The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum

The Reel Thing Charters runs the largest vessel running out of Carrum.  Perfect for work jollies, parties, and team building, this boat can take up to 10 people fishing at a time! If you’re looking for a corporate Christmas party, this is the boat for you.

They depart from Carrum, Melbourne, where Skipper Mark and his deckhand will take you fishing for the prize catch of Snapper, with bycatch of Flathead, Pinkies, Snook, Salmon, Rock Cod and Gummy Sharks.

The boat you will be fishing aboard is a 28’ Axium. It is powered by twin Mercury engines and equipped with Garmin and Lowrance electronics. It features a large deck space and live bait tank, as well as a porta pottie. Trips include the use of all fishing equipment and lures.

The Reel Thing Charters are run by a friendly and professional crew who love taking new guests out and teaching them the best techniques needed to catch the prized fish species. They offer trips suited to both large and mixed groups and can accommodate your needs whether you are looking for one spot or trips for large groups.

Contact the captain for trip policies. Notify in advance if you have a medical condition. Alcohol is allowed in moderation but strictly no glass or hard spirits. Note that departure time depends on the weather and can be changed.

During the annual Tuna season from around April to July, The Reel Thing are based out of Portland, Victoria where they offer exciting full day trips.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Private Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 31 Mar
    $766
    up to 10 persons
    Private charters run from 5 am and are great for work breakups and large groups of up to 10 people. Departing from Carrum. Fishing for the prize catch of Snapper, with by catch of Flathead, Pinkies, Snook, Salmon, Rock Cod and Gummy Sharks. Departure time depends on the weather.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Private Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 31 Mar
    $766
    up to 10 persons
    This private charter will start at 10 am with departure from Carrum. You will be fishing for the prize catch of Snapper, but will also catch Flathead, Pinkies, Rock Cod, Gummy Sharks, Snook and Salmon. Departure time depends on the weather.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Private Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 31 Mar
    $766
    up to 10 persons
    This private charter runs from 3 pm and is great for work breakups and large groups of up to 10 people. Departing from Carrum. Fishing for the prize catch of Snapper, as well as Flathead, Pinkies, Snook, Salmon, Rock Cod and Gummy Sharks. Departure time depends on the weather.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Shared Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 31 Mar
    $97
    per person
    Charters run at 5 am departing from Carrum. Fishing for the prize catch of Snapper, with by catch of Flathead, Pinkies, Snook, Salmon, Rock Cod and Gummy Sharks. Departure time depends on the weather.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Shared Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 31 Mar
    $97
    per person
    This trip runs from 10 am and departs from Carrum. You will be fishing for the prize catch of Snapper, but you can also catch Pinkies, Flathead, Snook, Salmon, Rock Cod and Gummy Sharks. Departure time depends on the weather.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Shared Trip
      FREE Cancelation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Aug - 31 Mar
    $97
    per person
    This trip starts at 3 pm and departs from Carrum. Your primary target fish will be Pink Snapper, and you can also catch Snook, Salmon, Flathead, Pinkies, Rock Cod and Gummy Sharks. Departure time depends on the weather.
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About the Captain

Mark Ratchford
Carrum, Victoria, Australia
Angler's Choice
5 reports
45 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 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)
Flathead
King George Whiting
Salmon (Australian)

Shark (Gummy)
Snapper (Pink)
Snoek

Boat Specs

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

Length
28 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
First Mate

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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
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.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (18)
4.72
out of 5 stars from 39 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Half day Trip with Mark
Half day trip with Mark
Morning trip with Captain Mark
+15
Angler Rating
31
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
87%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
76%
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Kelly T.
Melbourne, VIC
 5.00
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Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   February 16, 2019
Awesome day out.  We caught a lot of fish but unfortunately only a couple of them were keepers, still was a great day...
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Joshua F.
St Kilda, VIC
 4.67
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Extremely satisfied group

VERIFIED   October 13, 2018
From the moment we stepped foot on the boat to the time we reluctantly got off was an absolute pleasure. The generous amount...
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Steve W.
Berwick, VIC
 5.00
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   January 11, 2019
Mark and Shaun are Excellent , Very Polite and there professionalism and knowledge is next to none and down to earth honest...
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Glenn S.
Brisbane, QLD
 5.00
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Great day out in the bay!

VERIFIED   March 15, 2019
Had a great day out fishing with Mark. There were only 4 of us on the boat plus the captain so this was a bargain!...
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Diana M.
Carrum Downs, VIC
 5.00
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Amazing trip

VERIFIED   February 2, 2019
This was an amazing experience, the captain (Mark) was so friendly and he was helpful and explained about the fish and we got...
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