Where are you located?
Our charters depart from Queenscliff Harbour, next to the Ferry Terminal at Queenscliff. Our boat is moored outside the Queenscliff Dive Centre. Look out for our bright orange sunset sign and our skipper Tim.
What are your minimum and maximum numbers required on a Fishing Charter?
We welcome individuals and groups. We can buddy you up with others. For single groups we recommend a maximum size of up to 16 people. To have the boat exclusively for your group on weekends and in January we require a minimum booking of 12 people.
Can you take large groups?
If you have a large group we can arrange for a second boat on demand, but bookings must be made well in advance to allow availability of other charter vessels at the same time.
What bait do you use?
We use only the best bait and always try and supply our customers with freshly caught bait whenever we can.
I have never fished before is that a problem?
If you have not fished before we recommend you take a Bay Fishing Charter. Our crew will give you tuition on your fishing charter. Your skipper & deckhands are more than happy to help you catch the fish of a lifetime. First timers are made feel welcome and our crew are very patient.
Where do we fish?
In Port Phillip Bay.
We fish in the Bay near Point Nepean, Quarantine Bay, Portsea, Queenscliff, Swan Bay, St Leonards and the areas surrounding Mud Island depending on weather conditions and where the fish are biting.
What sort of Fish do you catch?
Snapper, King George Whiting, Flathead, Gummy Shark,Calamari, Salmon, Leatherjacket, Perch, Barracuda, Trevally, Short-Finned Pike, Blue Throat Wrasse, Arrow-Squid, Gurnard, Blue Devil Fish, Garfish and many other assorted reef fish.
How long are the trips?
Scenic Tours are 1.5 to 2 Hours in Length. Fishing Trips are between 4 – 8 Hours, most are 5 Hour in length.
What time do you leave?
How much does it cost?
What do I need to bring?
For Fishing Trips please dress appropriately for fishing, wear loose clothing, covered footwear, hat, sunnies, sunscreen, lip balm for windier days.
Bring along your esky to keep your food (no bananas please as they are considered bad luck on our boat, save you $ they are too expensive anyway) and drinks cool and to take home your catch.
A Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence is required (unless exempt)
What do you provide?
We provide all gear including rods, reels, tackle and fresh bait. We also provide on boat assistance from our experienced and friendly Skipper and Deckhand. Safety equipment is on board and we provide a full safety briefing before departure.
Can we bring our own rods?
You are more than welcome to bring an old favorite for luck. We also have Rods on board you can use.
Can I keep the fish I catch?
Yes you can either keep the fish that are caught. Most of our customers choose to share their catch. If you catch a specimen fish such as a Gummy Shark, this will generally not be shared – please discuss with Skipper to clarify. If you prefer you can even release them back to the sea. We clean fillet and bag your catch for you, ready to take home.
Can we bring alcohol on the boat?
You are quite welcome to bring alcohol on the boat. If the charter is a made up group of different lots of people you are obliged to remember to be considerate of other people. We do take a lot of women & children on our charters. If the charter is a private booking for your own group we recommend no more than a can an hour is consumed as you need to be at a safe level to be out on the water.
Do you go out in rough water?
If the trip is cancelled due to rough weather ie. 25/30 knot wind warning you are either put on another day or your money is refunded. If you are here on holiday remember if it is not safe to go to sea we do not go so you are better off booking your fishing trip at the start of your holiday. We do not generally cancel rainy days as the boat is covered so you can keep out of the rain or sun.
Do you sell Gift Vouchers?
Yes we do sell Gift Certificates. You can buy a certificate for a half or full day tour or a dollar amount. They can be emailed or posted. They are valid for 12 months. Gift Certificates are non refundable.
Where can I Park?
As of Friday 1st November, 2013 Queenscliff Harbour will be charging a $2 Per Hour parking fee, using a “Pay and Display” system. Maximum parking limit will be 4 Hours from 8am to 6pm 7 Days a week. Please note this is for the MAIN Harbour Carpark ONLY. Both the western car park and Boatyard car park will remain FREE and NO TIME LIMITS. Taking this into mind please allow an extra couple of minutes to get to your charter.
Do you have a Toilet?
We have a marine toilet on board. Suitable for no 1’s. Please go before you go if you can!
Do you have a BBQ?
On request we have a basic BBQ available onboard, available for use by groups only. BYO Food.