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 Sydney fishing spots.
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.
From the pristine 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.
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.
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.
Below is a list of what fish are caught around Sydney harbour by land based fishing. This is a rough guide as most fish can be caught all year round, they just move around a bit.
Bream move to the coast line for spawning during winter, they will move out near the surf zone and around coastal bars during this time.
Mulloway also spawn just outside the surf zone from January to April, however you’ll still catch smaller mulloway throughout the harbour and up the rivers.
Fish the gutters on an incoming tide, pipis are found along this beach and make great bait.
Popular beach for sun bakers, Manly Beach has some good gutters for Tailor, Bream and Whiting. Incoming and outgoing tides work well at dawn and dusk. Pipis and worms are great bait for smaller species.
A good family spot, soak a prawn on a running ball sinker for Flathead and Bream. Rocks in close.
A great fishing spot in Sydney, access to deeper water, use a paternoster rig with live mullet or garfish to target mulloway and snapper. Bream, Flathead and tailor are also here. Fishes well in most tides.
This rocky outcrop provides access to deeper water, during the warmer months anglers target Mulloway and Snapper from here on live poddy mullet and garfish. Flathead are also caught here.
Several access tracks to the rocky shoreline, here anglers target mostly Bream and Flathead. Bait fishing and lures work well.
Fish along this rocky shoreline for Bream and Flathead, small hard body or soft plastic lures work best.
Good fishing along here for Bream and Flathead mostly at all tides. Soft plastics, hardbody lures and bait like pilchards and prawns on a running ball sinker will do the trick!
A good family friendly spot best fished at high tide as it is very snaggy. Soft plastics or small hard body lures are best, flathead, bream and whiting are common catches.
Very snaggy spot so it is best fished at high tide with soft plastics worked close to the bottom. A good spot for flathead.
Bush track down to the river with deep water access, running ball sinkers or paternoster rigs with squid, pilchard or prawns work well for Bream around here.
Fish either the north or south side of the Spit Bridge at Sydney. Tailor, Salmon and Kingfish move past here they can be caught using metal slugs 50-70g or surface popper at dawn or dusk. At night time it is well worth live baiting for Mulloway.
Access to deep water from this ledge, Salmon, Kingfish and Tailor move past this fishing spot target them with metal slugs or bait like prawns, pilchards and mullet. Dawn and dusk is best, any tide.
Squid around the moored boats along with Bream, Snapper and Mulloway. Good place to live bait at night for Mulloway. Tailor and Australian Salmon sometimes move through the bay.
A popular spot for bathers, this fishing spot is family friendly however can get to busy for fishing at times! Dedicated anglers can fish here at night for Bream and Flathead. Walk south along the rocks to access some deeper water.
Use the walking track to access multiple fishing spots along here. Pilchards and strip mullet work well for Bream and Flathead, or soft plastics slowly worked along the bottom. Larger fish like tailor, Salmon and Kingfish sometimes move up and down the river so be ready for them!
A good rock wall stretches a long way, you can walk along here casting soft plastics for Bream and Flathead or stay put and soak a bait like a prawn, mullet strips or squid. The bridge to the south has shallow sandy flats worth fishing on a rising tide for flathead.
Best fished on near the top of the tide, the rock wall structure has bream and flathead further out, soft plastics work best. Tailor sometimes come into the bay to eat bait fish, they can be caught on metal slugs around 50-70g.
Long casts out towards the moored boats with bait or metal vibes anglers can expect Bream and Flathead. Fairly snaggy so be careful.
Use small hard body lures or soft plastics around the jetties for Bream and Flathead on an incoming tide.
Squid at night on squid jigs. During dawn and dusk try working soft plastics along the rocks for Bream.
Good deep water spot on a run in tide, let your strip bait drift close to the bridge structure for Mulloway at night.
Fish around the rocky point with small soft plastics or hard body lures for Bream and Flathead. Or soak bait along the beach stretches from mid to high tide for Bream, Flathead and Whiting, mullet strip bait, prawns and blood worms all work well.
Cast hard body lures or soft plastics along the pylons for Bream and the off flathead off the bottom.
Fish along Leichhardt park rock wall with small hard body lures for Bream, Flathead and Whiting. Weed beds are a good place to fish on high tide at dawn and dusk with surface lures for Bream.
Good bait fishing on a run out tide for Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Flounder.
Cast out to the moored boats with metal vibes for Bream and flathead at low tide.
Rubble bottom close to shore, this fishing spot produces Bream and Flathead mostly. Soft plastics work best as it is quite snaggy. Running ball sinkers with prawns or strip mullet is also effective but be prepared to lose rigs. Best fishing towards the end of the incoming tide.
Good fishing around the railway bridge structure. Fish with heavy jighead soft plastics or metal vibes for Bream, Flathead and Trevally. This is a good mulloway spot at night time, live bait or strip mullet works best.
Both north and south of the bridge can be fished. Metal vibes, soft plastics and bait on running ball sinkers is best, fish the bottom beside the bridge structure. Fish species include bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and the odd mulloway.
The ferry wharf is a good fishing spot at night to target Mulloway. 5-7” soft plastics hopped along the bottom or live mullet which can be caught along the sandy flats to the east. The current can move fast past the point.
Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Trevally are around here using small hard body lures or small baits like prawn and strip mullet. To the west at the wharf structure large Mulloway lurk if you can get a cast in there, live baits work best.
Fishing beside the wharf here is a good fishing spot for Mulloway close to Sydney. Long casts into the deeper water with a paternoster rig and strip mullet for bait, run out tide is best for Mulloway. Other species include Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Trevally, downsize your gear for these smaller species.
A good deep water spot for Trevally, try using a paternoster rig with a heavier sinker as the tide can move past here. Schools of Tailor also pass by here so have metal slugs ready.
The wharf is best fished on a run out tide using a running ball sinker with whole prawns or mullet strip baits. Bream, Flathead, Whiting and the odd Trevally.
A shallow point that is best fished around the high tide. Shallow diving hard body lures work well for Bream, FLathead and Whiting. The bay to the west can also be fished all the way along, bream, flathead and whiting. Yabbies can also be pumped at low tide which make good bait ready for the incoming tide.
Fish light here with a running ball sinker or use small metal vibes for Bream, Flathead and Trevally. Fishes well in all tides, no good during a southerly wind.
Be ready for some fast moving tides here. Paternoster rigs with a heavier sinker works best, metal vibes and soft plastics jigged off the bottom will all result in Trevally, Bream and Flathead.
Good fishing all along here to the west and south. South you can cast hard body lures along the rock wall on a incoming tide for Bream. Towards Bicentennial Park the bottom is mostly mud, try working vibes off the bottom for Flathead. Also the wharf is a good spot for mullet.
3-4m above the water line this fishing spot popular spot for Leatherjacket. A run in tide at dawn, dusk or at night is the best time to fish here. Tailor and Kingfish also move past this point, try casting metal slugs out to land them.
A friendly fishing spot to soak some bait for Bream, Flathead and Whiting. If you want to use lures fish at night time with small hard body lures, work them slowly back to shore for mostly bream and flathead.
Good spot on the run out tide for Bream and Flathead, use small soft plastics and walk the rocks working lures as you go.
Popular Sydney fishing spot for people chasing Mulloway, night time is best using whole mullet or garfish. Small metal vibes hopped off the bottom will get bream to bite.
Squid fishing at night around the lights. Leatherjacket, Bream, flathead and whiting off the rocks, running ball sinkers with prawn or pilchards work well. Small hard body lures also work well for bream here.
Reefy rock with sand patches good fishing for Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Luderick, Leatherjacket and Trevally. Squid and prawns on a paternoster rig work well. Incoming tide fishes best for flathead, outgoing tide for Bream, Trevally and Whiting.
Great family spot and a good fishing spot to cast small hard body and soft plastic lures for Bream and Flathead along the rock wall. Prawns also work well on a small running ball sinker. Rising to high tide is best around dawn and dusk.
30min walk out to Grotto point, this fishing spot produces Luderick in the cooler months on a falling tide. Small running ball sinkers with bait will produce Bream and Trevally, shallow and snaggy so expect to lose some tackle!
Good fishing spot in Sydney to walk the shore and cast small metal vibes or soft plastics for Flathead and Bream on the run out tide. Tailor and Salmon also hunt bait on a rising tide into the shallows – small blades or slugs around 60g work well. Bait fishing from the baths to the south.
Good bait fishing from the rocks but very snaggy, recommend a paternoster rig with a small sinker and hook. Target Bream and Trevally, the odd Salmon and Tailor also cruise here metal slugs will work well.
A popular land based fishing spots in Sydney, a running ball sinker with prawns, squid and pilchards will attract Bream, Flathead, Leatherjacket and Mackerel.
Access to deep water off the rocks, this is a good spot for Tailor, Salmon, Slimy Mackerel, Bonito and the odd Kingfish.
Good fishing spot in Sydney to soak bait for Bream, Whiting and Trevally. Larger bait or metal slices cast off the rocks to the south-east will attract Kingfish, Salmon and Tailor. Top of the tide is the best time.
Fishing the rock walls with soft plastics if a good way to get some bream, also casting around the wharf pylons will land some good bream but take notice of any no fishing signs. Flathead and whiting are also around, best time is top of the tide.
Good spot at night for Squid
Access to deeper water, a paternoster rig or float works well here. From the bottom anglers can expect Tailor, Flathead and the odd Malloway. Casting metal slugs can also be productive for Salmon and Tailor, low light is the best time to fish.
Access to some very deep water up to 13m. Some big fish haunt this Sydney fishing spot, like big Tailor, Mulloway and passing Salmon. Best to lower you bait directly down into the wharf and get ready to hand on! Paternoster rigs work well.
A great land based fishing spot in Sydney for Mulloway, Flathead and even Snapper using a running ball sinker or a paternoster rig with Pilchards work in the warmer months. Big soft plastics can also work on Mulloway. During Winter luderick, Tailor and Salmon often pass by, metal slugs work well, weed bait for luderick.
Good spot to target small snapper, Mulloway and Bream. Live bait works best for Mulloway and Snapper here. If fishing at the point a long cast is required to clear the rocks.
Luderick on cabbage or weed bait close to the rock wall, berley up!
Best fishing on a rising tide for Bream, Trevally and Whiting. Salmon and tailor are also caught here. Very snaggy if fishing the bottom. Pilchards, Prawns and live bait works well, metal slices for Salmon, Tailor and Trevally.
Park at little Manly boat ramp and walk along the rocks towards the point. Best fished on an incoming tide and start of the run out tide, use a paternoster rig as it is very snaggy. Bream, Whiting and Trevally are the main catches, however Flathead and Luderickare about, Salmon and tailor are often caught on metal slices.
Good fishing off the rocky headland for Tailor and Salmon using metal slugs, in summer poppers work for cruising Kingfish. Drummer and Luderick on the southern headland at dawn and dusk. Some good live bait around here.
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