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AMBITION REPORT 2ND.MAY’23
AMBITION REPORT 2ND.MAY’23
April 30, 2023
The Peter Goadby Tournament was certainly held on an interesting week-end. Saturday saw seventeen boats head out into what were ideal conditions. There had been reports of Yellowfin a little South of us, Blue Marlin were evident, Striped Marlin were apparent having pack attacked a couple of boats including mine, there was a Black Marlin speared at Long Reef and to top it off the FAD’s were loaded with Mahi Mahi. In the past this tournament has produced big Blue Marlin and Yellowfin so anticipation was high. Sadly, the fish just weren’t there. The water was good, over 24 degrees at the shelf. There was bird and bait activity to be found out wide though you did have to cover some ground to find it. Trouble was, to the detriment of a couple of boats, that were the birds and bait were there were no predators. There was, however, bait on the shelf and as Little Audrey and Greyhound found it did produce some Striped Marlin. Little Audrey tagging three and Greyhound one. Most other boats found Mahi Mahi many of which were in the middle of nowhere, shame was there were none of the usual bigger ones. I started trolling just inside the shelf and found patches of bait then worked my way out to the thousand fathom line. On the way out the water was cooling and the birds and bait thinned out. By then both Little Audrey and Greyhound had each tagged a Marlin so I started coming back in. I was around the two hundred fathoms area, no bait nor birds, when the rigger went off. The fish didn’t jump just screamed off, so thoughts were of a Yellowfin. Those thoughts were however soon dispelled by a Blue Marlin charging straight at us. It was a very strange fish, it was Black…not a Black Marlin but a very dark coloured Blue Marlin, unlike anything I have ever seen before. It put up a solid fight certainly making Mark work for it, but we did eventually tag it. It was then that we heard Little Audrey had tagged another two Striped Marlin, tomorrow has got to be good. Sunday’s weather wasn’t looking too good but you have to be in it to win it so I headed off to the club in high spirits only to have them dashed as a Gale warning had been issued for waters South of Port Hacking meaning we could not go fishing. NSWGFA rules stipulate that if there is a Gale warning in your zone fishing is cancelled. The decision was made to wait for the 10:00 am. weather update and see if the Gale warning is lifted. On the one hand the news was good, the Gale warning was lifted, we could go out. Going out was interesting in itself. The wider we went the bigger the swell got and near the shelf it got even steeper but it wasn’t too bad and was dropping off. As it was only seven boats ended up going out and only one Marlin, a Stripy and several Mahi Mahi were caught. It was an interesting two days, sadly the fish weren’t there but there is always next time. Tight lines, Ivan
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Ambition report 24th.March’23
Ambition report 24th.March’23
March 21, 2023
After the last couple of day’s out and checking the SST charts it was apparent that little had changed. In fact the zero line was still pretty well encompassing Browns and the warmer current still running hard out wide with very little current inside. Maybe it is just me but it seems strange that with such warm water persisting the Dollies are not in the numbers I would have expected. However, reports are saying there are Dollies to be had around the various FAD’s but you have to get there early with live bait preferable. Anyway, I was after Marlin so headed out to work the zero line planning to go out to the thousand fathoms line, where a lot of fish have been caught recently, later. I put the lures in at the 12 Mile which is always worth a shot and trolled out. The water was 23 C pretty well all the way to the shelf where it slowly started to rise. We started seeing birds in groups obviously looking and occasionally coming together. After spending some time following and working the area it became apparent the Mutton birds were chasing Flying Fish. Continuing on in the middle of nowhere we had a massive strike on the rigger and Grasshopper took off at a thousand miles an hour. There was no jumping just one long run that threatened to spool us. Could be a Yellowfin was the thought and if it was it was huge. The fish stayed near the surface most of the time going deep occasionally, I thought it had to be a Marlin no Yellowfin I have ever caught has gone this hard. After nearly an hour Rob brought the fish which indeed turned out to be a Blue Marlin around 140 kilo’s to the boat. Sometime during the fight the line had become wrapped around its pectoral fins, the angle of pull impeding it from jumping. Even worse when my deckie finally took the trace he had little control over the fish. He did win in the end and eventually freed the lure and let the fish go. We continued out finding more Mutton birds working but they all seemed to be on Flying fish. On the thousand fathom line we got a massive strike leaving a big hole behind Evil on the short corner. The Blue missed the lure but came flying out of the water. If I’d have had a looping camera I would have had a great shot of a 150 plus kilo Blue Marlin high in the air and broadside to the transom but alas. Shortly afterwards I could just make out a fish following the Illusion. I couldn’t quite make out what it was but after it had had a couple of shots at the lure I figured it was a small Striped Marlin but in retrospect I think it was a Spearfish. So, with three fish up within the last couple of hours I thought this is going to be a great day. As it happens we saw nothing else for the rest of the day – I guess that’s fishing. Tight lines, Ivan
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Ambition report 16th. March’23
Ambition report 16th. March’23
March 14, 2023
I went out on Tuesday far from ideal conditions. The wind wasn’t bad but the residual sea from the day before left a crazy ocean. I had on board with Kane, his wife and three kids from Montana and they handled the conditions well. They hadn’t fished salt water and wanted to try for a Marlin. Since I couldn’t travel at any speed due to the bounce back from the cliffs the lures went in early. To both mine and Ron’s surprise a Marlin came up and hit the short corner within minutes but didn’t hook up. We continued on and the kids had a great time catching Striped tuna and the occasional small Mahi Mahi then just past the 12 mile a Striped Marlin came up on the rigger. It hit the lure, ran a few metres and again dropped off. I had recently decided to change over to single hooks but that isn’t going to last long. We continued out and as expected once we got out a bit the sea calmed. In about 150 fathoms inside Browns I saw a mass of Mutton birds working. So, we joined in and worked the area too. We were hoping for Yellowfin. And Yellowfin we found but only jelly beans up to 5 kilo’s in size. Though we didn’t get any Marlin it was still a fun filled day and one I don’t think those kids will forget. On Wednesday I was working in the club with the radio on and it was driving me crazy. Afew boats fishing between the Southern canyons and Kiama were catching what seemed like thousands of Blue Marlin, Spearfish and Yellowfin. I got so frustrated I had to turn the radio off. Later that evening Jamie Mackay ( Groundswell ) rang me after listening to the same reports and asked if I wanted to go out. Consequently, we left early this morning heading to the Southern canyons. We put the lures in at 150 fathoms and headed down to the canyons. Strangely there was virtually no radio chatter as there had been the day before when it was continuous. We hadn’t gone very far when the shotgun took off and after a good fight we tagged a Blue Marlin of about 140 kilo’s. Continuing on we found several flocks of Mutton birds working as I’d seen on Tuesday however today there were no Yellowfin. Working back up to Browns I saw Winston Smart’s boat ‘Reel Smart’ they informed me that they’d tagged a Spearfish and raised another. We worked the area for a while and raised a Striped Marlin which took the rigger and screamed off but again the line went limp. To our surprise in the distance the Marlin was jumping and thrashing the surface. What seems to have happened is that when it was running it dropped the rigger lure and subsequently got tangled in the shotgun, got hooked again and broke the line. We then started for home and later learned that ‘Reel Smart’ had lost another Spearfish and later on Elena Smart had lost a Blue Marlin after fighting it for two hours. Thought we didn’t find all the fish that we’d heard about the previous day there is obviously still plenty of action to be had out there. I for one can’t wait to get out there again. Tight lines, Ivan
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Ambition Report 21st.February’23
Ambition Report 21st.February’23
February 20, 2023
I took Kevin out today. He has fished all over the world and caught some amazing fish but Marlin have eluded him - today was the day. We started out with a decent North Easterly blowing and I was expecting it to increase as the day went on. To my surprise it eased off and by early afternoon it had all but glassed out probably due to the approaching weather. I started out just wide of the Heads again, still hoping for a small Black which again didn’t happen. As we went out the temperature slowly increased but I was surprised that when I reached the shelf there was none of the 27 degrees we had found two days before. The temperature was a much more reasonable 25 C. But there was very little bait and bird activity and the water had a definite greenish tinge. It was only after I came in from Browns that we found any bait, in fact more than I’d seen for a long time. We trolled around it, not marking anything, for a while to no avail. Then Ron suggested we drop some baits into it. We had no trouble jigging up a few slimies, some call them artificial Pakula's, and soon had one down on a sinker and another free swimming. I couldn’t believe it but in short time the free-swimming bait started acting up and the deep bait rod bent over. We were hooked up then as Ron took up the slack on the free swimmer he found he was hooked up too, we had a double. However, it soon became apparent that one fish had taken both baits. We cut one line off so that Kevin could fight the Marlin freely. This Marlin just wasn’t fighting as expected being slow and not running, I suspected it might have been gut hooked, very surprising using circle hooks. Anyway, the fight didn’t last long because remnants of the second line got tangled in the boat’s running gear and ended up cutting through Kevin’s line. I can’t describe how disappointing it was. I thought we’d blown Kevin’s chances. We continued on…I trolled around the bait for a while hoping on hope but we could see the weather moving in and started heading for home. Just inside the shelf Ron yelled out Marlin. There was a fish following Brad on the shotgun. It followed for a while and Ron eventually teased it into taking the lure. This fish did everything a Marlin is supposed to do and gave Kevin a fight he will remember. So that was it for the day and as a bonus we made it back just before the storms hit. Tight lines, Ivan
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What anglers said about fishing in Sydney

The only reason for the four stars, was the evening is short due to the early sunset as it is autumn and days are getting shorter. Otherwise it would be a 5 stars.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The only reason for the four stars, was the evening is short due to the early sunset as it is autumn and days are getting shorter. Otherwise it would be a 5 stars.
Lisa  B.
Lisa B. Osakis, MN
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
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!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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