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.