great day.
Alex  W.
Alex W. Sydney, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
We enjoyed a great day out for our end of year work party. Tony was a great skipper and helped out with everything we needed. His knowledge of the best fishing spots was spot on, and we had a great day with a good haul to take home for dinner for those who wanted.
Dirk  S.
Dirk S. Minto Heights, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
It was a fantastic day. Caught fish at all their suggested spots. Very responsible team. Made sure everyone was safe and had a really great time. Would love to do it again.
Domonic  M.
Domonic M. Sydney, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
We had such a wonderful experience. The boys caught a perfect amount of fish and enjoyed the day with Captain Tony and his mate Johnny. Wonderful men, I couldn’t tell who was having the most fun between the four of them. I will be forever grateful for the kindness they showed my boys and also me...as I had a good bout of sea sickness during the journey. Definitely recommend this!
Krisa  C.
Krisa C. Forest Hill, VIC
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
One day trip trolling for marlin & tuna. Only one bite but made it count with a 133 lb. yellowfin tuna. The seas were nice. It poured rain on us during the fight but still well worth the trip. Captain Ivan has a wealth of knowledge fishing Australia.
Robert  K.
Robert K. Australia
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
We had a great experience fishing with Tony just off the heads beyond the harbour. Tony made sure we came back all happy with our catch. He was wonderful with the kids and his boat is very clean. I would highly recommend taking a trip with Tony
Yuliana  R.
Yuliana R. Jakarta, Jakarta
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Trip out with the family, both Tony and John were great with novices and kids alike. Even though the tide and time were not favorable, they made every effort to ensure that we caught fish. We're now sitting around the BBQ enjoying our catch. Ocean to table in hours... yum!
Robert  S.
Robert S. Rockdale, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Trip was very good. The captain was very knowledgeable. I would do this again.
Leonard  T.
Leonard T. Casula, New South Wales
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
It is very good time and Tom also guide us in different spots to fishing . Very professional.
Annabelle  C.
Annabelle C. Hong Kong
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
The way the Captain and mate set up the gear and run the charter service, It was a pleasure to go out to fish with them both. Ivan, you will be my first call for another fishing trip next time we are down your way. Thank you so much Herman
Herman  L.  H.
Herman L. H. United States
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
Ivan and Ritchie are legends we had a fantastic day out on the water. caught a few fish drank a few beers shared some good yarns could not ask for much more. Highly recommend to anyone looking at an arvo on the water.
Joe  B.
Joe B. Auburn, New South Wales
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Had the best days fishing got lots of fish my grand children loved every minute they wont shut up thanks for a top day regards Bob Lloyd
Robert  L.
Robert L. Campbelltown, New South Wales
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
We [10 Guys] spending a day with a very experienced crew Tony and Joe who made us very comfortable and did every thing to make this fishing trip enjoyable, every one caught a few nice table fish, because Tony and Joe made sure, that every body takes part in catching fish and that's what I like about these guys. You get value for you money. Thanks again Tony,Joe and Rebecca [who kept us informed right through the booking process]
John  V.  B.
John V. B. Epping, New South Wales
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
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
Bobby  K.
Bobby K. Dee Why, New South Wales
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
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...
A  M.
A M. Hornsby, New South Wales
Ambition Charters
Ambition Charters
Fishing charter in Sydney
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 9 reviews
We were lucky with the weather and left Nelson Bay at Port Stephens at 7am. First we collected some live bait then headed out to the grounds some 20 miles out. Anticipation was running high as most boats that had been out on previous days had found fish. To cut a long story short we ended up tagging a Blue Marlin and two Stripies as well as keeping a good Mahi Mahi for the Bar BQ. Thanks Ivan and Pat for a great day out... Ron
Ron  S.
Ron S. Hornsby, New South Wales

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sydney

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Sydney costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $619, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $894. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Sydney is 36 ft and the most common vessel type is a Commercial.

According to customer reviews, Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder, Best Sydney Fishing Charter, and Foreshore Fishing Tours are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sydney, New South Wales. Full list of top fishing charters in Sydney.

Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder, Best Sydney Fishing Charter, and Foreshore Fishing Tours all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sydney.

The best way to experience fishing in Sydney is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Sydney, New South Wales.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Flathead, and Yellowtail Amberjack. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Offshore fishing, reef fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Peak tourist season hits Sydney as summer arrives. Head offshore for Marlin and Tuna or stay closer to home, fishing for Tailor, Kingfish, Salmon, Bonito, and much more. It doesn't get more festive than this! Check availability for local fishing charters in Sydney.