Ahoy there… Gourmet Fisherman’s Basket Ahead!

Why not celebrate summer with a Gourmet Fisherman’s Basket, available to you daily in The Bistro.

As we’re surrounded by some of the best beaches and waterways in Sydney, we put together a list of essential items every fisherman, or fisherwoman needs. From rookie to pro, can you tackle seas and reel in the gourmet goods like our Bistro Cooks can?

 Limit Your Catch, Don’t Catch Your Limit

We are all about being proactive in conserving our fisheries resources. Catch and release for what is not 100% required for food or bait needs. If you’ve caught your limit you’ve caught too much (unless you have an enormous family)!

Soft Plastic Lures

With a range of shapes, sizes and colours, soft plastic lures suit pretty much any fishing environment. Their flexible bodies and fluid movements in the water make them irresistible to many species of fish, so make sure you include them in your tackle box.

Phone or Camera

 Every fisherman, or fisherwoman needs proof of their catch. Make sure you take your phone for a selfie with your haul and upload to social media. Because if no one saw it, did it really happen?

Live Bait is Best

One of the most controversial questions of our time: real bait or artificial lures? Whilst there is no one-size-fits-all answer, our inside source confirms that the real thing is always better. Why? It’s a fish’s natural food source, they can’t’ help but take the bait!

Sharp knife and scaler

Fish don’t miraculously jump out of the water pre-filleted. If you intend on keeping your catch, remember safe knife handling skills and to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

Hook, Line and Sinker

If you ask a fisherman what the bare necessities to catch fish are, chances are you’ll hear “hook, line, and sinker,” repeated back to you.

For those who aren’t fluent in ‘fish lingo’ this is what these tools are:

fish hook or fishhook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish.

fishing line is a cord used or made for angling. Fishing line is generally as durable as and comparable to a string.

fishing sinker or knoch is a weight used in conjunction with a fishing lure or hook to increase its rate of sink, anchoring ability, and/or casting distance y

Combine the three and you’re on your way to becoming the next Ernest Hemingway.


Every fish has a different rod requirement. Do your research and figure out what fish you are on the hunt for so you can prepare properly.

Sunblock, Hat, footwear

Remember to slip, slop, slap, wear a hat and get yourself …. Crocs. Yes, Crocs. They delightfully less-than-appealing-to-the-eye footwear serve as great fishing shoes when based on a boat or by the lake with a beverage in one hand, rod in the other.

Don’t Oversell your Skills

Leave the extreme fishing, like rock fishing, to the experts. We want it to be fun and social, so if you’re not familiar with rock fishing, probably best to keep it to the experts.

Whether you’re a seasoned caster or a newbie with fish in your dreams, these tips are sure to guide you through your next fishing adventure.