Captain
Mark Ratchford

Member since September 2015 Melbourne, Australia
Background
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.

Hey, I'm Captain Mark Ratchford

Melbourne, Australia
Background
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.

My Charter Listings

The Reel Thing Charters – Carrum

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 72 reviews
Melbourne
trips from $118

The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 11 reviews
Melbourne
trips from $1,143

Customer Reviews

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4.74
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out of 5 stars from 83 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
77%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  March 17, 2021
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Michael S.
Black Rock, VIC
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Half Day with Mark and Sean 👍👍👍👍👍

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on January 8, 2021
Great day with the kids hooking fish all day. The crew were great with the kids teaching and assisting with our catch. We love...
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Nina K.
Melbourne, VIC
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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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Melissa O.
Australia
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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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Sarah B.
United States
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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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