Welcome to Kiama Charter Service

The Covid19 restrictions in NSW mean we need to modify our fishing charters to operate safely and viably.  We have to observe the 1.5m Physical distancing. Although Kostalota has a large open deck area, it is NOT big enough to allow the numbers of people aboard as in the past. We have calculated that we can take 7 passengers, plus skipper and deckhand. To make this economic, we have to increase our prices and change our policies for bookings. Details of this are highlighted in the text below. Basically for Reef fishing you will need to have, or be prepared to pay for, 5 people as a minimum at $180 each. We will add others in need, to make 7 unless you pay for 7.

Rodney and Ann Garard have been operating Kiama Charter Service since 1995. “Kostalota” is 12m or 40feet long with plenty of deck room for fishing. She is licensed by NSW Fisheries and in full AMSA survey for passengers. Skipper Rodney has his Masters qualification and he has a deckhand to help with cleaning fish, untangling lines etc. Leaving from Kiama Harbour, the boat is out on the ocean almost immediately and there are reefs quite close by & others further afield.

Choose from Reef fishing trips within a 15km radius of port, or Deep Sea fishing at the continental shelf 30 km out. There is no need to have a personal fishing licence. All the fishing tackle and bait is provided, as well as tuition if required. Ann’s famous Anzac biscuits are included with morning tea.

Charters are available 7 days a week (except Christmas Day & New Years Day), weather permitting.

Bookings with full payment are vital to ensure you get aboard a charter.  You need to have, or be prepared to pay for, 5 people as a minimum at $180 each. We will add others in need, to make 7 unless you pay for 7.

Your payment is required within 7 days of reserving a date. Immediate payment is necessary for dates within 2 weeks.      Refundable or transferable only if we have to call the trip off for a problem our end or, if the skipper thinks the weather will be unsuitable for fishing. Payments will be forfeited if your group is unable to honour the date, for whatever reason.

Payable by internet banking, Direct Deposit to our account, Mastercard/Visa over the phone(1% merchant fee applies), cheque or money order (clearance required) Full payment is required up front.

Reef fishing is very popular all year round. It targets species such as snapper, morwong, leatherjackets, flathead etc and is available for groups up to 5 people. Gift vouchers are available for Reef fishing and the recipient needs to make their own group of 5.

Deep Sea fishing tends to be more a cool season option:- May – Sept. Blue Eye Trevalla, Gemfish and other deep water species can be caught over winter and these trips are more specialised. Boat bookings only, no mixed groups.

Click here to check availability but contact us to confirm before making definite plans, or to get more information. The availability page shows: Fully booked, Unavailable or blank means no one booked yet. Phone contact required to book & arrange payment to confirm.                                Sorry no internet bookings, we like to talk to you. Office hours 8am – 8pm

See our recommendations for charters aboard Kostalota for some tips to help you have a great day fishing.

Kiama Charter Service
4.8
Based on 23 reviews
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William Todd
William Todd
08:48 26 Feb 20
Kiama Charter is my ‘GO TO’ sport fishing adventure. I have been holidaying in Kiama for many years from the US and... every year I book with Captain Rodney and his crew because they always put me on the fish! I respect that Captain Rodney has more than 25 years of experience and his due diligence goes a long way in taking into account the always changing coastal weather conditions, knowing when it is safe to go out, where to fish depending on the tides, and how to best advise. I've learnt better ways towards landing a bite and it's always a nice surprise to see the variety of fish species in my catch. The longer you spend on the water, the greater your chances are of getting into fish and I book the full day trip. There's nothing better than a cuppa & biscuit out on the water and I appreciate that the crew always clean my fish before I leave the boat. This year I even shouted my Bro-in-law a trip out and he is now sporting a new Kiama Charter cap for landing the biggest catch of the day. Tip - Travacalm W Todd Los Angeles, CAread more
Jonathan Le
Jonathan Le
23:37 21 Oct 19
For over 3 years i've made the regular trip at 4am from Sydney Suburbs to Kiama. WHY? 1. Kiama waters are pristine,... less crowded and less snaggy than Sydney(no underwater cliffs) 2. Variety of fish species caught, depending on weather you might end up at his signature Long Fin Perch Grounds 3. Rodney hand selects uninterrupted drifts through productive reef beds. 4. Fish expertly cleaned and return to the esky 5. Occasional bonus - bird and whale watching TIPS 1. Sea sick tablets, there's always someone unwell. 2. The more you fish the more fish you catch. 3. Don't challenge the skipper, follow his instructions haha :pread more
Ian Zhu
Ian Zhu
10:54 20 Jul 19
Friendly staff, quality gear, and good fishing. Would definitely recommend them!
Jason Lukies
Jason Lukies
02:01 13 Jul 19
Went fishing with these guys for my Bucks and had a great morning out on the water. Rodney and Brett showed us the best... way to bait our rods and how to drop a line. They took us to various spots and the fish kept rolling in. Rodney and Brett gutted the fish, told us what they were called and sorted out the line when it got caught on something. Everyone had a great time and we enjoyed the fish we caught for dinner that night on the BBQ, a fantastic day out!read more
Richard East
Richard East
20:31 23 Apr 19
Great day out excellent boat and skipper Kim and I will be coming again
Kim East
Kim East
06:00 20 Apr 19
Just wanted to say what a great day I had with Kiama Charter Service. The skipper and his deckhand mate allowed me to... Catch some decent fish and enjoyed the relaxation of the boat, sea and company. Thanks Rodney for making this Shelia feel at ease. Kia Ora.read more
Hashir Ali
Hashir Ali
09:15 25 Mar 19
Our group has been using Rodneys charter service for 6 years and we have always had a wonderful time. The most we ever... caught as a group was 147 a couple of years ago. Rodney is very hospitable and experienced, he knows all the good spots. This is by far the best fishing charter you will find. Very Happy, see you again soon Rod.read more
Country Cooper's
Country Cooper's
13:24 21 Jan 18
Had a great days fishing with a great crew. Very professional. Thoroughly recommend.
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