Wildside Sportfishing runs a state of the art Contender 25 Tournament vessel perfect for fishing South West Rocks

The Ultimate Boat

Our Contender 25 Tournament is perfectly set up to tackle any species offshore. From big pelagic fish like marlin, mahi mahi and wahoo, to snapper and perch on the reef, and anything in between.

We also fish the Macleay River estuary from time to time hunting the elusive silver ghost (mulloway) with consistent results.

‘Wildside’ has plenty of room to cast big top water lures – more than enough space to have four anglers jigging the depths or flicking soft plastics over shallow reef.

She is setup by a keen angler for keen anglers!



  • Top and bottom healm stations
  • Outriggers
  • Twin Yamaha 200 HP four stroke outboards
  • 660 Litres unleaded
  • Massive live well
  • Access ladder and sea door
  • 3 Simrad fishfinders
  • Airmar hi and low chirp tranducers
  • 3D total scan
  • Large under floor storage
  • Removable side clears providing shelter (when required)
  • Portable toilet
  • All safety gear including satellite phone
  • 2C survey allowing 4x clients and skipper out to 30 Nautical Miles
  • Ausy made ‘Hookem’ gaffs, tail ropes, tag poles and nets. 

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Jewfish are common in the Macleay River 

Your Guide


Marine Qualifications –

Master 5
Marine engine driver 2
First Aid

G’day folks.

Just thought I’d jot down a few things about myself, in case you were wandering..

I’ve been a lifelong fisherman, or at least since the age of three or four years old, a passion inherited from my old man . Something about being on the water, and discovering what lies beneath has always captivated me.

Wildside by Deadrise YouTube play

Video by John Willis from Deadrise.


Where it all started

I grew up in Victoria chasing species like snapper and whiting, at a feverish, bordering on obsessive pace. There weren’t too many days that I wasn’t hassling some poor finned foe standing on wave battered rocks, or old timbered wharf. A true pier rat as a youngster.

From there my hobby eventually led to a career path. Driving a fly bridge charter vessel with 25 people on board as a teenager was certainly unnerving at times, but I learnt a lot. Not so much about the fishing admittedly, but more how to handle people – from all walks of life.

An obsession became a career

Fast forward 10 years I’ve had a ball fishing all over Australia, and even parts of the world. During that time working as a fishing guide in the Northern Territory had been amazing. Chasing all manner of species, in every kind of habitat – from barra to billfish, brings to mind many highlights. There’s not to many people who can honestly say some of the best days in their lives have been at work!

Kingfish are great fighters and are common around Fish Rock

South West Rocks, rocks!

My little family and I lived in the Territory for over 10 years before moving to the most beautiful town in Australia – South West Rocks. A true fishing mecca.

Situated roughly half way up the north coast of NSW between Brisbane and Sydney it enjoys a mixture of temperate and tropical fish species.

The deep water close to shore allows ocean currents to push all the way into the rocks bringing massive shoals of bait fish and all manner of large predators. 

There’s always something exciting to chase and an adventure to be had!  

I hope you enjoy your time with us.




Get on board for a South West Rocks sport fishing charter today!

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