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Sydney Harbour: 8 fishing charters available

Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(41 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from $975

Shoki Charters

Sydney
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trips from $1,741

Best Sydney Fishing Charter

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(17 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from $251

Ambition Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(10 reviews)
Sydney
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trips from $1,532

Deep Sea Charters - Reef Runner

Excellent
4.1 / 5
(19 reviews)
Sydney
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Deep Sea Charters - Kingfisher

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(5 reviews)
Sydney
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Deep Blue Charters – Mystery Bay

Excellent
4.3 / 5
(6 reviews)
Sydney
trips from $1,532

Deep Blue Charters – Mahi Mahi ll

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Sydney
trips from $1,602

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Sydney Harbour

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Sydney Harbour are: Full list of top fishing charters in Sydney Harbour

The average price for a private 4 hour Sydney Harbour fishing trip is $937, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,244 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Sydney Harbour that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Sydney Harbour are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Sydney Harbour are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Sydney Harbour are:

Many fishing charters in Sydney Harbour provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Sydney Harbour are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Sydney Harbour are:
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $1,402
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $1,368
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $633
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $2,800
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,800
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $2,200
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $1,900

You’re going to have a great time when you’re fishing Sydney Harbour, where many species of fish can be found year round around the countless underwater structures. Sydney Harbour is the world's largest natural harbour, and even has a unit of measurement named after it – the Sydharb is equivalent to 500 gigalitres!

As well as fishing the protected and tranquil harbour itself, anglers can head out of the harbour to fish –  a 20-minute ride will get you to the reefs and wrecks. Just 5 miles from shore and you can fish depths of 100 meters. Or you can head as much as 60-miles offshore for some excellent deep sea fishing.

The harbour is famous for its Crab population, as well as the varied species of fish you can catch here. You’ll also be able to target Prawns, Bream, Flounder, Kingfish, Luderick, Groper, Sand Whiting, Sea Mullet, Silver Biddle, Silver Trevally, Tailor, Trumpeter Whiting, Squid, Dusky Flathead, Fan-bellied Leatherjacket, and many more. At one point, over 600 species were estimated to be here. Each season offers anglers something new.

Sydney Fishing Spots

There are plenty of bays and islands to fish in Sydney Harbour, some with excellent views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as an added bonus. There are over 30 wharves as well as many marinas and bridges that provide habitats to many fish.

Blues Point Reserve

A short walk from the railway station, this is the spot to fish if you want to mix fishing with taking in the sites – you’ll have the best view of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Fish here if you know you can cast a line a good distance out, to catch Kingfish, Salmon, Jewfish, and Silver Trevally. If you’re fishing from the bank, you can fish here in the afternoon instead of the early morning.

Beulah Street Wharf

Located on Kirribilli (translated from the old Aboriginal dialect as “good fishing spot”), this is another top spot to fish with an excellent view! More experienced anglers will enjoy the challenging currents found here, which are fast and strong. Find plenty of Sea Bream, Silver Trevally, and Squid here.

Rose Bay

Rose Bay might not have the views of the other spots, but it is an excellent fishery for Leatherjacket, Flathead, Whiting, Snapper, Tailor, Bream, Australian Salmon, and Squid. For Flathead and Whiting, head towards the southeast corner, to the area known as “the Blue Hole”.  A lot of charters use this bay to depart from, so there is plenty of parking available.

Rushcutters Bay

This area is great for attracting Jewfish, Amberjack, Flathead, Whiting, and Bream, as well as huge numbers of baitfish. There are plenty of structures around the bay that the fish are attracted to. From the bay, you can easily access Clarke Island, where there are disused Navy moorings to fish around. Kingfish, Jewfish, and Snapper can be caught here.

Bradley’s Head

If you’re fishing with an experienced captain, you’ll have a lot of fun at Bradley’s Head. You’ll need a local who can navigate these congested waters. You’ll be able to target Australian Salmon, Tailor, Flathead, Luderick, and Bream. A short walk from the lighthouse, towards “white rock”, is another productive spot to fish. You’ll be able to fish Black Trevally and Leatherjacket here, as well.

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay is at the furthest point of Sydney Harbour, before you reach the Tasman Sea.

At the mouth of the harbour is Sow and Pigs reef, a productive reef for Bream, Jewfish, Shark, Trevally, Tailor, and more. From May to November it’s likely you’ll fish up to 30 miles outside of the harbour for Yellowfin, Albacore, and Bluefin Tuna. During the warmer months (November to May) you’ll be able to target Striped, Black, and Blue Marlin.

Sydney Harbour Fishing Tips

  • Head to the fishing grounds very early in the morning or very late in the evening. There are ferries and ships in the harbour later in the day which can adversely affect the currents. Early morning fishing also lets you get the best spots!

  • Live bait will need to be bought before the trip, as you can’t use crab as bait here.

  • To help you cast as far as possible, into the nooks and crannies of the structures, use the lightest line possible with lightweight lures to match. Have longer line than usual so you minimize spooking the fish.

  • A top trick of fishing the harbour – let you lure sink naturally. The fish are more likely to come investigate if it looks natural, rather than immediately swinging back towards the boat.

Need to Know

Check the latest information on fish that are edible in the harbour. In the past, there have been high levels of dioxins, making some dangerous to eat.

The seasons in the southern hemisphere are different from those in the northern hemisphere.  Better weather begins in December and lasts until May.

Some areas have restrictions. Your captain will know the high traffic areas, fish refuge zones, and restricted areas.

Regulations

Whatever type of fishing you choose to do in New South Wales, you’ll need to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee. Carry the receipt with you at all times.

Only four rods can be in the water at once when fishing in Sydney. There are also limits of how many fish can be taken on any given trip. Your captain will advise which species can be kept.

Budget

Trips in the harbour are around seven hours and will cost AUD 1,100 for five people. If leaving from the harbour and heading offshore, the price of the trip can be over double that.

Getting There

Fly to Sydney Airport and travel around half an hour along the M1 to get to the southwestern part of the harbour. You can also take public transport from the airport, but this will take an hour. The cruise ship pier is located near the south side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Grab your flip-flops (or thongs as they’re called here), suntan lotion, and head down under today for a great time fishing Sydney Harbour. The whole family will love the mix of excellent fishing with spectacular views. Take in the sights, visit the Sydney Heritage Fleet, and book an unforgettable trip today.

 

Sydney Harbour
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 25065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Spring is in full swing, and there are plenty of festivals happening in Sydney to celebrate. Visit the Sydney Festival for a cultural celebration.

February

Summer begins, but expect rain still. Show support at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival.

 
March

Temperatures reach highs of 25°C. If Easter falls in March, the Sydney Royal Easter Show will be this month – great fun for the whole family.

 
April

April 25 is a major Australian public holiday: Anzac Day. Watch the parade as it heads towards Hyde Park.

 
May

Temperatures will bounce between 12–20 °C. Step inside for the annual Fashion Week in Sydney.

June

If going offshore, this is a great month for Blue Marlin. On land, celebrate the Queen’s birthday with a holiday weekend.

 
July

Celebrate Yulefest in this colder month, with lows of 8°C – don’t worry, that’s as cold as it gets here! NAIDOC Week is also on, celebrating Australia's indigenous culture.

 
August

For some top tips and new gear, head to the Sydney International Boat Show. The humpback whale migration starts now and runs to November.

 
September

Trevally are everywhere, from August until January. Temperatures will vary between 12–20 °C. Winter is nearly over!

 
October

Head over to the Manly Jazz Festival and feed your soul on the epic music. There will be contemporary and traditional performers.

November

Snapper, Whiting, and Kingfish all turn up in the harbour en mass this month! This is the start of spring, and the fish get a lot more active.

 
December

This is a great month for fishing for Snapper, Bonito, and Salmon. The harbour is busy with the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Bondi beach if full for its Christmas Bash.

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Book a trip with Findfinder and Tony and John will give you all the tips you eed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Very good
4.0 / 5
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

Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(41 reviews)
Highly recommend Tony and his crew mate. Super cool, professional and reliable Will definitely repeat if any opportunity
Eric  U.
Eric U. Australia
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Had a fantastic day out on the boat despite wet conditions. Managed to catch more than enough for a great feed. Tony and John were both knowledgeable and extremely helpful in ensuring we had a great day.
Joshua  F.
Joshua F. Sydney, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Tony and John where Very professional and knowledgeable team. Got us on early and they just kept coming. Good variety of fish as well as target fish caught. Great set up on the boat. Highly recommend
Jason  H.
Jason H. Launceston, TAS
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Wow, what can I say, the team was amazing! Each booking, great communication and support and on the day we had a few changes and the team was so accommodating. Then the fishing, so so so much fun! It was a first for a few of us and they taught us all we needed to know to the point we got super confident on the water which made it even more enjoyable, even gave us some ideas on how to cook our fish haha. Thanks guys for an amazing day, we will definitely be back again.
Ana  S.
Ana S. Sydney, New South Wales
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
These guys were great! 8 of us from the states went out for a 7 hour reef fishing charter. We got on some good fish, and probably had about 20 keepers, and threw back a bunch more. There wasn't much wind, so the drift was hard and with 8 of us, out lines kept getting tangles. These guys were pros and got the tangles out in a few mins and got us back in the water. Would recommend them 10/10 times!
Zach  P.
Zach P. Chicago, IL
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Great communication from Capt Tony including his office. Nothing was too much trouble and our team thoroughly enjoyed their fishing event in Sydney Harbour.
Russell  B.
Russell B. Picton, New South Wales
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
We had a fantastic day. Plenty of fish, and a crew who went out of their way to ensure that we had a good experience.
Martin  S.
Martin S. Manly, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Tony and deck-hand John were bloody amazing! We couldn't have asked for a better time and the five hours absolutely flew. Tony was extremely accommodating for the overall needs of our group and I wouldn't hesitate in the slightest to rebook with them. Cant wait for our next trip.
Jacob  K.
Jacob K. Roseville, NSW
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder
Fishing charter in Sydney
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(10 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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(41 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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(41 reviews)
Trip was very good. The captain was very knowledgeable. I would do this again.
Leonard  T.
Leonard T. Casula, New South Wales