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Port Hacking Flyfishing in Port Hacking

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Port Hacking on the southern outskirts of Sydney, with the Royal National Park on it's southern bank, and scalloped bays of the Southerland Shire on it's northern bank, is a very accessible and attractive waterway.


It is best fished with a boat but Maianbar and Gunnamatta Bay have good wadable sandflats and drop-offs into deeper water. South West Arm can produce exciting late summer action for smaller pelagics including frigate mackeral, tailor and slimey mackeral.


The Hacking River up to the Audley Wier offers bream and some bass action.


Port Hacking provides access for offshore boating as well as inshore to the Kurnell headland and Merries Reef to the north, and the whole of the Royal National Park shoreline to the south.


Offshore possibilities include striped marlin, mako and yellowfin tuna.


Port Hacking fishes best from early summer to the beginning of winter. Mid and late winter options are limited, but kahawai schools can be found out the front as they migrate north.



Boat ramps are located at Burraneer bay, Dolans Bay, Grays Point, Gunnamatta Bay, and Yowie Bay.


Boat hire is available at Cronulla.


Handy for the Sydney visitor is that Cronulla Peninsula is also served by a train station, a short walk to the marina (Tonkin Street Wharf behind the Cronulla Railway Station) and sand flats of Gunnamatta Bay.  Hourly ferry trips leave from Cronulla to Bundeena, making a shore-based trip to the Maianbar flats a possible option for anyone prepared to do a bit of walking to find fish.


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