Land-based fishing spots in Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River.

1. CLARKES POINT

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Location information.

The Woolwich Peninsula consist of a succession of points that lead down to the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers, where there are a number of places that a land-based angler can cast a line. To get to the spot shown in the picture you will need to get yourself onto Woolwich Road at Hunters Hill and travel east. When you come to Egin Street you will need to turn right and then into Clarke Place. Park your car (Parking restrictions do apply) and then walk through Clarkes Point Reserve to the breakwall at the water’s edge.

Here you will be able to fish for luderick right at your feet, leatherjackets along the rocky/kelp shoreline and also cast out wide for bream, whiting, pan sized snapper, mulloway and dusky flathead. You could try live baiting for kingfish as well.

You will find that the eastern side of the point fishes better on the run-out tide and the southern face is best fished on the run-in tide. If you are into fishing with lures you could cast poppers for kingfish or use soft plastics on the bottom for bream, flathead and mulloway.

The reserve is a popular picnic destination it has BBQ’s Tables and toilets.

2. FIVE DOCK BAY

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Location information.

There is a concrete path that goes around most of the shoreline in Five Dock Bay that you could spend hours casting out lures for flathead, flounder, whiting and bream. What you will need to remember is that this is a very popular walking spot and you don’t want to hook anyone with your back cast.

To get there by car you can get yourself onto Lyons Road at Five Dock, where you will need to travel towards the suburb of Drummoyne. Then turn left at Bayswater Road. From here it is about one kms to Talpin Park. There is plenty of off street parking here and it is a short five-minute walk to the sandstone retaining wall that is on this side of Five Dock Bay.

If you are a bait angler you should try using live baits like blood worms, pink nippers and poddy mullet. As this is a fairly shallow bay around the edges you will need a good cast to get you out to the productive areas or you should concentrate your fishing time to a couple of hours either side of the top of the tide. When you get there you will also see a lot of boats on swing moorings. A descent cast will get you near these boats where the flathead, whiting and bream lay in wait for your bait or lure.<

3. BICENTENNAL PARK – ANNADALE

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Location information

Once on Parramatta Road at Annandale travelling towards the city you will need to turn left at the set of lights at Johnston Street. From here you will travel north until you come to a set of lights at The Crescent. Drive across The Crescent and into Chaplam and you can park here. It is only a short walk through the park to the retaining walls at the end.

is a very popular spot with lure anglers who like chasing flathead, bream, whiting and the odd tailor or two. Soft plastics, blades and surface poppers all work well here. The only problem you may come across is the occasional snag or two.Luderick can be caught on green weed while fishing off the floating pontoon or the rock wall. Berley with chopped up weed and sand is a must here to keep the luderick near your float. There is a fenced playground with nearby toilets, shaded tables, BBQ’s, a bike park and nearby car parking. Great place to take the kids for a couple of hours.

4. BAYVIEW PARK

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Location information.

This is an extremely popular spot as it has a playground, ferry wharf, picnic tables, shaded seating, grassed area, a boat ramp, paid parking and a small sandy beach. A great place to bring the kids for a few hours.

It is very easy to get to. All you need to do is get yourself onto Burwood Road at Burwood and travel north along this road for about four kms until you reach Bayview Park at the end.

Once there you could try fishing off the wharf, but remember that the ferries do come in here at times and there is time restriction of when you can fish off the wharf. Flathead and bream are the main species that you will catch here, with the odd whiting and tailor thrown in.

On the NE side of the point care needs to be taken at low tide as the mud here is very soft and you can lose a shoe or worse, cut your foot. Best time to fish is about an hour either side of the top of the tide. On the SW side of the carpark you will see a walkway. This concrete path leads around to the golf course and it’s worth casting a lure or two into the small bay that you find here.

5. IRON COVE BRIDGE.

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Location Information.

Depending on which way you are travelling you will come down Victoria Road and then find your way to either King George or Bridgewater parks. From here you can park your car and walk to underneath the bridge and cast a line. Or maybe you would prefer to walk along the concrete path on the southern side of the bridge.

Whether you are bait fishing or casting a few soft plastics, blades or working those hard bodied lures in close to the shore. You will be in with a chance for bream, whiting and flathead. Maybe you could also try fishing off the pontoon. Great place to bring the kids, as it has toilets, BBQ’s, play equipment and a place to kick a ball around.

Best baits, by far are blood worms, pink nippers and half pilchards. You could also try using pieces of chicken breast.

6. RYDE RAIL BRIDGE.

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Location information.

Heading north while travelling along Church Street Ryde you will need to turn left into Junction Street, then left into Belmore Street and then right into Sutton Road, and then left into Bowden Street. You will find a parking area underneath the John Whitton Bridge.

Over the years I have found this a great place to chuck lures for flathead, bream, whiting and the odd mulloway. It will be up to you whether you keep a few for the table or your practice catch and release. As for me I always catch and release here.

You will need to keep an eye out for the Sydney ferries and the pasting boat traffic. Not much in the way of facilities here, but there is a great coffee shop nearby. If you are not having any luck here, you could always walk through the park and fish in between the openings in the mangroves.

7. ROSE BAY.

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Location information.

Travel along New South Head Road until you come to Lynne Park. Here you will find some parking as it is mainly for boats with trailers and ferry commuter’s. If you can’t find parking here, all you need to do is park in a side street and walk to the park.

There is a concrete walkway that goes around from the eastern side of the park and right around the shoreline and out onto the main road where you will find a sandstone retaining wall.

Whether you bait or lure fish you will be in with a chance to catch bream, whiting, flathead, small snapper, leatherjackets and squid. Luderick can be caught here during the cooler months of the year. Tailor, Australian salmon and kingfish have been known to bust up here during the day. So don’t forget to take along a few metal slicers. The park has a neat little playground for the kids when they have had enough of fishing and there is a coffee shop/café across the road.

8. WHARF ROAD – PARRAMATTA RIVER

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Location information.

Travel along Victoria Road until you come to a set of lights at the junction of Wharf Road. Form Wharf Road right down to the Parramatta River and you will come to a boat ramp that has cleaning table and a float pontoon.

Best fished about a couple of hours either side of the top of the tide. When fishing from here you will need to out for the coming and goings of anglers who are launching and retrieving their boats.

This is a great place to work those soft plastics and blades for bream flathead and the occasional big whiting.

If you are after more land based fishing spots in Sydney Harbour you could always go to your local tackle shop to purchase a copy of the Land – Based Fishing Guide – Sydney area by Gary Brown as there are 52 more great spots in this book

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Gary Brown

About Gary Brown

I have been fishing from a very early age (around # to 4) in the estuaries from Qld to Victoria for bream, whiting, mullet, flathead, leatherjackets, john dory and luderick. Having owned my first boat at 12, I was able to fish further afield in many different estuaries up and down the NSW coast with my dad. In my early teens I started to fish from the beach for bream, whiting, tailor and salmon and then progressed onto the rocks for bream, trevally, tailor, salmon, drummer, luderick and snapper. I also targeted snapper, morwong, other reef species off shore, plus a variety of tuna. In his teens Gary brought his first boat and started fish out to sea on the south coast of NSW where he could chase snapper, tuna, morwong, pinkies, leatherjackets, mulloway, bonito and many other fish species. Over the past 22 years I have been teaching many anglers how to improve their fishing ability in my “How, Where, When and Why to Fish” classes throughout tackle shops in Sydney. In 2002 I had my first book published (Fishing Sydney’s Waterways) by AFN and it has been revised 3 times. Since then I have now had 4 more books published: 2005 Beach and Rock Fishing Australia. 2010 Fishing guide to South of Sydney. 2011 How to catch Australia’s Favourite Saltwater Fish. 2013 Land based Fishing GUIDE FOR Sydney Harbour. I have also produced along with Scotty Lyons 2 dvd’s; A Day on the Bay and Port Hacking – The Jewel of the South. Over the past 11 years I have successfully competed in a number of bream tournaments. Ranging from ABT, BETS and the Southern Bream Series. I am currently sponsored by the following companies: Pure Fishing/Pflueger/Shakespeare now for 22 years as one of their Pro Anglers. Australian Fishing Network (AFN) Tackle Tactics. Strike pro.

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