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)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 30
    $941
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - Mar 31
    $941
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 30
    $941
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 30
    $243
    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 Oct 1 - Apr 30
    $243
    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 Oct 1 - Apr 30
    $243
    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
4 Fishing Reports
83 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 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 (Aluminum fishing) 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
8 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
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

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
77%
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Highly recommend

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) on January 1, 2021
We had an absolute ball and took home a great feed of snapper and flatheaads! Mark & Brando are legends and treated us to a...
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Fantastic Day

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Private (AM) on December 27, 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our morning with “The Reel Thing” fishing charter. Skipper Mark & his trusty deckhand Brandon gave us...
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Great trip with Mark!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) on December 9, 2020
The whole family had an amazing time, Mark was very patient and helpful, we tried many different spots in the bay (lost the...
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Half day trip with new captain and Mark

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) on December 29, 2020
It was so nice experience to have the first fishing trip in Australia with experienced Mark’s team. They were so supportive...
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FAQs about The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum

The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum offers the following trips to customers:
  • AU $155 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) (5 hours)
  • AU $155 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (AM) (5 hours)
  • AU $155 per person - Half Day Trip – Shared (PM) (5 hours)
  • AU $1,200 per group - Half Day Trip – Private (AM) (5 hours)
  • AU $1,200 per group - Half Day Trip – Private (AM) (5 hours)
  • AU $1,200 per group - Half Day Trip – Private (PM) (5 hours)

When you book a trip with The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet ( Porta pottie in cabin with curtain)
  • GPS (Garmin & Lowrance)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin & Lowrance)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • First Mate

The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Port Phillip Bay, Vic)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Port Phillip Bay, Vic)
  • Offshore Fishing (Mornington Peninsula)
  • Reef Fishing (Mornington Peninsul)

The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum include:
  • Cod (Breaksea)
  • Flathead
  • King George Whiting
  • Salmon (Australian)
  • Shark (Gummy)
  • Snapper (Pink)
  • Snoek