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Sydney Land Based

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Land based Sydney fishing spots

The capital of New South Wales is well known for its picturesque harbour front the Sydney Opera House. Within the vast waterways of the Hawkesbury, Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River is some fantastic fishing. Here is your guide to landing based fishing Sydney.

You don’t need a boat to enjoy Sydney fishing spots. Some of the best fishing is done by land based anglers. Its about knowing when to go, what bait to use and how.

What species to expect fishing around Sydney

From the prestine clear waters of the Hawkesbury River, down to the beaches of Bondi, there is good fishing throughout Sydney.

Upstream in the fresh and brackish waters of almost all rivers including, Parramatta and Hawkesbury anglers can expect Australia Bass, Estuary Perch, Bream, Flathead and catfish all year round.

The middle reaches of the rivers have Bream, Flathead, school Mulloway, Catfish, Whiting year round, however the best times for these fish are over Summer. Tailor and Trevally also move into the bays and open rivers from Autumn to Winter.

Further downstream on the beaches, bays and headlands of the vast harbour waters, anglers can expect Tailor and Bonito from March to August and Australian Salmon March to June. Mulloway and Kingfish are around October to May and the usual suspects of Luderick, Bream, Flathead and whiting are around.

Pink Snapper can also be caught from the headlands but its not too common, they are best targeted in Winter.

Beach Fishing Sydney

The Sydney beaches provide some great fishing, however time and dedication will reward anglers with better catches. From Palm Beach to Cronulla, anglers can fish the Sydney Beach for Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Mulloway, Tailor and Salmon. Luderick are also great fun to pull off the headlands around Sydney.

Recommended Gear for Sydney Land Based

This is a tricky one, as the perfect rod and reel combination will vary based on target species. While a lightweight bream rod rigged with 6lb line will land a heap of bream on Soft Plastic lures, it’s not going to stop a School Mulloway, Tailor and Australian Salmon.

For the general bait anglers we recommend a reasonable setup. A light to medium rod around 2-6kg 7ft long matched with a 2500-3000 spin reel, rigged 12-20lb braided line will cover most species with ease around Sydney.

Dedicated anglers really need 2 combos. One for Australian Bass, Bream, Flathead and Whiting and another for the larger species like Kingfish, Tailor, Salmon and Mulloway.


A lightweight 7ft rod matched with 2500 reel spooled with 6-8lb braid will work well on the smaller fish like Bream. For tailor and salmon, a 7-8ft rod and larger reel of around 3-4000 spool with 10-15lb braid will make for some exciting fishing.

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Recommended Lures for Sydney Land Based We're still working on the equation for the best lures, so please be patient!

Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 2"

Gulp Shrimp 2″

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Black Bream, Dusky Flathead, Yellowfin Bream

Twisty 55g

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Salmon, Tailor

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass
Squidgies Pro Wriggler - 100mm - Bloodworm

Pro Wriggler – 100mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass
Storm Gomoku Fishing Jig


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper
Storm Fishing Jig for Snapper


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper

Laser Pro 120

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Salmon

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 80mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Black Bream, Yellowfin Bream

Squidgies Pro Critter 55mm

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Black Bream, Whiting, Yellowfin Bream

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass

Skippy Surface Lure

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Roosta Popper 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Salmon

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  1. Kevin Keogh

    Hi guys, any info into fishing Cunningham’s Reach/fig tree bridge area (fish species, bait/lures etc) would be great as I’ve just moved into the area? Thanks

  2. David

    Is there any information regarding fishing spots in the Sydney area in general, i can’t seem to find any on this site??

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