Fishing

PORT STEPHENS AUSTRALIA | FISHING CHARTERS NELSON BAY

Port Stephens is a fantastic place for the fishing enthusiast; whether its game fishing, spear fishing or beach fishing. Originally named by Captain Cook in 1770, the fishing grounds off Port Stephens are considered world-class, with black, blue and striped marlin migrating to these grounds each year. Before Port Stephens developed into a popular tourist destination it was primarily a fishing town.

 

GAME FISH TOURNAMENTS

The Billfish Shootout is the first of the game fishing tournaments and is held in mid-February, with anglers coming to the port from around the country to attempt to catch the heaviest marlin and the $10,000 major cash draw. Competitors compete in both Capture and Tag and Release categories. Marlin is the only species eligible for capture, while sailfish, Broadbill swordfish and Shortbill spearfish are eligible for tag and release.

The Newcastle & Port Stephens Game Fish Club plays host again in late February / early March for the Interclub Tournament. Traditionally the competition starts with a sail past from around 7am where spectators from the shoreline can watch the spectacular sight of 200 vessels travelling out through the headlands. Join the crowds at the end of each day by the public wharf at Nelson Bay for the results of the days catch and weigh-ins, with the possible chance see up close a tiger shark, great white shark or magnificent marlin.

BOATING IN PORT STEPHENS

Sixty per cent of the trailer boats seen on Port Stephens waterways come to this beautiful area for recreational boating, adventure and the Trailer Boat Tournament held at the end of March and early April. Each year Nelson Bay showcases an estimated 1,000 competitors and an average of 450 trailer boats in the annual event, with activities, the latest fishing gear and live fishing tank markets on the Nelson Bay foreshore.

 

FISHING IN NELSON BAY AND PORT STEPHENS

With more water than Sydney Harbour, Port Stephens is also very popular with recreational fisherman. Visitors should keep in mind that when fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. This applies when spear fishing, hand lining, hand gathering, trapping and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters. You can pay the NSW recreational fishing fee at most fishing tackle shops.

Click here to download the Port Stephens Recreational Fishing Guide from the NSW Government website.

BAIT & TACKLE STORES

  • Tackle World Port Stephens - 100 Magnus St Nelson Bay NSW (02) 4984 2144
  • Salamander Bait and Tackle BP Service Station, Salamander Way, Salamander Bay (02) 4982 0711
  • Nelson Bay Sports and Tackle 77 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay (02) 4981 2333
  • BCF Port Stephens Unit B, 4-6 Innovation Close, Taylors Beach (02) 4919 0458

 

BOAT HIRE

  • Boab Boat Hire 0429 348 022
  • Soldiers Point Boat Hire Soldiers Point Marina (02) 4919 1234
  • Boat Hire & Cruise Bookings Dock C, dAlbora Marinas (02) 4984 3843
  • Sea Safaris Dock D, dAlbora Marinas 0401 591 135

 

GAME FISHING CHARTERS PORT STEPHENS

  • Hammerhead Charters Port Stephens 0498 479 420
  • Pacific Blue Charters 0407 817 157
  • Lets Go Adventures-Dive Nelson Bay (02) 4981 4331