From the port’s deep protected bays and sand flats to the offshore islands and reefs, there’s fish galore to be targeted. But Port Stephens has gained international notoriety among big-game anglers for its consistent multi-species marlin fishing — for blues, blacks and stripes — and at times sailfish as well.
A glance at the IGFA World Record Game Fishes book for billfish records will show quickly enough how productive are these waters, and you’ll find many records as well for massive whaler and tiger sharks.
Not all the billfish are always massive, however, explaining in part why so many saltwater fly-fishing records come from Port Stephens, for marlin in the 100- to 300-pound range.
So good is the game fishing here, the NSW Game Fishing Association has held its Annual Interclub Tournament in Port Stephens for an incredible 53 years. This event attracts around 200 vessels and more than a thousand anglers attend. It’s the largest game fishing tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
If interested in booking a charter to fish Port Stephens, try Capt. Tim Dean at Calypso Fishing Charters or Capt. Scott Thorrington at Haven Sport Fishing Charters. For general information about visiting the area, check with the Port Stephens Visitors Information Centre.
Enjoy these 16 photos that offer some idea what Port Stephens fishing is all about.