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Best Guided Fishing Charters in Melbourne

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Published July 14th 2016
Beginner or Expert, Come Fish for Fun
Best Guided Fishing Charters in Melbourne

Bring father and son together or organise a day out with work mates, the local sports team or the guys from the neighbourhood, on one of Melbourne's many fishing charter tours. Don't worry if you don't have fishing gear, these guys have everything you need; rods, reels, bait and tackle.

Charters target fish like Gummy Shark, Snapper, King George Whiting, Squid, Silver Trevally, Garfish, Bream, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Yellowtail Kingfish, and Reef Fish.

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Are you ready for a fishing adventure (Photo by Hsangi -Own work -Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Remember you will be on a boat in the open air so make sure you are well prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear including a jacket and wet weather gear if needed. Don't forget Slip, Slop, Slap; take a T-shirt, sunscreen lotion, sun glasses and a hat. Sea sickness tablets may be prudent if you're not sure how you will fare on the water. Cameras and binoculars will help may it a day to be remembered. Most of all, have a cool box on hand to take your catch home.

Bookings are essential as tours can be dependent on sufficient numbers but with so many operators to choose from you should have no trouble finding the trip that best suits you. Prices (July 2016) range from $65 to around $350 and most operators make group charters available.

Fishing Licences are required on all charters and are available from your local tackle shop or online.

The following are a selection of Melbourne based fishing experiences.

1. Gamerec – Departs Queenscliff or Sorrento

Beginners and experienced anglers alike can choose from 5 hour reef charters and 8 hour all day charters with Gamerec. Rods, reels, bait and tackle are supplied and complimentary tea and coffee are served. Gift vouchers are available.

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(Photo from Gamerec Fishing Charters Facebook Page.)

5 Hour Reef Charters: Catering for beginners or experienced anglers the trip targets Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of Reef Species around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. It runs year round departing from Sorrento Pier at 8am. Prices (July 2016) are $120 per person.

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(Photo from Gamerec Fishing Charters Facebook Page.)

8 Hour All Day Charters: The all day charters depart from Sorrento Pier or from the end of Beach Street at Queenscliff at 7am, between October and May. In addition to the 5 hour charter offering the longer tours also target Kingfish and Mako, Threshers, Gummy, Seven Gill and Blue Sharks in season. Prices (July 2016) are $180.

For more details check the website or telephone on (03) 5258 2802.

2. Gone Fishing Charters – Departs Queenscliff, Portsea and Portland

More than 20 years' experience has left Gone Fishing in good stead to seek out the best fishing spots. All the equipment you need is supplied but bring your own food and drink.

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(Photo from Gone Fishing Charters Facebook Page)

Queenscliff and Portsea Charters: Half and full day charters from Queenscliff and Portsea seasonally target King George Whiting, Squid, Snapper, Salmon, Barracouta, Bass Strait Flathead and Shark and run year round. Queenscliff charters depart the Public Boat Ramp, Hesse Street, Queenscliff. Portsea charters depart Portsea Port, Portsea. Prices (July 2016) range from $120 to $180.

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(Photo from Gone Fishing Charters Facebook Page)

Portland Tuna Charters: Feeling a little more adventurous? Come chase Blue Fin Tuna on Victoria's Continental Shelf. You'll want to make this trip a stay over and Gone Fishing's website has a link to accommodation options. The Portland charters run in May departing the Boat Ramp, Lee Breakwater Road, Portland. Prices (July 2016) range from $250 to $300.

There is a toilet on board. Gift vouchers are available. For more information check the website or telephone on 03 5278 5274 or 0409 007 068.

3. Able Fishing and Charters – Departs Williamstown

Able Fishing and Charters run a 5 hour fishing charter. The tour departs from Gem Pier at Williamstown at 7am and returns at noon. Exclusive tours, where groups can book the entire boat, are offered for either of four or five hours. The exclusive tours have a choice of three departure points, Williamstown, Beacon Cove and St Kilda Pier.

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(Photo from morgueFile)

You will be fishing for Snapper, Whiting, Flathead or even Gummy Sharks in Port Phillip Bay. Able Fishing provides rods, reels, bait and tackle. On the morning cruises a sumptuous BBQ breakfast of bacon, sausages, free-range eggs, tea and coffee is a great energy booster for some serious fishing. Afternoon fishers are treated to a BBQ lunch of gourmet sausages, burgers, onions, tea and coffee.

If you want to surprise your special man or boy gift vouchers are available. Prices (July 2016) range from $80 for children and $90 for adults. Fishing licences are required but if you don't already have one they can be purchased on board. There is a toilet on board

For more information check the website.

4. Bagout Fishing Charters – Departs Carrum, Stony Point, and Portland

Stay in the bay or fish wider waters with Bagout Fishing Charters. Bagout offers everything from the casual charter to trips for hard core fishing enthusiasts. All fishing equipment and bait is provided but you will need to bring your own food and drinks.

Snapper Charters on Port Phillip Bay: Snapper Charters in Port Phillip Bay run from October to late December.Trips run three times a day in season departing Patterson Lakes Boat Ramp, 1 Launching Way, Carrum, at 5am, 10am, and 3pm and last for around 5 hours. Prices (July 2016) range from $130 to $150 per person. Click here for more details.

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A Bluefin Tuna Catch (Photo by CSIRO CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Gummy, Mako and Whiting Charters on Westernport Bay: Fish for variety on Westernport Bay where you might snare Gummy Shark, Whiting, Snapper, Bream, Mako Shark, Garfish, Elephant Fish amongst others. Charters run from late December to March, three times a day in season departing Stony Point Boat Ramp, Western Port, Mornington Peninsula, at 5am, 10am, and 3pm and last for around five hours. Prices (July 2016) range from $150 to $225 per person. Click here for more details.

Shark Fishing Charters on Bass Strait: If the bays are too tame for you how about a spot of shark fishing on Bass Strait? Join Bagout from Christmas to March for some specialised shark fishing. This is the realm of heavy duty tackle and challenging battles. You will be fishing for Gummy Shark, Mako Shark, Whiting, Snapper, Tiger Flathead, Barracuda, and Squid. Charters run daily in season departing Stony Point Boat Ramp, Westernport, Mornington Peninsula, at 7am to 7.30am and last for around 8 hours. Prices (July 2016) range from $350. Click here for more details.

Bluefin Tuna Charters from Portland: Want a strenuous workout with your fishing, a challenge and serious boasting rights then join Bagout for some deep sea game fishing for Southern Bluefin Tuna and Albacore Tuna. This charter can be combined with a weekend escape as it runs out of Portland. Trips are daily from late March to July departing Portland Boat Ramp, Portland, at around 8am and last for about 8 hours. Prices (July 2016) range from $300. Click here for more details.

For more details check the website or telephone on 0427 373 397.

5. Executive Charters – Departs Carrum

Executive Charters offers a choice of three types of charter including a corporate option for that different executive outing or special reward for staff. All charters depart Patterson Lakes Boat Ramp, 1 Launching Way, Carrum. All bait and tackle is supplied.

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(Photo from Executive Fishing Charters Melbourne, Facebook Page)

5 Hour Port Phillip Bay Snapper Fishing Charter: The Port Phillip Bay cruise targets Snapper but you might also catch Pinkies, Rockling, Flathead, or Gummy Sharks. The trip runs daily between September and December at 5am, 10am and 3pm. Departure points from January to August can vary to source the best fishing spots. Prices (July 2016) range from $125 to $150. Bring your own food and drinks.

4 hrs King George Whiting or Squid Charter: Fish for King George Whiting, Squid, Calamari, Cuttlefish and Octopus on these sunrise and sunset charters. The trips run from 5am and 4pm. Check days at the time of booking. Prices (July 2016) range from $99 to $150. Bring your own food and drinks.

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(Photo from Executive Fishing Charters Melbourne, Facebook Page)

6 Hour Corporate Port Phillip Bay Fishing Charter: The corporate charters are catered offering an on-board BBQ and morning and afternoon tea. Commencement times can be negotiated between 5am and 10pm. You might find Snapper, Pinkies, Gummy Sharks, Whiting, Salmon, Flathead, and other Reef Species at the end of your line. Prices (July 2016) range from $150 to $190 per person for a minimum of 8 persons.

For more details check the website or telephone on 0438 532 181.

6. Melbourne Fishing Charters – Departs St Kilda Pier

Melbourne Fishing Charters offers year round morning, afternoon and full day trips across three packages. All equipment is supplied and you will be treated to a hot dog lunch or if you like, your catch can be cooked for you. Tea, coffee and milo are supplied but either BYO cold drinks or buy them on-board. All trips depart from St Kilda Pier.

Hard Core Snapper Package: The Hard Core Package targets big Snapper of between 2kg and 8kg and as the name suggests is for hard core anglers. It runs from mid-October to mid-December for around 6 hours commencing at 4am or 10.30am. The trip cost (July 2016) $140. Click here for more details.

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(Photo from Melbourne Fishing Charters Facebook Page)

Dawn Package: The Dawn Package targets Pinkies, Whiting, Salmon and Flathead. The trips run year round for about 5 hours commencing at 5am or 6am. The trip cost (July 2016) is $99. Click here for more details.

Layback Package: The Layback Package is designed for beginners, children and recreational fishers and targets Whiting, Flathead, Pinkies, Garfish, Banjo Shark, Rays, Salmon and Mackerel. The charter runs year round and departs at a leisurely 10.30am or 11.30am. The cost (July 2016) is $99. Click here for more details.

For more details check the website or telephone on (03) 9882 2061.

7. Prored Fishing Charters – 7 Departure Points

At Prored Fishing Charters you are simply spoilt for choice. There are too many options to detail here. Most trips run year round for periods of between 5 and 10 hours. Departures are from Carrum, Mornington, St Kilda, Sorrento, Hastings, Stony Point and Corinella. All fishing equipment and bait is supplied. Prices (July 2016 range from $125 to $300. Charter types on offer are:

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(Photo from Pro Red Fishing Charters, Melbourne Facebook Page)

• Snapper Fishing Charters – All Year
• KingFish Carters – Jan to April
• Gummy Charters – All Year
• Whiting Carters – all year
• Mako charters – all year
• Elephant fish charters – all year
• Seal viewing charters – all year

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(Photo from Pro Red Fishing Charters, Melbourne Facebook Page)

For more details check the website or telephone on 0421 442 775.

8. Proline Charters – Departs Sorrento, Queenscliff and Portland

Proline Charters offers a variety of experiences including a three day King Island fishing adventure. Other charters can be 5, 6, 8 or 10 hours in duration. The company operates from Sorrento Pier but pickups from Queenscliff can be arranged. Proline provides all fishing equipment, serves up a sausage sizzle BBQ and coffee and tea. All your catch will be cleaned and bagged ready for you to cook, fishing without the fuss, that's a good deal. Choose from the following charter types.

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(Photo from Proline Fishing Charters Facebook Page)

• Port Phillip Bay Snapper Fishing – October to February
• Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait Sport Fishing – September to February
• Bass Strait and Southern Ocean Shark Fishing – January to April

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(Photo from Proline Fishing Charters Facebook Page)

• 3 Day King Island Fishing Trips – January to March
• Portland Bluefin Tuna Fishing – March to July
• Group Charters – Year Round

For more details check the website or telephone on 0429 846 279.

9. Reel Adventure Charters – Departs Yaringa near Somerville

Reel Adventure Charters offers year round trips with morning, afternoon and twilight options; 4 hour, 6 hour and 8 hour trips, sole charters and midweek twilight trips ranging in price (July 2016) from $65 to $200. These Westernport Bay fishing trips target fish like Shark, Snapper, Elephant Fish, Gummies and Whiting.

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(Photo from Reel Adventure Fishing Charters)

Tea and coffee is provided on all trips, and a BBQ lunch is provided on the 6 and 8 hour trips. Breakfast is also included on the 8 hour trip. A BBQ dinner is provided on the twilight tour. Click here for trip details. The trips depart from Yaringa Boat Harbour and Marina, 1 Lumeah Road, Somerville.

For more details check the website or telephone on 0409 932 077.

10. Rip Charters Sports Fish – Departs Sorrento and Queenscliff

How could you go past an outfit that has a fishing charter called Phil's Fabulous Four Hour Fishing Trips? This is a company that focusses on fun. First time fishers and children are well catered for and specials are run during school holidays. All fishing equipment is supplied and your catch will be cleaned, filleted and bagged for you. Trips depart from the end of Beach St Queenscliff or from Sorrento Pier.

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(Photo from Rip Charters Fishing Sorrento Facebook Page)

Phil's Fabulous Four Hour Fishing Trips: These trips run year round for 4 hours duration, targeting Flathead, Southern Calamari, Snapper and Salmon in Port Phillip Bay. Prices (July 2016) are $100 with school holiday discounts for children. Click here for more details.

Game and Sports Fishing: Year round game and sports fishing charters in Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait depart from Sorrento and Queenscliff and last for 5 or 8 hours. Fish targeted dependant on season are Snapper, Gummy Shark, King George Whiting, Australian Salmon, Trevally, Sweep, Flathead, Barracouta, Calamari and Reef Species. The 8 hour trips also target Kingfish Mako, Threshers, Gummies, Seven Gill and Blue Shark. Prices (July 2016) are $120 for 5 hours and $180 for 8 hours. Click here for more details.

For more details check the website or telephone on (03) 5985 6968 or 0438 390 312.
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