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33°50'47.28" S, 151°10'21.22" E

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 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.

What species to expect from Sydney fishing spots

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.

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 fishing

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.

What type of fish do you catch in Sydney?

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.

The best times to fish for certain species in the Sydney Harbour.

  • Bream – January to May (throughout the harbour)
  • Dusky Flathead – November to April
  • Whiting – October to April
  • Tailor – March to August
  • Australian Salmon – March to June
  • Snapper – May to September
  • Jewfish / Mulloway – October to May
  • Yellowtail Kingfish – November to May
  • Luderick – March to September

Where to go fishing near Sydney Land Based?

  • Curl Curl Beach

    Fish the gutters on an incoming tide, pipis are found along this beach and make great...

  • Manly Beach

    Popular beach for sun bakers, Manly Beach has some good gutters for Tailor, Bream and Whiting....

  • Davidson Park

    A good family spot, soak a prawn on a running ball sinker for Flathead and Bream....

  • Killarney Point

    A great fishing spot in Sydney, access to deeper water, use a paternoster rig with live...

  • Flat Rock Beach

    This rocky outcrop provides access to deeper water, during the warmer months anglers target Mulloway and...

  • Fig Tree Cove

    Several access tracks to the rocky shoreline, here anglers target mostly Bream and Flathead. Bait fishing...

  • Beverley Blackrock

    Fish along this rocky shoreline for Bream and Flathead, small hard body or soft plastic lures...

  • Clive Park Pool

    Good fishing along here for Bream and Flathead mostly at all tides. Soft plastics, hardbody lures...

  • Tunks

    A good family friendly spot best fished at high tide as it is very snaggy. Soft...

  • Primrose Park

    Very snaggy spot so it is best fished at high tide with soft plastics worked close...

  • Delecta Ave

    Bush track down to the river with deep water access, running ball sinkers or paternoster rigs...

  • Spit Bridge

    Fish either the north or south side of the Spit Bridge at Sydney. Tailor, Salmon and...

  • Parriwi Head

    Access to deep water from this ledge, Salmon, Kingfish and Tailor move past this fishing spot...

  • Clontarf

    Squid around the moored boats along with Bream, Snapper and Mulloway. Good place to live bait...

  • Castle Rock Beach

    A popular spot for bathers, this fishing spot is family friendly however can get to busy...

  • Lane Cove River Track

    Use the walking track to access multiple fishing spots along here. Pilchards and strip mullet work...

  • Lane Cove River Rocks

    A good rock wall stretches a long way, you can walk along here casting soft plastics...

  • Riverview

    Best fished on near the top of the tide, the rock wall structure has bream and...

  • Tambourine Bay

    Long casts out towards the moored boats with bait or metal vibes anglers can expect Bream...

  • Woodford Bay

    Use small hard body lures or soft plastics around the jetties for Bream and Flathead on...

  • Northwood Wharf

    Squid at night on squid jigs. During dawn and dusk try working soft plastics along the...

  • Bridge Street Wharf

    Good deep water spot on a run in tide, let your strip bait drift close to...

  • Rodd Point

    Fish around the rocky point with small soft plastics or hard body lures for Bream and...

  • Haberfield Rowers club

    Cast hard body lures or soft plastics along the pylons for Bream and the off flathead...

  • Leichhardt Park

    Fish along Leichhardt park rock wall with small hard body lures for Bream, Flathead and Whiting....

  • Iron Cove Bridge

    Good bait fishing on a run out tide for Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Flounder.

  • King George Park

    Cast out to the moored boats with metal vibes for Bream and flathead at low tide.

  • Silverwater Bridge

    Rubble bottom close to shore, this fishing spot produces Bream and Flathead mostly. Soft plastics work...

  • Meadowbank Beach

    Good fishing around the railway bridge structure. Fish with heavy jighead soft plastics or metal vibes...

  • Ryde Bridge

    Both north and south of the bridge can be fished. Metal vibes, soft plastics and bait...

  • Kissing Point

    The ferry wharf is a good fishing spot at night to target Mulloway. 5-7” soft plastics...

  • Breakfast Point

    Bream, Flathead, Whiting and Trevally are around here using small hard body lures or small baits...

  • Cabarita Ferry Wharf

    Fishing beside the wharf here is a good fishing spot for Mulloway close to Sydney. Long...

  • Abbotsford Point

    A good deep water spot for Trevally, try using a paternoster rig with a heavier sinker...

  • Bayview Park Wharf

    The wharf is best fished on a run out tide using a running ball sinker with...

  • Prince Edward Park

    A shallow point that is best fished around the high tide. Shallow diving hard body lures...

  • Bedlam Point

    Fish light here with a running ball sinker or use small metal vibes for Bream, Flathead...

  • Henley Fishing Spot

    Be ready for some fast moving tides here. Paternoster rigs with a heavier sinker works best,...

  • Blackwattle Bay

    Good fishing all along here to the west and south. South you can cast hard body...

  • Peacock Point

    3-4m above the water line this fishing spot popular spot for Leatherjacket. A run in tide...

  • Five Dock Bay

    A friendly fishing spot to soak some bait for Bream, Flathead and Whiting. If you want...

  • Five Dock Bay Run Out

    Good spot on the run out tide for Bream and Flathead, use small soft plastics and...

  • Gladesville Bridge

    Popular Sydney fishing spot for people chasing Mulloway, night time is best using whole mullet or...

  • White Horse Point

    Squid fishing at night around the lights. Leatherjacket, Bream, flathead and whiting off the rocks, running...

  • Fairlight Pool

    Reefy rock with sand patches good fishing for Bream, Flathead, Whiting, Luderick, Leatherjacket and Trevally. Squid...

  • North Harbour Rockwall

    Great family spot and a good fishing spot to cast small hard body and soft plastic...

  • Grotto Point

    30min walk out to Grotto point, this fishing spot produces Luderick in the cooler months on...

  • Watson Bay

    Good fishing spot in Sydney to walk the shore and cast small metal vibes or soft...

  • Bottle and Glass Point

    Good bait fishing from the rocks but very snaggy, recommend a paternoster rig with a small...

  • Clifton Gardens Jetty

    A popular land based fishing spots in Sydney, a running ball sinker with prawns, squid and...

  • Morella Road Reserve

    Access to deep water off the rocks, this is a good spot for Tailor, Salmon, Slimy...

  • Bradleys Head

    Good fishing spot in Sydney to soak bait for Bream, Whiting and Trevally. Larger bait or...

  • Rose Bay

    Fishing the rock walls with soft plastics if a good way to get some bream, also...

  • Rose Bay Squid

    Good spot at night for Squid

  • Mrs Macquaries Point

    Access to deeper water, a paternoster rig or float works well here. From the bottom anglers...

  • Pier 2

    Access to some very deep water up to 13m. Some big fish haunt this Sydney fishing...

  • Blues Point Reserve

    A great land based fishing spot in Sydney for Mulloway, Flathead and even Snapper using a...

  • Manns Point

    Good spot to target small snapper, Mulloway and Bream. Live bait works best for Mulloway and...

  • Clarkes Point

    Luderick on cabbage or weed bait close to the rock wall, berley up!

  • Little Manly Point

    Best fishing on a rising tide for Bream, Trevally and Whiting. Salmon and tailor are also...

  • Manly Point

    Park at little Manly boat ramp and walk along the rocks towards the point. Best fished...

  • Middle Head

    Good fishing off the rocky headland for Tailor and Salmon using metal slugs, in summer poppers...

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Recommended Lures for Sydney Land Based

Click here to find the best lures for fishing Sydney Land Based. 5 stars mean this lure has been hand picked for Sydney Land Based.

Twisty 70g

Suited to Sydney Land Based.
Good for: Australian Salmon, Tailor

Squidgies Pro Wriggler – 80mm

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

Roosta Popper 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Salmon

Skippy Surface Lure

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Yellowfin Bream

Jewie 150

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Jewfish / Mulloway
Squidgies Pro Wriggler - 100mm - Bloodworm

Pro Wriggler – 100mm

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


Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Pink Snapper

Lucky Craft Sammy 65

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass

Squidgies Pro Lobby

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

Tiemco Soft Shell Cicada

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Bass

Laser Pro 160

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Salmon

Laser Pro 120

Suited for some Fish Species.
Good for: Australian Salmon
Berkley Gulp! Shrimp 2"

Gulp Shrimp 2″

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

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8 Comments on “Sydney Land Based” fishing

  • 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

  • David


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

  • Norman


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

    • Luke Van Lathum


      Hey its coming soon!

  • Luke


    Hi, any spots of note around Clovelly/Gordon’s Bay, and Narrabeen lagoon?

  • Kersi


    Dont see any spots around botany bay and also for beach and rock fishing ? Will the admins be adding spots for those areas ?

  • Garry Williams


    Hi Im looking for a good family safe land base good fishing spot. either parramatta river or hawkesbury river.

  • Mehager


    Please let me know how to create a new trip ????!!!

    ((Browsing around the map, select a marker you want to download. Then click on Add to my Trips. A popup will appear, this is where you can create your first Trip. Click on Create New Trip))

    I selected a marker then nothing to do … this site is soooooo bad

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