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

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(129 reviews)
Melbourne
Trips from US $124
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Melbourne
Trips from US $1,308
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Melbourne
Trips from US $1,387

Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 147 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (79)
Great family day on the water
Great family day on the water
Great family day on the water
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Angler rating
113
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Anglers claimed
Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Caught fish
80%
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Kieren M.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Worth the trip

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Shared (AM) on January 26, 2024
Was not the best conditions to go out for a fish but mark still made sure we caught something, and had a great day. can’t...
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Andrew H.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great family day on the water

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Shared (PM) on March 16, 2024
Lovely 5 hour trip with Mark and Joel. Very good with our two children aged 9 and 11 and a good result on the fishing front....
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George M.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Mark

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Private (10AM) on January 16, 2024
One of the best experiences I’ve ever had with my boys. And captain Mark was one of the best guides and captain anybody...
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Allen W.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

A wonderful experience, brilliant catches! Highly recommended!

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Shared (AM) on December 5, 2023
A wonderful experience, brilliant catches! Highly recommend “The Reel Thing Charters”, a family business - Sharon, Mark...
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Thomas M.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great day

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Private (10AM) on February 16, 2024
Fantastic day had by all - Mark was a great host and captain. Will be booking again for sure. Thanks Mark.
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