The Sutherland Shire is blessed with ocean and river waterways, perfect for dropping a line. Botany Bay, Port Hacking, Cronulla Beach and surrounding waterways provide a wide range of fishing opportunities from beach or jetty fishing to the more adventurous rock and boat fishing.
You'll discover many well located wharves and boat ramps available for public use.
Whilst fishermen can be notoriously secretive of their favourite spots, we've put together a few proven ones to get you started!
- Swallow Rock Reserve, Grays Point - located on the Hacking River...you can fish off the river's edge safely with kids or from the rocks to the left of the boat ramp where there is a deep channel. Picnic areas and BBQs are on hand for the successful fishermen!
- Gunnamatta Park, Nicholson Parade, Cronulla - Located just off Port Hacking, you can fish off the top of the swimming baths (outside the nets). It’s a popular spot for a family fishing outing with taylor, whiting, flathead and bream on offer, along with swimming and picnic facilities.
- Dolans Bay Ramp in Port Hacking, also known as Wally’s Wharf, is an easy fishing spot. On the northern side of the walkway to the pontoon, the water drops away to four to five metres, a good spot for catching bream, silver trevally, flathead, leatherjackets, sand whiting yellowtail, mullet, slimy mackerel and squid.
- Albert Delardes Memorial Reserve at Griffin Parade, Illawong, is a popular site for fisherman. Bream, whiting, flathead, mullet and mulloway frequent this spot as there is a deep gutter that runs parallel to the rocks.
When fishing in NSW waters you are required by law to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee and carry a receipt. You can pay the fee online, by calling 1300 369 365 or at many outlets such as fishing tackle stores, caravan parks, local shops, service stations and many Kmart stores.
Fishing Charters and Tours
For proven local guides who know the Port Hacking and surrounds like the back of their hand, try Bravo Fishing Charters , Sydney Premium Fishing Charters, All At Sea Charters and Dorso's Deep Sea Fishing Charters to name a few.
Tide tables are available online here.
Much more information including restricted areas is available from the Department of Primary Industry website.