Captain
Ivan Bennett

Member since November 2016 Watsons Bay, Australia
Background
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...I started a Chartering business in the year 2000
Techniques
I love all types of fishing and over the years have had experience in all forms of fishing form Fly fishing to Heavy Tackle Game fishing on the Barrier reef. My two loves are Game Fishing for Marlin and Tuna as well as all the other great ocean wanderers and Fly fishing in both salt and fresh water...

Hey, I'm Captain Ivan Bennett

Watsons Bay, Australia
Background
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...I started a Chartering business in the year 2000
Techniques
I love all types of fishing and over the years have had experience in all forms of fishing form Fly fishing to Heavy Tackle Game fishing on the Barrier reef. My two loves are Game Fishing for Marlin and Tuna as well as all the other great ocean wanderers and Fly fishing in both salt and fresh water...
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Ambition Charters

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Fishing Reports

Ambition report 2nd.December'19

December 01, 2019

That elusive Marlin. At this time of year the keen Game Fisher people are out looking for the first Marlin of the season. In most clubs this is a much contested trophy with a great degree of kudos and… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 30th.October'19

October 29, 2019

Spring Gamefishing is always a bit hit and miss but this Spring has been more unusual than most. The weather has been fickle and the currents even more so. I went out late last week during a break in… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 21st.October'19

October 20, 2019

Decisions, decisions, which way to go - do I go North or South, stay here or keep looking . These dilemmas are what I suppose most of us face every day we head out. These were the thoughts going… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 16th.September'19

September 13, 2019

The offshore fishing off Sydney is all about the Fickle Yellowfin Tuna. Here one day gone the next. There are long liners working offshore so they must be somewhere. After the spell of bad weather last week I was… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 19th. August'19

August 18, 2019

Ambition report 19th. August'19 ------------------------------------------ Albacore and Kingfish were the name of the game off Sydney last week. However there were enough encounters with Yellowfin to keep the hope alive. Unfortunately since then the weather has intervened and looks… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 3rd.July'19

July 02, 2019

After the less than comfortable conditions last Saturday yesterday was a dream. We'd heard that the 'fin were still around so off we went. On Saturday the bite occurred fairly early so I didn't make my regular stop over… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 16th.June'19

June 15, 2019

We went out yesterday in ideal conditions. I was aiming to have a shot at Kings then go to the Mountain do a drop or two and go wide to have a late cubing session on the thousand fathom… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 26th.May'19

May 24, 2019

We went out last Wednesday to try and find those mysterious Yellowfin. Reports had been coming in of the Yellowfin ranging along the temperature break South-East of Browns. Along with the'fin were occasional encounters with Blue and Striped Marlin.… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 18th. May'19

May 18, 2019

After hearing reports of Yelllowfin and Marlin during the week. We went out with great expectations. I'd also been out on Wednesday with a group of jigging specialist. So a stopover on a couple of the reefs was on… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 5th. May'19

May 05, 2019

Yesterday wasn't the very best of days to go fishing but we were committed. As so often happens when the ocean is less friendly the bite, especially for Yellowfin can be good. Ours was a story of good and… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 25th. April'19

April 25, 2019

While there are Blue and Striped Marlin as well as Yellowfin around it is hard fishing. The weather has been perfect over the last few days consequently a lot of people are getting out wide, very wide. Out there… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 9th. April'19

April 03, 2019

Fishing is a fickle game at the best of times. But at present the fishing and the currents seem more fickle than normal. I went out on several days last week and conditions changed each day. The end result… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 25th. March'19

March 25, 2019

I brought Ambition back from Port Stephens on Saturday fishing the whole way down. The weather was spectacular by any standard . We ran out to the 'Car Park' where we put the lures in. Unbelievably we hadn't had… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 19th. March'19

March 19, 2019

Game fishing at the very least is a very fickle game. So dependant on the weather, currents and lots of other things we can blame for not catching a fish. However if there is a shortage of fish there… Read Full Report →


Ambition Report 30th. January'19

January 30, 2019

The fishing clinics we held over the last week surprisingly produced small Black Marlin. Not the fish you normally expect in 500 fathoms. The fishing at Port Stephens is really tough at present. Inshore the water is dirty green… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 21st. December'18

December 21, 2018

Marlin madness is a strange condition. For those smitten it is usually after an encounter with one of these remarkable predators. I could go on about Marlin for hours but those smitten know without me saying anything further. All… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 5th. November'18

November 04, 2018

It's that time of year again - Billfish time. November is when the warm water currents from the North start to move inshore and push further South. Consequently with this warm water come the great pelagics, Marlin, Spearfish, Wahoo… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 29th. October’18

October 28, 2018

November often sees an early run of the pelagics i.e. Mahi Mahi and Marlin. As the warmer water up North really starts pushing down the shelf it bring with it the first of these oceanic wanderers. However this October,… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 22nd. October'18

September 30, 2018

I am afraid I have to say it but the Pakula 'Brad 'J'' bullet has done it again with the capture of a very early season Spearfish. We went out on Monday to see if we could find those… Read Full Report →


Ambitionj report 24th.September'18

September 22, 2018

Reports of Yellowfin tuna have been coming in over the last couple of weeks. Those 'fin encountered have been in two basic classes, biggish ones over forty kilo's and others going fifteen to twenty five kilo's. However as we… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 10 th. September'18

September 09, 2018

Spring is usually a great time for fishing off Sydney. Out wide Tuna are showing up with Albacore and Yellowfin in the mix. Also on the offshore reefs the Kingies should be in residence. Around Browns Gemmies are still… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 16th. August'19

August 17, 2018

I want to take this opportunity to say that I am taking bookings for the upcoming Port Stephens 2019 season. I will be available from mid-January until mid-March'19. As most would know this year's Marlin season up there was… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 8th. August'18

August 05, 2018

It is Shark time off Sydney at present with Mako's, Blues and Whalers on the bite. On the week-end a rare Thresher Shark was also caught and a couple of Whites were encountered. Now that the Bluefin have moved… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 30th. July'18

June 30, 2018

Winter and Spring are the time for Sydney's Tuna, Albacore, Yellowfin and Bluefin. Though it looks like the Bluefin have passed there are enough reports of Yellowfin both North and South to be optimistic. Sadly we are in post… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 28th.May'18

May 28, 2018

Striped Marlin and Mako Sharks as well as Tigers were all the news off Sydney last week-end. Two Tiger Sharks over 450 kgs. were taken as well as another of unknown size lost after several hours of fighting. With… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 21st.May'18

May 21, 2018

Tuna and Marlin: Striped and Blue Marlin along with Yellowfin tuna , Mahi Mahi and some huge Tiger sharks are still haunting Sydney waters. When you consider that it is nearly June the fishing is quite incredible. I suppose… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 8th.May'18

May 07, 2018

Yellowfin tuna and big ones too are off Sydney at present. I haven't caught one weighing less than 60 kgs. in the last few weeks yet, with a few going over 70 kilo's. How long this will last, who… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 30th. April18

April 29, 2018

Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Striped Marlin are on the bite off Sydney. The Sydney Game Fishing Club got it right for the 'Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament' sponsored by last week-end. Though the weather wasn't perfect the fishing more… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 25th.April'18

April 24, 2018

I took Tony and his wife Anne from Mackay out Game Fishing off Sydney on Monday. After my success the previous Saturday I decided to go South again. It was a mistake, it was a beautiful day but still… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 9th.April'18

April 21, 2018

[caption id="attachment_1709" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dan's Yellowfin[/caption] Yellowfin Tuna - after seeing a couple of Longliners coming into port yesterday I thought I'd give the Yellowfin tuna a shot. I planned to head out wide to where the charts were… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 5th.April'18

April 01, 2018

Though it has been a little quiet offshore over the last few days it is not the end of what has been one of the best Game Fishing seasons I have experienced. This year we saw great numbers of… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 26th. March'18

March 25, 2018

The good news is that Marlin are still here, Blues and Stripes mostly and amongst them a run of Sydney Yellowfin Tuna. This run of Tuna was a regular occurrence in the past and was the reason the Sydney… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 19th.March'19

March 19, 2018

This is the best time of year for Sydney Marlin fishing in fact all the gamefish. The ocean current are at their warmest and closest to land and as they stream by they bring the baitfish and their predators.… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 12th. March'18

March 11, 2018

The Marlin fishing off Sydney is coming into its best period. At this time of year the water off Sydney is at its warmest. We generally catch the biggest of species...the quality specimens. The 200 plus kilo Blue Marlin,… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 6th. March'18

March 03, 2018

Port Stephens deep sea fishing is at the best I have ever experienced. All three species of Marlin are there in numbers. Also Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin tuna as well as the occasional Wahoo and Spearfish. During the previous week… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 26th. February'18

February 26, 2018

At present there is a Port Stephens Marlin frenzy going on. The inshore fishing for the small Blacks hasn't really taken off being more of a day to day proposition. However it's more than made up for by the… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 5th. February'18

February 03, 2018

Port Stephens firing is every Game Fishers dream and it fired last week-end. The weather however didn't play ball. On the shelf where a lot of the action was taking place it was far less than comfortable. On Saturday… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 29th. January'18

January 26, 2018

Over the last three days the Port Stephens Marlin have been almost like the days of past when the 'Car Park' fired. Bait is building up on the shelf and the run of Blacks seems to have started up… Read Full Report →


Ambition Report 22nd. January'18

January 20, 2018

I left Sydney early on Saturday morning with Lindon. Rhys, Michael and Frank in perfect conditions to chase the Port Stephens Marlin. No wind, no sea and nothing untoward expected weatherwise. I cruised out to an area just short… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 1st. January'18

December 30, 2017

The year 2017 certainly ended with a bang. The fireworks celebrated not just the end of a successful year but a great couple of days for me. Hopefully it will continue into my summer Chartering at Port Stephens. Funnily… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 11th. December'17

December 10, 2017

Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin and Mahi Mahi though not in any numbers yet are all on the menu. They're not easy to find but a few have been caught over the last couple of weeks and conditions are becoming… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 13th. November'17

November 12, 2017

The offshore fishing for Billfish was not really exciting last week with few fish being encountered.  However I did hear of a Lake Macquarie boat losing a good sized Blue Marlin  around the Norah Canyons. Off Sydney the water… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 6th. November'17

November 06, 2017

After the weather we experienced last week-end it was surprising that anyone went out Marlin Fishing. Those who went saw a few Marlin. Captures and Tags were another matter entirely. On Saturday a few boats went out and Ed… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 29th. October'17

October 29, 2017

Well the trophy for the first Marlin of the season for the Sydney Game Fishing Club has been taken out, as can be seen in the post above. Co-incidently the first Marlin for the Broken Bay Club was also… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 27th. October'17

October 27, 2017

I took Joe and three of his friends, two from New Zealand and one from Ireland, out today for an afternoon fish. The aim was to chase Yellowtail Kingfish in along the cliffs of Sydney. The first job was… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 23rd. October' 17

October 22, 2017

I don't know why but I still get surprised when the SST's don't reflect what I experience at sea. I shouldn't I know because the charts don't have the resolution to show the minor eddies that hold the fish… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 9th. October'17

October 08, 2017

I fished on Friday and Sunday and both days had nothing in common at all. On Friday I had the gun jigging crew on board. Thien ( Timpon ) and his friends who can jig like machines all day… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 24th. September'17

September 24, 2017

Well,  all I can say is bring on another Bluefin ! this run just keeps on giving. The eddy South of Browns is pretty well stagnant so who knows how long it may last. One thing is for sure… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 11th. September'17

September 17, 2017

Well I guess those with their ears to the ground will know the answer to the question - are the Bluefin still here ?... to those who may not have heard the answer is a resounding YES ! how… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 27th. August' 17

August 26, 2017

Yesterday was a good day the weather looking good and there was the prospect of tuna in the air. The plan was to end up out wide and do some cubing but first on the agenda was to catch… Read Full Report →


Winter in Sydney

June 10, 2017

Ambition Charters in Winter ------------------------------------ Back here in Sydney June through September is winter time. The currents from the North have slowed and generally after a morning blow from the West we enjoy beautiful calm afternoon and evenings allowing… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 15th. May’17

May 13, 2017

Before going out on Saturday I checked the SST’s which didn’t show any significant features. But you know how it is, the charts don’t show everything so we went out in great conditions and expectations after last Monday’s effort.… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 9th. May' 17

May 08, 2017

Yesterday was a good day at least compared with Saturday when I was last out. On Saturday there were several club boats out and I am pretty sure all saw or had hits from Marlin but only one was… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 1th. March' 17

March 13, 2017

Another week at Port but now that the competition season is over it has become the quiet fishing village it was, the crowds are gone but the fish are still here. I went out wide on Saturday to see… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 28th. February'17

February 28, 2017

It was three days of remarkable fishing this year at the Interclub. Remarkable in that prior to the competition the inshore waters were cold and green and the small Blacks had virtually disappeared. On top of that the usual… Read Full Report →


Ambition Interclub 2017

February 26, 2017

Ambition report 5th. March'17 --------------------------------------- The fishing here at Port has changed again. The hot water offshore has moved South with a couple of boats out of Lake Macquarie getting amongst the Blues and a Spearfish or two. Here… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 20th. February'17

February 19, 2017

The week that ended as the fulfillment of one of my ambitions, no pun intended, did not start out so well. I took a group of my friends out over a couple of days to check out the fishing around the… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 13th. February'17

February 12, 2017

Ambition report 13th. February' 17 ---------------------------------------------- Port Stephens was pretty quiet last week-end but what was there were quality fish with several Blue Marlin and quite a number of good sized Dollies being taken. One we caught was well… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 7th. February'17

February 04, 2017

Though the Blacks are here, in close at Port Stephens, they are proving difficult to locate and even more difficult to coax onto the hook, at least for the majority of us. Perseverance is one of the keys to… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 30th. January' 17

January 29, 2017

The good news is that the Black Marlin have moved into Port Stephens and some much bigger than the 30 to 40 kilo models you'd normally expect, the bad news is they are here one day and gone the… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 24th. January' 17

January 24, 2017

I took Bob Stephens and two of his associates out in what looked like being a very ordinary day according to forecasts but ended up being one of those better days to be at sea. We started as usual… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 15th. January' 17

January 14, 2017

It looked like a perfect day on Saturday at Port Stephens and it was weatherwise anyway but any day at sea is a good day. We had no trouble catching bait and were soon off heading East. The plan… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 9th. January' 17

January 06, 2017

We left Port Stephens on Friday at 5am. in great conditions for the run up North. The plan was to run to an area just South of the Norah Canyons and work our way up to the 'Car Park'… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 30th. December' 16

December 29, 2016

It's finally happening, the Marlin have turned up and in good numbers too. Over the last week or two there has been the occasional Blue and Striped Marlin around but finally the currents have moved in close, not that you'd know… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 12th. December' 16

December 11, 2016

I went out again today with one of my regular clients, Lee Morphy, he'd brought along two friends from the Philippines who hadn't experienced Game Fishing before and were anxious to see what it is all about. The idea was to have… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 7th. December' 16

December 07, 2016

Had a great day out with Bobby Kershaw and some of his friends in quite good weather. Ended the day with a tagged Striped Marlin and a 10kg. Mahi Mahi for dinner... Read Full Report →


Ambition report 5th. December' 16

December 04, 2016

It looks like the Southerly current is slowly moving inshore but  the low is blocking its passage. However there were a number of Marlin encountered, I heard of at least three tagged and one lost, over the week-end as well as a showing… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 28th. November' 16

November 27, 2016

By all accounts the fishing wide of Sydney was a battle both with the seas and to find any fish. I didn't hear of anyone finding the Albacore which were there last week or for that matter any tuna… Read Full Report →


Ambition report 21st. November' 16

November 21, 2016

What a beautiful day Sunday was it was a pleasure to be at sea. According to the charts there was a good patch of water North of Sydney and some interesting stuff East of Browns. After hearing about the… Read Full Report →

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Full day trip with Captain Ivan

VERIFIED   April 4, 2019
One day trip trolling for marlin & tuna. Only one bite but made it count with a 133 lb. yellowfin tuna. The seas were nice....
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Fishing with Ivan

VERIFIED   March 11, 2019
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Day Charter 6/1/2017

January 5, 2017
What an experience! Ivan, the captain is a master at locating fish. His experience and knowledge is the best in NSW. Not only...
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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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Ambition Charters Delivers Again

December 7, 2016
My experience with Ambition charters could not have been better. We were provided a very professional service that put two...
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