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Fishing in New South Wales

When booking a holiday to Australia, it’s likely you’re going to visit top attractions, including many in New South Wales. This is home to the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and many more iconic landmarks. The fishing in New South Wales is also well worth coming down for. In this south-eastern state you can choose to go offshore fishing or inshore fishing. There’s something for everyone down under! 

What to Expect

You’ll find excellent offshore fishing up and down the coastline. You can be in deep waters on the continental shelf less than 20 miles from shore. This is where you’ll be targeting big game, such as Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin. 

If you’re after a Marlin Grand Slam, take a trip out of Port Stephens from January to May to increase your chances. Further down the coast in Bermagui (Bermi to the locals) are huge Striped Marlins, as well as good populations of Blue and Black Marlin. Due to the strength of these huge pelagics, previous fishing experience is encouraged. Choose a charter with a fighting chair to help you reel them in if you’re not used to hooking monsters!

Experienced anglers can take a full day trip to target Swordfish. The Swordfish out of NSW can reach record-breaking sizes. 

The whole family will enjoy a trip targeting Pink Snapper. These are delicious offshore species that can put up a great fight. You can target them year round and don’t need to head far offshore for them – a four-hour trip is plenty of time to catch your fill.

Or maybe you’d like to check out the Trout fishing inshore? There’s plenty of Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout to target in Monaro and the Snowy Mountains, many of which hold Blue Ribbon status. It’s best to fish with a guide who can inform you of the local regulations, limits, and catch-and-release areas. 

If you don’t mind the cooler waters, try spearfishing in NSW. Make sure you’re up to date on which species are endangered and can’t be targeted. 

How to Prepare

The licence for your group will be provided when fishing with a charter fishing boat. Otherwise, everyone in your group over 18 will need to have a fishing licence. Your licence must be on you at all times when fishing. This licence is also required when spearfishing.

If going spearfishing, wear a thick wetsuit between 3–5 millimeters. You can only go spearfishing or bowfishing in saltwater. 

When fishing with a charter, the rods and reels are included in the price. If bringing your own, a 7’ rod is a good medium for most species. 

Head over to NSW for an epic fishing trip that you and the whole family will enjoy. There’s plenty of fish in the sea and lots of activities on land down in Oz!

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New South Wales Fishing Seasons


Dusky Flathead are a great catch from January until March. This is a very popular fish to target in Australia.


Celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this year – these are big celebrations you won’t want to miss! Yellowtail Kingfish are in season now. 


The end of March sees the Sydney Royal Easter Show on land and good numbers of Blue Marlin in the water.


Easter weekend is all about the Byron Bay Bluesfest. If you love blues and jazz, this is where you want to be. Yellowfin Tuna is good this month.


Have a laugh at the annual Sydney Comedy. The Tuna continues being great fun to catch this month.


Sit back and enjoy the best new films at the Sydney Film Festival. The Trout fishing season closes in June. It reopens in October.


July is the coldest month in New South Wales, so fishing slows down. Pink Snapper can still be caught in good numbers.


Trevally is good to target in August. There are multiple species of Trevally in NSW, including Bigeye and Bluefin.


Head to Darling Harbour for the International Boat Show – maybe you’ll find your next boat here?


Join in the “Gone Fishing Day” across NSW in October. There are lessons and competitions throughout the day. You won’t need a fishing licence on this day.


Temperatures are picking up as NSW enters their summer season. Brown and Rainbow Trout can be targeted inshore again.


All eyes turn to Australia so see in the New Year with a bang! Don’t miss the iconic fireworks!


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Reviews of Fishing in New South Wales

Full day trip with Captain Ivan
Robert K. fished with Ambition Charters on April 4, 2019
Fish for what’s recommended for the season you’re in.
No fish but a great day
Colin B. fished with Rathlin Charters on February 27, 2019
Fish with Rathlin, we certainly will again
Half day trip with my.son, great experience Captain Craig a d first mate Sam were very friendly and informative. Overall fantastic day with my son.
Jean-pierre D. P. fished with Rathlin Charters on January 20, 2019
Rathlin Charters I would definitely recommend for first timers like myself and son. Would suggest listen to your Captain and first mate, they have done this many times.
Half Day trip
Leonard T. fished with Find Fish Fast – Fishfinder on August 12, 2018
It was windy that day so we stayed in the Harbour.
The girl can fish
Rodney L. fished with Narooma Charters on June 9, 2018
Do what you’re told by the crew and you’ll be fine.
Queen’s Birthday weekend with Skipper Nick
Ashley K. fished with Narooma Charters on June 9, 2018
Follow the instructions of the skipper and his crew and you can’t go wrong !!!
Very enjoyable morning. Couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you guys.
Geoff L. fished with Rathlin Charters on April 24, 2018
Go and enjoy yourself and the boys will look after you
Half day trip
Sacha D. M. fished with Deep Sea Charters - Kingfisher on January 6, 2018
Hat, sunscreen, water, food, NO BANANAS!!

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