Game Fishing Charters Sydney : Marlin, Tuna & other Game Fish onboard Yackatoon from Sydney Harbour.

Contact us on 02 9349 7376 or Mobile on 0488 327 600

Cairns is famous for its "Grander-Blacks" but Sydney is unique in the sportsfishing world.

Where else can you battle Black, Blue and Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore, Mahi Mahi and even Wahoo, within 10 nautical miles of the city centre?


Above photos of the same Striped Marlin taken from YACKATOON by clients in Jan 2009

Yackatoon is based at Middle Harbour in Sydney Harbour, just 3 nautical miles from the open sea. We can arrange to pick you up at a number of locations around the harbour, but recommend Balmoral Wharf so you get fishing sooner.

If you are new to game fishing we're here to provide friendly, helpful instructions.

pic game lrg 2"Nothing gives our crew more pleasure, than to help someone catch their first Marlin or Tuna."

If you're an old hand we may be able to show you some new tricks and we also like to learn a few ourselves.

Group sizes can be up to 12 people.

Charter start times are generally from 7am or 8am and are of an 8 hour duration. Start times can be altered to suit your needs or may vary by our advice. Of course we are not going to end your charter if you are fighting a fish.

We use custom rods by two of the world's leading rod designers, Jack Erskine and Ian Miller.
Reels - Penn International
Lines IGFA class 15, 24, 37 & 60kg (Smaller on request)
Lures by Zacatak, Pakula, Joey Yee, Marlin Parker and MoldCraft
Bait - Live and rigged skip baits

Yackatoon is also available to fish some of the many game tournaments available.

What can you expect to catch & when?

Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tailor, Australian Salmon, Kingfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore, Yellow Tail Kingfish and more.

Water currents & temperature has an influence on what can be captured at a particular time of year. The following seasons is a general guide only.

reelSummer - November to March

Marlin - predominantly Stripes and Blacks but there's also the likelihood of a Big Blue
Mahi Mahi - plentiful around offshore buoys and fish traps
Wahoo - an infrequent visitor but caught in reasonable numbers during the season
Kingfish - both in the harbour, and off-shore reefs.

Autumn/Fall - April to May

Marlin - numbers starting to dwindle but they can surprise right through winter.
Mahi Mahi - depending on water temperature.
Kingfish - both in the harbour, and off-shore reefs.

Winter - June to October

Yellowfin Tuna - caught trolling and by cubing in a berley trail
Albacore - "chicken of the sea" caught trolling and cubing
Light Tackle - Australian Salmon, Tailor (Bluefish), Yellow Tail Kingfish, smaller Tunas.

YACKATOON encourages Marlin tag and release, and all other fish are subject to NSW Fisheries sizes and bag limits.


Sydney Game Fishing Charters can offer A full day Game Fishing Charter (9 hours) or a half day Game Fishing Charters (5 hours).

Game Fishing comprises trawling for game fish from Sydney heads out past the shelf and Browns Mountains. The boat is in motion for most of the day in search of Game fish such as Marlin and Sharks.

During the colder months we will target Yellowfin Tuna and rather than trawl for these will set a burleigh trail in the water while we drift. For this you get the following:

Full use of the boat
All Bait and tackle included
1 skipper and 1 deck hand crew are taken to sea
Up to 12 passenger permitted
All fuel costs are covered

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