“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day”
James Vongdara, along with his brother Phon, run the uber cool fishing website The Weekend Angle – a refreshing and accessible approach to escapist fishing adventures near Sydney and Melbourne. He has kindly shared five spots for Sydney Siders to explore, and hopefully return home from with a humungous fish to impress your cohabiters with for dinner. Good luck!
A frequent question I’m asked is “where’s a good spot to fish?”
Thing is, there are tonnes of land-based fishing spots dotted around; it all depends on what you want to catch.
If you grew up in Sydney like me, you’re blessed to have a selection of the best waterways in the world. Fact. Daylight savings allow a cheeky after-work fishing session to catch dinner and be home by sunset (something I definitely missed during my time in London).
With so many vantage points to sit back, relax and wet a line at, it’s bloody hard to pick a top 5, but after much deliberation, here are my favourite fishing spots you can escape to in and around Sydney.
#1 Browns Rock
Take a bush walk through the beaten track from NSW golf course and you will find Brown’s rock, a safe platform hidden around the corner of Congwong Bay. Here is a blissful way to spend an afternoon.
Maximise your chance with two set-ups; one targeted for pan sized bream, silver trevally and snapper. Also, a heavier set up with rigged with a floating pilchard or live yellowtail for any schools of Tailor or Salmon that may cruise by. You could even be lucky enough to bag yourself the odd Kingfish.
#2 Grays Point
A short walk from Grays Point Road, switch off and explore the sand flats and mangroves. An awesome spot to get your feet wet and chase whiting, bream and flatheads. Best time to hunt is on the rising tide, yet there are opportunities to pump fresh yabbies for live bait at low tide. If you miss the chance, work soft plastics and small surface poppers in the area instead.
Soak a bait with a drink in hand more your type of fishing? Try Swallow Rock Reserve, a family friendly spot you can cast from shore.
For more info on this peachy place, head here.
#3 Parsley Bay
This is a hidden gem in Sydney Harbour that comes with the nofilter hashtag (particularly at sunset!). It’s a sheltered cove that houses a cable footbridge, secluded beach and swimming pool, whilst further up the bay is where you can have a quick fish. There’s a jetty that holds bread and butter species such as leatherjacket, trevally, bream, yellowtail and even Kingfish, with blackfish off the rock ledge to the right which are best attracted with a bread burley. In most cases the tide is just right to fish unweighted here, letting your bait flutter down naturally works best.
A trip that’s worthwhile is heading 50 minutes north to The Hawkesbury River. Without a doubt the best way to experience it is by gathering your mates and hiring a self-drive boat or cruising in a houseboat. When you’re on the water – fishing spots are endless; create a burley trail and try around the surrounding islands for bream, flathead and jewfish. It’s also known for crabs if you have a crab pot available.
You’re bound to catch something decent – if you can get past the pesky catfish!
Brooklyn Central will sort you out with a weekend vessel if you don’t happen to have one in the garage.
#5 Gymea Baths
One great thing the Shire has to offer is Port Hacking river – one of the cleanest waterways in Sydney. To get there, drive down a steep hill and park at the end Ellesmere Road to access the walkway that leads to Gymea Baths.
Fish anywhere from the platform for species such as bream, whiting, flathead and flounders. Often schools of salmon, bonito and even Kingfish feed around the moored boats so have a heavier outfit ready.
It’s a popular spot to swim so bring a towel and bathers or for peace and quiet there’s a short nature walk at the end of the baths.
- Fresh (bait) is best
- Fish as light as possible (jighead/sinker and line)
- Fish during turning tides
- Burley, burley, burley!
There you have it. Get out there. For more fishing locations and inspiration visit theweekendangle.com.au