I think it was Ron Swanson who said it best when he described fishing as yoga for blokes. It's cathartic, great for your patience, and you might even get a feed out of it. The beaches around the Harbour City can offer some seriously good fishing.
Here are seven Sydney fishing spots to wet your line (and whet your appetite).
Manly Dam (Manly Vale)
Species Found: Australian bass, silver perch, carp, redfin.
The heritage-listed Manly Dam is popular with novice fishers, more specifically Section 4 near the wetland area. A sunny afternoon here will fly by without you realising.
Gladesville Wharf (Parramatta River)
Species Found: Mulloway, flathead, yellowtail.
Gladesville Wharf is known for its massive population of mulloway (jewfish), though it's recommended that you venture out at night when the ferry has called it for the day.
Clarkes Point Reserve (Parramatta & Lane Cove Rivers)
Species Found: Leatherjacket, bream, snapper.
This spot provides a sublime blend of access to water and a stretch of grassland to laze out. Bonus - the BBQ facilities means you can practically dine out right there and then if you feel so inclined. It doesn't get much fresher than that.
Tom Uglys Bridge (Georges River)
Species Found: Tailor, bream.
Down south, we come to the matter of Tom Uglys Bridge. The ideal place to set up shop is tucked under the northern side. And if you don't end up catching anything, swing by Bridge Seafood at Tom Uglys just a mere few metres away for a consolation feed.
Gunnamatta Bay (Port Hacking)
Species Found: Flathead, whiting, bream.
Even further south in the Sutherland Shire is the relatively serene Gunnamatta Bay. Your best chance of getting a live one is around the last channel marker at near low tide. But be wary of stingrays. Granted, they're generally no larger than dinner plates here but you'll certainly know about it if you step on one.
Blues Point Reserve (Sydney Harbour)
Species Found: Mulloway, trevally, kingfish (lower chance), salmon (far lower chances but a chance nonetheless).
The view to be enjoyed here is almost nice enough to make up for a day of catching absolutely nothing. Almost. But let's be optimistic about this. As Blues Point is a fairly windy locale, it's advisable to stick to the westerly side and seek some shelter.
Beulah Street Wharf (Sydney Harbour)
Species Found: Yellowtail, trevally, squid (occasionally).
Full disclosure - I haven't personally tried this one out, but it comes recommended. Not so much for your chances of catching anything (as I'm told those chances are slim on a good day), but again... the iconic views alone. Probably not a bad place for beginners to learn the basics.