The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum

The Reel Thing Charters runs the largest vessel 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. Skipper Mark Ratchford has been in the fishing industry for over 20 years, so he knows how to put you on the fish.

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

They depart from Carrum, Melbourne. 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. During the annual Tuna season from around April to July, The Reel Thing runs out of Portland, Victoria where they offer exciting full day trips.

The crew is friendly and professional and they 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 skipper for trip policies. You should notify him in advance if you have a medical condition. Alcohol is allowed in moderation, but no glass or hard spirits. Note that the departure time depends on the weather and it can be changed.

Join The Reel Thing Charters and explore the prolific Australian waters out of Carrum!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $803
    price breakdown
    $803
    Private charters run from 5 A.M. and are great for work breakups and large groups of up to 10 people. Departing from Carrum. Fishing for the prized catch of Snapper, with bycatch of Flathead, Pinkies, Snook, Salmon, Rock Cod, and Gummy Sharks. Departure time depends on the weather.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Private (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 23 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $803
    price breakdown
    $803
    This private charter will start at 10 A.M. with departure from Carrum. You will be fishing for the prized 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 Trip – Private (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $803
    price breakdown
    $803
    This private charter runs from 3 P.M. and is great for work breakups and large groups of up to 10 people. Departing from Carrum. Fishing for the prized 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 Trip – Shared (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $219
    price breakdown
    $219
    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 Trip – Shared (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $219
    price breakdown
    $219
    This trip runs from 10 A.M. 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 Trip – Shared (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $219
    price breakdown
    $219
    This trip starts at 3 P.M. 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
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
3 Fishing Reports
66 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) 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 (Other) 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
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
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
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

Rating Summary
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4.65
out of 5 stars from 57 reviews
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Good experience
86%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
72%
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Clyde V.
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Morning trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) on January 15, 2020
What a wonderful day fishing, took my two daughters and their boyfriends out fishing, the two girls had all the luck and outperformed...
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 5.00
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A great fishing experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) on December 9, 2019
Captain Mark is a very experienced operator and clearly loves his job and more importantly takes care of the customer, my son...
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Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Private (AM) on February 2, 2020
Mark the Captain is awesome very helpful can’t wait to get out there again
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Chris H.
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Cool Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (PM) on January 27, 2020
You might get a bit seasick if you go in rough weather, despite the heavy rocking fishing at the front, still managed to catch...
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Cracking day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (PM) on December 17, 2019
Great morning fishing, captain was a top bloke, thoroughly recommended!
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