Our 10 Favourite Fishing Spots in Sydney

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Although Sydney’s waterways can be busy with boats and tourist ferries, the Harbour alone is home to over 550 different species of fish. Think bass, bream, flathead, kingfish, salmon, snapper, trevally, tuna and more.

But when it comes to casting your line in and around the Harbour City, it can be hard to know where to go. From the heart of the CBD and its Northern Beaches to Manly, Parramatta down to Cronulla and way up to Tweed Heads, there are so many good fishing spots in Sydney and its surrounds to choose from.

Here at Wahoo Fishing Charters, we pride ourselves on our local knowledge and we know exactly where to drop our anchor to catch some of the biggest and best fish in the bay.

Find out what our 10 favourite Sydney fishing spots are for professional and amateur anglers below…

1. Long Reef

Long Reef is situated around 20km north of Sydney, nestled in the capital’s picturesque and affluent Northern Beaches.

As the oldest aquatic reserve in the region, this fishing area in Sydney is an important and integral place for marine education and research. It’s no surprise either that it’s a favourite spot for keen fishermen and women.

The area covers 80 hectares and is essentially a rockpool headland between Long Reef Beach and Fisherman’s Beach. You can expect to find kingfish and snapper here.

2. 12 Mile Reef

12 Mile Reef is an offshore reef approx. 18km off the Sydney shoreline, best accessed by boat from the nearby suburb of Kurnell.

It’s the best place for fishing in Sydney for old-hand anglers as it’s not well known to the general public, and therefore, often abundant with quite a few different varieties of fish.

The most common species to find are yellowtail kingfish, albacore tuna, snapper, marlin and Atlantic salmon.

3. The Peak

The Peak is one of the most popular Sydney fishing locations. It’s a reef region around 15km off the coast of Maroubra (in the eastern suburbs).

It’s fairly close to 12 Mile Reef, so you can easily drive your boat between the two on one day to see where the fish are biting best.

The Peak is known for having plenty of marlin, snapper and kingfish in the area.

4. Browns Mountain

40km offshore from Cronulla beach is fishing hot spot Browns Mountain. Previously named Mount Woolnough, this extinct submarine volcano is now a seamount reef that rises over 800m above the ocean floor.

Browns Mountain is one of the great fishing spots in Sydney and is an ideal location for anglers who dabble in deep-drop fishing. However, specialist equipment and a GPS are needed to navigate the area properly.

It’s home to a variety of different fish species including tuna, marlin, blue-eyed cod, gemfish, bass, groper, billfish and bottomfish.

5. Bait Station Reef

Located on the continental shelf approximately 24km off Sydney Heads, Bait Station is renowned for holding a lot of bait.

The water depth goes from 150 metres to well over 4000 metres where the big game fish are. Here, you can often find some deep water species like blue-eye trevalla, groper, gemfish, and hapuka.

Even in the shallower spots you can get lucky. Marlin and tuna are known to come in and feed on the bait.

6. 9 Mile Reef

9 Mile Reef is a bit out of the way but well worth a visit too. Located in Tweed Heads – the northernmost town in New South Wales, on the Queensland border – it is best known for its shark populations, but fish too.

The top of the reef sits about 10 metres underwater, with the rest of the area dropping to approx. 30 metres in depth. It has big drop-offs covered in coral where many types of reef fish and pelagic fish gather.

You’re likely to catch pink snapper, Spanish mackerel, marlin, tuna, snapper, and kingfish.

7. Sydney Harbour

Of course, there are plenty of fish in Sydney Harbour too, right in the heart of the city!

Even though it’s a popular place for tourists and there are lots of ferries around, the harbour still has plenty of calm waters because it’s surrounded by land. Areas of note include North Harbour, Rose Bay, Goat Island, Clark Island, Darling Harbour, Berrys Bay and Athol Bay.

If you take a charter boat out fishing in Sydney Harbour, you’ll most likely come across jewfish and kingfish, bream, flathead, and whiting.

8. North Head

North Head is another one of the really good places to fish in Sydney. It makes up part of the northern section of Sydney Harbour and covers about 260 hectares.

It’s an area of reeds, rocky shores, sandy seabeds and beaches.

Using small bait, you can usually catch kingfish, salmon, bream, blackfish, pigfish, and tailor (aka bluefish) here.

9. Mugs Reef

An offshore reef on the coast of Manly Beach is Mugs Reef.

It’s a popular spot with locals, and this time of year is the perfect time to try your luck, with rat kingfish often making an appearance, and they can be well over one metre in size.

If you use small jigs in shallow waters, you should be able to catch trevally, snapper, and amberjack too.

10. Huntleys Point Wharf

And finally, west of the Gladesville Bridge on the Parramatta River is Huntleys Point Wharf, a freshwater jetty also known as Gladesville Wharf.

This area is a hub of underwater activity after 8pm, and you’re bound to see bream, flathead, jewfish, leather jackets, and yellowtail.

Just remember – this is a catch-and-release zone. Pollution in the river means these fish are not for eating.

Get in touch to book a Sydney fishing charter to some of these locations and more today!

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10:19 17 Feb 23
We have been on Wahoo Charters 3 times now and have gone home with more fish than we could have ever dreamed of.George and the crew are friendly, knowledgeable and funny!This last time we bagged 4 kings over 1 meter.Always a good time on their boats.Thanks boys!
Alex HuntingtonAlex Huntington
08:34 10 Jan 22
Tight lines all day. All the boiz got to winch in a few 1m+ Kingies each.
Tanvir KhanTanvir Khan
04:53 29 Dec 20
We went out on a charter today and whilst the weather was against us, Sev and Josh did everything they could to get us on to the fish. I highly recommend George and his team for your next fishing charter. We will be back.
Merryzz V2 AccMerryzz V2 Acc
02:15 02 Apr 20
Had a awesome time with George out bottom bashing, he was very knowledgeable and experienced in his trade. Definitely planing on going out with wahoo charters again, had a great day and was for myself the first time deep sea fishing and i loved every bit of it. Really recommend to use this company!
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