Rip Charters - 42’ Big Blue

Harbour Street
Queenscliff VI, Australia

With over 30 years of experience, Rip Charters offer exciting trips on Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. They are now also based out of the Queenscliff Marina, and offer year-round trips aboard their two boats - the 42’ Big Blue and the 36’ Rip Runner.

Big Blue is a 42’ Randall, which can reach top speeds of 14 knots with its 430HP Volvo engine. To get you out to where the fish are biting, it comes equipped with Raymarine navigational electronics, and also comes fitted with top quality rods & reels, including Penn, Ugly Sticks & Wilson Live Fibre rods, a large deck that is perfect for hosting up to 16 guests, all necessary safety gear, flybridge, full cover to protect you from both the rain and sun, and an on board toilet.

Rip Charters offer shared and private charters ranging from 5 to 8 hours, and target various species depending on season. You may target anything from Kingfish, Snapper, Australian Salmon, Flathead, King George Whiting, Squid, Trevally, Sweep, Barracouta, Calamari and other reef species, as well as Mako and Thresher Sharks, and even sometimes School, 7 Gill, Gummy and Blue Whaler Sharks. All charters include the use of fishing gear and bait, as well as fish cleaning, and bottled water. Don’t forget to organise your fishing license prior to your trip, and on the day bring along drinks and snacks, a cooler for your catch, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing.

Rip Charters endeavour to head out on Bass Strait for all game/sport fishing trips, however this is heavily influenced by weather conditions. They do tend to run charters in wet conditions, however, generally don’t proceed in wind conditions above 25 knots. In these cases, they will fish on Port Phillip Bay if conditions are favourable.

Rip Charters can organise corporate events, hens & bucks parties, birthdays, or a fun day out for you and your friends, and offer catering packages for all private charters.

Charters are also available aboard their 42’ Randall, as well as from Sorrento Pier.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Private
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 20 Oct - 31 May
    US$ 1624
    up to 13 persons
    Book the whole boat for you and your group! Our 8-hour trips run from mid-late October until the end of May, and can cater to beginners or experienced anglers. We will fish the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. Targeting Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species. When conditions allow, we will also target Kingfish and Shark (Mako, Thresher, 7 Gill, Blue, Gummy).
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Private
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1293
    up to 13 persons
    Book the whole boat for you and your group. Trips depart all year round, and can cater to beginners or experienced anglers. We will fish the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. Targeting Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Private
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1112
    up to 13 persons
    Book the whole boat for you and your group. Trips depart all year round, and can cater to beginners or experienced anglers. We will fish the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. Targeting Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip - Shared
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 20 Oct - 31 May
    US$ 135
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    8-hour trips run from mid-late October until the end of May and are suited to both the beginner or experienced angler. We will fish the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay, targeting Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species. When conditions allow, we will also target Kingfish and Shark (Mako, Thresher, 7 Gill, Blue, Gummy). Please note: a min of 6 people is required for charters to run.
  • Shared trip
    6 Hour Trip - Shared
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 106
    per person
    Departing all year round, these trips are to both the beginner or experienced angler, fishing the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. We will target Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species. Please note: a min of 6 people is required for charters to run.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Trip - Shared AM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 92
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    Departing all year round, these trips are to both the beginner or experienced angler, fishing the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. We will target Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species. Please note: a min of 6 people is required for charters to run.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Trip - Shared PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 12:15 PM
    US$ 92
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    Departing all year round, these trips are to both the beginner or experienced angler, fishing the reef systems around Port Phillip Heads, Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. We will target Snapper, Whiting, Trevally, Gummy Shark, Australian Salmon, Flathead, Squid and a variety of reef species. Please note: a min of 6 people is required for charters to run.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Flathead
Gurnard
Queen Snapper (Australian)
Salmon (Australian)

Shark (Gummy)
Shark (Mako)
Shark (Thresher)
Snapper (Pink)

Trevally (Silver)
Whiting
Wrasse (Bluethroat)

Boat Specs

Randall (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1984. Powered by a 430HP Volvo engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 16 knots.

Length
42 ft
Capacity
13 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Policies

FREE Cancellation
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

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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

About the Charter Operator

Rip Charters
Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia
Member since September 2015
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Rip Charters are a locally owned company that have been providing fishing charters on Melbourne’s productive waters since 1986. They now operate two boats that are ready and equipped to provide you with a thrilling experience, and offer departures from both Sorrento and Queenscliff. Your knowledgeable and highly experienced skippers, Phil and Dan, look forward to getting you out on the water and reeling in various local species.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Ralph Ortner
Melbourne, Victoria
 5.00
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VERIFIED   January 7, 2018
My son and I had a great mornings fishing. The swell was a bit high so we each took a seasick tablet and continued catching...
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Simon Fraser
Melbourne, VIC
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VERIFIED   September 2, 2018
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David Reaburn
Melbourne, Victoria
 5.00
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VERIFIED   January 6, 2017
Awesome experience caught heaps of fish and had a ball
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Rob Hannon
Kew, Victoria
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5 Hour Trip - Shared

VERIFIED   November 19, 2016
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Dean Firth
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VERIFIED   November 20, 2016
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