Captain
Ivan Bennett

Member since November 2016 Sydney, Australia
Background
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.
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

Sydney, Australia
Background
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.
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...

My Charter Listings

Ambition Charters

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

Ambition Charters – Port Stephens

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(3 reviews)
Port Stephens
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trips from $1,671

Fishing Reports

Ambition report 11th.September'22
Ambition report 11th.September'22
Sep 11, 2022 Sydney
Well it did turn out to be a good day. Not so much weatherwise though. We had a shot early for Kingfish but it must have been too early for them. We only had jigs and eventually managed to lose what seemed to be a good fish. So, it was offshore we went. The wind was blowing around 15 to 20 knots from the South-West but predicted to ease early in the afternoon. However, as we approached the shelf and the nearly 2 knot Northerly current the resonable swell turned into some really steep nasties. Conditions didn't seem to be worrying the guys so I continued out and just then had a take on the shotgun. At first I thought it was just a Stripy but it turned out to be a Yellowfin of about 7kilo's, enough incentive to keep on going. Sometime later we had a much more solid hit on the lumo. This fish gave the angler a bit of a workout; using a new set of muscles. After a decent fight we gaffed a Yellowfin of about 25 kilo's. There was no turning back now and fortunately the wind was easing, it was still very rocky and rolly but definitely backing off. It wasn't too much later that the rigger went off again and this was a very much bigger fish taking a screamer of a run. Then before I could slow down the flat line took off, again a screamer. Sadly, the second fish dropped off after a few minutes but the other one was still going. It took a while and a toll on the angler but after twenty odd minutes we had our third Yellowfin, this one about 35 kilo's. So, what started out with an interesting sunrise turned into a great if not uncomfortable day's fishing. Interestingly all the fish were blind strikes without any bird activity. But I guess it did show that the rough days are the good ones, at least for Yellowfin. Tight lines, Ivan
Ambition Report 28th.August’22
Ambition Report 28th.August’22
Aug 28, 2022 Sydney
We went out on Sunday in ideal conditions. And after hearing of the results of those who fished on Saturday there was an degree of optimism. Boats out on Saturday caught Yellowfin from way wide of Heatons, Northeast of Browns and down on the Southern Canyons. The fish were wide spread but you still had to put in the hard yards to find them. So, we went out optimistic in knowing there were fish to be found. I put the lures out just inside the shelf where there was quite a bit of bait though it was quite deep. There is always the chance of an early season Striped Marlin. Travelling out there were reports of Yellowfin around Heatons and wide of the Bait Station. I continued on moving wider. The fishing was slow and since I had seen a few schools of Striped Tuna put out a small lure to give the clients a taste of what I hoped would come. We caught a few Stripies when in about five hundred fathoms old Brad went off. It was a Yellowfin but not quite as big as was wanted, just a jellybean about 7 kilo’s. Continuing on we saw a couple of whales and caught a few more Stripies. By then it was time to head for home. As we crossed over the one hundred fathom line the Stripie lure went off. It took a good run but since it was only a 15kg. outfit thought it was a bigger Stripie or maybe an Albacore. But then it stuck its head out and we saw it was unmistakenly a Short Billed Spearfish. It took about 20 minutes but we landed the fish to the jubilation of the Sunni and his friends. What used to be a rare capture off Sydney and considered to be a tropical fish only found in the warmest water, water where you were likely to run into a Blue Marlin and there was one of those taken recently too, the number of Spearfish caught over the last couple of weeks defies explanation especially since they were caught in only nineteen degrees. One could theorise that since the SST’s only reflect the top two or three millimetres of the surface there might be a much warmer current running a little deeper. Anyway just a speculation… Tight lines, Ivan
Ambition report 18th.April'22
Ambition report 18th.April'22
Apr 18, 2022 Sydney
Mahi Mahi Yesterday in perfect conditions I took Brian, his father and his two young sons out fishing. They were visiting from America and wanted to experience Game Fishing. Sadly, they didn't get the full experience though they did enjoy the day and succeeding in taking home a nice feed of Mahi Mahi. Mahi Mahi The aim was to get out to the warm current the charts were showing running south behind Browns.   Leaving the harbour the water was a very dirty green. I had expected the water to clear up around the 12 mile but it was only slightly better, being what I call 'clean green' and slightly warmer. At ninety fathoms it was improving but strangely whereas I hadn't noticed any floating debris in the water up until now between eighty and ninety fathoms there was a lots of it, ranging in size from small twigs to decent sized branches, a time for caution.   Hot Currents... Finally, in about 120 fathoms the water went that 'beautiful blue' we want to see and the temperature reached 25 degrees with the current running South at 2.5 knots. It was a slow transition up to the 25 degrees and in it we caught a big striped tuna, close to 9 kilo's, that put on  good show for Brian, lucky they don't grow to Yellowfin proportions. Mahi Mahi   We did cover a lot of water, going out to a thousand fathoms, down the thousand fathom line, back into Browns, up the shelf, down the shelf and finally back into the 12 mile. We did catch several Mahi Mahi on our travels, all in the middle of nowhere and curiously none around any floating material. There were also lots of Dolphins but they weren't stopping just travelling North.   On the radio I did hear of what was described as a big Striped Marlin but it was taken off Shellharbour. In fact I heard nothing locally the whole day and only saw two other boats out wide.   So that was the day, a nice feed some great weather and good company, what more could you ask for - would a marlin or two be too much !!   Tight lines, Ivan   Weather and Sea State : Buoyweather Bureau of Meteorology Radar Seabreeze Weatherzone Weathercams Ripcharts C.S.I.R.O. N.S.W Bluelink Fishing Tackle : Pakula Tackle Global Tackle Otto’s Tackle Melton Tackle Aftco Campbell’s Pro Tackle Electronics : Furuno Keogh’s Marine Electronics Olectric Systems Home…
Ambition report 13th.April'22
Ambition report 13th.April'22
Apr 10, 2022 Sydney
After much toing and froing about whether to hold the Peter Goadby Tournament over one or two days; the number of entries and the weather being the matters of contention, the decision to go ahead was bravely made by President Karen at the last minute; it would be a two day tournament. As predicted Saturday’s weather was pretty horrid. The ocean was all over the place, very short and nasty. I know everyone my boat was feeling the ‘mal de mer’, however not enough to stop neither us nor any of the others out there either. Sadly, the fishing was not up to standard for this time of year. The water colour varied from chocolate crap to what I call clean green. In places it almost made it to blue but always with that tinge of green, however it did get up to 24.4 degrees in places. And to make matters worse there was lots of debris of all sizes drifting in the current. Day 1, Saturday saw ‘Smartbill’ tag two Marlin and both ‘Kill Tank’ and ‘Tantrum’ a Yellowfin each. On the capture side ‘Reaper’ killed two Mako sharks, one, a magnificent fish of 330.50 kilo’s by Jayden Hudson and Mia Wright a junior on dad’s boat Tantrum weighed a Striped Marlin of 101.20 kilo’s. Day 2, Sunday was a much kinder day, weatherwise any way, the fishing didn’t get much better. Jack Jones on ‘Rampage’ after a very long fight weighed a Striped Marlin of 68.50 kilo’s on 10 kilo line and both ‘Smartbill’ and ‘Sniper’ each tagged Marlin. Overall seventeen boats fished for a total of five Marlin, six Yellowfin, two sharks and eighteen Mahi Mahi. Incidentally the Yellowfin weighed went 27.20 and 27.50 kilo’s respectively. It was good to see the appearance of Yellowfin even though we generally expect much bigger ones at this time of year. So let’s hope that the crappy water clears up and we get the Autumn we’re used to. Tight Lines, Ivan
Ambition report 15th.March’22
Ambition report 15th.March’22
Mar 13, 2022 Sydney
After all the bad weather and floods of the last few weeks Sydney Blues took new meaning last weekend. This time of year usually heralds the arrival of Sydney Blues, that is Blue Marlin. If you look at the results of the Sydney Game Fishing Club’s annual ‘Peter Goadby Tournament’ which is coming up soon, you’ll find it has been dominated by big Blue Marlin, fish over 200 kilo’s with more than a few over 300 kilo’s. On Saturday I took Leina and a few of her girlfriends out in the hope of a Marlin or even a Yellowfin. We went out not knowing what to expect what with all the flooding up and down the coast and the debris being pushed out to sea. At the heads the water was like mud as expected, but as we worked our way out past twenty fathoms then thirty, forty, fifty and sixty fathoms it was not getting any better but the amount of debris was increasing. Finally, out near the shelf it started to clear up and by the time we reached a hundred and twenty fathoms we had beautiful clear indigo blue water and 25 degrees. It looked good. It looked good but there was no life in it. Then one of the girls spotted some birds working. As we got closer I saw Striped Tuna rounding up bait. We worked the area until the action dispersed and only catching some Stripies. Later on I was told over the radio by someone who’s boat’s name I can’t remember that they had caught a good sized Blue Marlin near Browns. We however had no more luck and turned for home. On Sunday we had Scott and some of his friends. Little did they know what was in store for them. Because of all the debris I trolled out and was surprised to find the Blue water had moved in to the eighty fathom line. We continued on seeing nothing but the occasional tree and pillow etc. In about seven hundred fathoms I saw some Dolphins that looked like they were feeding so I headed towards them. Suddenly the rigger went off and the Tiagra screamed. I looked back to see a really good Blue tearing the water apart; Lumo’s turn to shine. Pandemonium ensued. Scott took the rod and could only hang on as the Blue screamed off. It took over an hour of hard work before Scott got the fish boat side and we got a better idea of how big it was. Meantime poor Scott was f-----ed and could hardly move. He had done a great job and will probably suffer tomorrow. We continued on hoping for another bite but no luck other than a couple of Mahi Mahi we found near the edge of the Blue and Brown water. Generally speaking from now and hopefully until mid-May we see the biggest of species. Blue and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi along with Wahoo and Spearfish. What they may lack in numbers they make up in size. Tight lines, Ivan

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 13 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Leina M.
Excellent
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Fishing with Ivan

VERIFIED   10 Hour Game Fishing on March 12, 2022
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Tamsin B.
Surfers Paradise, QLD
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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4.0 / 5
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Excellent
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4.0 / 5
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10 hour trip

VERIFIED   10 Hour Game Fishing on January 9, 2020
Although we did not catch a marlin, the very competent crew ensured we had a good day and caught some smaller fish which was...
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Peter E.
Forestville, New South Wales
Excellent
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Day Charter 6/1/2017

10 Hours Port Stephens Gamefishing on 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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Robert K.
Australia
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Full day trip with Captain Ivan

VERIFIED   10 Hour Game Fishing on 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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Stephen M.
Moorebank, New South Wales
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VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Game Fishing on 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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