The most experienced Fishing Charter in Sydney Harbour

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Fishing in Sydney Harbour with Craig McGill

With over 45 years experience on the water, Craig McGill established Sydney harbour’s first ever guided fishing service in 1992. As a full time fishing guide for 26 years, Craig’s level of experience and intimate knowledge of this intriguing waterway and its abundant fish species is second to none. With Kingfish up to 50lbs and Jewfish up to 80lbs encountered within sight of the famous Opera House, along with a huge variety of other seasonal targets, it’s no surprise Sydney harbour is ranked as a world class fishery, and there’s no better choice of guide than Craig to put you on the fish of your dreams. Learn More About Craig

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Species We Target

Sydney harbour boasts 586 different species of fish not to mention an abundance of squid and crustaceans.

Regular sightings of dolphins, whales, seals, sharks and the harbours resident penguin population make for an enthralling ‘sideshow’ to your days fishing.


Kingfish are the most sort after fish in the harbour. In recent years their average size has come up considerably and fish over 1m are not uncommon.

They fight hard and are renowned for breaking tackle, lines and angler spirit. They are dirty fighters often diving into structure to break the line. They are also fantastic eating either cooked or raw.

Kingies are our speciality and after 26 years of refining technique we offer you your best chance of landing this harbour icon. We pioneered both the use of live squid and stickbait lures to target these fish in the harbour.
Best season
Kings are now a year-round option in the harbour


Excluding sharks, jewfish are the harbour's largest predator. Their numbers have increased dramatically in the harbour since the banning of commercial fishing and fish to 80lbs are possible.

They require very refined techniques, paying careful attention to tides, moon, location and bait.

We have cracked the code and offer you a real chance of tangling with one of these tasty trophies. We use both bait and lures.
Best season
Jewfish are at their best from October to July


We target a multitude of other species in both summer and winter.

Surface fish such as Salmon, Bonito, Tailor and a variety of Tunas.
Flathead, Bream, Hairtail, Amberjack and Samson fish

Blackfish, Surgeon fish, Salmon, Flathead, Trevally and John Dory

Fishing Charters Sydney

We specialise in small group tours catering for 1 – 4 people, to ensure a personal experience and boat exclusivity to your group. We cater specifically to your groups needs, be it family, corporate or just a group of fishing mates.

Our boat is custom built for fishing including modern GPS/sonar and Minn Kota spot lock electric motor. We are in RMS survey covering all safety requirements and are fully insured.

Morning, 6am - 1pm

Our primary trip makes the most of Sydney Harbour's morning activity. We believe this is the most rewarding time of the day for fishing.

7 hours

What's included?
All tackle, bait, fishing licence, drinks and snacks

What to bring?
Sun Protection: Hat, suncream, glasses
Appropriate clothing for the weather - rain jacket

*Tour time may vary depending on pick up location

Afternoon, 2pm - 6pm
(Weekdays during daylight savings only)

Our afternoon tour runs for 4 hours providing those short on time an opportunity to enjoy harbour fishing.     

4 hours

What's included?
All tackle, bait, fishing licence, drinks and snacks

What to bring?
Food - if you'd like something more substantial than snacks
Sun Protection: Hat, suncream, glasses
Appropriate clothing for the weather - rain jacket

*Tour time may vary depending on pick up location"
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Other Tours We Offer

Get the kids fishing

Looking for something different to entertain the kids during school holidays? We have a tour tailored to them.

Get in touch for more details.

Fishing Travel

We have extensive knowledge about fishing across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

If you're interested to find out more get in touch and Craig will point you in the right direction and recommend relevant partners.

What our customers say

Craig McGill’s ‘Fishabout Sydney Harbour’ provided the perfect solution during my time in Sydney. His professional guided fishing trips on Sydney’s very own Harbour provided a range of seriously good angling experiences at the right value and in the right amount of time for a busy professional.

If you want to get out on Sydney harbour and target everything from jewfish to Kingfish, Craig McGill is your man.

- Matthew Hayden Australian First Class Cricketer


Not just fishing, every time he’s given me a new memorable experience.

Only thing now – I can’t get enough of fishing, it’s very addictive.

Craig is King of Sydney Harbour !!

- Tetsuya Wakuda World Renowned Chef

I have been using Craig McGill now going on 20 years.

From corporate fishing days with important clients, to trips with my kids and family, Craig is THE consummate professional and absolute expert when it comes to a fantastic and fruitful day out on the water. Where other charters can’t produce the goods, Craig certainly delivers.

His tact, patience and local knowledge is undeniably second to none. For surefire success on Sydney Harbour, I could only recommend Fishabout Sydney Harbour.

- Darren Brooks

Craig McGill and his gun crew know a thing or two about where and how to find the fish.

They know all about the seasons — what’s on the chew and when — at secret spots using gun techniques honed after decades of fishing on this productive and picturesque waterway.

But, above all, Craig and his crew offer top company and a great day out on famous Sydney Harbour.

You can’t beat that experience… nor will you forget yours with this local fishing legend.

- David Lockwood Fishing and Boating writer, 30-plus years.

The thrill on my boy’s face catching their first fish, will be a memory that won’t be forgotten (little did we know there were more to be caught).

Craig actively sourced where the shoals were, and soon we had caught three different species of fish. Craig really put the extra effort in, to make it a fun and interactive experience for us all.

- Philippa, Alex and Frazer

Craig has hosted my family, friends and clients for 10 years.

His professional, safe and courteous service ensures a good time always.

Photographs of smiling kids on Craig's boat adorn our walls at home and business friends from all over boast snaps of themselves on Sydney Harbour. The best part is that they are all proudly holding fish!

- Glenn

Guided Fishing on Sydney Harbour with Craig McGill is fishing with the best.

Craig has been guiding on Sydney Harbour for over 25 years and his experience, attitude and willingness to put his clients onto fish is second to none.

Whenever I fish the Harbour my first port of call is a conversation with Craig to find out what's biting and where. For a great Sydney Harbour Fishing experience give Craig McGill a call.

- Andrew ET Ettingshausen First grade NRL footballer

No one else combines Craig McGills knowledge of Sydney's waterways with such a high level professionalism in the field of guided fishing – he is in a class of his own.

- Steve Starling Fishing writer and TV presenter

Famous faces who’ve fished with us

George & Paul Radio 2UE

Adam Digby

Alan Border

Bruce Samizan & Lizzy Gardiner

English Cricket Captain Allan Lamb

Ernie Dingo

ET & Ken Sutcliffe

Governor General Michael Jefferies

Hook Line & Sinker’s Nick & Andrew

Jimmy Barnes

Jordan Stenmark

Lacklan Murdoch

Mark Burrows 9 News

Mike Whitney & Jason Hodges

Rahni Sadler & Mark Warren


Sally Obermeder & Leanne Payne

Scott Levi ABC radio

Stu Macgill


Tetsuya & Matthew Hayden

Tim Bailey

Wallabies Adam Ashley Cooper

Wallabies Richard Brown

Tim Farriss INXS

We fish east of the bridge, North Harbour, Middle Harbour & Eastern Suburbs

It’s good to talk

..and we love talking about fishing, so give us a call today on 0412 918 127. Alternatively leave a message below and we will respond asap.