Rathlin Charters

(29) In demand!
1 Market Street
Merimbula NS, Australia

Rathlin Charters are giving you the chance to come and have the trip of a lifetime with them today. They offer a range of trips to suit every schedule and skill level. You are sure to have a great day out on the water with Captain Craig Chambers and his dedicated crew.

Fishing aboard a 41’ Steber that is powered by twin Caterpillar engines, you will get you to the fishing grounds in good time so you have hours to spare to catch the fish you are after. The boat features a toilet, galley, and a spacious lounge. The attentive crew are there to tailor for your every need and get that fish of a lifetime.

If you want to catch a Black, Blue, or Striped Marlin, Rathlin Charters will give you the opportunity to do so from January until May. Take a game fishing charter at this time of year, and you will always have a chance to pick up a Mahi Mahi or Mako Shark at the same time. Wintertime fishing is no less exciting, with the chance of catching large Bluefin Tuna from the end of June till the end of August.

If that wasn’t enough, reef fishing is great all year round. The natural reefs that lie within easy reach of Merimbula are amazing fishing grounds for colorful and delicious species such as Snapper, Morwong, Flathead, Gummy Shark, and a few other species that frequent the reefs.

Whether this is your first fishing trip or your hundredth, you are sure to be reeling in a personal best or trophy fish before you know it. You’ll be using top quality rods and reels, with live bait and lures included in the price of the trip too.

The captain will advise what can be taken home, and will happily fillet this for you after the trip. Also provided are drinks and snacks on all the trips. You just need to bring along plenty of enthusiasm, polarized sunglasses, and white-soled shoes.

Book a trip with Rathlin Charters for an unforgettable day out.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip: Marlin – Private
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 25 Dec - 15 Apr
    US$ 1319
    up to 11 persons
    Fishing primarily for Black, Blue, or Striped Marlin. Other catch can include Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Shark. All fishing gear and tackle is provided, as well as food and drink.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip: Kingfish – Private
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 1026
    up to 11 persons
    This private trip will see you using live bait, knife jigs, or micro jigs. Kingfish will be your primary target. All fishing gear and tackle are included in the price. Even food and drink are provided.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Private
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 953
    up to 11 persons
    Deep Dropping just over the edge of the shelf for Blueeye Trevally, Hapuka, Gemfish, and Perch – all using electric reels which are included in the price. The food and drink for the day are included in the price. Also included is the fishing licence for everyone in the group.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Private
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 806
    up to 11 persons
    You'll be fishing the reef for Salmon, Snapper, Morwong, Gummy Shark, Flathead, and Leatherjacket. The rods and reels for the trip are provided, as well as bait and lures. The fishing licence for the day is included. Food and drinks are supplied.
  • Shared trip
    10 Hour Trip: Bluefin Tuna – Shared
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jan - 1 May
    US$ 256
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    Fishing for the elusive Bluefin Tuna. All rods and reels are included, as well as bait, lures, and even your fishing licence. Food and drink are provided. Please bring sunscreen and plenty of enthusiasm.
  • Shared trip
    9 Hour Trip: Yellowfin – Shared
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jan - 1 May
    US$ 256
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    Fishing for Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Shark. Rods and reels are included, as well as live bait, lures, and even your fishing licence. Food and drink are provided.
  • Shared trip
    10 Hour Trip: Marlin – Shared
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Jan - 1 May
    US$ 219
    per person
    5 persons minimum
    On this full day trip, you'll go after Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, as well as other game fish such as Yellowfin Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Shark. All fishing gear and tackle are included, as well as your fishing licence for the day. Drinks and snacks are provided.
  • Shared trip
    8 Hour Trip: King Fish – Shared
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 183
    per person
    6 persons minimum
    Spend the day fishing for Kingfish using livebait, knife jigs or micro jigs. All rods and reels are included, as well as fishing licence. Food and drink are provided.
  • Shared trip
    5 Hour Trip – Shared
    In demand!
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    US$ 95
    per person
    You'll be fishing on the reef for Snapper, Morwong, Salmon, Gummy Shark, Flathead, and Leatherjacket. Everything is included on this trip, from fishing gear and tackle to refreshments and snacks.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flathead
Leatherjacket
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Morwong
Shark (Gummy)

Shark (Mako)
Snapper (Pink)
Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Steber (Flybridge) originally built in 1994. Powered by 2 420HP Caterpillar 3208 engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
11 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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

About the Captain

Craig Chambers
Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia
Member since August 2016
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I used to work as a commercial fisherman and would fish recreationally whenever I had some time off. So it made sense to start charter fishing. Now I operate Rathlin, one of the most well-established boats in Merimbula. I still have a great passion for fishing and will never stop looking for fish for customers.I pride myself on giving customers the best there is to offer on the south coast
Response time: 4 hours
Response rate: 99%

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.86
out of 5 stars from 29 reviews
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The smile says it all
Very enjoyable morning. Couldn\u2019t have asked for more. Thank you guys.
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Josh Green
Elwood, VIC
 5.00
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Half day reef tour

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Absolutely fantastic morning out on the water with Rathlin charters. Both skipper and deck hand were great. Good mix of reef...
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John Cunningham
Mount Druitt, New South Wales
 5.00
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Day out with Rathlin II

VERIFIED   NEW  November 16, 2018
Fantastic crew. Looked after and everyone caught fish to take home. Been with this charter a few times and definitely recommend...
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Samantha Barry
Brighton East, VIC
 5.00
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Half day trip with Craig

VERIFIED   NEW  November 7, 2018
We had a fantastic day with Craig and Seb. We would highly recommend a day fishing with them.
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Shaun Cooper
Northmead, NSW
 5.00
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May fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 27, 2018
Our son wanted to spend his 6th birthday on a fishing reef charter, he had amazing time and a great fishing adventure aboard...
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Tom Iles
Templestowe Lower, VIC
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Half day trip with captain Craig

VERIFIED   NEW  October 30, 2018
Be patient fishing is hit or miss
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