What to Expect While Deep Sea Fishing in Sydney, Australia

Deep sea fishing is an experience to treasure and remember. Maybe it’s one for your bucket list?  Whatever your reasons for wanting to try it, you’ll find there’s nothing quite like it.

Imagine leaving Sydney Harbour on an incredible boat to spend the day deep sea fishing with your friends or a work party. Needless to say, it’ll be an unforgettable and adrenalin filled day. 

Let's explore this fun-filled activity in a little more detail...

Deep Sea Fishing in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most famous places in the world, not only for its Opera House and gorgeous shoreline but also for all the incredible outdoor sports it has to offer, including deep sea fishing. 

For those of you who don't know, Sydney Harbour is a part of Port Jackson, which is the world’s largest natural harbour. Dotted around Sydney Harbour, there are several incredible fishing spots, including:

  • Jeffrey Street
  • Beulah Street Wharf
  • Sow and Pigs Reef (just off of Watson’s Bay)
  • Fort Denison
  • Bradley’s Head
  • North Head
  • Rushcutter’s Bay
  • Rose Bay
  • Athol Bight
Just to name a few!

What's Deep Sea Fishing?

Deep sea fishing means precisely that.

Our boat heads out to waters deeper than 50 meters so you can really immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime angling experience.

Deep sea fishing can't be compared with heading out a few hundred meters and casting a fishing rod. But, before you book your trip, there are a few things to bear in mind. 

If you suffer from seasickness, this experience might not be for you. When the weather changes, the waves can get big.

You might also be interested to know; the boats are a substantial size so they can cover greater distances out to sea, cope with adverse weather and give you and your friends the space you need to reel in the catch of your dreams.

Check out some of our fishing charter vessels to get a feel for what we're talking about. 

What Should I Do When I Get on Deck?

When you first walk onto the boat, you need to find somewhere to put your gear. But, avoid stowing your stuff directly on the deck. This platform often gets wet, and you don't want to make it difficult for the other anglers to walk across. 

For safety reasons, you'll also need to sign the ship's manifest.

Soon after boarding, you'll probably be asked whether you want to purchase a bag for your fish. If you don't already have one, take up this offer.

This should only set you back a few dollars. If later on, you catch a fish the deckhand will get it off of your hook and put store it in your bag.

Some deep sea fishing trips also run jackpots; it's up to you whether you enter. But it's good fun and usually costs an extra $10. The premise is simple. If you catch the heaviest fish, you win the kitty!

What Happens When the Boat Launches?

Once the boat launches, the captain usually either comes out on deck or speaks over an intercom.

You MUST pay attention to what the captain has to say as you'll be told where the life jackets are stored and get instructions on how to rig up. You'll also get a brief on what to expect for the rest of the day.

Now once that's over and done with, you'll head out onto open waters. You should expect to sail for at least half an hour to reach the fishing grounds (that's if you're going on a day trip).

During this 30 minutes, a deckhand will set up all the rental gear and give you some instruction on how to use it.

Once you reach the fishing ground, find an open spot by the rail. But, don't drop your lines until the captain says so.

If you do this too early (i.e., while the boat is still settling), you increase the chance of tangling the line. Consequently, you'll have to reset it, so it's always best just to wait for the captain's say-so.

Top Tip: If you're using live bait (typically sardines or anchovies), then don't take them out until you're ready to fish. You want the bait to be as wriggly as possible. After all, this is far more attractive to the fish you're hoping to catch.

Some of the most common catches include:

  • Tailor
  • Bream
  • Trevally
  • Yellowtail
  • Kingfish

You know the kinds!

What Happens on the Journey Home?

Once the day is over, you'll start the ride home. During this time the deckhand begins weighing the fish to find the winner of the jackpot. If you entered, select your biggest fish and hand it over. 

Get a sneak peek of what everyone else caught. It almost goes without saying, it's a fabulous photo opportunity. So, have your camera at the ready!  Once the weigh-in is over, you can start cutting up your fish.

If you're inexperienced, it's usually best to let the team do this for you. This may cost a small charge, but it's worth it, as it makes taking your fish home and cooking it much more manageable.

Ready to Go Deep Sea Fishing?

We hope having read this article you now have a better idea of what to expect on a deep sea fishing trip. 

To find out more information about deep sea fishing, and have a no-obligation chat, contact us. What are you waiting for? Book the trip of a lifetime. 

Posted by Sydney Harbour Escapes on Oct 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM