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Head Boat Fishing Charter in Portland, Australia

Head Boat
10 Guests

About This Fishing Charter

Our captain is a qualified Master 5 which entitles him to command vessels of up to 25m, 200 nautical miles offshore. He also hold a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2.

Since 1999, he has operated his own charter boat business working from Portland and various ports up the coast to Coffs Harbour where he spent around 6 years, seeing lots of fishing action in the warm Pacific waters.

He was chartered by VIPs and athletes during the Sydney Olympics, and has worked with the offshore oil and gas industry in Bass Strait.

Joe has a passion for the ocean and just loves to get among the fish when and wherever they are running. When you go to sea with Joe, you can be assured of a great day out and with just an ounce of good luck, a nice catch to take home!

 

About the boat:

  • 9.5m x 3.2m Kevlacat
  • Large, comfortable wheelhouse
  • Lavatory
  • Equipped with cooking facilities
  • Carries all required safety gear
  • Cover over the deck to protect from sunburn and rain
  • Top quality JRC GPS
  • Suzuki 300HP four stroke engines
  • Has been the most consist at vessel, last 6 tuna seasons 98% strike rate 2010 & 100% in 2011
  • Equipped with Shimano and Okuma rods, reels and gimbals
  • Equipped with Daiwa electric reel
  • CD player

 

PRICES:
Bay & Reef 5hrs

  • $1600 midweek (min 4 max 6)
  • $150 per person (Min 4)

 

Bay & Reef 8hrs

  • $1800 weekends
  • $220 per person (Min 4)

 

Game Fishing (Full day 8-10hr)

  • $1600 week days
  • $1800 weekends
  • individuals $350 per person 

(maximum 6 passengers)
(can do 8,for extra $200 per person)

 

Mixed groups/Individuals

  • week day $350 per person
  • weekend $350 per person

Blue Whales - $1800 max 10 people

 

Scenic Tours

  • Lawrence Rock - 2hr - $150/Hour
  • Seals/Dolphins - 4hr - $150/Hour (Up to 10 passengers)

 

Diving

  • $75
  • $50 per dive

Details

  • Type: Head Boat
  • Capacity: 10 People
  • Rental Minimum: 1 day
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Rental Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you charter every day?
A. Yes we charter seven days a week depending on bookings and weather and boating conditions. In Portland we fish all year round with different seasons bringing different species.

Q. What happens if there is unsafe weather and boating conditions?
A. We require customers to confirm between 6.00-6.30pm the night prior to the charter to confirm their booking and make sure the boating conditions will be safe.  If the charter is canceled due to unsafe boating conditions, the charter is transferred to another day or deposit refunded. 

Q. Do you cater for  individuals and groups?

A. Yes, we cater for both individual and group bookings. To make it easy for you we can make up numbers for trips. Or you are welcome to hire the vessel and crew exclusively.

Q. How far in advance do I need to book??
A. 
It is best to book as soon as possible,to avoid disappointment. especially  Tuna season March through to July,

Q. Where does the boat depart from?
A.Boat departs from the boat ramp adjacent to the Portland Yacht Club.

Q. How long are your fishing charters?
A. We have 5hr & 8hr bottom fishing charters available.  Game Fishing 8-10hrs.                                            

Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Our charters are crew and equipment all inclusive, however we have a few hints of what to bring & wear. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, shoes, warm clothing, food and refreshments. There is water on the deck throughout the day so if decide to wear shoes, wear some you don't mind getting wet. You can BYO alcohol if you wish. If you have a long drive home you may want to bring an esky to keep your fish. We cannot supply seasickness tablets or any other medications on board. But we recommend all passengers take seasickness tablets - 'Quells' or other which can be purchased from a pharmacy at minimal cost.

Q. Can we bring alcohol to drink on the charter??
A.
Yes, you are quite welcome to bring some alcohol with you. We have a large icebox on deck in which you can store you drinks. Responsible alcohol consumption is a must. 

Q. How long does it take to get to the fishing grounds?
A. It takes about 15-30 minutes 5 hour charter and about 40 minutes to get to the 8 hour fishing ground. Game fishing travel time 1-1.5hrs to fishing grounds.

Q. Is there accommodation close to the departure location?
A. Yes, there is plenty of accommodation close to the departure location. Contact Portland Visitor Information Centre for accommodation details. 

Q. Do I have to be experienced?
A. No, we cater to both experienced anglers and novices. We assist you in learning techniques of fishing and our friendly crew can answer any of your questions and are on hand to help throughout the day.

Q. How far do you go offshore?
A. On the 3hr charters we fish approx 10km-20km from the habour entrance in depths of approximately 10m- 50m. On our 5-8hr charters, we fish between 10km-30km from the harbour in depths of 40m- 100m. Game fishing up to 50kms from Portland harbour.

Q. Do I get to keep my catch?
A. Yes, you get to keep your catch. All your fish are gutted, gilled, cleaned and bagged for you ready to take home. Recreational bag limits do apply. We legally cannot fillet any species. We recommend you bring an esky to take your fish home if you have a long journey.

Q. Do I need a recreational fishing license?
A. Yes, these are available from Portland Bait and Tackle {open early,near boat ramp} and other outlets.

Q. Do you do whale watching charters?
A. Yes,Between November and May the waters of Portland  offer great opportunities to view blue whales.  At times these beautiful giant mammals become curious and may come close to the boat for a look.

Q. Once I make a booking is there any need to contact you?
A. Yes, you will need to contact us the night prior to the charter between 6.00pm - 6.30pm to confirm your booking and the charter in regard to the weather and boating conditions. .

Q. Do you supply rods and reels?
A. Yes we supply all your fishing equipment and bait. We supply top quality Okuma and Shimano rods and reels and all terminal tackle.

Q. Can I bring my own rod & reel?
A. Yes, you can bring your own rod & reel. The boys can rig it up to suit offshore fishing for you. 

Q. Can seasickness tablets stop me from being sick and do you supply them?
A. In most cases seasickness tablets can prevent you from getting sick. We cannot supply seasickness tablets or any other medications on board. If you wish to take seasickness tablets to reduce the risk of being sick you will need to purchase these tablets from a chemist before the charter and read the directions in regard to taking them. (Some tablets require you to take one tablet the night before and another 1 hour before boarding the boat.) Please contact you physician to check if these tablets interfere with your other medications.

Q. When is the best time to go game fishing??
A.
Our game fishing season runs from January through to July. King fish Jan-April, Tuna March-July.Mako & Thresha Sharks November -July. 

Specs

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Toilet
  • Wheel steering
  • Fishing gear
  • Fish Finder
  • CD Player
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Galley Stove & Oven
  • Head

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