Fish N Crab Deep Sea Charters

The Boat Ramp; Parkyn Parade,…
Sunshine Coast QL, Australia

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About this listing

Boat Specs

Westcoaster (Commercial) originally built in 1981, and restored in 2016. Powered by 760HP Detroit Diesel 8V 92 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

55 ft
22 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Pearl Perch

Queensland Groper (Giant Grouper)
Snapper (Pink)

Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Tuna (Longtail)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Yellowtail Amberjack

Experience for yourself why Fish N Crab Deep Sea Charters were rated the Best Tourism Experience available in 2014 for the Sunshine Coast! The owners, Paddy Van Driel-vis and her husband love every minute spent on the water and make sure their guest feel the same way by providing an adventure you will remember for years to come, and have fascinating fish-tales to tell to your friends and family.

The ‘Crusader 1’ is a 55 ft Westcoaster commercial boat which provides more deck space than any other vessel, and can accommodate up to 25 people in comfort and safety. It is ideal for nearshore and offshore fishing, for which it is well equipped with a GPS and a fishfinder, as well as 2 modern toilets, a bed, a kitchen with a refrigerator, and air-conditioning. They also provide refreshments in form of snacks and drinks.

Fish N Crab offer 5, 7 and 9 hour fishing & Spanner Crabbing charters all year round. They use fishing equipment that is high end, modern and constantly updated. Their crew is experienced and professional, and will assist you with several exciting fishing techniques including trolling, reef and wreck fishing, and even setting and hauling crab traps. Fish N Crab target exciting sport fish including Snapper, Coral Trout, Wahoo, Tuna, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Mackerel, and even Marlin and Swordfish.

Join Fish N Crab Deep Sea Charters for an unforgettable adventure!

2x modern toilets
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkelling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
2x modern toilets
Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer.

About the Charter Operator

Paddy Van Driel-vis
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Member since April 2015
Moved to the Sunshine Coast to be with family so decided to buy a business - who would have guessed I would be involved in a fishing business. Anyway, am loving it!
Response time: 4 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.22 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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I had relatives over from New Zealand and thought I would treat them to a great day of fishing and crabbing as I have been on this charter twice before I had no hesitation in booking this trip weather being the only concern on the day forecast was 1.5 swell easterly early dropping to 1.0 later when we got to the point to drop the crab trays the decision was made that it would be too rough to pick the trays up in the afternoon as the weather was calming in the afternoon I thought this was a bad call I was left disappointed as I had been telling how great this trip is with catching fish & crabs I know the weather had been bad all week before and this was the first trip out in a few days. For everything else on the trip cannot fault Capt.& crew faultless.

James Lofts • Fished January 9, 2017
Paddy Van Driel-vis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 15, 2017

Hi James,
As you have been out with us before you would know we try to do everything we can to make it an enjoyable day.  It is the skippers call about the crabbing and he would have based that on the previous trips and weather forecast.  As we all know, the forecasts can be terribly wrong.  We have had big tides and currents and this may have also contributed to his decision.  Thanks for the feedback, our team will take your point on board.  SCA

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Daniel Johnson • Fished January 3, 2017
Paddy Van Driel-vis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 14, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give us a wonderful review Daniel.  Most people seem to only bother reviewing businesses if they are unhappy so it is lovely that you took the time out to give us a great review.  We really appreciate it.  All of us at Sunshine Coast Afloat try hard to give our customers a great experience.  We shall pass on your great feed back.

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Spent 5 hrs with not a single bite between the 3 of us
20 blokes caught 4 small fish and 1 spanner crab drifting over 2 reefs 22 Kim’s offshore
Captain Mike then tells us that we should have been out for 7 or 9 hrs to really get the big ones.
He also said he was going straight back out with another charter and now knew where to go!
Caught more fish at Pumistone the next day in 30 mins and it didn’t cost $500
A very disappointed young 8 year old that loves his fishing and was so excited at 4 in the morning
What a waste of time and money

John Connors • Fished December 27, 2016
Paddy Van Driel-vis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 10, 2017

Hi John,
We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your fishing trip with us.  We try to give everyone a great experience and are pleased you felt the boat and crew met your expectations.  As you would be aware, there are many factors that can impact on peoples fishing results and each day is different, let alone morning to afternoon.  We are not in a controlled environment.  Spanner Crabbing is much like fishing - we are in their environment and as you will see on our Facebook page we have some brilliant days and some not so brilliant days like all operators and I am sure you would have experienced that yourself.  If you wish to discuss your trip with us we would be happy to talk to you by phone directly.  Thanks.

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