The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips

Running angling trips out of Melbourne, The Reel Thing Charters invites you to check out the local fishery in style.

Capt. Mark will do his best to make sure you have a fun day full of fishing. He specializes in trolling, jigging, popping, and spinning, all to get you on that bite. This involves 8-hour trips, fishing for Bluefin Tuna, depending on the season and conditions on the day.

Your fishing adventure starts on a 28’ Axiom boat that can safely take up to 6 anglers. This boat features a port-a-potty and an ice box.

All the necessary fishing gear is included in the price of your trip. All that’s up to you is to use it as best you can. Don’t forget to buy a fishing license before the trip!

Capt. Mark runs trips together with his first mate, who’s there to help you with whatever you may need. Tips are always appreciated for a job well done.

Book your trip now and hit the water with The Reel Thing Charters.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Bluefin Tuna
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Apr 30
    US $1,421
    Departing from the Mornington Peninsula for an exciting day fishing chasing Southern Bluefin Tuna, these fish are regularly caught from 20kg up to 150kg. We will supply everything you need to catch one of these giants, you just bring your lunch and drinks.
    Targeted fish
    Tuna (Bluefin)
    Bluefin Tuna
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Great Charter for real fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Bluefin Tuna on March 10, 2023
Captain Mark and First Mate Tony got us out there and found the morning bite and we pulled a couple in. Unfortunately the fish...
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FAQs about The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips

The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips offers the following trip to customers:
  • AU $2,100 per group - Full Day Trip – Bluefin Tuna (8 hours)

When you book a trip with The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet This is a porta potty with a curtain for privacy
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Refrigerator
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips offers the following type of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing (Fishing Bass Strait)

The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with The Reel Thing Charters – Private Tuna Trips include:
  • Tuna (Bluefin)

Meet the Captain

Mark Ratchford
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
9 Fishing Reports
147 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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

Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna

Boat specs

Axiom (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 175HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing
Fishing Bass Strait

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

Toilet
This is a porta potty with a curtain for privacy
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Ice Box
Radar

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.