Fishing in New South Wales


New South Wales is home to sought after tourist destinations in Australia on the coast as well as inland. ...

New South Wales is home to sought after tourist destinations in Australia on the coast as well as inland. It has some events that take place across the state that are watched all around the world most notably the Bathurst 1000 racing event and the end of year New Years Eve fireworks display on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The state also has National Parks, ski resorts and beachside locations all in its possession. The fishing also has a special standing in the state with prized fish species such as tuna, marlin and yellowtail kingfish all readily available.

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Most popular fishing boats charters in New South Wales

Ambition Game Fishing Charters

6 40,00 ft

Watson Bay, Sydney (AUS)

From $1157
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice


4 18,04 ft

Sydney Harbour, Sydney (AUS)

From $385
Deposit non-refundable

Foreshore Fishing Tours

5 19,69 ft

Sydney Harbour, Sydney (AUS)

From $385
FREE Cancellation 14 days notice


12 50,00 ft

Sydney Harbour, Sydney (AUS)

From $1607
Deposit non-refundable

4 boats for charter near by New South Wales

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Fishing is possible in both fresh and saltwater places in New South Wales but the best fishing can be found off the coast. Exiting varieties of fish keep many anglers returning to the waters all year round. 

Bigeye tuna: This tuna species can be determined from others due to its large round eyes. It is found in all of the waters in the south of Australia but because of its ability to live in low light and oxygen levelled water, it is mainly found down deep. Can grow to over 2 metres in length and over 200kg but are mainly caught around the 150kg range.

Yellowtail kingfish: The yellowtail kingfish is one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean when comparing the same size as any other. It has amazing speed and strength that make targetting these fish really exciting. The Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas are just one of the areas that they are usually found in.

Sailfish: These fish migrate to southern Australian waters during the summer months and provide great fishing fun. They can grow up to 3.6 metres in length and around 60kg. Their upper part of the body is a dark purple colour while the lower body is a paler silvery blue and of course, they have the long and slender bill. 

Southern Bluefin tuna: These members of the tuna family migrate many parts of the southern coast of Australia each year and provide great fun for fishermen. They can form impressive schools of large numbers on the surface of the water and are opportunistic feeders that target mainly on squid, crustaceans, planktonic animals and fish. They can grow up to 200kg.

Top sport fishing species in New South Wales


Spring: Trout season remains closed until the long weekend at the start of October to allow for spawning season. Once it opens the season is usually pretty productive.

Other species to target include Trevally, Sailfish and Queenfish in the saltwater estuaries and deep water. 

Summer: The summer period marks the best time to head out chasing many trout species in inland streams and lakes. Targetting rainbow and brown trout is popular at this time of the year.

In the saltwater areas both yellowfin tuna, sailfish, shark and marlin at there best.

Fall: During this period the water is starting to cool down again after summer and trolling for fish is a popular method. You will cover more area faster and improve your chances of catching a variety of game fish and it is, in fact, the most likely period to hook a big blue marlin.

Winter: In June until October trout fishing is closed due to spawning season. The saltwater areas you will find snapper on the reefs, Australian salmon travelling in schools along the beaches and further out the bluefin tuna will begin to show up.


New South Wales has what many tourists visiting Australia believe to be its capital city, Sydney, but despite this common misconception, the state is in fact not home to it at all. It does, however, boost popular tourist destinations such as Byron Bay in the north, Coffs Harbour, Wollongong, Newcastle and Tamworth. The latter actually hosts the largest music festival in Australia annually in January and it’s also one of the top 10 music festivals in the world.

Sydney is also of course in New South Wales and is arguably the most visited city in Australia. It has world-famous attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 


You need a fishing license to fish in freshwater and saltwater. The fishing charters & guides in New South Wales normally have the fishing license included in the price, so you don't need to buy one if you're chartering a boat.

Key takeaways

Avg Capacity: 7 people
Popular fishing techniques: Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing
Average price: $0 per day
Low season price: $383 per day
High season price: $2555 per day
Included: Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures

Frequently asked questions about fishing in New South Wales

Depending on the boat, a fishing charter in New South Wales can accommodate up to 12 passangers, although most charters are for 7 people.

Typically in a charter in New South Wales, a fishing boat charter will include the use of the boat, Fishing tackle, Fishing License, Bait & lures. Some charters may also include Snacks and Drinks, while others may allow you to bring your own.

Renting a fishingboat in New South Wales costs on average $171 per hour. Many factors influence the price of a boat charter, such as the duration of the trip (and distance to the fishing grounds), the size of the boat or the fishing technique. Prices can range from $383 for 4 hours and 4 people to $2555 for 8 hours and 12 people.

The types of fish you can catch on a fishing charter in New South Wales will depend on the time of year. Some common fish species that can be caught in New South Wales include: Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Giant Trevally, Barracuda, King mackerel, Yellowtail Kingfish.

In New South Wales, the most popular fishing techniques include Jigging, Bottom Fishing, Tuna fishing, Trolling, Spin Fishing, Deep sea fishing.



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