Captain
Mark Ratchford

Member since September 2015

Carrum, 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

Carrum, 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

Carrum
Going fast!
trips from $98

The Reel Thing Charters – St Kilda

Saint Kilda
In demand!
trips from $907

Fishing Reports

Great weekends fishing for all on board

November 25, 2017

Fishing out from Carrum last weekend, everyone on board enjoyed good catches of fish, Ranging from good size snapper, Banjo Sharks, Eagle rays, Slimey Mackerel and some large flathead. the weather was perfect. Read Full Report →


Beautiful morning on the bay

November 22, 2017

Had to work hard for the fish this week, cubing was a key to success, Best bait was silver whiting. Read Full Report →


The Snapper have fired up.

November 10, 2017

Fishing this weekend, Snapper were on the menu, fish up to 6kg were caught on the morning and evening charters. best bait being Squid and pilchard. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.74
out of 5 stars from 41 reviews
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Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Chen C.
Ascot Vale, Victoria
 5.00
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A Wonderful & Unforgettable Experience!

VERIFIED   NEW  February 25, 2019
We really appreciate our captain Mark & his very kind assistant Shane. They took us to one place after another just to...
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Kelly T.
Melbourne, VIC
 5.00
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Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   February 16, 2019
Awesome day out.  We caught a lot of fish but unfortunately only a couple of them were keepers, still was a great day...
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Joshua F.
St Kilda, VIC
 4.67
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Extremely satisfied group

VERIFIED   October 13, 2018
From the moment we stepped foot on the boat to the time we reluctantly got off was an absolute pleasure. The generous amount...
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Steve W.
Berwick, VIC
 5.00
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   January 11, 2019
Mark and Shaun are Excellent , Very Polite and there professionalism and knowledge is next to none and down to earth honest...
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James M.
Washington, DC
 5.00
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Mid-morning trip with Mark

VERIFIED   November 29, 2018
Any captain can be great on a whole trip where the whole time is drop and reel, but a truly great captain excels when the fishing...
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