Southern Coast Charters

Southern Coast Charters are a family owned and operated business, which runs the largest and most comfortable fishing charters in the region, based from the wharf in Port Fairy that is only 20 mins east of Warrnambool and west of Portland. Southern Coast Charters offers unique and exhilarating experiences that will appeal to your adventurous spirit.

Trips are aboard the ‘Southern Explorer’, a 60 ft custom-built Cruiser boat that is powered by twin 650HP Yanmar engines, and is equipped with GPS, fishfinder, radar, sonar and VHF radio. The vessel is prepared to take on any rough waters you may encounter, and comes equipped with a Gyro Stabilizer to help anyone who is prone to seasickness. There is plenty of space on board, and it can accommodate up to 23 passengers. It features a flybridge and two tier decks, and comes fitted with a fighting chair, outriggers, downriggers, centrerigger, tuna tubes, live-bait tank and ice-box. This vessel is well equipped for any extended overnight trips, and inside you will find reverse cycle air-conditioning, 9 comfortable bunks, kitchen with fridge/freezer, toilet and hot shower, and TV with DVD player.

Southern Coast Charters cater to all skill levels, and use high-quality fishing gear. The crew can guide you through a range of techniques to get you targeting Snapper, Sharks, Mahi Mahi, Trout, Bass, GTs, Tuna, Swordfish and more. They offer a range of half-day, full-day and overnight trips, which will take you deep-sea offshore or reef fishing, or out to King Island. Trips include all necessary fishing equipment, live bait and lures, food or snacks, drinks, and cleaning of your catch. Recreational fishing licenses are required for the state of Victoria.

Southern Coast Charters are committed to the safety of their passengers, and will not set off if the sea is not suitable. They look forward to taking you out on a thrilling adventure, and putting you on some exciting fish!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hr Trip – Deep Sea (Private)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,506
    up to 6 persons
    + $87
    each additional person
    This private 10-hour charter will take you Tuna or deep sea game fishing for Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, and others. You get exclusive boat hire for up to 6 passengers with $120 additional for each guest over 6.
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Tuna (Private)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 30 Sep
    $1,506
    up to 7 persons
    + $72
    each additional person
    Troll for Bluefin Tuna and Albacore off the coast of Port Fairy and Portland from April to September. This is a private trip.
  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Reef Fishing (Private)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,434
    up to 8 persons
    + $87
    each additional person
    This private 8-hour charter will take you reef fishing for various species. You get exclusive boat hire for up to 8 passengers, with $120 per additional guest. The boat can carry up to 23 passengers.
  • Private trip
    5 Hr Trip – Reef Fishing (Private)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,040
    up to 8 persons
    + $36
    each additional person
    On this 5-hour trip, you'll be fishing for a variety of delicious reef species. This trip is a private charter.
  • Shared trip
    10 Hr Trip – Deep Sea (Shared)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $251
    per person
    5 persons minimum
    Travel out to the Continental Shelf to fish for Trevally, Blue Grenadier, Gemfish, and other species. This is a shared trip.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hr Trip – Tuna (Shared)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 30 Sep
    $216
    per person
    5 persons minimum
    This shared trip will see you trolling for Bluefin and Albacore Tuna. You'll be fishing the waters of Port Fairy and Portland from April through September.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hr Trip – Reef Fishing (Shared)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $180
    per person
    5 persons minimum
    This is an 8-hour shared reef fishing charter targeting various species. Charters require a minimum of 4 adults to run, which can be made up from the charter's own bookings for that day.
  • Shared trip
    King Island Fishing Adventure
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 days trip, starts at 9:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip available (Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $176
    per person / day
    6 persons minimum
    These trips are overnight charters to King Island aboard the Southern Explorer – one of the only vessels licensed to take passengers to the island. Includes accommodation at Grassy for 2 nights.
  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip – Deep Sea/Reef
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $162
    per person / day
    6 persons minimum
    This trip includes fishing two days plus all night if that's what you wish.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hr Trip – Reef Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $130
    per person
    5 persons minimum
    This shared charter will see you reed fishing for 5 hours. The minimum number of passengers for the trip to run is 4 (can be made up from charter's own bookings).
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Striped)
Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Rockfish

Shark (Mako)
Shark (Porbeagle)
Snapper (Pink)
Swordfish

Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Bluefin)

Boat Specs

Custom Built (Cruiser) originally built in 2015. Powered by 2 650HP Yanmar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
60 ft
Capacity
23 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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.

About the Captain

Barry Pender
Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia
Member since August 2015
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I first started fishing in Port Philip and Western Port Bay with my father in his home-built timber cabin cruiser, about 50 years ago. This is where my interest in boats and fishing all began. I have been fishing in the Warrnambool and Port Fairy area since 1967. When I was a kid I built model boats, and about 15 years ago I thought I’d make my model a bit bigger and built my first 12 metre jet powered catamaran. This was when we first started charter fishing in the area. Although the
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4.93
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Zach H.
Melbourne, VIC
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VERIFIED   October 12, 2018
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Solomon B.
Brisbane, Queensland
 5.00
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An Amazing Port Fairy Fishing Adventure!

October 30, 2015
We had a really good time on the SOUTHERN EXPLORER with Captain Barry and his crew going out to Lady Julia Percy Island and...
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Anita X.
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 5.00
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Great family day out!

September 12, 2015
We booked a charter as a family and bought our 3 and 5 year old daughters along with us. They love fishing and we all had a...
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Sharon W.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Half day reef trip with Captain Barry

VERIFIED   December 28, 2017
We had an awesome morning fishing. Barry and his crew were extremely friendly and helpful. Everyone caught fish which is always...
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An enjoyable charter

July 10, 2015
We had an enjoyable morning out on the Southern Explorer with Barry and his crew. The boat ride was fantastic and the gear...
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