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The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda

It’s time to have the adventure of a lifetime and join The Reel Thing Charters for an awesome trip out on the water. Captain Mark Ratchford has decades of experience and is the only captain to have fished the entire Australian coast in a 5-month journey. You know you’ll be in capable hands with him.

Step on board his 28’ Axium, recently restored in 2018, which is ready and raring to go. This great vessel can comfortably fit groups of 8 people. Whether you are celebrating one of life’s milestones, having a big family vacation, or a work team building, this is the perfect boat for you.

With twin 175 HP Mercury engines on board and full navigational equipment, you are sure to be on the fish before you know it. The fishfinder, paired with Capt. Mark’s extensive knowledge of the area, will give you the best chance to catch your dream fish.

Species available are huge and include Australian Salmon, Snapper, Flathead, Snoek, Rock Cod, and Gummy Sharks. Whether this is your first fishing trip or your hundredth, you are sure to have a blast during your trip.

You’ll have the opportunity to try a variety of techniques – let the captain know what you would like to do, and, depending on the season and which species you wish to target, he’ll advise accordingly.

Children are welcome on board – they are sure to have some incredible stories after the trip to tell all their friends back at school.

Included in the price are all rods and reels that you’ll need for the trip. You are welcome to bring along your own refreshments on the day. Alcohol is allowed in moderation but strictly no hard spirits or glass bottles.

Contact the captain for trip policies. Notify in advance if you have a medical condition. The departure time depends on the weather and can be changed.

There is no better time to book – join the crew of The Reel Thing Charters on the water today for an unforgettable fishing trip.



About the Captain

Mark Ratchford
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
4 Fishing Reports
83 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since September 2015
Captain Mark has been involved in the fishing industry for over 20 years. He is the only person to have fished the whole Australian coast in one trip – this was a 5-month epic journey catching more species then he can remember. He has stories about catching fish from every state in Australia that he is happy to share with you. He is an able fisherman and skipper who can put his clients on Squid or offshore species such as Mako Shark and Bluefin Tuna. Mark and his friendly staff will be more than happy to accommodate you.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cod (Breaksea) Cod (Breaksea)
Flathead Flathead
King George Whiting King George Whiting
Salmon (Australian) Salmon (Australian)

Shark (Gummy) Shark (Gummy)
Snapper (Pink) Snapper (Pink)
Snoek Snoek

Boat Specs

Axium (Commercial) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 175HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Michael S.
Black Rock, VIC
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on January 8, 2021
Great day with the kids hooking fish all day. The crew were great with the kids teaching and assisting with our catch. We love...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 28, 2021
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Chen C.
Ascot Vale, Victoria
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A Wonderful & Unforgettable Experience!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on February 25, 2019
We really appreciate our captain Mark & his very kind assistant Shane. They took us to one place after another just to find...
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Moonee Ponds, VIC
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 18, 2019
Mark is very helpful, trying to find the best spots for fishing for us with his experience. He’s just professional! Highly...
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Craigieburn, VIC
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 9, 2019
It was a memorable trip. Adventure and fun. We are already planning our next trip. Skipper is friendly and...
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FAQs about The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda

The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $1,500 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • AU $1,500 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet ( Porta potty in cabin with curtain)
  • GPS (Garmin & Lowrance)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin & Lowrance)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate

The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Port Phillip Bay, Victoria)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Port Phillip Bay, Victoria)

The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda include:
  • Cod (Breaksea)
  • Flathead
  • King George Whiting
  • Salmon (Australian)
  • Shark (Gummy)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Snoek